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October 12, 2012

Column: Friday night fever


VALDOSTA — Fitzgerald at Brooks County

We are all talking about the Winnersville Classic here in Valdosta and Lowndes County, but everyone over there in Brooks County and throughout Region 1-AA is talking about that clash tonight between the Purple Hurricanes and the Trojans in Quitman.

Both teams are ranked inside the top five of AA (Brooks County is second and Fitzgerald is fourth) and both have aspirations of winning a state championship this season.

Brooks County was embarrassed by Fitzgerald last year, and the Trojans haven’t forgotten it. The 39-0 whooping the Hurricanes handed out was a shocker to many people, including me. That was for the region championship, and the Trojans didn’t show up.

While a region champion won’t be crowned tonight, the winner of this meeting does have a front-runner seat to claiming Region 1-AA.

In the end, Malcolm Parrish of Brooks County is too good, too quick, too strong, too fast and too hungry for another win. Plus, the Hurricanes were dominated by Cook last week, but somehow still won the game. If they get dominated by the Trojans this week (like being outgained by 200-plus yards like last week), then Brooks County will roll to a win.

Ed: Brooks County 28, Fitzgerald 20

Christian: Brooks County 31, Fitzgerald 24

Other games:

Valwood at Terrell Academy

Ed: Valwood 44, Terrell 28

Christian: Valwood 38, Terrell 21

Irwin County at Clinch County

Ed: Clinch County 32, Irwin County 28

Christian: Clinch County 28, Irwin County 14

Valdosta State at North Alabama (Saturday)

Ed: Valdosta State 31, North Alabama 23

Christian: Valdosta State 28, North Alabama 27

Upset picks:

Ed: Mill Creek over North Gwinnett

Christian: Lincoln County over Aquinas

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