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High school football: Week 3 previews
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CHESTATEE VS. FLOWERY BRANCH

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: War Eagle Stadium, Gainesville

Records: Chestatee (1-1); Flowery Branch (0-1)

Who to watch: Nick Lyles (Chestatee) had a 62-yard receiving touchdown and 47-yard rushing score in last week’s 23-21 win over East Hall. ... Lyles finished the game with 134 rushing yards on 18 carries. ... Outside of the 62-yard touchdown pass to Lyles, quarterback Storm Yarbrough was able to escape a sack on fourth-and-8 to toss a 40-yard score. He’ll be one to watch as well for the War Eagles. ... Nick Lance (Flowery Branch) opened the Falcons’ season with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Jalin Strown. ... Lance finished the game against North Hall going 16 of 28 for 236 yards and a touchdown. He also had a pair of interceptions. ... With the Falcons looking to get back to the spread offense that made them a power from 2005-2011 under coach Lee Shaw, Lance will have a lot of opportunities to show off his arm and rack up yardage. ... Running back tandem Malik Drayton and Malik Damons will also be featured in the Flowery Branch offense. ... Drayton had 98 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while Damons carried the ball 10 times for 28 yards.

Game Notes: The Falcons lead the series 8-2 over Chestatee. ... The War Eagles are coming off their first win in 18 games and their first under new coach Shaun Conley. ... Chestatee topped East Hall 23-21 in a weather and curfew shortened contest. ... Flowery Branch took a tightly-contested 21-20 loss at the hands of North Hall in its season opener.

... Chestatee will look to roll its confidence from last game into this matchup, while coach Chris Griffin will try to get Flowery Branch stepping in the right direction.

JOHNSON VS. BANKS COUNTY

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Billy Ellis Stadium, Oakwood

Records: Johnson (0-2); Banks County (0-2)

Who to watch: Fullback Cody Long is the hard-nose runner for the Knights. ... Long led the team in rushing yards a year ago and will be looked to in order to keep the offense on the field.

Game Notes: The series between the two is split at 2-2. ... The Knights are winless in the first two contests and are coming off a 2-8 campaign in 2015. ... After going 5-5 in 2015 with big-play athletes Trevae Cain and Zez Steeple, the Leopards are off to a hard-luck start at 0-2 as well.

NO. 3 BUFORD VS. BISHOP TIMON (N.Y.)

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Tom Riden Stadium, Buford

Records: Buford (0-1); Bishop Timon (0-0)

Who to Watch: TD Roof had 95 all-purpose yards for the Wolves against Roswell in the Corky Kell Classic. ... Roof led Buford with 38 receiving yards, despite catching only one pass in the game. ... The Georgia Tech commit managed six tackles, third highest for the Wolves in their opener.

Game notes: This will be the first meeting between Buford and Bishop Timon. ... The Tigers are making three stops around the country. ... After playing Buford, Bishop Timon will head to Toledo, Ohio to play Central Catholic, then will travel to Odessa, Texas to play Permian — the school made famous by the movie “Friday Night Lights.” ... The Wolves are looking to get back to their winning ways after falling in their opener to Roswell. ... The loss was just the third in the last two seasons for the Wolves.

DAWSON COUNTY AT CHATTOOGA

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Little Big Horn stadium, Summerville

Records: Dawson County (1-0); Chattooga (1-0)

Who to watch: Quarterback Coey Watson makes the wheel’s turn for Dawson County. ... The junior rushed eight times for 43 yards and a touchdown, and completed 9-of-13 passes for 81 yards and a score against Forsyth Central a week ago. ... Between his arm and his athleticism, Watson has the ability to make opposing defenses pay as well as have them respect all aspects of his game.

Game notes: The Tigers and Indians will be clashing for the first time tonight. ... Coming off an opening 14-9 victory over Class 7A Forsyth Central at home, the Tigers will try to pick up another win at Class 2A Chattooga. ... The Indians will be coming off a big 49-7 victory over Cedar Bluff High (Ala.).

HABERSHAM CENTRAL AT WHITE COUNTY

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: White County Stadium, Cleveland

Records: Habersham Central (1-0); White County (0-1)

Who to watch: Running back Michael Babers (Habersham Central) rattled off 183 yards and three scores in the Raiders opening 45-13 win over East Hall. ... The senior back is a big-play threat whether simply running the ball or catching it out of the backfield. ... Quarterback Kaleb Crane (White County) is where it all starts for the Warriors. ... White County runs a Georgia Southern style triple-option offense, which could drain the clock if Crane gets the offense rolling.

