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Posted: Friday, September 20th 2013 at 7:36pm

Week 4: Area teams set for key showdowns in region -- and out

By Jeff Hart Staff
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West Hall will face off with Banks County tonight in Oakwood.
Teams looking to see if they are pretenders or contenders in their respective regions may get an early look after Friday's matchups. Also, some intriguing non-region matchups offer fans a look at who may have what it takes to make it to postseason play.

White County is hoping to show it is a contender beyond just Region 7-AAA taking on Blessed Trinity. A win would give the Warriors their best start in nearly 40 years.

Flowery Branch and Gainesville look to keep rolling rolling in Region 8-AAAAA with games against teams they have dominated in recent years. In Region 8-AAA, East Jackson and Jackson County do battle with each team looking to open region play strong after rough starts to the year.

But the biggest game of the night in the area, and possibly the state, will take place in Hoschton as No. 5 Mill Creek plays host to No. 4 Peachtree Ridge in a huge battle in Region 7-AAAAAA.

For a look at all of the night's contests involving area teams, simply scroll down. And be sure to check back with Access North Georgia and our Friday Game Night page throughout the night for score updates and game stories and video highlights. You can also check for scores and highlights on our Twitter feed @FridayGameNight.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Spartan Stadium, Oakwood
– RADIO: 102.9 FM
-- BANKS (0-3, 0-0 Region 7-AAA): Lost to Commerce 28-16 last week.
-- WEST HALL (2-1, 0-0 Region 7-AAA): Defeated Lumpkin County 49-21 last week.
-- HISTORY: West Hall won 33-20 last year and was the first meeting between the two schools in nearly 20 years. Banks County leads the series 2-1. The Leopards defense will be challenged as West Hall is averaging just under 33 ppg and Banks County giving up just under 27 points a game. . . Banks County is just 1-7 in its last eight road games going back to the 2011 season. . .The Spartans are just 2-4 in their last six games at Spartan Stadium but are 1-0 this season at home.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: White County Stadium, Cleveland
-- RADIO: AM 1350,
-- BLESSED TRINITY (1-2, 0-0 Region 6-AAA): Bye last week after losing to Hart County 28-16 two weeks ago.
-- WHITE (3-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA): Defeated Fannin County 48-13 last week.
-- HISTORY: Blessed Trinity leads the series 2-0 with both games coming last season, including a 35-14 loss in the first round of the state playoffs. . .The Warriors are looking for their first 4-0 start since 1975. . .The Titans have lost three of their last four road games and were 3-3 on the road in 2012, including a win in Cleveland. . .White County is 6-2 at home since the beginning of last season, including a loss to the Titans. They are averaging 41 ppg at home in their last four home games.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Sharp Stadium, Covington
-- CHESTATEE (1-1, 0-0 Region 8-AAAA): Bye last week after defeating West Hall 15-14 two weeks ago.
-- EASTSIDE (2-1, 0-0 Region 8-AAAAA): Lost to Alcovy 20-10 last week.
-- HISTORY: The War Eagles won the only meeting between the two teams last year in a wild 57-56 finish in three overtimes. . .Chestatee’s offense has struggled in the early going with injuries averaging 15 ppg but the Eastside defense has allowed 25.1 ppg so far this season. . .The Eastside offense is averaging 31 ppg. . .The War Eagles are 5-1 in their last six road games.
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-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Frank Snyder Stadium, Tiger
-- COMMERCE (2-1, 0-0 Region 8-A): Defeated Banks County 28-16 last week.
-- RABUN (2-0, 0-0 Region 8-AA): Defeated Towns County 55-13 last week.
