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GAMES TO WATCH: WEEK FIVE

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Lovejoy defensive end Zane Fields and his teammates will play East Coweta on Friday in a non-region game.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Lovejoy defensive end Zane Fields and his teammates will play East Coweta on Friday in a non-region game.

Lovejoy at East Coweta

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

Records, rankings: Lovejoy is 2-1 and unranked; East Coweta is 1-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: East Coweta won 38-6 in 2009.

Noteworthy: Despite beating a good Alpharetta team 43-24 last Friday, the Wildcats fell out of the rankings, perhaps to make room for Parkview which upset former nationally ranked Grayson. The Wildcats will be looking to continue their “Respect” tour when traveling to Sharpsburg. The Indians look to have their hands full against a Lovejoy offense that’s averaging over 30 points a game. With a win, Lovejoy positions coach Al Hughes to grab his 100th coaching victory next week against Druid Hills.

Henry County at Luella

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

Records, rankings: Both teams are 0-3 and unranked.

Last meeting: Luella won 24-17 in 2005

Noteworthy: Who saw this coming? Henry County entered the season coming off its fifth consecutive winning season, an unprecedented feat for a success-starved program. Luella entered the season confident it had a collection of college-level talent that could end three straight losing seasons. Instead, Henry County has had a tough time overcoming the loss of 30 seniors and Luella has had a tough time with turnovers and stopping offenses; the Lions are allowing 37.3 points per game.

Morrow at Lee County

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Trojan Field in Leesburg.

Records, rankings: Morrow is 1-2 and unranked; Lee County is 3-0.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: Morrow’s visit to Leesburg figures to be just as tough, if not tougher than its 34-6 loss to Locust Grove. The 3-0 Trojans will look to put a strain on Morrow’s defense, as they are averaging a whopping 47.6 points a game in their first three contests. In three games this season, Trojan running back Kenneth Hurley has 398 yards rushing. He scored three touchdowns last week against Westover.

McIntosh at Drew

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

Records, rankings: McIntosh is 3-0; and Drew is 1-1.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: McIntosh has been one of the surprise teams of the season with a 3-0 start for the first time in school history. The Chiefs will be trying to win four straight games for the first time since the 1987 season. McIntosh’s defense is giving up only six points per game. Drew has had a special teams’ touchdown in each of the first two games of the season. McIntosh hasn’t had a winning season since 1995.

Creekside vs. Forest Park

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

Records, rankings: Creekside is 1-2 and unranked; Forest Park is 0-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: Creekside won 45-7 in 2011.

Noteworthy: Forest Park coach Don Williams is looking for that elusive first win as the leader of the Panther program. And despite its 1-2 record, Creekside is athletic enough to potentially give Forest Park fits. The Panthers’ bright spot on offense is junior running back DeJuan Simms, who has averaged over five yards a carry and has rushed for 208 yards and a touchdown in Forest Park’s first two games.

Starr's Mill vs. Mount Zion

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

Records, rankings: Starr’s Mill is 1-2 and unranked; Mount Zion is 0-3 and unranked.

Last meeting: Starr’s Mill won 10-7 on in 2001.

Noteworthy: Mount Zion’s defense has given up more points in each of their games — 33 against Jonesboro and 43 against Washington—than their offense has scored in both games combined (20). The good news for the Bulldogs is that Starr’s Mill’s defense seems to be even more porous. The Panthers have sandwiched a 17-6 win against Fayette County between a 42-3 loss to North Cobb and a 63-14 rout at the hands Class AAAAAA West Forsyth.

Mundy's Mill at Coffee

When, where: Tonight, 8 p.m., at Jardine Stadium in Douglas.

Records, rankings: Mundy’s Mill is 0-3 and unranked; Coffee is 2-1.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: Coach Greg Manior is one of four Southern Crescent coaches still looking for his first victory. Manior’s team will travel to Douglas to face a Coffee squad that just missed a 3-0 start by losing to Burke County 33-21, the defending Class AAA champions. Coffee is coached by first-year coach Robby Pruitt, who built a playoff contender at Fitzgerald. He took them to the 2000 finals. This will be Coffee’s homecoming game. Last week, quarterback Keegan McGovern accounted for all three of the team’s scores.

Northgate at Ola

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

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

Last meeting: Northgate won 42-14 in 2011.

Noteworthy: JoJo Spann has been a star for the Ola Mustangs. Helping Ola to a 38-30 win against Eagle’s Landing, and almost single-handedly giving them a chance to win in close losses to Locust Grove and McIntosh. Spann has found the endzone in every game he’s played this season, and has also come up big defensively in key moments for Ola. They will no doubt need him again to help slow down a Northgate offense that has rushed for almost 500 yards in its last two games.

