GHSA Football Week 9 Preview: Games Of The Week To Watch
Without a doubt, one of the most anticipated matchups this season will take place Friday when two of Georgia’s top five ranked teams meet up in region play As No. 1 Buford will take on No. 3 Mill Creek. As both teams boast 6-0 overall records, each teams is also 1-0 in region play and there is a good chance that they will finish No. 1 and No. 2 in the region standings when it is all said and done and this could very well be a preview to a meeting between the two in the Georgia High School Association state championship playoffs. From Buford’s Justice Haynes to Mill Creek’s Caleb Downs, this matchup will feature some of the county’s top recruits in game that is sure to not disappoint.
Another big region matchup will go down in Cobb County as the Kell Longhorns will host the Cambridge Bears. While Kell enters at 6-0 overall and 2-0 in region play, Cambridge comes in at 5-2 overall, however 3-0 in region play. With the two teams the only unbeaten in their region, Friday’s winner not only takes sole possession of first place in the standings, they also position themselves to control their destiny and potentially win the region title.
Carver Atlanta-Sandy Creek
A pair of one loss teams will open up region play on Friday when the Sandy Creek Patriots travel to face the 2021 GHSA 3A runner-ups, the Carver-Atlanta Panthers. After falling to East Coweta back in early September, the Patriots have strung together three straight wins, while the Panthers have won their last two since falling to Buford for their only blemish thus far. In last season’s meeting, Carver handed the Patriots their only region loss of the season as the Panthers won a close one, defeating Sandy Creek 36-29. This should be an exciting one as both teams look to establish themselves as an early region favorite with a win on Friday.
Dekalb County will be rocking Friday as two of the top programs from the area will meet up for a region tilt. The Miller Grove Wolverines will take on the Stephenson Jaguars as the Jaguars look to remain unbeaten in the region standings along with Stone Mountain. However, for Miller Grove, at 1-1 in region play, the Wolverines find themselves sitting in the mix of a four way tie for third place as three other teams currently sit at 1-1 in the standings as well, so a win for Miller Grove could help them create a little separation from the middle of the pack and keep them in the hunt for a finish a top of the region. While Stephenson has won their last three games, Miller Grove will look to bounce back from their 14-7 loss to Holy Innocents last week.
Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy-Columbia
At 2-1 in region play, the Columbia Eagles will travel to Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy to face the Chargers, who sit at 2-0 in the region standings as one of the only two teams unbeaten in the standings. A win for the Eagles would keep them in play for a potential top two finish but they will be facing an ELCA team that is riding a two game win streak and a win for the Chargers keeps them in a two way tie for first with Calloway, who defeated Columbia two weeks ago, assuming Calloway defeats Towers on Friday. Wins by ELCA and Calloway this week would set up a battle for sole possession for first place next week, but look for Columbia to come out on a mission to play spoiler on Friday when they take on ELCA.