Tift County has done a nice job rebounding from its season-opening loss to Westover by pounding Houston County and shutting out Worth County.

But the Blue Devils will face their biggest non-Region 1-AAAAAA test on Friday when they play host to Thomas County Central.

The Yellow Jackets climbed from No. 8 to No. 6 in Class AAAAA this week after wearing out Cairo 39-13 last Friday.

Central led 29-0 at half and cruised past the Syrupmakers.

While Tift County has been relying on running back Rashad Daniels, who has rushed for 717 yards in the Blue Devils first three games, Central will counter with quarterback Adam Choice, who operated the team’s veer offense.

Choice added to his impressive numbers by running for four touchdowns and throwing for another against the Syrupmakers.

The game will be the 19th between the two south Georgia schools and they have split the previous 18.

Thomas County Central won 32-13 when the team last met in 2007.

Mundy’s Mill at Coffee

After winning its first two games of the season under new coach Robby Pruitt, Coffee had no answer for Burke County and its quarterback Donquel Green last Friday.

The defending Class AAAA champion Bears unleashed Green, who rushed for 214 yards and three touchdown and completed 5-of-8 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-21 victory over the Trojans.

Coffee is not expected to have near as much trouble this Friday, with 0-2 Mundy’s Mill of Jonesboro visiting Jardine Stadium.

Mundy’s Mill began playing football in 2003 and has managed just two winning seasons, the last of which came in 2003 when the Tigers posted a 6-4-1 record.

Hardaway at Lowndes

The Vikings rose in the state rankings from No. 6 to No. 4 last week and will take a 3-0 record into its game against Hardaway at Martin Stadium on Friday.

After a 50-23 victory over Luella to open the season, the Vikings defense has pitched shutouts over Newton and Windsor Forest.

Lowndes has now shut out four of its last six opponents.

Offensively, the Vikings apparently will continue to use quarterbacks Alex Stephenson and Seth Carlo, but will rely primarily on their running game, led by Nick Burgman.

The Hawks are 2-1 but are coming off a 27-6 loss to Shaw last Friday.

The schools have met twice before with Hardaway winning 14-0 in 1988 and Lowndes winning 40-30 in 1989. Both were regular-season games.

Lowndes will open Region 1-AAAAA play on Sept. 28, with a trip to Moultrie to play Colquitt County.

Newton at Valdosta

The Wildcats regrouped nicely after their 28-24 loss to Brooks County by shutting out Crisp County 45-0.

Valdosta is now 2-1 and would like to head into its Sept. 28 region opener against No. 1-ranked Camden County with a victory over the 0-2 Rams.

Newton has not scored a point in losing 32-0 to Eastside-Covington and 31-0 to Lowndes.

Newton has played football since 1949 and has just one double-digit win season. It came in in 1987 when the Rams went 10-3.

This will mark the first meeting between Newton adn Valdosta.

brunswick at Groves

The Pirates opened the season with victories over Wayne County and Glynn Academy, but could not hold an 8-6 halftime lead last Friday and fell to Ware County 21-16.

Brunswick will try to get back on the winning track when it travels to Garden City Stadium to play host to 0-2 Groves.

The Rebels are 0-2 and have been shut out by Screven County 48-0 and Beaufort (S.C.) 37-0.

Groves holds a 14-11-1 advantage in its series with Brunswick.

The Pirates will be off Sept. 28 and will open Region 1-AAAAAA play on Oct. 5 at Lowndes.


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