Photo by Derrick Mahone
Dutchtown defensive lineman Darian Small will try to duplicate his 20-tackle performance he had last week when the Bulldogs host Ola Friday.
First Presbyterian Day at Strong Rock Christian
When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., Strong Rock Christian in Locust Grove.
Records, rankings: First Presbyterian Day is 2-1; Strong Rock Christian is 2-1. Neither is ranked.
Last meeting: Strong Rock won by forfeit.
Noteworthy: On the field last season, First Presbyterian Day won this game handily, 38-8. But if the Vikings were looking for an introduction to life in the Georgia High School Association, as opposed to their former digs in the Georgia Independent Schools Association, they got it when they learned they had to forfeit five victories because they used an ineligible player. The Vikings don't have anybody right now with outstanding stats, but the team as a whole is playing as a unit, which pleases head coach Greg Moore. The Patriots, under first-year coach Mark Miller, have a chance to eclipse last year's win total and go two games over .500 for the second time in their short history.
Locust Grove at
When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m. at Eagle's Landing Stadium, McDonough.
Records, rankings: Locust Grove is 0-3; Eagle's Landing is 1-2. Neither is ranked.
Last meeting: Locust Grove won 30-14 last season.
Noteworthy: Eagle's Landing is tired of losing, says its coach, though last week's 49-0 loss to Class AAA champion Sandy Creek couldn’t be helped. But the Golden Eagles are playing more confidently than ever, after starting the season by breaking an 11-game losing streak. They rallied from 21 down to beat a Rutland team that won last year's meeting by 15. The Wildcats are coming off three straight games against playoff-level teams in Tift County, Coffee and Eastside, so they will have their best chance for victory in four games.
Jonesboro vs. Forest Park
When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m. at Tara Stadium, Jonesboro.
Records, rankings: Jonesboro is 2-0; Forest Park is 0-3. Neither is ranked.
Last meeting: Jonesboro won 48-13 last season.
Noteworthy: Once upon a time, Forest Park dominated this series. But the Cardinals have reeled off five straight against the Panthers, who haven’t beaten Jonesboro since 2005. The Cardinals are looking good, led by quarterback Cedric Nettles and running back Rodney Singleton, and are trying to complete their first 3-0 start since 1996.
Morrow vs. Lovejoy
When, where: Today, 5 p.m., at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta.
Records, rankings: Morrow is 0-3; Lovejoy is 2-0. Neither is ranked.
Last meeting: Lovejoy won 44-8 last season.
Noteworthy: Morrow is looking for its first points of the season and the Wildcats would hardly seem the ideal candidate to get them against. The Mustangs have lost eight straight in the series. The Lovejoy defensive front, led by Nathaniel Norwood, seemed particularly dominant in last week’s 24-0 win over North Clayton, allowing Jermaine Hough to roam free and get 10 tackles, including a safety.
Ola at Dutchtown
When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., Bulldogs Stadium, Hampton.
Records, rankings: Ola is 0-3; Dutchtown is 2-1. Neither is ranked.
Last meeting: Dutchtown won 24-7 last season.
Noteworthy: The Bulldogs have won all three meetings with Ola, but are having a harder time than many expected. They lost to Stockbridge, had to scrap to beat a McIntosh team they dominated last year. They are getting good play from quarterback Donovahn Jones, who had 13 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-7 win over Upson-Lee. Quentin Pressley is also coming off a monster game in which he intercepted three passes, while Darian Small had 20 tackles, including three for losses.
Spalding at Stockbridge
When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., Tiger Stadium, Stockbridge
Records, rankings: Spalding is 1-2, Stockbridge is 2-0. Neither is ranked.
Last meeting: Stockbridge won 20-14 last season.
Noteworthy: Spalding is having a weird season. The Jaguars took county rival Griffin to overtime for the first time ever. In fact, it was the first time they’d been within 32 points of the Bears, but ended up losing 3-0. Then they beat LaGrange for the first time. Meanwhile, they encounter a hot Stockbridge team which launched its season by stunning Dutchtown and then routed North Springs 62-0.
Woodland at Carrollton
When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., at Grisham Stadium, Carrollton.
Records, rankings: Woodland is 1-1, Carrollton is 2-1. Carrollton is ranked No. 3 in Class AAA.
Last meeting: Carrollton won 49-6 last season.
Noteworthy: The Wolfpack has played two nail-biter games, winning one, losing the other. Led by Eddie McGill, who had 14 tackles two weeks ago in a loss to Starr's Mill, the Wolfpack is not intimidated at the prospect of being an underdog — which clearly they will be against the Trojans. They will need a solid running game out of Ray Tookes, who had 77 yards against Starr's Mill, if they hope to keep the ball out of Carrollton’s hands and win the time-of-possession battle.