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GAMES TO WATCH: WEEK FOUR

Photo by Derrick Mahone Jonesboro’s Cameron Sutton (left) and Taurean Ferguson figure to be impact players in Friday’s showdown at Griffin.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Jonesboro’s Cameron Sutton (left) and Taurean Ferguson figure to be impact players in Friday’s showdown at Griffin.

Alpharetta at Lovejoy

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Twelve Oaks Stadium, in Lovejoy.

Records, rankings: Alpharetta is 1-1 and unranked; Lovejoy is 1-1 and ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: After losing for the first time in 22 regular season games, Lovejoy looks to bounce back with this home contest. Alpharetta, which opened in 2004, won its first region title last season in school history. The Raiders are led by standout quarterback Josh Dobbs, who has committed to Arizona State. In the team’s win over Harrison last week, Dobbs passed for 326 yards on 21 completions. Junior wide receiver Carlos Burse has been his main target. The 14 points that Lovejoy surrendered to Colquitt was the most since giving up 20 last season to Tri-Cities on Oct. 1. The Raiders defense is anchored by Naim Mustaffa, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end, who has committed to Georgia. His father, Najee, is a former letterwinner at Georgia Tech and played in the NFL with Cleveland and Minnesota as a cornerback.

Columbia at Stockbridge

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Tiger Stadium, in Stockbridge.

Records, rankings: Columbia is 2-0 and unranked; Stockbridge is 1-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: Stockbridge continues the gauntlet portion of its schedule, facing a Columbia team that is coming off a 34-0 route.. Columbia, which is known for its dominant basketball program, is coming off a playoff appearance last season. The Eagles graduated several of their top skill players from a year ago. This season, senior Courtney Davis has assumed the quarterback position and has completed 80 percent of his passes for 133 yards. His main target has been Terrell Badilishamwalmu, who has three receptions for 35 yards. As a team, the Eagles are giving up 273 yards of total offense.

Dutchtown at Luella

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Luella High Stadium, in Locust Grove.

Records, rankings: Dutchtown is 1-1 and unranked; Luella is 0-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: Luella won 48-28 in 2007.

Noteworthy: Two teams headed in much different directions. After a 35-6 victory that included 406 rushing yards and seven sacks, Dutchtown is looking like the contender it hopes to be. It’ll be the first game for Bulldogs quarterback Donovahn Jones since committing to Missouri on Tuesday. After a 27-7 loss to Langston Hughes, the Lions are struggling to execute on offense and defense and are 0-2 for the first time since 2005.

ELCA at Hapeville Charter

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Hapeville Charter in Union City.

Records, rankings: ELCA is 2-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class A; Hapeville is 1-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: This is only the first season for the Union City school. Last season, the Hornets were 0-4 in varsity games with losses to B.E.S.T. Academy, Lanier and Greater Atlanta Christian, in addition to Robbinsville, N.C. Hapeville averaged only seven points last season in those four losses. In a win over North Springs, a Class AAAAA school, the Hornets scored 28 points. ELCA, which moved back into the top spot in Class A in the recent Associated Press poll, is expected to be without several starters, including Keyante Green, D.J. Curl and Isaac Rochell, who all have injuries.

Jonesboro at Griffin

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Memorial Stadium, in Griffin.

Records, rankings: Jonesboro is 2-0 and unranked; Griffin is 2-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class AAAA.

Last meeting: Griffin won 47-42 last season in the Class AAAA playoffs first round.

Noteworthy: This game will have early playoff implications as both teams are in the same subregion. Griffin, much like Jonesboro, has an abundance of skill position talent. The Bears are led by quarterback Jaquez Parks, who engineered the team to a come-from-behind win in last season’s playoff matchup with Jonesboro. His favorite targets are Christian Owens, who had four receptions for 117 yards, and Darquavious Mamgham, who had four receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown in a win over Northgate last week. Malik Miller has been a short-yardage specialist for the Bears. The running back has five touchdowns on the season.

Mary Persons at Henry County

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Warhawk Stadium, in McDonough.

Records, rankings: Mary Persons is 1-1 and unranked; Henry County is 0-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: Henry County won 41-35 in overtime in 2007.

Noteworthy: This is a matchup of two first-year coaches as Mary Person is led by Brian Nelson, who replaced the legendary Rodney Walker. In his first-ever head coaching position, Nelson has a win over Jones County last week, but opened the season with a loss at Jackson. Warhawks coach Joe Dupree is still looking for his first head coaching win. The Bulldogs are averaging 24 points per game, but are also giving up 22.5 points a contest. Mary Persons running back Nick Davis had two rushing touchdowns in last week’s win over Jones County.

Morrow at Locust Grove

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Locust Grove High Stadium, in Locust Grove.

Records, rankings: Both teams are 1-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the team’s first meeting.