-- HISTORY: The Tigers lead the series 21-6-1 and have won four straight in the series going back to 1999. . . Commerce is 1-1 on the road this season. . .Last week’s win for the Wildcats put them at 316-316-12 all-time. . .The offense has been the catalyst averaging 55 ppg so far. . .The Tigers have allowed just 23 total points during their two-game win streak after giving up 40 to defending state champ Jefferson. . .Rabun County has won three straight at Frank Snyder Stadium.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium, Oakwood
–- RADIO: 550 AM
-- EAST HALL (2-1, 0-1 Region 7-AAA): Defeated East Jackson 67-37 last week.
-- JOHNSON (1-3, playing a non-region schedule): Lost to North Murray 34-7 last week.
-- HISTORY: The Vikings are looking for their first 3-1 start since 2005, which was the last time they advanced to the playoffs. . . The Knights have won six of the last nine in the series, including taking a thrilling 22-21 victory last season. . .The Vikings offense has been nearly unstoppable averaging 47.3 ppg so far this season. The 67 points last week was the most for East Hall since beating Chestatee 67-0 in 2002. . .The Knights offense has struggled averaging 11.9 ppg and they have scored just 13 total points in their three losses.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Murphy, N.C.
-- FANNIN (1-2, 0-1 Region 7-AAA): Lost to White County 48-13 last week.
-- MURPHY (2-2, 0-0 Conference 1-A): Defeated Smoky Mountain 48-14 last week,
-- HISTORY: The Bulldogs from across the border lead the series 2-1 with all the games coming since 2010. Murphy has won two straight and averaged 48 ppg in the win streak. . .The Rebels defense has struggled allowing 35 ppg so far this season.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Red Devil Stadium, Loganville
-- FLOWERY BRANCH (1-2, 1-0 Region 8-AAAAA): Defeated Cedar Shoals 39-25 last week.
-- LOGANVILLE (1-2, 0-1 Region 8-AAAAA): Lost to Clarke Central 27-17 last week.
-- HISTORY: The Falcons have never lost to the Red Devils in three all-time meetings. They are averaging 30 ppg the last two games but the Red Devils have yielded just 40 total points the past two games. . .Loganville is winless at home in 2013 but lost two of the better teams in the area in Class AAAA No. 5 Monroe Area and perennial power Clarke Central. . .Flowery Branch has had success away from Falcons Field with a 4-2 road record since last season.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: R. Harold Harrison Stadium, Bethlehem
– RADIO: 1240 AM
-- GAINESVILLE (2-1, 1-0 Region 8-AAAAA): Defeated Winder-Barrow 68-0 last week. The Red Elephants are ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAA.
-- APALACHEE (0-2, 0-0 Region 8-AAAAA): Bye last week after losing to Greater Atlanta Christian 56-14 two weeks ago.
-- HISTORY: Gainesville won the only meeting between the two schools 62-20 last year. The Wildcats defense will be put to the test against the defending state champions. Apalachee has yielded 98 points in its first two games while Gainesville has averaged 46.6 ppg. . .The Red Elephants are 12-1 on the road going back to the 2011 season. . .The Wildcats have lost five of their last six games at home.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Eagle Stadium, Commerce
-- JACKSON COUNTY (0-3, 0-0 Region 8-AAA): Lost to Athens Christian 42-39 last week.
-- EAST JACKSON (1-2, 0-0 Region 8-AAA): Lost to East Hall 67-37 last week.
-- HISTORY: It is the Region 8-AAA opener for both teams. East Jackson leads the series 2-1 but Jackson County got its first win in the series 47-7 last year. . .The offenses should have fun as both defenses have had their struggles this year. The Eagles have allowed 32 ppg this season, including giving up 67 to East Hall last week. The Panthers are allowing 39 ppg. . .After scoring just 21 points in its first two games, Jackson County exploded for 39 in its close loss to Athens Christian. . .

