Closer look at Friday night's high school football games

November 7, 2013 

SPENCER VS. KENDRICK

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Kinnett Stadium

Records: Spencer 5-4, 4-3 Region 5-AA. Kendrick 5-4, 4-3.

Last week: Spencer lost 53-12 to Heard County. Kendrick beat Jordan 46-22.

Last meeting: Spencer won 24-20 last season.

Series: Kendrick leads 35-6.

You need to know: With Manchester's win over Jordan on Thursday, the winner of this game makes the playoffs, while the loser will be done. … If Kendrick win, it would the No. 3 seed with Manchester fourth. If Spencer wins, Manchester will be third and Spencer fourth. … In addition to trying to earn its first playoff berth since 1993, Spencer is trying to secure its first winning season since 1977. … Kendrick is trying for its second straight playoff berth. The Cherokees can also secure a winning season with a victory. It would be their first winning season since 1995. … Kendrick has won 16 of 17 against Spencer, losing 26-7 in 2007. The last loss prior to that came in 1993.

SHAW AT TROUP

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Callaway Stadium, LaGrange, Ga.

Records: Shaw 4-5, 2-4 Region 5-AAAA. Troup 5-4, 4-2.

Last week: Shaw beat Fayette County 17-7. Troup beat LaGrange 27-8.

Last meeting: Shaw won 20-17 last season.

Series: Shaw leads 13-4.

You need to know: Shaw has won two straight, while Troup has won three straight. … Troup will be the No. 3 seed from the region, while Shaw has been eliminated from the playoff race. The Raiders could tie either LaGrange or Alexander or both, but the Raiders lost to both.

THOMAS COUNTY CENTRALAT HARRIS COUNTY

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Hamilton, Ga.

Records: Thomas County Central 8-1, 4-0 Region 1-AAAAA. Harris County 7-2, 3-1.

Last week: Thomas County Central was idle. Harris County beat Hardaway 24-7.

Last meeting: Harris County won 18-12 last season.

Series: Thomas County Central leads 2-1.

You need to know: Harris County, the defending region champion, can win a share of this year's title with a win. It would likely be a three-way split including Lee County, which plays Bainbridge on Friday. … In the event of a 3-way tie, the seeding for the playoffs will be determined by points allowed against the other two teams. So far, TCC has allowed 14, Harris County 44 and Lee County 52.

GREENVILLEAT BROOKSTONE

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Hamilton, Ga.

Records: Greenville 1-8, 1-5 Region 4-A. Brookstone 5-4, 3-3.

Last week: Greenville lost 48-0 to Dooly County. Brookstone beat Central-Talbotton 47-6.

Last meeting: Brookstone won 30-21 last season.

Series: Greenville leads series 20-11.

You need to know: Brookstone is 13th in the latest power ratings, which is used to qualify teams for the state playoffs. The top 16 qualify. … Brookstone has beaten Greenville two straight.

HAWKINSVILLE AT PACELLI

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Tiger Stadium, Hamilton, Ga.

Records: Hawkinsville 6-3, 4-2 Region 4-A. Pacelli 7-2, 4-2.

Last week: Hawkinsville beat Marion County 14-10. Pacelli beat Schley County 28-12.

Last meeting: Hawkinsville won 49-28 last season.

Series: Hawkinsville leads 5-0.

You need to know: Pacelli is 12th in the latest power ratings, which is used to qualify teams for the state playoffs. The top 16 qualify.

CENTRAL-TALBOTTONAT MARION COUNTY

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle Stadium, Cussetta, Ga.

Records: Central-Talbotton 0-9, 0-6 Region 4-A. Marion County 8-1, 5-1.

Last week: Central-Talbotton lost 47-6 to Brookstone. Marion County lost 14-10 to Hawkinsville.

Last meeting: Marion County won 79-0 last season.

Series: Marion County leads 7-0.

You need to know: Marion County can clinch the region title with a win, since it has the tiebreaker over Dooly County. … Central-Talbotton has lost 19 straight.

TEMPLE ATCHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Panther Stadium, Cussetta, Ga.

Records: Temple 0-9, 0-7 Region 5-AA. Chattahoochee County 2-7, 0-7.

Last week: Temple lost 34-7 to Bremen. Chattahoochee County lost 35-19 to Manchester.

Last meeting: Temple won 23-16 last season.

Series: Temple leads 2-1.

You need to know: The winner will avoid last place in the region. … Temple has scored just 46 points this season.

CARVER VS. JACKSON

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Kinnett Stadium

Records: Carver 8-1, 5-0 Region 2-AAA. Jackson 2-7, 2-3.

Last week: Carver beat Peach County 44-9. Jackson beat Central-Macon 38-21.

Last meeting: Carver won 26-6 last season.

Series: Carver leads 2-0.

You need to know: Carver has won 49 straight region games. The last region loss was 13-6 to LaGrange in 2006.

CALVARY CHRISTIAN AT LOGANVILLE CHRISTIAN

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Kinnett Stadium

Records: Calvary Christian 6-4. Loganville Christian 9-1.

Last week: Calvary Christian beat Creekside 36-21. Loganville Christian beat Covenant 35-27.

Last meeting: Loganville Christian won 35-13 on Aug. 30.

Series: Loganville Christian leads 4-0

You need to know: Loganville Christian beat Calvary Christian 35-13 in the second round of the playoffs last season.

ALMA BRYANT AT SMITHS STATION

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Panther Stadium, Smiths Station, Ala.

Records: Alma Bryant 4-6. Smiths Station 8-2.

Last week: Alma Bryant lost 38-12 to Daphne. Smiths Station beat Valley 45-13.

Last meeting: This will be the first meeting.

Series: This will be the first meeting.

You need to know: Alma Bryant is the third seed from Class 6A Region 1. Smiths Station is No. 2 from Region 3. … Smiths Station has lost three straight first-round playoff games. The last win, 7-0 over Opp, came in 1997. … Alma Bryant has also lost three straight in the first round. Its last win, 30-16 over Hillcrest, came in 1999.

RUSSELL COUNTYAT HOMEWOOD

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Waldrop Stadium, Homewood, Ala.

Records: Russell County 5-5. Homewood 8-2.

Last week: Russell County lost to Dadeville 21-18. Homewood lost to Benjamin Russell 28-7.

Last meeting: This will be the first meeting.

Series: This will be the first meeting.

You need to know: Russell County is the fourth seed from Class 5A Region 2. Homewood won Region 4. … Russell County is 2-1 in first-round playoff games. Homewood is 15-6.

-- Kevin Price

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