Troup (Ga.) at Sandy Creek (Ga.)
Sandy Creek has lost just one game since 2009, and handed region-rival Troup a 48-10 thrashing last season. The same cast of play makers that led the Patriots past Troup and to the 2012 Class AAAA state title are back this season and stronger than ever. In last week’s 54-19 win over Fayette County, Sandy Creek quarterback Cole Garvin (Marshall commit) threw first-quarter touchdown passes to Jeremiah Relaford and Demarre Kitt (Clemson commit).
3-star Delvin Weems scored on runs of 40 and two yards in the opening half and 4-star Eric Swinney added a late 47-yard touchdown run. Garvin is completing 70 percent of his passes this season and the backfield is averaging 261 rushing yards per game.
Troup’s playmaker to watch is linebacker and running back Daryl Dunlap. The physical San Diego State commit stands 6-foot-2, 215-pounds and excels on both sides of the football.
Olive Branch (Miss.) at South Panola (Miss.)
The Olive Branch Conquistadors and the South Panola Tigers have identical records at 5-1, and this matchup could eventually decide the 2013 Region 1-6A title. South Panola’s loss came in a 26-9 rout by Memphis University (Tenn.), but the Tigers responded with a 42-13 road win over Horn Lake (Miss.) on Friday. Olive Branch suffered its lone loss to an out-of-state opponent as well, falling to Longview, Texas 27-26.
The Conquistadors are led by quarterback Ross Trail who has thrown for 1,010 yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions this season. On the ground, eight different ball carriers have found the end zone, including junior Dontavis Bruce who has averaged 12.11 yards-per carry and scored five touchdowns this season.
South Panola is relentless in its running attack and averages 250 rushing yards per game. Junior running back Darrell Henderson has 261 carries for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.) at Ensworth (Tenn.)
Ensworth topped McCallie (Tenn.) 28-14 on Friday and moved to 5-0 on the season. The Tigers took a 14-7 lead at halftime after quarterback P.J. Settles connected with Jake Estes on a touchdown strike. They extended their advantage to the final winning margin thanks to a fourth-quarter scoring run by D’Andre Ferby. Ferby rushed 32 times for 213 yards and three touchdowns as Ensworth gained 305 rushing yards on the night.
Matching Ensworth’s size and physicality is something each opponent has failed to do this season. Undefeated Montgomery Bell Academy will rely on its solid defensive unit that has surrendered just 9.0 points per game. The Big Red have a pair of two-way stars who can help them battle in the trenches. OT/DE Alex Bars stands 6-foot-6, 286 pounds and OG/DT Jashon Robertson is 6-foot-3, 280 pounds.
Wakulla (Fla.) at Godby (Fla.)
Godby’s only loss last season during its route to the 2012 Class 5A state title came in a 23-12 defeat to Wakulla. In the second round of the state playoffs Godby and the War Eagles were matched up again, and Godby took care of business 14-7 to end Wakulla’s season.
When these two familiar rivals square off on Friday, we can expect another intense battle. The Cougars come off a bye week that followed a 50-9 win over Leon (Fla.). Godby quarterback J.T. Bradwell tossed four touchdowns in the win to four different receivers. Wakulla has an aerial attack of its own that features wideout Jordan Franks. The senior wideout has hauled in 37 catches for 1,075 yards and six touchdowns this season.
Northwestern (S.C.) at South Pointe (S.C.)
Northwestern is ranked No. 4 in the Southeast and the 5-0 Tigers are battle-tested and in midseason form. In last week’s 34-0 region win over Lancaster (S.C.), Dupree Hart rushed for a 5-yard touchdown and caught a 38-yard score in the opening half. Hart continued his productive night and returned the opening kickoff of the second half 85-yards for the touchdown.
South Pointe comes in with a 4-1 record and cruised past Fort Mill (S.C.) 52-14 on Friday. Senior running backs Josh Brice and Davonta Blake each added a pair of rushing scores in the win. In a very tight game last season, Northwestern took this matchup 28-25.