Game Notes: Habersham Central owns the series with a 4-2 record over White County. ... Both teams are recovering from tough seasons, which saw the Warriors win three games, while Habersham won just one a year ago. ... The Raiders won their opening game for the first time since the 2011 season when the offense was ran by then-quarterback Kevin Ellison, who now leads the potent offense at Georgia Southern. ... Babers will be tough to limit for the Warriors’ defense because they’ll also have to respect the deep receiving corps for the Raiders. ... The Raiders will be tasked with playing contain defense and limiting White County’s backs to small gains

NO. 3 JEFFERSON VS. NO. 4 THOMSON

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Memorial Stadium, Jefferson

Records: Jefferson (2-0); Thomson (2-0)

Who to watch: Running back Colby Wood is already having a big year, rushing the ball 34 times for 265 yards and four scores in the first two games. ... Wood had just 13 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns in the opening game of the year, a 48-0 trouncing of Discovery High.

Game Notes: Thomson owns the series 6-2-2 against the Dragons. ... The matchup will pit two of Class 4A’s top four teams against each other. ... With Wood and Zack Boobas running the ball and junior Bryce Moore under center, Jefferson’s offense is a high powered one. ... The offense has been on display early with 86 points put on the board by the Dragons through two games. ... Thomson’s offense is showing lots of life as well, posting 80 points through its first two games. ... The Bulldogs seem to rotate running backs, with four over 100 yards for the season. ... Senior Michael Thomas leads the group with 32 carries for 199 yards and three scores. ... Bubba Murray also has three scores with 135 yards on 13 carries. ... Tyrek Braswell has the other two touchdowns for the Bulldogs on the ground along with his 113 rushing yards.

LUMPKIN COUNTY VS. JACKSON COUNTY

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: The Burial Grounds, Dahlonega

Records: Lumpkin County (0-0); Jackson County (1-1)

Who to watch: Running back Zach Matthews will be the driving force for the Indians as they look to improve on last season’s 2-8 record. ... Matthews was able to rush for 1,100 yards in 2015.

Game Notes: Lumpkin County has never beaten Jackson County in the four games the two have squared off against each other. ... The Indians were rained out in their opener, which was supposed to be against White County last week. ... Lumpkin County will open up against the Panthers this week under new coach Shane Williamson. ... The Panthers are already two games into their season under second-year coach Brandon Worley, with a five-point win over Banks County and a 42-12 loss to Madison County.

WEST HALL at WASHINGTON WILKES

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Tiger Stadium

Records: West Hall (1-1); Washington-Wilkes (0-1)

Who to watch: The backfield of West Hall to include Cooper Adams and Tyrese Osborne wreaked havoc over in-county rival Johnson in the Battle of Oakwood last week with 387 rushing yards (225 yards in the first half). Cooper Adams totalled 75 rushing yards before halftime, followed by Tyrese Osborne with 58 yards on four carries. Starting quarterback Jacob Satterfield even added a 75-yard keeper for a touchdown in the 42-14 win at Bill Ellis Memorial Stadium.

Game notes: After amassing 500 yards of total offense against Johnson, the Spartans will seek continued success — on the ground especially — against the Class 1A Tigers in this first-time matchup. The Tigers lost to No. 7 Class 2A Elbert County 21-7 last week.

RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY VS. PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Maginnis Field

Records: Riverside Military Academy (0-1); Providence Christian (1-0)

Game notes: The Eagles fell to Prince Avenue 34-0 in their home opener last week. They welcome Providence Christian Academy who captured its first ever varsity football victory against Fulton Leadership Academy, 24-0. This will be the first meeting between the two programs.

LAKEVIEW ACADEMY VS. ATHENS ACADEMY

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Jock Horner Field

Records: Lakeview (0-1); Athens Academy (1-0)

Game notes: The Lions dropped their opener 38-6 against East Jackson. Athens Academy scored 17 points to start its opener against Walker, and went on to cruise to a 23-8 win.
Lakeview now brings the fight to Jock Horner Field in hopes to capture just its second win against Athens Academy in the all-time series since 2008, and snap a seven-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 2, 2015.

 

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