Week three of the GHSA football season is already here, and it’s looking like it could be the best week yet as we are looking at a nice cool 73 degrees at the start of kickoff in the North Georgia Mountains, a far cry from the Heat advisory weather we were having last Friday night.
Almost all of our local area teams will line it up tomorrow night, and some will line up across from each other as the likes of Fannin and Pickens and Union and Towns will look to etch another chapter in their rivalry books.
In this article, we will take a look at a couple of our favorite games coming up tomorrow night and give our own analysis/preview what we think should happen come 7:30pm.
TOWNS COUNTY @ UNION COUNTY (Union 49 Towns 7)
After a scorching start to the season with a blowout win over Fannin County in game 1, Union County is looking to bounce back from last week’s loss vs Lumpkin County, and they’ve got a good matchup to do just that. The 0-2 Towns County Indians will make the short ride over to Blairsville to face a Panthers team that is eager to put last week behind them, and I am afraid this one could get out of hand quickly. While Towns County has some great athletes in the likes of Conner Chastain, Julian Mosley, and Grayson Youngblood, the Indian’s line play will not be up-to-snuff against the Panthers run-and-gun offense. This could be another game where we see Union put up 50+ points.
GILMER @ MURRAY CO. (Gilmer 35 Murray 14)
I have seen some people predict that this could be the upset of the week as Murray County comes into this game as huge underdogs, but I am here to tell you that is not the case. Gilmer is going to come into Murray County and control the line of scrimmage and bounce back from last weeks loss to Fannin County. Hopefully we will see another great showing from Wyatt Stokes on the ground, as well as see some of the younger kids in Bubba Callihan and Peyton Chancey get a couple more opportunities to tote the rock. Gilmer should win this one easily by 3 scores.
LUMPKIN CO. VS FRANKLIN (Lumpkin 42 Franklin 14)
Another blowout game on the docket for week 3, Lumpkin should take care of Franklin County without breaking a sweat. Even though the game is in Carnesville this year, Franklin just doesn’t have the athletes to compete against with the Indians who I am predicting will be Region 7AAA champs at the end of the season. Look for Mason Sullens success on the ground to continue in this one, as I don’t see the Indians having any reason to put the ball in the air.
FANNIN CO. @ PICKENS CO. (Pickens 35 Fannin 28)
This is a put-up or shut-up year for the Pickens Dragons with all of the experience they have returning and being able to catch Fannin at home while the Rebels are in a rebuilding year After the Dragons were embarrassed at Rebel stadium last season, I would venture to guess that head coach Grant Myers and Co. are itching for this rematch at in Jasper. Pickens comes into the game as a 2-point favorite according to the computers, and I think we very well could see a game that comes down to 2 or 3 points. Pickens has the offense and Fannin has the defense, so it’s going to come down to who wants it more. If Pickens can play their game and not allow Fannin to hold onto the football for extended drives, then I think Pickens should be in a position to win this one come crunch time in the 4th quarter. Home-field advantage means everything in these rivalry games, and Fannin has too many holes offensively to keep up the scoring pace the Dragons will set. Add that in with the experience Sam Streicher and the Dragons have, and I’ve got the Green over the Blue by 7.