Crystal Ball: Week Two Predictions

We fared okay in our first guesses of 2021, going 12-4. That said, we’re aiming for better this week with our Week Two Predictions.

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 off the field as winners.

THE LOCALS

#1 Rabun County Wildcats vs #8 Pace Academy Knights (SAT ESPN GAME)

Things get a little easier for Rabun County after the showdown with Jefferson…but not much easier! It’ll be a must-see on ESPN for the Wildcats’ home-opener. The defense and offense both look very healthy and even better heading into this one. Pace is a tough team in its own right, though this represents their first game of the season. VERDICT: Rabun County

White County Warriors vs Hart County Bulldogs

The Warriors fell in a tough one as the second half saw them implode against Stephens County. They can’t wait to put that game behind them and take on Hart County, another 8-AAA opponent. Hart won in a 54-21 game over an athletic Elbert County. That offense looks ridiculous. Last year, this was a 50-47 White County win. The Warriors will make it interesting again, but that’s a lot of points they’d have to come up with to win. VERDICT: Hart County

Banks County Leopards vs Franklin County Lions

The Leopards are fresh off a great defensive stand against Commerce. Next up is Franklin, who won 20-6 over Lumpkin. This is a winnable game for Banks, but the offense must put up multiple TDs to come out on top. VERDICT: Banks County

Lumpkin County Indians vs Chamblee Bulldogs

The Indians fell 20-6 against Franklin, and now face a Chamblee team that has a ton of offensive firepower and hung 59 on North Springs. Tough assignment for Lumpkin. VERDICT: Chamblee

Habersham Central Raiders vs Apalachee Wildcats

The Raiders couldn’t find a way to win at Madison County in perhaps the most shocking result of the night in Week One. Apalachee comes to town for the Habersham home-opener, and scored just 3 points against Winder-Barrow. This has a Raider win all over it. VERDICT: Habersham Central

#1 Jefferson Dragons @ Central Gwinnett Black Knights

The Dragons are riding high following a win over #1 Rabun County. Central Gwinnett won 20-0 in a great defensive effort against Discovery, but that won’t be the case this time around. VERDICT: Jefferson

Stephens County Indians @ North Hall Trojans

The Indians made a huge statement last week against White County. North Hall will present a new challenge with their option-based offense. If the defense steps up and is able to hold North Hall at bay, the offense should be able to roll. VERDICT: Stephens County

#4 Commerce Tigers @ Pickens Dragons

The Union County Panthers had to cancel the game against Commerce for COVID issues, but Commerce re-directed to Pickens. Still on the road, but likely the same result. VERDICT: Commerce

Dawson County Tigers @ #4 Flowery Branch Falcons

The Tigers fell in a tough Week One game, and now must try and regroup while traveling to #5-ranked Flowery Branch. Won’t be easy at all. VERDICT: Flowery Branch

Towns County Indians @ Armuchee

Towns County got a nice win that was a good confidence boost for the offense and defense alike. Now comes Armuchee. Revenge is in mind, as Towns fell 10-7 in a low-scoring game in this matchup last year. This time, we foresee a different result. VERDICT: Towns County

THE OTHERS

Predicted winners are in bold

#9 Cherokee Bluff vs Chestatee
Jackson County vs East Jackson
East Hall vs West Hall
Denmark vs Banneker
Gainesville @ Chattahoochee
#1 Buford @ Clarke Central

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