The Jacobs Media family of stations on Friday night will have three big matchups on air, and streaming, as the prep football season moves into its fifth week.
Perhaps the biggest showdown of the night will be at City Park Stadium where a resurgent Gainesville team takes on Jefferson. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. and the action can be heard on WDUN AM 550. Both teams have had a week off to prepare for what has become one of the newest rivalries in the area. Jefferson (1-1) has never lost to the Red Elephants (2-1) in three all-time meetings, all since 2016, but this year's matchup could be the most intriguing of the fledgling series. Both teams offer big lines of scrimmage and punishing ground games to go with opportunistic defenses.
Meanwhile, over on 94.5 FM The Lake, Chestatee will try to make it two straight wins as the War Eagles entertain another resurgent program in Fannin County. The War Eagles (1-2) knocked off East Hall last week in a wild game that did not end until after midnight. The Rebels (2-1) are coming off a tough loss to Class 2A power Union County last week. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at War Eagle Stadium.
And, on WDUN FM 102.9, North Hall (2-1) and White County (2-1) will renew their annual border war at The Brickyard. It will be the 47th meeting between the two schools with the series deadlocked at 23 wins apiece. However, the road team has won four of the last five in the series. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Week 5 offers several other intriguing matchups, most notably a Dawson County-Denmark showdown in Alpharetta. Both teams come in undefeated on the season and looking strong early.
Stephens County and Habersham also renew their annual scrum, this time in Mt. Airy. It will the 43rd meeting with the Indians (1-3) owning a 30-11-1 advantage and having won 14 straight over the Raiders (1-2). The last Habersham win in the series came in 1996 in Mt. Airy.
Buford plays host to its second Class 7A opponent of the season in Newton. Both teams are undefeated so far in the early going. Buford (3-0) has shown it can win close games with its last two wins by a coming 14 points. The Rams (3-0) outscored their three opponents by a 107-13 tally.
East Jackson looks to continue its strong start traveling to Class 4A Madison County. The Eagles (3-0) are off to their best start since 2009.
And, Region 8-2A will be the first region in northeast Georgia to gets its region schedule underway with a full schedule of games on tap. Union County (3-0) plays host to surprisingly winless Monticello (0-3) in Blairsville while Rabun County (3-0) plays host to Putnam County (1-2) in Tiger. Banks County (1-2) will try and put a nightmare showing against East Jackson in the rearview mirror playing host to Social Circle (1-1) in Homer.
AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR SEPT. 20
Commerce at Providence Christian
Dawson County at Denmark
East Jackson at Madison County
Fannin County at Chestatee -- 94.5 The Lake
George Walton Academy at Towns County
Jefferson at Gainesville -- WDUN AM 550
Johnson at Cross Keys
Monticello at Union County*
Newton at Buford
Putnam County at Rabun County*
Social Circle at Banks County*
Stephens County at Habersham Central
The King’s Academy at Lanier Christian Academy
White County at North Hall -- WDUN FM 102.9