Photo by Derrick Mahone
Bradley Dewberry will make his first start tonight when Eagle’s Landing plays at Ola in both team’s opener.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Bradley Dewberry will make his first start tonight when Eagle’s Landing plays at Ola in both team’s opener.

Lovejoy vs. Mundy’s Mill

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., Twelve Oaks Stadium, Hampton

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: Lovejoy won 35-6 last season.

Noteworthy: Lovejoy enters the season on a 21-game regular season winning streak, the longest among Southern Crescent teams. The Wildcats last loss was to Chapel Hill (20-14) at home on Oct. 30, 2009. The Wildcats lead the overall series 6-2 with Mundy’s Mill last win coming in 2007. Mundy’s Mill has not won a season-opener since defeating Jonesboro (28-15) at Tara Stadium on Aug. 20, 2005. Al Hughes is 6-4 in season-openers at Lovejoy.

Luella at Lowndes

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., Martin Stadium, Valdosta

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Lowndes is ranked No. 8 in Class AAAAAA.

Last meeting: Lowndes won 41-13 in the 2008 first round playoffs.

Noteworthy: This will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools. The Vikings have won the previous three, which have all been played in Valdosta. Lowndes has won its last four season openers by scoring an average of 54 points. The Vikings last season-opening loss was in 2007 to Harrison (9-0). The game is a win-win for Luella, no matter the outcome — good competition and a paycheck to help replace the program’s soon-to-expire helmets, among other things.

Mount Zion vs. Jonesboro

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., Tara Stadium, Jonesboro.

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: Jonesboro won 39-0 last season.

Noteworthy: Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd likes to refer to Mount Zion as the “school around the corner” instead of calling Mount Zion by its name. Mount Zion leads the overall series 12-6. Jonesboro has won the last two meetings, albeitthe Cardinals were awarded a forfeit in 2010 after Mount Zion had to sacrifice five games for using an ineligible player. New Mount Zion coach Ervin Starr is only the fifth coach in school history since it opened in 1990. Previous coach Jamie Aull is the only first-year Moun Zion coach to win in his debut. Aull’s 2009 team defeated Lovejoy (15-0) at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Aug. 28, 2009 in his debut at his alma mater.

Forest Park at Chattahoochee

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., at Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta

Records, rankings: Season opener for Forest Park; Chattahoochee is 0-1. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Noteworthy: This promises to be a tough test for a Forest Park team breaking in a new head coach and offense. Panthers’ coach Don Williams will be bringing in a senior class that has won just four games in their Forest Park careers. Meanwhile, the Cougars were 10-2 in 2011 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Chattahoochee has already gotten out its first-game jitters in a 19-8 loss to Kell last Saturday at the Georgia Dome in the Corky Kell classic.

Eagle’s Landing

at Ola

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., at Ola High School, McDonough.

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: Ola won 24-6 in 2007.

Noteworthy: This is an early measuring stick game for two Henry County teams that have almost been mirror images of each other. Both teams have identified winning seasons and a playoff apperance as their main goals. Eagle’s Landing Coach Joe Teknipp is looking for his first winning season since going 6-5 in 2008. Meanwhile, coach John Kovzel for Ola is pushing for the Mustangs’ first ever winning season in the program’s seventh year of competition.

Locust Grove at Union Grove

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., at Wolverines Stadium, McDonough.

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: First meeting.

Noteworthy: Locust Grove is searching for its first winning season ever. Union Grove is searching for its first winning season under third-year coach Paul Burgdorf. The Wildcats figure to feature a lot of quarterback Keenan Wise. The Wolverines figure to feature a lot of running back Derrick Craine. The game figures to feature a lot of points.

Griffin at Dutchtown

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., at Bulldogs Stadium, Hampton.

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Griffin is ranked No. 7 in Class AAAA.

Last meeting: Griffin won 28-18 last season.

Noteworthy: It has become must-see high school football action between these schools. Dutchtown has come the closest to being the only Henry County school to beat Griffin, especially in 2008 (27-22) and 2010 (10-6). But the teams have never played before the eighth week of the season.

Woodland at Walnut Grove

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., at Walnut Grove High School, Walnut Grove.

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: First meeting.

