DRILL Georgia hopes to black out the Crimson Tide
ATHENS, Ga. — There's no great mystery this time. Georgia will definitely be wearing black jerseys for its showdown with Alabama. Still, the choice of colors is telling. The third-ranked Bulldogs know how big this game is, even though the calendar hasn't even flipped to October yet. This is their chance to start shaking out the hierarchy in the brutal Southeastern Conference, which has four of the top eight teams in this week's Associated Press rankings.
The No. 8 Crimson Tide routed Clemson to start the season and blew out Arkansas last week in the SEC opener, giving every indication that second-year coach Nick Saban has this storied program back on track after a few seasons lost in the hinterlands.
Hoping to turn back the Tide, Georgia decided this was as good a week as any for a "blackout." For just the third time in modern school history, the Bulldogs will be wearing black jerseys instead of their traditional red, and they're urging all their fans to don the color as well for Saturday night's nationally televised game.
"I'm a style guy," cornerback Asher Allen said. "I like the black (jerseys). I like how they offset the red helmets. The red jerseys are more traditional, but the black just gives us a little extra spice. I like it. I really do."
Coach Mark Richt isn't concerned with making any sort of fashion statement. He just remembers what happened a year ago when he finally gave in to his players' persistent appeals to wear black jerseys.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Eastside JV Football; Eagles down Rockdale 29-22
James Norrington 3-yardd touchdown run, 2-point conversion run by Greg Davis (EHS 8-0).
70-yard kick return by Kendal Robinson set up a 5-yard touchdown run by freshman Justin Bates; extra point by Cody Walden good (EHS 15 - Rockdale 8).
Rockdale scored two more times in second quarter to take a 22-15 lead at the half.
Greg Davis 20-yard touchdown run; extra point by Cody Walden good. (EHS 22 - Rockdale 22).
James Norrington 5-yard touch down run with 1:10 left in fourth quarter (six minute drive by offense). Extra point by Cody Walden good. Final Eastside 29 - Rockdale 22.
Staff reports NASCAR Sprint Cup driver ratings 1. KYLE BUSCH 2. CARL EDWARDS 3. JIMMIE JOHNSON 4. DALE EARNHARDT JR. 5. JEFF GORDON 6. TONY STEWART 7. DENNY HAMLIN 8. GREG BIFFLE 9. KEVIN HARVICK 10. JEFF BURTON POS. HIGH RATING 12 147.6 108.3 1 139.8 106.8 2 150.0 105.3 9 130.1 100.9 8 126.7 95.6 7 130.2 95.3 11 129.1 95.0 3 130.6 93.6 5 122.9 89.9 4 118.6 89.4 Associated Press