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High school football: Week 4 capsules
Chestatee-North Hall football 2017
Chestatee's Jacob Goodall races downfield with the ball as North Hall's David Seavey grabs at his jersey Friday night during the first half of the War Eagles' big win over the Trojans at War Eagle Stadium. - photo by Scott Rogers

Game of the Week: East Hall, Johnson meet in battle of contrasting styles

Chestatee vs. Fannin County

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: War Eagle Stadium, Gainesville

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

Last Week: Chestatee lost to Flowery Branch 43-7, while Fannin County lost to Ringgold (La.) 31-0 in Louisiana.

What To Watch For: The War Eagles’ defense has struggled, allowing more than 40 points in back-to-back games since opening with a 42-12 win against North Hall on Aug. 18. Chestatee’s offense is almost divided evenly between passing and rushing yardage. Chestatee quarterback Storm Yarbrough has thrown for 481 yards and six touchdowns, and Elite 11 running back Nick Lyles has picked up 336 of the War Eagles’ 466 yards on the ground. 

Fannin County is paced by senior running back Cody Jacobs, who has 166 yards through the first two games. Before losing in Louisiana last week, Fannin County opened the season with a solid 42-0 win against Gilmer on Aug. 18 in Blue Ridge. Last year, Chestatee won a 47-30 shootout against Fannin County in Gainesville. 

Flowery Branch vs. Stephens County

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Falcons Field, Flowery Branch

Records: Flowery Branch (2-0); Stephens County (1-1)

Last Week: Flowery Branch topped Chestatee 43-7; Stephens County lost to Rabun County 28-6.

What To Watch For: The Falcons have been nothing short of dominant this season, posting a 36-point win against Chestatee after beating North Hall 38-0 to open the season Aug. 25 in Gainesville. Flowery Branch junior Malik Damons is leading the way offensively with 316 yards (7.5 per attempt), followed by Malik Drayton with 173 yards on the ground. 

Flowery Branch fell to Stephens County 41-7 in 2016 at The Reservation in Toccoa. Flowery Branch is trying for its first 3-0 start since 2011 when it started the season 9-0 and made the state quarterfinals. 

West Hall vs. Jackson County

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Spartan Field, Oakwood

Records: West Hall (2-1); Jackson County (3-0)

Last Week: The Spartans dominated Washington-Wilkes 20-0, and Jackson County remained undefeated with a 35-7 win against Lumpkin County.

What To Watch For: West Hall has been successful with its two-quarterback system featuring sophomore Michael Thompson and junior Quentin Smith. who are both capable of playing other skill positions. Cooper Adams has been reliable in the running game, but the Spartans’ disciplined defense has stolen the show by allowing just nine points per game this season.

The Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since 2009. Noah Venable poses a huge threat to West Hall’s sturdy defense after rushing for 269 yards and three scores against Lumpkin County last Friday.

Habersham Central vs. Franklin County

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Ed Bryant Stadium, Carnesville

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

Last Week: Habersham Central suffered a close 24-21 loss to White County last week in Raider Stadium. Franklin County had a bye last week after falling to Stephens County the previous week in 28-0 loss in Toccoa.

What To Watch For: Habersham’s standout quarterback AJ Curry, who has a handful of college offers, is a threat in the air and on the ground. Curry showed his rushing ability by scoring two touchdowns on the ground against White County. Raiders running back Baylor Hinshaw is also a threat to the Lions, who have been held scoreless this season.

Lakeview Academy vs. Commerce

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Tiger Field at Ray Lamb Stadium, Commerce

Records: Lakeview Academy (1-1) Commerce (2-0)

Last Week: Lakeview Academy lost to Athens Academy 48-0 in Athens. Commerce comes into this game with confidence after edging Hebron Christian Academy 29-26 last week in Dacula.

What To Watch For: Lions senior quarterback Alec Bornhorst has potential to do damage, which he showed by throwing four touchdowns in the Lions’ 42-13 win against East Jackson on Aug 25. On the other hand, Lakeview Academy’s defense will have to face Dylan Deaton, who scored three touchdowns for Commerce last Friday against Hebron. 

According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, the Tigers have won all five of its previous games against the Lions.

White County vs. Rabun County

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: White County Stadium, Cleveland

Records: White County (3-0); Rabun County (2-0)

Last Week: The Warriors staved off Class 6A Habersham Central for a 24-21 victory. Rabun County picked up a road win, beating Stephens County 28-6.

What To Watch For: Perhaps the most surprising team in the area, White County has surged to an undefeated start under new coach Tim Cokely after winning just one game last season. The Warriors’ defense managed to keep a potent Habersham Central attack in check last week, and running back Kaleb Crane has paced the other side of the ball with six touchdowns this season.

Former Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw has Rabun County off to a great start, as well. The Class 2A Wildcats are led by senior quarterback Bailey Fisher, who threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the win against Stephens County.

Lumpkin County vs. Madison County

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Red Raider Stadium, Danielsville

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

Last Week: Lumpkin County suffered a 35-7 defeat at the hands of Jackson County. Madison County is coming into tonight’s game following a 42-20 loss to Elbert County in Danielsville.

What To Watch For: The Indians will look to get things going on both sides of the ball after opening the year with a pair of lopsided losses. Senior quarterback Chandler Woodham, who has already scored both a rushing and passing touchdown this season, will be key for an offensive turnaround. Luke Smith should also factor into the contest after scoring against Jackson County last week.

Madison County, meanwhile is playing on the road for the first time this season. The Red Raiders are 2-1 all-time against Lumpkin County.

Riverside Military vs. George Walton Academy

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

Where: Maginnis Field, Gainesville

Records: Riverside Military (0-2) George Walton (2-0)

Last Week: Riverside lost 17-14 to Providence Christian in Liburn. George Walton is coming into this game with two wins after defeating Towns County 17-7 in Monroe.

What To Watch For: Riverside Military rallied to force overtime last week, scoring a late touchdown and 2-point conversion before falling on a field goal. The Eagles aim to build on that solid defensive performance, starting with Elite 11 linebacker Victor Pittman. First-year coach Nick Garrett’s new, up-tempo offense still appears to be working through some growing pains, though.

George Walton Academy is looking to stay undefeated in Region 8-A play, and it, too, will rely on a defense that has surrendered just seven points this season.

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