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Football: Three huge region battles headline Week 10 radio schedule

By Bo Wilson Sports Editor

Buckle up football fans, the season is about to get even more interesting.

As the final three weeks of the schedule kicks off on Friday, several area teams continue to battle for a top playoff spot.

Region 7-3A might be the most interesting with Cherokee Bluff, Dawson County and North Hall still undefeated in region play. That'll end this week as Dawson County travels to Bluff in a massive game. The winner will be tied with North Hall as the Trojans are off.

Over in Region 8-4A, Flowery Branch's 34-14 win over Cedar Shoals last week has them in the third spot with a big game in Danielsville this week against Madison County. The Falcons are in a must-win to stay out of the fourth spot. 

In Region 6-7A, Gainesville's lack of offense in the 17-9 loss to South Forsyth has the Red Elephants needing help to get a home playoff game. They'll have to win out against region leader Denmark, West Forsyth and North Forsyth and pull for South Forsyth and West Forsyth to beat Denmark for a home playoff game.

Other key games on tap this week: Lanier travels to Buford with hopes of an upset, White County travels to an improved Lumpkin County, and Banks County travels to Riverside in a game that could determine the No. 4 seed out of Region 8-2A. 

Three games highlight the Jacobs Media airways, and all three should provide fans with plenty of excitement. 


Lanier at Buford ...  Region 8-6A is Buford's to lose. Lanier, however, can have some say so in the outcome of the region standings with an upset at Tom Riden Stadium on Friday. Yeah, that probably won't happen. The Wolves have shown improvement each week and continue to get stronger with each game. The Buford defense is playing stingy, giving up just 7.7 points per game. Meanwhile, the offense is scoring 33 ppg. Lanier is averaging 25 points per game but is giving up 24. If Buford wins, they'll be in the driver's seat for the region title. You can hear that game on WDUN AM 550. (Click to listen live)

Dawson County at Cherokee Bluff ...  This one was interesting last season and will be the same on Friday. Dawson County is probably one of the most improved teams in the area. Cherokee Bluff, on the other hand, is one of the most dominating teams in Northeast Georgia. The Tigers will have their hands full with the Bears' offense. They'll also have to find ways to score as the Bears are giving up just 7 points per game. But the Tigers have found a way on their current four-game winning streak, averaging 46.5 ppg on offense and giving up 14 on defense. Even bigger than the team stats are the region standings. The winner of this game will be tied with North Hall atop the standings. You can listen to the game on WDUN FM 102.9. (Click to listen live)

And Gainesville travels to West Forsyth... With the loss to South Forsyth last week, Gainesville has put themselves in a must-win situation to keep at least an eye on a home playoff game. They'll need to beat a struggling West Forsyth, which is without starting running back Peyton Streko. Big Red will also need to find some offense to go along with their defensive play. Last week, Gainesville held on to a 3-0 lead at the half, but failure to convert in the red zone led to the 17-9 loss to the War Eagles. If the Red Elephants want to play at home in the first round, they'll need to take care of business at West Forsyth. The game can be heard live on FM 94.5 The Lake. (Click to listen live)

Friday Game Night will keep you in tune with all of these contests and more. Be sure to check in with us throughout the night and keep up with live scoring on Twitter: @FridayGameNight.

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 22 SCHEDULE

Banks County at Riverside Military*
Dawson County at Cherokee Bluff*
Eastside at Jackson County*
Elbert County at Rabun County*
Flowery Branch at Madison County*
Franklin County at East Jackson*
Gainesville at West Forsyth*
Greene County at Towns County*
Habersham Central at Central Gwinnett*
Jefferson at Chestatee*
Johnson at Greenbrier*
Lanier at Buford*
Social Circle at Commerce*
West Hall at Gilmer*
White County at Lumpkin County* 

(* -- denotes region contest)


OFF THIS WEEK

East Forsyth
East Hall
Lakeview Academy
Lanier Christian
North Forsyth
North Hall
Union County

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