Our picks are gold right now. 17-1 two weeks ago, followed by 18-0 last week. Surely Week 8 will be harder on us, but we give the following predictions below. There are a couple of really intriguing games this week, but also very few in total as Rabun, Union, White, Banks, and Stephens are all taking the week off.
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.
#6 Dawson County vs #3 GAC
This is that matchup that we desperately want to pick Dawson, but GAC is so loaded with talent that it seems like they won’t be tripped up in region play. We hope we are wrong here, but WE PICK GAC.
Lumpkin County vs Cherokee Bluff
Neither of these teams is exactly killing it right now. Lumpkin had a week to plan for this one, and the added wrinkle that could favor either side is the return of long-time Lumpkin coach Tommy Jones. Could he use that as motivation to pull out a win for the Bears, or will Lumpkin use it as motivation and pride to not lose to him. WE PICK CHEROKEE BLUFF.
#9 Jefferson @ #5 Hart County
The Dragons are riding high, and the offense and defense are unprecedentedly good (206-20 in last 4 games, all wins). Hart County will be a tougher opponent than Jefferson has seen the past two weeks, but we like the upset here. WE PICK JEFFERSON.
Towns County @ #8 Hebron Christian
The 0-6 Indians travel to another hostile environment, and it will once again be an uphill battle for them. WE PICK HEBRON.
Habersham Central @ Gainesville
The Raiders actually stayed in the game versus #3 Lanier, but right now this one is tricky. We thought Gainesville was primed for a huge year, and still could be. But the recent loss to Jefferson and blowout loss to Dacula are concering. However, the narrow loss to rivals Flowery Branch clouds this up even more. We have NO IDEA what to make of the Red Elephants, even if they are at home at City Park. WE PICK HABERSHAM.
#4 Commerce @ Lakeview
Let’s not waste much time here. WE PICK COMMERCE.
Predicted winners are in bold
#1 Buford vs Cedar Shoals
Johnson vs Walnut Grove
Chestatee vs #3 Flowery Branch
West Hall vs #1 Marist
East Hall vs Fannin County
Riverside Military vs Providence Christian
#7 Denmark @ #3 Blessed Trinity