Closer look at Friday night's high school football games

October 31, 2013 


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Memorial Stadium

Records: Carver 7-1, 4-0 Region 2-AAA. Peach County 6-2, 4-0.

Last week: Carver beat Central-Macon 48-13. Peach County beat Pike County 38-14.

Last meeting: Carver won 26-17 last season.

Series: Peach County leads 4-1.

You need to know: Carver has won six straight region championships. … As they did last year, these two teams meet with the region title on the line. … Last year's meeting was the first since 1991.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Kinnett Stadium

Records: Columbus 1-7, 0-5 Region 5-AAAA. Alexander 4-4, 2-3.

Last week: Columbus lost 37-27 to Shaw. Alexander lost to Carrollton 63-21.

Last meeting: Alexander won 43-7 last season.

Series: Alexander won the teams' only meeting last season.

You need to know: Columbus has lost five straight since beating Northside. … Columbus led Shaw 20-7 at halftime last week before the Raiders rallied. … Alexander is a game behind both LaGrange and Troup, which are tied for third in the region.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Hamilton, Ga.

Records: Hardaway 2-6, 0-3 Region 1-AAAAA. Harris County 6-2, 2-1.

Last week: Hardaway lost to Thomas County Central 47-0. Harris County lost to Lee County 44-7.

Last meeting: Harris County won 28-21 last season.

Series: Hardaway leads 7-5.

You need to know: Hardaway has lost six straight since opening with a pair of wins. … Harris County can clinch a playoff berth with a win. The Tigers can also keep their hopes of a second straight region title alive with a win.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Fayetteville, Ga.

Records: Shaw 3-5, 1-4 Region 5-AAAA. Fayette County 1-7, 1-4.

Last week: Shaw beat Columbus 37-27. Fayette County lost to Troup 33-6.

Last meeting: Shaw won 34-23 last season.

Series: Shaw leads series 2-1.

You need to know: Shaw outscored Columbus 30-7 in the second half last week to rally for the win. … That snapped a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. … Last year's meeting was the first since 1997. … The Raiders need a win to keep its playoff hopes alive.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Staples Stadium, Franklin, Ga.

Records: Spencer 5-3, 4-2 Region 5-AA. Heard County 7-1, 6-0.

Last week: Spencer beat Chattahoochee County 51-8. Heard County beat Temple 49-7.

Last meeting: Heard County won 54-28 last season.

Series: Heard County leads 5-0.

You need to know: Spencer has won four of its last five games. … The Greenwave needs one win to assure itself of a winning season for the first time since 1977. It also needs a win to clinch a playoff berth. … Heard County has won seven straight since losing to Callaway to open the season. … Spencer could still catch Heard County for second in the region with a win Friday night, then a win next week against Kendrick combined with a Heard County loss to Bowdon.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Talbotton, Ga.

Records: Brookstone 4-4, 2-3 Region 4-A. Central-Talbotton 0-8, 0-5.

Last week: Brookstone lost to beat Marion County 39-14. Central-Talbotton lost 66-36 to Schley County.

Last meeting: Brookstone won 52-12 last season.

Series: Brookstone leads 25-6

You need to know: Brookstone is 11th in the latest power ratings for Class A private schools. Unless the Cougars lose Friday night or next week against Greenville, they would appear to be safe to qualify for the state playoffs. … Central-Talbotton has lost 18 straight. The Hawks' last win came in the final game of the 2011 season, 33-13 over Macon County.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Diemel Field

Records: Schley County 2-6, 2-3 Region 4-A. Pacelli 6-2, 3-2.

Last week: Schley County beat Central-Talbotton 66-36. Pacelli lost 55-28 to Dooly County.

Last meeting: Schley County won 58-40 last season.

Series: Pacelli leads 7-6.

You need to know: Pacelli is 13th in the latest power ratings for Class A private schools. … Schley County has beaten Pacelli five straight.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Panther Stadium, Cussetta, Ga.

Records: Manchester 5-3, 3-3 Region 5-AA. Chattahoochee County 2-6, 0-6.

Last week: Manchester lost to Kendrick 20-14 in overtime. Chattahoochee County lost 51-8 to Spencer.

Last meeting: Manchester won 41-7 last season.

Series: Manchester won the teams' only meeting last season.

You need to know: Manchester is tied with Kendrick for the fourth and final playoff berth from 5-AA, a game behind Spencer. … Chattahoochee County has lost six straight after starting the season 2-0.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bobby Gentry Stadium, Hawkinsville, Ga.

Records: Marion County 8-0, 5-0 Region 4-A. Hawkinsville 5-3, 3-2.

Last week: Marion County beat Brookstone 39-14. Hawkinsville beat Greenville 35-20.

Last meeting: Marion County won 31-14 last season.

Series: Marion County leads 3-0.

You need to know: Marion County can clinch a region title with a win. … Marion County is first in the latest power ratings for Class A public schools, while Hawkinsville is No. 11.


When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Britt David Park

Records: Calvary Christian 5-4. Unity Christian 4-5.

Last week: Calvary Christian beat Creekside 36-21. Unity Christian beat Young American 36-29.

Last meeting: Unity Christian won 36-35 on Aug. 23.

Series: Unity Christian leads 3-0.

You need to know: Calvary Christian has actually beaten Unity Christian twice, but had to forfeit both of those wins. … In the game earlier this season, Unity scored on a 10-yard pass from Anderson Krueger to Markele Smith, then made the 2-point conversion with a minute left for the win. … Calvary is the No. 2 seed from the South Region in ICSGA, while Unity is No. 3 from the North region.


When: 8 p.m.

Where: Foshee-Henderson Stadium, Millbrook, Ala.

Records: Central 5-4. Stanhope Elmore 4-5.

Last week: Central beat Smiths Station 27-15. Stanhope Elmore lost to Wetumpka 63-41.

Last meeting: Stanhope Elmore won 35-26 last season.

Series: Series is tied 2-2.

You need to know: Both of these teams will finish their season Friday night.


When: 8 p.m.

Where: Rams Field, Fairfax, Ala.

Records: Smiths Station 7-2. Valley 6-3.

Last week: Smiths Station lost to Central 27-15. Valley beat Marbury 27-8.

Last meeting: Smiths Station won 27-20 last season.

Series: Valley leads 19-14.

You need to know: Both of these teams will head into the playoffs next week as the No. 2 seeds from their regions. Smiths Station will host Alma Bryant in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs, while Valley will host Sylacauga in Class 5A.


When: 8 p.m.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Dadeville, Ala.

Records: Russell County 5-4. Dadeville 8-1.

Last week: Russell County beat BTW 35-0. Dadeville beat Central-Clay County 14-0.

Last meeting: Dadeville won 35-27 last season.

Series: Dadeville leads 6-0.

You need to know: Russell County will visit No. 4 Homewood in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs, while Dadeville, the Class 4A Region 3 champion will host Thomasville. … Russell County needs a win over Dadeville to guarantee itself a winning season, which would be its first since 1998.


When: 8 p.m.

Where: Cougar Stadium, Luverne, Ala.

Records: Glenwood 3-7. Crenshaw 2-7.

Last week: Glenwood lost to Hooper 52-34. Crenshaw lost to Springwood 21-7.

Last meeting: Glenwood won 55-31 last season.

Series: Glenwood won the teams' only meeting last season.

You need to know: This will be the final game of the season for both teams.

-- Kevin Price

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