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium, Suwanee
-- MEADOWCREEK (0-2, 0-0 Region 7-AAAAAA): Bye last week after losing to Berkmar 35-7 two weeks ago.
-- NORTH GWINNETT (3-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAAAAA): Defeated Norcross 36-17 last week. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA.
-- HISTORY: The top-ranked Bulldogs lead the series 3-0, including a 45-20 win last year. North Gwinnett has had tremendous offensive success against the Mustangs averaging 53.6 ppg in the series. . .Meadowcreek is in the midst of a 50-game losing streak going back to 2008 season. The Mustangs have lost 93 of their last 94 games going all the way back to 2003.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Lions Den, Suwanee
-- MILL CREEK (3-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAAAAA): Defeated Mountain View 42-3 last week. The Hawks are ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA.
-- PEACHTREE RIDGE (3-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAAAAA): Defeated Duluth 55-17 last week. The Lions are ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAAA.
-- HISTORY: The Lions lead the series 4-3 but Mill Creek won 20-10 last year. Easily the biggest game of the week in the state. It has been a tight series with the teams splitting the last four games, with the road team winning each game. . .The Hawks offense has been rolling averaging 42.3 ppg on the season. The defense has allowed just 13 points the last two games. . .The Peachtree Ridge offense broke out last week with 55 points after scoring just 51 in the first two games. . .The winner will stay in the top three in the region in the early standings.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: The Burial Grounds, Dahlonega
-- MONROE (3-0, 0-0 Region 8-AAAA): Defeated Oconee County 53-0 last week. The Purple Hurricanes are ranked No. 5 in Class AAAA.
-- LUMPKIN (0-3, 0-0 Region 8-AAAA): Lost to West Hall 49-21 last week.
-- HISTORY: The Region 8-AAAA opener for both teams. The Hurricanes lead the series 4-0, including a 54-13 win last year. The Monroe offense under former Chestatee coach Matt Fligg is as potent as any in the state averaging 47 ppg so far. . .The Indians have found the going tough under new coach Brad Waggoner but had their best offensive game of the season with 21 points last week against a good West Hall defense. The Lumpkin defense has struggled allowing 35.6 ppg in 2013.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Raider Stadium, Mt. Airy
-- MOUNTAIN VIEW (0-3, 0-1 Region 7-AAAAAA): Lost to Mill Creek 42-3 last week.
-- HABERSHAM (0-3, 0-1 Region 7-AAAAAA): Lost to Collins Hill 55-3 last week.
-- HISTORY: Someone will get their first win of the season. Mountain View won 24-14 last year in the only meeting between the two schools. . .The Raiders have had trouble stopping the opposition allowing 46.3 ppg so far this season. The Habersham offense has found the going tough against some good defenses scoring just 31 total points so far. . .Mountain View has fared no better scoring just 16 total points in three games and given up 32 ppg on defense.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: The Arena, Alpharetta
-- NORTH FORSYTH (3-0, 0-0 Region 6-AAAAAA): Defeated Cherokee 34-27 last week.
-- CHATTAHOOCHEE (2-1, 0-0 Region 6-AAAAAA): Defeated Douglas County 37-26 last week.
-- HISTORY: The Region 6-AAAAAA opener for both teams. North Forsyth leads the series 2-1 but Chattahoochee won 47-20 last year. . .The Raiders have been one of the best stories of the season so far under new coach Jason Galt. However, they are in the same position as last after. They won their first three games in 2012 only to lose their final seven. North Forsyth has lost 12 straight 6-AAAAAA games since beating Roswell in 2011.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Jock Horner Field, Gainesville
-- PINECREST (2-1, 0-0 Region 8-A): Defeated Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 23-8 last week.
-- LAKEVIEW (0-2, playing a non-region schedule): Bye last week after losing to Hebron Christian 23-7 two weeks ago.
-- HISTORY: Pinecreast won 30-20 last year in the only meeting between the two schools. . .Lakeview has struggled on offense scoring just 21 points in two games. . .The Paladins have yielded just 15 total points in their last two games, both wins.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: W. Clair Harris Stadium, Winder
-- SALEM (1-2, 0-1 Region 8-AAAAA): Lost to Heritage 17-14 last week.
-- WINDER (1-2, 0-1 Region 8-AAAAA): Lost to Gainesville 68-0 last week.
-- HISTORY: Salem leads the series 6-1 and won 22-20 last year. The Bulldoggs only win in the series came in 2003 in Winder. . .Offense has been the problem for teams the last two weeks. Both teams have scored just 14 total points each. . .Winder will be glad to see a mortal offense after facing the dominating spread attacks of Monroe Area and Gainesville the last two weeks.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Warriors Stadium, Walnut Grove
-- STEPHENS (2-1, 0-0 Region 8-AAAA): Lost to Hart County 26-7 last week.
-- WALNUT GROVE (1-2, 0-0 Region 8-AAAA): Defeated Howard 21-9 last week.
-- HISTORY: Stephens County won 61-20 last year in the only meeting between the two schools. . .The Warriors defense rebounded with a solid game last week after allowing 95 points in their first two games. They have lost nine straight region games going back to 2011 when they were in 8-AAA. . .The Indians have won three straight road games.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, Dillard
-- TOWNS (0-4, playing a non-region schedule): Lost to Rabun County 55-13 last week.
-- RABUN GAP (2-2, playing a non-region schedule): Defeated Cherokee 48-0 last week.
-- HISTORY: Rabun Gap won 37-35 last year in the only meeting between the two schools.

-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
-- WHERE: Maginnis Field, Gainesville
-- WASHINGTON-WILKES (3-0, 0-0 Region 8-AA): Defeated Warren County 41-14 last week. The Tigers are ranked No. 6 in Class AA.
-- RIVERSIDE (1-1, 0-0 Region 8-AA): Defeated Georgia Military 23-14 last week.
-- HISTORY: Washington-Wilkes leads the series 2-0 and won 60-7 last year. It was the first meeting between the two schools since 1965. . .The Tigers have looked strong early outscoring their opponents 127-28 so far. . .The Eagles have won their last two games at Maginnis Field.
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