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High School Football: Week 5 previews
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Game of the Week 

BUFORD VS. JEFFERSON DAVIS (Ala.)

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: Tom Riden Stadium, Buford

Records: Buford (1-1); Jefferson Davis (2-2)

Who to watch: Wolves’ running back Anthony Grant churned out 207 rushing yards on just 12 carries with four touchdowns ­— two in the final minutes of the first half in Week 3. The Wolves defense also looked strong coming off a Week 2 bye, sacking quarterback Matt Myers five times, and halting the Tigers offense to a measly 103 total yards of offense with one first-half touchdown.

Game notes: The Wolves have yet to play in back-to-back weeks this season, but they still know how to play against anyone, no matter the state. They bring in another out-of-towner, Jefferson Davis of Montgomery. The Wolves will see if they can stack up against the talent of the Class 7A Volunteers, who include senior tailback Travez Bozeman (56 carries, 219 yards, TD), senior wide receiver Tyler Wesley (14 receptions, 225 yards, 2 TD) and senior duel-threat quarterback Zarron Haney (44 of 94 passing, 674 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT). The Vols defense also features defensive lineman Alec Jackson and defensive back Zyon Gilbert, who both have offers from various SEC schools. This is the first ever meeting for both programs.

CHESTATEE AT LUMPKIN COUNTY

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: The Burial Grounds, Dahlonega

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

Who to watch: For Chestatee, Nick Lyles is coming off a massive game in which he ran for 241 yards and five touchdowns. Lyles has amassed 700 yards through the first four games, putting him on pace for 1,750 for the season. For Lumpkin County, Zach Matthews has carried the ball 55 times for 335 yards and three touchdowns in just two contests thus far. Matthews is averaging 167.5 yards per game.

Game notes: The War Eagles own the series with a 6-2 record against Lumpkin County. The two losses for Chestatee came in 2010-11 as the Indians won 31-6 and 41-18. The War Eagles are coming off a 47-30 win over Fannin County behind a big effort from Lyles. After breaking an 18-game losing streak on Aug. 26 at East Hall, Chestatee has now put together two wins, which is the most through four weeks since 2013 when they had three wins. Lumpkin County is coming off a 27-7 loss at the hands of Madison County. The Indians were rained out in the first week against White County. The closest game between the two schools came in 2007 as the War Eagles topped Lumpkin County 24-22. The average margin of victory when the two meet is 21.5 points.

EAST HALL VS. JACKSON COUNTY

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: East Hall Stadium

Records: East Hall (1-2); Jackson County (1-3)

Who to watch: Austin Parker threw for a career-high four touchdowns in a 47-21 win over Johnson last week. Parker was 11 for 12 for 216 yards in the game. He was able to complete passes to six different receivers and touchdowns to four different players.

Game notes: The Vikings are 6-4 against Jackson County. East Hall has lost the last three meetings to the Panthers, falling in 2014-15 and the previous matchup in 1997. The Vikings looked as though they were trying to repeat last year’s feat, where the it lost the first three games before winning six of seven to make the playoffs, until it took the lopsided victory over Johnson a week ago. East Hall will try to roll momentum forward and pick up another win. After picking up a win in its first game over Banks County, Jackson County has lost three straight by a combined score of 110-25. The Panthers were 3-1 through four games a year ago.

NORTH HALL AT WHITE COUNTY

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: White County Stadium, Cleveland

Records: North Hall (3-0); White County (0-3)

Who to watch: Fullback Kyle Bacus ground out another 100-plus yard performance last week and added a 2-yard score that added some much needed insurance for the Trojans. 

Game notes: Trojans coach David Bishop may not prefer those nail biter type contests. All three of their wins this year have been by eight or fewer points, with last week’s 16-8 win over Pickens as more of a great escape. The game featured three dropped touchdown passes and three more potential scores negated by penalties. The Dragons were stopped short of a last-second touchdown — and a potential game-tying 2-point conversion — as running back Dylan Huffman was tackled inches short of the goal line on fourth-and-4 with five seconds left in the game. Tonight’s matchup for the Trojans might be a different story when face a winless White County team that surrendered 49 points to Rabun County and managed just a single touchdown in response last week. The Trojans may only lead the all-time series 22-21 since 1960, but their previous 30-13 win indicates they’re up for the task of improving to 4-0 after this week.

WEST HALL VS. DAWSON COUNTY

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: West Hall Stadium, Oakwood

Records: West Hall (3-1); Dawson County (1-0)

Who to watch: Tyrese Osborne has been the driving force for West Hall. The senior back has 52 carries for 434 yards and six touchdowns. Osborne has rushed for at least 100 yards in three of the four the Spartans have played so far. For Dawson County, Coey Watson has thrown for a touchdown and rushed for one as the Tigers have only played one contest.

Game notes: With a win, Dawson County would tie this series at 4-4. The Spartans are looking to keep momentum going after winning three straight since falling to Gainesville in Week 1. West Hall has put up 42 points in two games this year, including a 42-0 rout of Jackson County last week, and 10 points in the other two games. Dawson County was rained out in the first game of the season. On Sept. 2, the Tigers picked up a 30-8 win over Chattooga. Last week, Dawson County was off. The trend for West Hall in the series is to win back-to-back games against the Tigers after falling to them once, which the Spartans did in 2015, 17-0.

HABERSHAM CENTRAL AT STEPHENS COUNTY

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: The Reservation, Toccoa

Records: Habersham (3-0); Stephens County (2-1)

Who to watch: With Michael Babers going down to an ankle injury on the second play of the game last week, quarterback Cole Wilbanks stepped up big to lead the Raiders to a 21-14 victory. Wilbanks was 15 for 24 with 207 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a score as well.

Game notes: Habersham Central trails in the series 11-27-1 to the Indians. The Raiders have not won against Stephens County since 1996, marking 11 consecutive wins in the series for the Indians. The two teams played every year since Habersham Central opened in 1970 until 2001. They met again in 2004 and played until 2007, then again in 2012-13, but not since. This game is a rivalry game and has long been referred to as the “Battle of Curahee.” Stephens County is coming off a 41-7 victory over Flowery Branch, but was defeated the week before by former Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw at Rabun County 24-10.

RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY AT TOWNS COUNTY

When: 7:30 tonight

Where: Frank McClure Stadium, Hiawassee

Records: Riverside (1-2); Towns County (1-2)

Game notes: The Eagles were shut out by George Walton Academy 28-0, while Towns County fell to Prince Avenue Christian 47-13 last week. The Eagles will look to capture their second-straight victory over the Indians, this time on the road. This will be the first meeting since 2001.

Compiled by staff writers Zack Myers and Sarah Woodall

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