Another week, another series of high school football matchups.
For area schools Chestatee and North Hall — both had Week 1 bye weeks — it’s the season opener. Chestatee will play host to a non-region game against West Hall, which beat East Hall in the opener 18-6 to snap an 11-game losing streak. In another non-region game, North Hall plays host to Jefferson after the Dragons edged Commerce 17-14 last Friday.
Other key games include AA’s No. 1-ranked Buford, which dominated AAA’s No. 7 Gainesville 40-19 last week. The Wolves will again travel to play a tough opponent, this time to play No. 2 Carver-Columbus, which beat Spencer 63-0 in its opener. The winner gets the No. 1 ranking in the state.
Gainesville will try to get back on the winning track when it travels to White County, which beat East Jackson 21-14 last week on a late touchdown.
East Hall and Johnson will play in Gainesville looking to pull even at 1-1. Johnson lost to Jackson County 14-8 in a game that was called after the first half due to lightening.
In the new 8-AAAA, Flowery Branch will continue its tour as a new member, hosting Winder-Barrow, which lost 6-3 to Commerce last week after going 2-8 in 2009. Habersham Central, which was defeated 35-7 by Apalachee in Week 1, will face a Cedar Shoals team that lost 41-12 by Clarke Central in its opener.
ATLANTA BRAVES: The Braves will fight to hold on to their slim first-place lead in the NL East when they take on a pair of division rivals in the Mets and Marlins. They’ll play host to a four-game series against New York beginning today before traveling to Miami for a three-game series that begins Friday.
The Braves are in the midst of playing 20 consecutive games without a day off, but relief will come Wednesday, when major league rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.
GWINNETT BRAVES: The G-Braves host Norfolk today, then travel to play Norfolk for the final game of the minor league season Tuesday. On Wednesday, some of the players will begin playing for Atlanta.
ATLANTA FALCONS: The Falcons began a three-day practice week Sunday that ends Tuesday. They’ll use Wednesday as a travel day to head to Jacksonville, where they’ll play the Jaguars in their fourth and final preseason game.