Apalachee at Habersham Central

Apalachee Wildcats at Habersham Central Raiders

Apalachee Wildcats (8-AAAA) Coach: Shane Davis

2010 record: 6-4Habersham Raiders (8-AAAA) Coach: Stuart Cunningham

2010 record: 3-7

Apalachee head coach Shane Davis was quite blunt on the state of his team following its preseason scrimmage with Archer.

"We've still got a long way to go," Davis said. "We've got some pretty good football players, but we're not where we need to be. Our focus is not where it needs to be."

One of the biggest areas of concern for the Wildcats is how quickly four new starters on the offensive line can jell together to help open room for Stanley Williams, Zay Henry and the Apalachee running game.

But almost as big a concern is the defense, leading tackler F.J. Smith and the rest of the Wildcats must deal with a Raiders offense led by senior Kevin Ellison, who moves under center at quarterback after running for over 1,000 as a running back last year.

"Their quarterback is the real deal," Davis said. "On any given play, he can not only hurt you, but score."

Last meeting: Apalachee won 35-7 last year

Directions to Habersham Central High School: I-85 north to I-985 north, which turns into Highway 365. Get off on Clarksville exit, or Highway 197, and go toward Clarksville. At stop sign, turn right and school is on the right.