Checkout some of the top games heading into Week 2 for each Classification… This was a running feature on another site, so some games are more targeted for their audience this week, but from here on out it will on our site. Cross classification games do not count. Look for more teams to be covered in the coming weeks…
7-A Hillgrove vs Pebblebrook
Hillgrove shutout Douglas County 17-0 to start off their 2018 season. Seniors Isiah Grant and Tennessee commit Jaylen McCollough came up big on the defensive side of the football for head coach Phillip Ironside. Pebblebrook started off the year with a 28-12 victory where the defense collected 6 sacks with junior Quincey Miller getting two and All-State pass-rusher Trey Pinkney tallying one, as well. This should be a tough defensive battle between the metro-Atlanta 7-A teams. Hillgrove will deploy a balanced offensive attack while Pebblebrook will stay under center and primarily rush the football.
6-A Morrow vs Forest Park
Both teams are coming off losses to start off the season and looking to bounce back now. Morrow took on Class A Private juggernaut Eagle’s Landing Christian and loss 35-0, while Forest Park loss a hard-fought game 26-24 to Lithonia. Justin Eboigbe for Forest Park is an elite athlete committed to play defensive line at Alabama. Morrow has their own star recruit in DB Jamal Hill, who has over 20 FBS offers to date. There should be a good QB battle in this one with Rayshawn Meiser for Forest Park and Kristopher Clark in Morrow going head-to-head.
5-A Warner Robins vs Locust Grove
Warner Robins had a big win over 7-A power Tift County last weekend 40-19. Mercer QB commit Dylan Fromm had 453 yards passing and 4 touchdowns on the win. He has a slew of targets to throw to, including his twin brother Tyler, and explosive junior Marcayll Jones, who looks to be his premier target in 2018. Locust Grove routed Jackson high school 42-6 last Friday. RJ McDaniel is a dangerous dual threat QB and junior RB Cade Powell is coming off a 129-yard performance.
4-A Troup vs Ridgeland
Ridgeland suffered a tough 45-21 loss in the first night of the Corky Kell Classic to class 3-A power Calhoun. Junior RB Jordan Blackwell showed out creating a few explosive touchdowns for the Panthers, and is someone to keep tabs on moving forward. Troup on the other hand, has yet to play a game this season, but one thing is for sure, get the ball to Kobe Hudson. The elite 2020 receiver has nearly 2 k yards in just two seasons. Troup also has two linebackers to watch out for in Joko Willis and Alabama commit King Mwikuta.
3-A Westminster vs GAC
Westminster shocked many pundits last weekend after they convincingly beat Class 4-A’s Woodward Academy 56-31. Junior QB Parks Harber, who is already committed to UGA baseball, threw 5 touchdown passes to 5 different receivers, while Will Harmark and Paul Weatherington each ran for 100 yards. GAC had a huge 24-21 win over Lovett to start the year off. Senior leader Josh Rose came up clutch with one passing touchdown and two rushing. The Hinton brothers will look to have a huge impact once again dominating the line of scrimmage.
2-A Vidalia vs Appling Co.
Neither team has played a game yet this year, but traditionally are tough teams to get by in 2-A. Appling County’s best player is dual-threat QB Tyler Jones, a senior who sells his fakes well and runs the ball with authority. Vidalia is headline by Preseason All-State linebacker Nyshun Bell. The senior is absolute speed-demon at linebacker totaling 106 tackles and winning Region Defensive Player of the Year. This should be a hard-hitting old school calibre game that would make any South Georgia fan proud.
1-A Pub. Telfair Co. vs Wheeler Co.
After a long offseason, both Class A public squads are eager to get their season started. Telfair Co. is returning a tough defensive squad led by junior linebacker Cameo Blakenship. Wheeler County is returning an 1800 yard rusher in Brandon Mackey who was a consensus All-State pick in the preseason. If Telfair County can lock down Mackey, then they should win the game, but that’s a huge “if”. Be on the lookout for junior speedster Trey Bass from Telfair County – he ran a low 4.4 at the Mercer camp this summer.
1-A Priv. Whitfield Acd. vs Prince Avenue
With both teams kicking off the season with major blowouts in the win column last weekend, there is a lot of intrigue with this matchup. Prince Avenue’s SR WR/DB Christian Parrish is one of the absolute best in Class A, and young sophomore sensation QB Brock Vandagriff had three touchdowns in his first start. Whitfield Academy will look to cool off Prince’s high-powered offense with 6’4” 200 lbs. defensive lineman Kyle Holt getting into the backfield and causing havoc. Special teams ace Matthew Sumlin could be an x-factor with his ability to flip the field or make a long field goal.