Sunday October 1st, 2023 10:30PM

Football: Three big Week 5 matchups headline radio coverage

By Bo Wilson Sports Editor

Week 4 lived up to the hype. 

Gainesville and Flowery Branch put on a show at City Park, with the Red Elephants snapping the Falcons' three-game win streak in another classic battle in the series. Chestatee put folks on notice that the win over Union County in Week 3 wasn't a fluke as they hammered cross-county foe, West Hall, 42-7. 

Buford rolled over Myers Park, NC in a 44-17 win at Tom Riden Stadium, and Rabun County knocked off North Carolina Class A defending champion, Murphy, 59-14 on the road. 

And both Dawson County and Lakeview Academy picked up their first wins of the season. 

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

Chaminade-Madonna, Fla. at Buford... Class 6A No. 1 Buford will put its streak on the line when it hosts Florida power Chaminade-Madonna at Tom Riden Stadium. The Wolves finally got their offense in gear Friday night against Myers Park out of Charlotte, NC en route to a 44-17 win at home. This week, however, could be a bigger test as the Lions have won the Class 3A state championship the last three of four seasons, including a three-point loss to Trinity in the title game last season. They are a young team that seems to be playing a bit more balanced this season, with sophomore Davion Gause leading the rushing attack with 409 yards and five TDs, and sophomore quarterback Cedrick Bailey passing for 500 yards and three scores through three games. Buford, however, has a solid rushing attack with Victor Venn and CJ Clinkscales, and a talented quarterback duo in Dylan Wittke and Ashton Daniels. And you can't forget the dominant play of the Wolves defense has played lights out in the last two games and half games, led by Alabama-commit Jake Pope. You can hear that game on WDUN AM 550. (Click to listen live)

Chestatee at North Hall... The War Eagles are one of the hottest teams in the area, just ask West Hall. Chestatee's offense was on fire against the Spartans, storming to a 42-7 win on Friday at home. Luke Bornhorst led the way in the passing game, tossing five touchdowns. As for the Trojans, they're coming off a much-needed bye week. Before that, North Hall lost big to Stephens County and battled Hart County to the end before falling in Hartwell. The Battle of Highway 60 could be the most anticipated matchup in a long time as the Trojans have owned the War Eagles in the 19-year series, 17-2. Both teams will have their hands full on defense as the Trojans wing-T offense can be brutal to stop, and Chestatee's spread offense has proved already this season that it can soar down the field. This has the makings of a good one. You can listen to the game on WDUN FM 102.9. (Click to listen live)

And Forsyth Central travels to Gainesville... The Red Elephants carry some major momentum into their first Region 6-7A game against Forsyth Central. Last week, they controlled the entire rivalry game against Flowery Branch to get their first win in three tries over the Falcons, 42-35. Sophomore quarterback Baxter Wright had himself a game, leading the Red Elephants offensive flurry, and the defense had its timely stops. This one counts in the region standings, though, and last week is now a memory. The Red Elephants can't afford a letdown against the Bulldogs or it could be a disappointing night. The Bulldogs will most likely lean on their run game, led by Malachi McElroy. But the Red Elephants should be prepared as they have already seen two quality running backs against Johns Creek and Flowery Branch. 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.

North Forsyth at Denmark*
East Forsyth at Riverside Military

Chaminade-Madonna (Fla.) at Buford -- AM 550 WDUN
Cherokee Bluff at Lakeside-DeKalb
Chestatee at North Hall -- FM 102.9 WDUN
East Jackson at East Hall
Fannin County at Banks County
Forsyth Central at Gainesville* -- FM 94.5 The Lake
Hiram at Flowery Branch
Jackson County at Walnut Grove*
Johnson at Eastside*
Johnson Ferry at Lanier Christian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lakeview Academy at Towns County
St. Francis at Lumpkin County
Stephens County at Habersham Central
Union County at Pickens

(* -- region contest)

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