Suwannee at Madison County
Series: Suwannee leads 28-24-2, although the Cowboys have won the past 19 meetings.
Last Meeting: Madison County won 50-12 at Langford Stadium last year.
Notes: A traditional rival, the Cowboys have dominated the series since the mid 1990’s, winning 19 straight with most recently not even being close. Madison is ranked No. 1 in Class 1A and have allowed just six points so far this year. Offensively, the Cowboys feature a balanced rushing attack led by Robert Hiers, Jacoleman Young, Vinsonta Allen and Greg Mitchell. Suwannee has relied on its ground game as well with DeMarius Thompson, Tyree Taylor and Jaquez Moore providing big games.
Branford at Trenton
Series: Trenton leads 34-30-1
Last Meeting: Branford won 40-6 last year for their first win against the Tigers since 2009
Notes: The Tigers have lost two straight following a season-opening win and have scored just eight points in those two setbacks. The Buccaneers have showed big-play ability through the air as Colton Leibold has six receiving TDs already this season with both Seth Heiderman and Kyson Johnson being effective throwing the ball. Dakota Hamm, who didn’t play against Bell last week, is top rushing threat.
Lanier County (Ga.) at Hamilton County
Series: First meeting
Notes: The Bulldogs are 0-2 but quarterback Rashod Brockington is a dangerous dual threat as displayed in a 41-39 loss to Montgomery County on Aug. 30 when he threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 158 yards and two TDs. That made him the first LCHS player to top 100 yards rushing since 2015. Hamilton had success moving the ball at Suwannee with its Wing-T attack, but couldn’t finish drives. HCHS’ run-based attack is guided by Tyler Whetstone and Ahmawe Bell.
Cedar Creek Christian at Lafayette
Series: Tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Cedar Creek Christian won 30-26 at Dale Walker Field in 2015.
Notes: The Saints, who lost 28-16 against Paxon on Monday, are a predominantly run-based offense that utilizes a number of backs led by Demaci Griffin, Keyon Paige and Duke Maduka. Michael Hays leads the CCCS defense. The Hornets’ balanced offense was on full display in shootout at Chiefland with Jaxson Beach spreading the ball around to playmakers Adam Perry, Nic’Kel Freeman, Nathan Pearson and Mark Crum. Montae Gillyard is a weapon also. Lafayette is averaging 47 points per game this season.
Jaxson Beach, Lafayette — 60-90-1, 782, 7 TDs
Seth Heiderman, Branford — 26-34-1, 473, 5 TDs
Tyree Taylor, Suwannee — 14-36-2, 166, 2 TDs
Kyson Johnson, Branford — 3-5-1, 165, 3 TDs
Jaxson Beach, Lafayette — 27-294, 8 TDs
Montae Gillyard, Lafayette — 30-239, 4 TDs
Tyree Taylor, Suwannee — 24-222, 3 TDs
DeMarius Thompson, Suwannee — 22-197, 2 TDs
Dakota Hamm, Branford — 17-170, 1 TD
Colton Leibold, Branford — 14-344, 5 TDs
Adam Perry, Lafayette — 28-314, 4 TDs
Nic’Kel Freeman, Lafayette — 14-250, 1 TD
Clay Williams, Branford — 5-131, 2 TDs
Junior Cress, Branford — 5-127, 1 TD