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High School Football: Week 4 previews
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When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Rebels Stadium, Blue Ridge

Records: Chestatee (1-2); Fannin County (1-1)

Who to watch: Nick Lyles continues to tack on the yardage as the War Eagles’ workhorse back. The junior recorded his third-straight 100-plus yard performance (27 carries, 132 yards, two touchdowns) in last week’s 41-13 loss to Flowery Branch.

Game Notes: The War Eagles failed to build on their newfound success attained against East Hall. The War Eagles’ gave up 429 yards total offense in a 41-13 loss to Flowery Branch at War Eagle Stadium in week 3. They now face the pass-happy Fannin County Rebels, led by quarterback Brad Davis (40 of 70, 606 yards, two touchdowns). Chestatee trails the series 3-1, though won the previous meeting 17-8.


When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: The Reservation, Toccoa

Records: Flowery Branch (1-1); Stephens County (1-1)

Who to watch: The Falcons spread their wings offensively in week 2. Starting quarterback Nick Lance (12 of 15) had himself a day at War Eagle Stadium with 243 yards and three first-half touchdowns, while speedster Malik Drayton ammassed 169 total yards ­— 103 yards receiving. Stephens County however brings some offensive weapons of their own, including talented signal caller Jackson Bell. Bell carries a 140.5 QB rating into this matchup after completing 18 of 25 passes for 233 yards, four touchdowns and no picks in two games for the Indians.

Game notes: Despite winning two of the first three meetings, the Falcons may be in for a shootout Friday night. The Indians have the potential to light up the scoreboard given a 61-point rampage against Franklin County in their season opener.


When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: The Brickyard, Gainesville

Records: North Hall (2-0); Pickens (1-1)
Who to watch: There is one name that continues to be a constant against any defense, and that is Kyle Bacus. With 427 rushing yards and six touchdowns already docked, The elite 11 ball carrier is well on his way to a 2,000-yard senior campaign from the backfield.

Game notes: The Trojans squeaked past Flowery Branch 21-20 in week 2. Now coming off a bye, the Trojans seek their 17th win all-time against Pickens. The Trojans have outscored the Dragons 160-14 in the previous four contests, though this will be the first meeting since 2009.


When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Panther Stadium, Jefferson

Records: West Hall (2-1); Jackson County (1-2)

Who to Watch: West Hall put on an impressive defensive display to knock off Washington-Wilkes in week 3. The Spartan secondary anchored the 10-0 road victory, hauling in four interceptions, two by T.K. Hendrix. Senior running backk Tyrese Osborne also recorded team-high 148 rushing yards and the team’s lone touchdown in the win.

Game notes: West Hall may have momentum on its side in this week 4 matchup. The Spartans have rocked a two-game winning streak since dropping their season opener to Gainesville, while Jackson County has lost two-straight. The Spartans have also won the previous four meetings.


When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Jock Horner Field, Gainesville

Records: Lakeview (0-2, 0-1 Region 8-A); Commerce (2-0, 1-0 8-A)
Who to watch: Senior linebacker Josh Henderson, predicted to be a leader for the Lions defense this season, will look to help slow down a Commerce squad that has put up a combined 92 points in its first two contests.

Game Notes: The Lions are looking to gain traction in Region 8-A. Lakeview is 0-4 against Commerce in previous contests. The Lions have scored 20 points this season, which is just five more than the Tigers have allowed through two games.


When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Keith Henderson Stadium, Monroe

Records: Riverside Military (1-1, 1-1 Region 8-A); George Walton (2-0, 1-0 8-A)

Who to watch: Junior running back Juwan Thompson is the featured back for the Eagles.

Game Notes: The Eagles are 3-5 against the Bulldogs, with the wins coming from 2005-07. The two teams haven’t met since 2011, which ended in a 42-6 loss for Lakeview. The Eagles are looking to add a win early in the season in hopes of reaching the playoffs.


When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Raider Stadium, Mount Airy

Records: Habersham Central (2-0); Franklin County (1-1)

Who to watch: The Raiders’ fourth-quarter rally against White County was engineered by quarterback Cole Wilbanks. Wilbanks (173 passing yards, two touchdowns) brought the Raiders within three on a touchdown pass to Jake Jones with 3:46 left, and following a successful Raiders’ onside kick attempt, he hit Aaron Wood (114 receiving yards) for the winning score.

Game notes: Habersham Central dug deep late against White County, scoring two touchdowns in the final minutes to top the Warriors 29-23. The Raiders will seek their first 3-0 start since 1990 against Franklin County, another team to emerge victorious against White County so far this season. The Raiders have only lost three meetings since 1972. The Lions were blown out by Stephens County, 61-20 on Aug. 26.


When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Red Raider Stadium, Danielsville

Records: Lumpkin County (1-0); Madison County (2-0)

Who to watch: Senior running back Zach Matthews is coming off a 194-yard, three touchdown game in a 26-13 win over Jackson County. Coach Shane Williamson is trying to find a balance in the Indians’ offense, but he said it’s hard to go away from Matthews in the backfield with the production he’s been able to get so far.

Game Notes: The Indians and Red Raiders played a home-and-home series in 2012-13 with the two splitting the games. Madison County has put up 57 points this season, including 42 points in a victory over Jackson County to open the season.


When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Frank Snyder Stadium, Tiger

Records: White County (0-2); Rabun County (1-0)

Game notes: After watching a nine-point lead disappear in the final minutes against Habersham Central last week, the Warriors will seek a rebound as they visit Rabun County for the first time since 2001. They currently trail the series 24-10 since 1958, but won the last meeting 17-14.

The Wildcats churned 302 rushing yards and three touchdowns in their 24-10 win over Stephens County last week.

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