9 of our locals are in action for Week 4 under the lights. After raising our season rate to 78% on our picks, we bring your our official picks for Week 4. Expect a little craziness as it’s Friday the 13th, and a full moon to boot!
DISCLAIMER: We dissect the numbers, check against other projections, utilize the brain and not the heart. If we pick against any of our beloved 11 programs, take it as a diss if you want, or use it as motivation. We obviously would love to see all 11 programs win every single game, so we’ll celebrate even if we’re wrong if it means our locals walk away as winners.
Stephens County vs #2 Rabun County
The Indians have the unenviable task of taking on a ranked opponent in back-to-back-to-back weeks. This time might be the toughest one yet for the talented Indians. This will only make them stronger down the back stretch of the 2019 season. Rabun County is firing on all cylinders, as the offense and defense are ahead of their blistering pace in terms of points for/allowed last season. We pick RABUN.
White County vs Pickens County
The Warriors are coming off a tough loss over Habersham Central, and looking to get that train back on the winning track when playing host to Pickens. White County would love a little revenge on the team that beat them by the skin of their teeth in 2018 regular season and then again in the first round of the state playoffs. We pick WHITE.
#8 Jefferson vs Southside
The Dragons got back on the winning track last week. Southside (SC) doesn’t quite have the personnel and depth to stick with Jefferson for a full 48 minutes. Jefferson has so many running backs, which means no one gets worn out. We pick JEFFERSON.
Lumpkin County vs Gilmer
Gilmer straight up bulldozed Towns County a couple of weeks ago, but in turn were annihilated by Fannin in the opener and were edged 6-3 against Gordon Central in Week 3. Therefore, there’s not much to know about this Bobcats team so far. With the Indians at home and looking for that first win, we pick LUMPKIN.
#10 Union County @ Fannin County
Fannin has a chance to be pretty good under coach Chad Cheatham. Remember him? He was the coach for a few blinks at Banks County before leaving prior to coaching a single game. The thing is, while the Rebels certainly have skill and potential, Union County is already past that point. The Panthers are making a living on torching opponents, and the folks in Fannin should get a show tonight. We pick UNION.
#7 Dawson County @ West Hall
The Tigers got a well-deserved bye after back-to-back wins to open the campaign. The newly-named #7 ranked Tigers taked on West Hall in its third home game in the first 4 weeks. Unfortunately for West Hall, that first win the Spartans seek will have to wait. We pick DAWSON.
Habersham Central @ Franklin County
Hab Central is riding momentum after the first win of 2019. A close-ish loss to Dawson in the opener was only overshadowed by the fourth quarter loss at home to Madison County team. White County took the brunt of the Raiders’ frustrations, as Habersham had a dynamite first half on the way to a 42-28 win. All #SailsUp for the Raiders when going to Franklin County; we pick HABERSHAM.
Banks County @ East Jackson
Banks County’s defense is pretty darn good. The offense truly needs a jolt, however. The Leopards had an extra week to think about this one, and probably took some notes from Lumpkin County’s heartbreaking loss to an EJ team that rallied for a big-time win back in Week 1. We pick BANKS.
Predicted winners are in bold
#2 Buford vs Life
#7 Denmark vs Forsyth Central
East Hall vs Chestatee
Johnson vs Riverside
#6 Flowery Branch @ Winder Barrow
Cherokee Bluff @ #2 Athens Academy
Lakeview @ St. Francis