ESPN High School Football Kickoff features pair of Georgia powers

Game of the Week: Gainesville vs. Buford, tonight – ESPN High School Football Kickoff

Time: 7 p.m.

On Air: ESPN3.com

At: Tom Riden Stadium

Buford has claimed the last four Class AA championships and return a pair of bona fide studs in Alabama-bound LB Dillon Lee and standout OL Vadal Alexander. Gainesville looks to take off on offense behind sophomore QB Deshaun Watson, who guided the Red Elephants to a 10-2 mark last fall. Buford has won the last three contests in this series.

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Stephenson vs. Parkview

We told you in the September issue of ESPNHS how loaded Stephenson’s roster was, now it’s time to see whether they can live up to the hype on the field. RB Mike Davis spearheads the Jags’ ground attack and Jarontay Jones, Jafar Mann and Raphael Kirby look to stifle Parkview’s offense. Parkview hopes to pull off the upset over favored Stephenson behind senior QB Jack Esmonde and WR Micah McCoy.

Westminster vs. St. Pius

With a commitment to Alabama in the books, St. Pius CB Geno Smith turns his attention to the field and getting the Golden Lions back to the postseason. He gets his first action against a Westminster team that upset St. Pius, 20-12, in last year’s opener.