Closer look at Friday night's high school football games

October 31, 2013 

CARVER VS. PEACH COUNTY

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.

COLUMBUS VS. ALEXANDER

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.

HARDAWAY AT HARRIS COUNTY

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.

SHAW AT FAYETTE COUNTY

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.

SPENCER AT HEARD COUNTY

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.

BROOKSTONE AT CENTRAL-TALBOTTON

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.

SCHLEY COUNTY AT PACELLI

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.

MANCHESTER AT CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY

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.

MARION COUNTY AT HAWKINSVILLE

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.

CALVARY CHRISTIAN VS. UNITY CHRISTIAN

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.

CENTRAL AT STANHOPE ELMORE

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.

SMITHS STATION AT VALLEY

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.

RUSSELL COUNTY AT DADEVILLE

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.

GLENWOOD AT CRENSHAW

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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