Whitewater at Union Grove

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

Records, rankings: Whitewater is 2-1 and unranked; Union Grove is 2-0 and unranked.

Last meeting: Union Grove lost 13-10 in 2011.

Noteworthy: Two power running teams collide in this Region 4-AAAAA crossover game. Wildcats running back Kendall Conley provided the punch last week, racking up 170 yards and three touchdowns in Whitewater’s 30-18 win over Mundy’s Mill. That was without senior starting center Tyler Sullenberger, who didn’t play due to injury. Union Grove counters with Derrick Craine, who’s rushed for 328 yards and five touchdowns in two games. The Wolverines lost to Whitewater on a last-second field goal last season, so they’re not lacking motivation this time around.

Riverdale at Dutchtown

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

Records, rankings: Riverdale is 3-0 and ranked No. 8 in Class AAAA; Dutchtown is 2-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Riverdale won 27-12 in 2007.

Noteworthy: Give the edge on offense to Dutchtown. Give the edge on defense to Riverdale. Chalk special teams up as even. However you score it, get ready for a compelling one. Henry County will get its first look at Riverdale running backs Ti’Keem Cooper and Kamhad Magwood, wide receiver Rashad Canty and linebacker Troy Wyche. Clayton County gets its first look at Dutchtown star quarterback Donovahn Jones and offensive lineman Jordan Harris. Riverdale comes in ranked for the first time since 2005.

Jonesboro at Eagle's Landing

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

Records, rankings: Jonesboro is 2-1 and ranked No. 8 in Class AAAA; Eagle’s Landing is 0-3 and unranked.

Last meeting: Eagle’s Landing won 24-20 in 2003.

Noteworthy: The Cardinals are going to be looking to bounce back from their disheartening 34-33 loss at Griffin last Friday. Despite being up by 12 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Jonesboro let its lead slip away. The Cardinals won’t be able to afford any emotional let downs against Eagle’s Landing despite the Golden Eagles’ 0-3 start. Eagle’s Landing quarterback Brandon Dewberry has thrown for 485 yards and seven scores, while junior running back Corey Holloway is averaging over 144 yards rushing a game.

Spalding at Locust Grove

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

Records, rankings: Spalding is 1-0-1 and unranked; Locust Grove is 2-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: Locust Grove won 23-17 in overtime in 2011.

Noteworthy: It’s simple, really — if Locust Grove wins, it gives the Wildcats the most wins in school history just four games into the season. Yes, this Locust Grove team is looking like a break-through edition, what with offensive weapons all over the field in quarterback Keenan Wise, who had 363 yards of offense in last week’s 34-6 win over Morrow, wide receivers Cortez McDowell and Fred McKibbon and fullback Garrett Wallace (33 carries, 215 yards, 2 TDs).

North Clayton at Stockbridge

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

Records, rankings: North Clayton is 0-3 and unranked; Stockbridge is 2-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: North Clayton won 50-0 in 2009.

Noteworthy: A lot has changed since these two teams last met — especially when looking at what each team has done so far this season. The Eagles are off to their worst start since 2003 when they also began 0-3 en route to a 3-7 campaign. Stockbridge, on the other hand has rebounded nicely after a 23-0 loss to M.L. King — especially on defense. The Tigers have given up just 11 combined points in its last two games.

Griffin at Woodland

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

Records, rankings: Griffin is 3-0 and ranked No. 4; Woodland is 1-2 and unranked.

Last meeting: Griffin won 30-6 in 2011.

Noteworthy: The Wolfpack have standout performers across the board. They have a running back (Malcolm Miller) averaging 5.9 yards per carry, a junior quarterback (Taylor Poff) completing 51 percent of his passes and a defensive back (Damon Young) leading the team in tackles (27) and interceptions (2). But Woodland is staring down a Griffin team that’s loaded with pure firepower, which was on display in the Bears’ 34-33 comeback win against Jonesboro last week. Speaking of Jonesboro, guess who the Wolfpack play next week?

Crawford County at Strong Rock

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

Records, rankings: Crawford county is 0-3 and unranked. Strong Rock is 2-1 and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Noteworthy: Strong Rock will be trying not to overlook the Crawford County Eagles who come into this game 0-3, and have been outscored 73-0 in its last two games against Putnam County and Twiggs County. Crawford brings a 26-game losing streak into the contest. The Eagles are led by running back J.J. Battle, who has rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Demontay Howard has passed for 80 yards on the season on seven completions.