Noteworthy: Get ready to watch two wide receivers having impressive seasons so far — Morrow’s Sterling Taylor and Locust Grove’s Cortez McDowell. Taylor has had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games to begin the season, including a 7-catch, 101-yard performance in the Mustangs’ 12-6 victory over Forest Park that broke an 11-game losing streak. McDowell had six catches for 112 yards and three touchdowns, not to mention the interception that clinched the Wildcats’ 35-28 victory over Ola. Expect more offensive fireworks.

Mount Zion at Washington-Atlanta

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium, in Atlanta.

Records, rankings: Mount Zion is 0-1 and unranked; Washington is 2-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Mount Zion lost 14-12 in 2005.

Noteworthy: Mount Zion has had two weeks to lick its wounds and regroup from a 33-6 loss to cross-town rival Jonesboro, while Washington is 2-0 for the second time in three seasons. Washington is led by former North Clayton coach Rodney Hackney, who took the Eagles to the playoffs all three seasons he was at the helm. Hackney also coached at Riverdale among the seven places he has gained head-coaching experience. Hackney is 3-1 against Mount Zion during his career.

North Clayton at Northgate

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Henry Seldon Field, in Newnan.

Records, rankings: Both teams are 0-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: Northgate won 42-7 last season in the Class AAAA first round.

Noteworthy: North Clayton has not started a season 0-3 since 2003, when the Eagles lost their first four games to finish 3-7. Northgate is coming off a 35-6 loss to Griffin. The Vikings have had trouble with their offense as they are averaging only eight points per contest. After being shut out in its first game against Riverdale, North Clayton scored 29 points against No. 10 Grady last week. But it will have to deal with Northgate defensive tackle “Moose” Johnson, who is committed to Georgia.

Ola at McIntosh

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at McIntosh Stadium, in Peachtree City.

Records, rankings: Ola is 1-1 and unranked; McIntosh is 2-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Ola won 22-21 last season.

Noteworthy: Ola is one score away from being 2-0. And if versatile senior JoJo Spann continues to play at his All-Southern Crescent pace, the Mustangs have a chance to win most of the games on their schedule. A formidable challenge awaits them in Peachtree City, as the Chiefs have held both of their opponents this season — North Springs and Alexander — to six points, while averaging 36 points a game themselves.

Riverdale at Grady

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Grady Stadium, in Atlanta.

Records, rankings: Riverdale is 2-0 and unranked; Grady is 2-0 and ranked No. 10 in Class AAA.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: Grady just moved into the top 10 in the Associated Press poll earlier this week after holding off North Clayton for a win. Riverdale is averaging 21 points per game and giving up only seven in wins over North Clayton and Drew. This will be the Raiders’ first road contest of the season after playing their first two games at Southern Crescent Stadium. This will be the Grey Knights’ fourth game against a Southern Crescent team. Grady is winless in two games against Forest Park and has defeated Jonesboro in two games. The losses against Forest Park came in the mid-1960s while the wins over Jonesboro were also in the mid-1960s.

Rockdale County at Drew

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Southern Crescent Stadium, in Riverdale.

Records, rankings: Rockdale County is 0-2 and unranked; Drew is 0-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: Rockdale is in search of first-year coach Vinson Elder’s first coaching win. Elder, who built a strong track program at Tucker, was an assistant football coach at Southwest DeKalb and Tri-Cities. The Bulldogs big problem has been turnovers. In the season-opening loss to Salem, the Bulldogs had four turnovers.

Strong Rock at Treutlen

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Bobby Driggers Stadium, in Soperton.

Records, rankings: Strong Rock is 2-0 and unranked; Treulten is 0-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: The Vikings lost their season-opener 22-21 last week against Claxton. This is the second straight week Treutlen will be at home. Strong Rock is 2-0 for the first time in school history. In the loss to Claxton, Vikings sophomore running back Zacharus Grant had a 54-yard touchdown run and junior James Baker had an 11-yard touchdown reception from Matthew Powell.

Upson-Lee at Eagle’s Landing

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Eagle’s Landing Stadium, in McDonough.

Records, rankings: Both teams are 0-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: Upson-Lee won 14-7 in 2005.

Noteworthy: Both of these teams are perhaps smarting a bit from losing games that, with a few different bounces of the ball, could have easily gone the other way. Eagle’s Landing lost to Ola and Lamar County by a combined 19 points. The Knights, meanwhile, lost 40-39 in double-overtime at the hands of Pike County and 13-3 against Stockbridge. Both teams have shown they can put up points and get off to fast starts.

Woodward Academy at Woodland

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Wolfpack Stadium, in Stockbridge.

Records, rankings: Both teams are 1-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Woodward Academy won 28-7 in 2009.

Noteworthy: In true Woodward Academy fashion, the War Eagles get help from everywhere. In their 34-0 victory over Fayette County, they got rushing touchdowns from Terry Googer, Jollyce Myrick and Quincy Wolff and a 3-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Ozzie Bunbury. That means Woodland should have its hands full; the Wolfpack have been out-scored 69-7 in their two losses to Woodward Academy.