Posted: 7:58 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Week 2 preview: Chadwick kicks off 30th season at Marist 

By David Purdum

–Marist coach Alan Chadwick kicks off his 30th season by leading the War Eagles against Florida power Godby in the first of four games at 11:45 a.m., Saturday in the second annual Georgia-Florida Battle of the Borders Showdown at Hallford Stadium. Godby, out of Tallahassee, dropped its opener, 32-13, to IMG Academy, but is stacked with college prospects. “From what I understand, they’re ranked preseason No. 7 in the country and have about 20 (college) prospects,” said Chadwick. “We’ve got two. We certainly have our hands full.”

–No. 1 Buford continues its challenging non-region slate with a home game against Class AAAAAA’s Berkmar on Friday. It’s the first game for the Wolves against a school from the state’s largest classification since 2006, when they opened the season with a 35-7 win over East Coweta. Buford beat Florida’s defending AAA state champion Trinity Christian, 17-0, last week for the Wolves’ 25th straight win. Berkmar lost its opener to Newton, 42-14.

–St. Pius X opens its return season to Class AAAA against Blessed Trinity on Friday. The Golden Lions have won five of six all-time meetings with Blessed Trinity, but lost last season’s game. St. Pius was last in AAAA in 2006.

–Defending AAAA state champion Griffin opens its first season under coach Jarrett Laws at Henry County on Friday. Laws came over from Drew to replace Steve DeVoursney, who resigned after an investigation into alleged illegal recruiting and improper academic assistance. Laws says the entire Griffin community is to ready to take a step forward. Having a dynamic receiving corps featuring Keyston Fuller, Chris Owens and Darquavious Mangham should help the third-ranked Bears.

–Thomasville and Cairo will meet for the 71st time Friday, continuing a series that dates back to the early 1920s. Thomasville beat Cairo last season, ending an eight-game losing streak to the Syrupmakers. Thomasville lost its opener, 42-35, to West Laurens in Week 1. This will be Cairo’s first game.

–No.9 Veterans opens its season at Houston County. The game features two talented quarterbacks in Veterans’ Logan Byrd and Houston County’s Jake Fromm. The Warhawks won’t have starting running back in Desjuan Harris, who is out with a broken arm, according to Macon.com.

11 comments
6AReg2Fan
6AReg2Fan

As I echo rwdekab and my LONG time blogging partner (War Eagle), in their comments about ONE of GA HS elite coach, (Coach Chadwick), at the proven and most competitive private/city school in GA, which has been and never afraid to play a team that line up in front of them, we at Tucker have had the privileged to battle these War Eagles.  Almost 20 years of epic battles, between GA’s Public and Private institutions have translate into BOTH programs were they are TODAY.  There will be a SAD day in GA HS football when Coach Chadwick retires his whistle – All of GA HS football will miss a great COACH, who competed every Friday Night, regardless of talent, size and speed.


From a LONG…LONG time Tucker Fan, I miss these battles, and Coach Chadwick, has directly or indirectly made the program on LaVista Road (Tucker High) where it is TODAY.  Marist WarEagles, you get this Tucker fan upmost respect and GOOD LUCK on yet another year of proving to all who wish/dream of becoming GA’s 4A championship, it most and will come through “ Hughes Spalding Stadium”.


WarEagles set the table in the first game of “The Battle of the Boarders” and the Tigers will clean the table.


"WE ARE TUCKER" – The New Kids on the Block!!! 

rwdekalb
rwdekalb

Coach Chadwick always has a team full of tough competitors out on the field. Consistent winning tradition.

War Eagle
War Eagle

Just because a team is 6A does not make them "challenging" -- big school does not always equal good football team.  Berkmar has won 10 games total in the last 5 years.

War Eagle
War Eagle

Much respect, my blogging friend. Best of luck to Tucker this year. And I see your old coach is making waves at Ware now -- he may be the "next" Chadwick!

David_Purdum
David_Purdum moderator

@War Eagle : So Trinity Christian, Berkmar and McEachern doesn't qualify for a challenging schedule? 

War Eagle
War Eagle

@David_Purdum:  That is not what I said.  I just said that Berkmar is not challenging merely because it is a 6A team . . . which is what your paragraph suggests.  I certainly agree that Trinity and McEachern are a challenge, but that does not mean that every team on Buford's schedule is challenging.

David_Purdum
David_Purdum moderator

@War Eagle : I see what you'e saying. Guess I didn't articulate what I meant in that paragraph. My bad. Was kind of talking about the three-game stretch as a whole; plus, anytime a team plays a school that is two classifications larger than them, I feel like it's a challenge. That's probably not always the case with Buford, though. 

War Eagle
War Eagle

Well, I know of at least one school that elects to play up two classes almost every week . . . . :)

wolfbait67
wolfbait67

@David_Purdum @War Eagle Trinity Christian--<55 total yards..........Berkmar-----<25 total yards offense.....Yes Defense wins championships barring  injuries ....good start but a long way to December for everybody...Class 4A Sandy Creek has already showed they want in the Dome too...kinda a second home for them guys too....kudos to the younger Holyfield...like Father, like Son.....