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High school football: Week 2 previews
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Game of the Week: Johnson and West Hall clash in annual Battle of Oakwood rivalry game

CHESTATEE AT EAST HALL

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: East Hall Stadium, Gainesville

Records: Chestatee (0-1); East Hall (0-1)

Who to Watch: Despite the loss, East Hall quarterback Austin Parker was able to shine against Class AAAAAA Habersham Central defense during last week’s loss. Parker accounted for the bulk of the Vikings’ 218 total yards, completing 19-of-36 attempts for 209 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. Chestatee senior Nick Lyles put up big numbers, rushing for 214 yards in its opener against North Hall last week.

Game notes: The season openers for Chestatee and East Hall were polar opposites for the offenses. The War Eagles engaged in a shootout with North Hall, before losing 35-28 at the Brickyard. The Vikings were held scoreless until the 4:38 mark of the third quarter against Habersham Central and could only muster an additional touchdown before falling 45-13.
After giving up 366 rush yards on the ground to North Hall’s Wing-T offense, the War Eagles defense will have to stop the Vikings’ spread offense, led by the quarterback-wide receiver duo of Parker and Markese Jackson in Week 2.
Both teams have met four times since 2002, Chestatee winning the last two meetings. This will be the first clash since 2007 between the two schools.

DAWSON COUNTY vs. FORSYTH CENTRAL

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Tiger Stadium, Dawsonville

Records: First game for both programs

Game notes: The Tigers are an explosive offense, led at the top by Elite 11 quarterback Coey Watson, a junior who threw for 2,170 yards in 2015. Dawson County is the defending Region 7-AAA champion and looking to continue its success after a trip to the state quarterfinals last year.
Forsyth Central has the edge in this series, winning 8 of 13 matchups dating back to 1970.
The Bulldogs were sound in their presseason scrimmage as they rolled to a 33-0 win against North Hall in Cumming.
Forsyth Central is now led by Frank Hepler, who coached West Forsyth its first seven seasons. The Bulldogs are now in the state’s largest classification and are in Region 5-AAAAAAA along with county rivals North Forsyth, South Forsyth, West Forsyth and Lambert.

FLOWERY BRANCH vs. NORTH HALL

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Falcon Field, Flowery Branch

Records: Flowery Branch (0-0); North Hall (1-0)

Who to Watch: Kyle Bacus began his senior campaign on the right foot in the Trojans’ 35-28 win over Chestatee last week, rushing for 199 yards and two scores. Flowery Branch rolls out a high-octane spread offense with two capable quarterbacks, a speedster, Malik Drayton, in the backfield and several options at wide receiver.

Game notes: For years this was a heated rivalry, before Flowery Branch’s student-population size placed it in a higher classification. The most recent matchup between these two schools was in 2009 when the Trojans won a 37-34 shootout against the Falcons, who were led by Chicago Bears backup quarterback Connor Shaw, at The Brickyard. Meeting every season between 2002-2009, Flowery Branch’s only wins against North Hall were in 2008 (when the Falcons were state runner-up) and 2005.

JEFFERSON vs. RIVERWOOD

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Memorial Stadium, Jefferson

Record: Jefferson (1-0); Riverwood (0-0)

Who to watch: Colby Wood, a returning 2,100-yard rusher, led the Dragons’ backfield in a 48-0 shutout of Discovery in their season opener. Wood racked up 120 yards with two touchdowns on just 13 carries, and caught three passes for 66 yards and an 8-yard touchdown.

Game notes: The Dragons face Class AAAAA Riverwood in a first-time meeting tonight. It is the second of five non-regional opponents the Dragons will face this year. The Raiders lost a few playmakers on the offensive side of the ball following a 7-3 season, including 1,468-yard rusher and Current Colorado State running back Marvin Kinsey Jr.
Jefferson luckily has most of its weapons still intact — including Wood and starting quarterback Bryce Moore — as well as a sturdy offensive front led by 230-pound anchor Logan Garner and 300-pound senior tackle Caleb Chandler. The Dragons accrued 364 total yards in their season-opener against Discovery.
Terrell Wall, Blake Ehl and Alex Mason each recorded a pick on defense for the Dragons.
Next month, Jefferson has back-to-back non-region games against Flowery Branch and Gainesville.
Riverwood has made the postseason twice this century (2001 and 2013).

GAINESVILLE vs. ALPHARETTA

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: City Park Stadium, Gainesville

Record: Gainesville (1-0); Alpharetta (0-1)

Who to watch: Gainesville junior quarterback D.J. Irons threw for almost 300 yards in a win Aug. 19 against West Hall, most of those yards picked up by senior Red Davis. Alpharetta senior wide receiver Carlos Carriere had five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ 14-12 loss to Milton last week. Alpharetta junior running back Nolan Edmonds, a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, had 1,300 yards in 2015.
Game notes: Gainesville will be challenged with a non-region schedule will continue with the offensively-gifted Raiders tonight at City Park Stadium. After playing the Raiders, the next two opponents for the Red Elephants (Clarke Central and Jefferson) won season openers by a combined margin of 78-0.

RIVERSIDE MILITARY vs. PRINCE AVENUE CHRISTIAN

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Maginnis Field, Gainesville

Record: Riverside Military (0-0); Prince Avenue (1-0)

Game notes: The Eagles jump right into region play with the season opener. Riverside Military plays nine region games during the regular season in a 10-team Region 8-A. It’s only non-region game is against Georgia Military on Oct. 21 for the ‘Military Bowl’ in Milledgeville.
Prince Avenue is coming off a 35-14 win against Aquinas-Augusta on Aug. 19. For the Wolverines, junior quarterback Grant Roland threw for 180 yards, while senior Thomas Huff carried for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Prince Avenue won both previous meetings against Riverside Military (2010 and 2011). The Wolverines are coached by Greg Vandagriff, who has not been a head coach since 2003 at Kell.

LAKEVIEW ACADEMY at EAST JACKSON

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Eagles Stadium, Commerce

Records: Lakeview Academy (0-0); East Jackson (0-1)

Game notes: East Jackson lost its opener to Hebron Christian, 17-7, on Aug. 19. The Eagles have a first-year coach Christian Hunnicutt, who spent 2015 as an assistant at Grayson High. Hunnicutt was an assistant coach at Buford High for 15 years prior to that. Hunnicutt has also spent time during his career as an assistant at Lowndes and Peach County.

WHITE COUNTY AT LUMPKIN COUNTY

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: The Burial Grounds, Dahlonega

Records: White County (0-1); Lumpkin County (0-0)
Who to watch: Lumpkin County senior Zach Matthews rushed for 1,100 yards as a junior and is Times Elite 11 pick for 2016.

Game notes: These two neighboring counties have a rivalry dating back to 1964, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. White County has a 34-11-1 series edge.

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