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Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Rd. Three

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Round Three of the Georgia high school football playoffs kick off this Friday and there are some great matchups, including 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week between Dutchtown and Chattahoochee.

The 11-1 Bulldogs travel to play undefeated Chattahoochee. On paper, this matchup will be a battle of top-notch offense and top-notch defense.

Dutchtown's defense has not allowed a point this postseason and has notched five shutouts throughout the year. They have yet to give up more than 14 points per game. Comparatively, Chattahoochee has not scored less than 31 points in a game this season.

On offense, Dutchtown has yet to score a touchdown in either of their first two playoff games; all 18 of their points have come off of the foot of kicker Ryan Kay. Last week, Dutchtown beat Glynn Academy 3-0.

LaGrange Names New Head Football Coach

LAGRANGE, GA (Troup County School System News Release) -- Just days after the news broke that Steve Pardue is stepping down as the head coach of the LaGrange High School football team, Donnie Branch has been named as the new Granger leader.  After 17 seasons as the head coach - with Branch serving as defensive coordinator the entire time - Pardue decided it was time to make a change, meaning big changes for Branch as well.

"I am extremely honored to be named the head football coach at LaGrange High," said Branch.  "My first choice was to continue to be the defensive coordinator for the best football coach in the state of Georgia (Steve Pardue); however God has a different plan for Steve."

LaGrange Head Football Coach Resigns

LAGRANGE, GA -- LaGrange High School will have a new football coach next season. After 17 years as the Grangers' head coach, Steve Pardue has resigned.

Pardue told the LaGrange Daily News, "I don't like the term retiring. I'm not retiring. I'm just going to change what I'm doing right now."

The Troup County Board of Education could approve a new coach as early as tonight, according to Catherine Holmes, Director of Public Relations for the Troup County School System.

Pardue coached the Grangers to a 161-45 record in his 17 seasons, giving him a lifetime winning percentage of .782. According to www.LaGrangeFootball.com, Pardue's Grangers won eight region championships and three state championships.

Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Rd. One

SUWANEE, GA -- With 46.9 percent of the online vote, Hiram at Lambert is 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week. And now that the postseason has started, the stakes are higher than ever.

Hiram and Lambert are both relatively new schools. Hiram's football program kicked things off in 2000 and the 8-2 Hornets are in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Lambert, only in its first full year of varsity play, is also 8-2 and looking to make a splash in the postseason.

Hiram has given up more points than Lambert this season, but the Hornets have also scored more points.

Lambert has scored more than 30 points only once this year; Hiram has reached that mark six times.

11Alive will broadcast live from Lambert during the 6 pm newscast.

Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 5A Preview



Favorite: Camden County

Predicted Final Four: South Gwinnett, North Gwinnett, Lowndes, Camden County

Easiest Draw: North Gwinnett. The Bulldogs would not have to face a team with less than three losses until at least the quarterfinals. Being on the complete opposite side of the bracket from Camden County is also a big plus.

Investigation of Alpharetta Crash Completed

ALPHARETTA, GA -- The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety's Traffic Enforcement Unit announces the completion of a fatality crash investigation.

On Monday, Oct. 4, Alpharetta 911 received emergency calls stating that a vehicle had left the roadway on Georgia 400 southbound. The investigation revealed a black Pontiac G6 passenger car left the right shoulder as it traveled GA 400 southbound south of the Mansell exit.

The vehicle left the roadway between the Mansell Road exit ramp and the overpass bridge above Mansell Road; it struck a small beam, causing it to go airborne over the sloping embankment before the overpass. The vehicle continued airborne and landed in the median of Mansell Road, then traveled across the eastbound lanes of Mansell Road and came to a stop.

Larry G. Pack, 53, of Newnan, was pronounced dead at the scene.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.