Noteworthy: Walnut Grove is in just its third year of varsity competition. The Warriors are 3-17 so far and going into head coach O.J. Soto’s second season. That should bode well for a Woodland offense that returns nine starters, including quarterback Taylor Poff and his entire offensive line.

Riverdale vs. North Clayton

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., Southern Crescent Stadium, Riverdale

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: North Clayton won 7-0 last season

Noteworthy: Although Riverdale has a 16-12 advantage in the series that dates back to 1978, North Clayton has won the last five contests. The Eagles have shutout wins in the last two meetings. This will be a good test for both teams as Riverdale returns nine starters on defense, including preseason all-state linebacker Troy Wyche. Riverdale will go up against a North Clayton offense that has nine starters returning, including standout running back La’Darrius Mathis.

Henry County at East Cowetta

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m., Shoemake Memorial Stadium, Sharpsburg

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: East Coweta won 46-0 in 2001

Noteworthy: This will be the fifth meeting between the schools as each has won two games in the series, which dates back to 1968. Joe Dupree, a former standout quarterback at Georgia Southern, will be making his head coaching debut at Henry County. In 16 head coaching debuts for the Warhawks, only one coach was victorious. Bill Schofill’s 1965 team won in his debut over Fayette County. In 1954, Bill Collins’ first squad at Henry County tied Milton 7-7 in his debut.

ELCA at Briarwood Christian

When, where: Today, 7 p.m., at Lions Pride Stadium, Birmingham, Ala.

Records, rankings: ELCA is 0-1 and ranked No. 6 in Class A; Briarwood Christian is 0-0 and No. 2 in Alabama’s Class AAAAA.

Last meeting: Briarwood Christian won 21-18 last season.

Noteworthy: ELCA found new playmakers in quarterback Dalton Etheridge, wide receiver Davis Carrandi and cornerback Marquis Griffin in last week’s 24-19 loss to Washington County of Class AAA. They’ll need them and more against Briarwood, which outlasted ELCA last season with greater depth.

Social Circle at Strong Rock

When, where: Today, 7:30 p.m. in Locust Grove

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Neither team is ranked.

Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the schools.

Noteworthy: This will be the head coaching debut for Social Circle coach Ron Sebree, who was previous the DeKalb County athletic coordinator. In 10 seasons as Columbia High coach, Sebree compiled a 55-54 record with five playoff appearances. The Redskins are trying to rebound from a winless season in 2011. Sebree has about 35 players on his roster.

Stockbridge vs. M.L. King

When, where: Saturday, at The Doghouse, East Point.

Records, rankings: Season opener for both teams. Stockbridge is ranked No. 9 in Class AAAA and the Lions are ranked No. 5 in AAAAA.

Last meeting: This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Noteworthy: Stockbridge is 1-2 in season openers since fourth-year coach Kevin Whitley has been in charge. The Tigers are coming off its first-ever playoff win in 2011 and will not have to wait until midseason to see how they stack up against playoff caliber opposition in 2012. The Lions will be playing with an interim coach as head coach Michael Carson has been suspended for sending nude photos of himself to a football player’s mother.

Southern Crescent Top 5

Each week throughout the season, the Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald will do a Top 5 rankings, which will be published on Friday.

1. Lovejoy

The Wildcats did not crack the pre-season Associated Press poll despite the return of 16 starters from their state finalist team from a year ago. Lovejoy takes on rival Mundy’s Mill in both teams’ season-opener at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

2. ELCA

A heartbreaking 24-19 loss to Washington County dropped the Chargers from first to No. 6 in the latest AP Class A poll. Rebounding from that loss will be tough as the Chargers take on Alabama power Briarwood Christian.

3. Jonesboro

The Cardinals have had a couple weeks to recover from their scrimmage loss at Thomas County Central. If the Cardinals are to make a run at the playoffs again, they will have to get some improvement from their offensive line.

4. Dutchtown

How good will the Bulldogs be this season will quickly be answered as No. 7 Griffin comes to Hampton tonight. Griffin, which has never lost to a Henry County school, returns 17 starters from a second-round playoff team.

5. Drew

The Titans are idle this week as they begin their third season of varsity football. Drew is coming off its first playoff appearance last season and will open the season Sept. 7 against Riverdale.