1. Not much. There were no hard-to-believe upsets or unusual scores. Don’t expect the rankings to change much based on Friday.
2. Stephenson’s defense and playmakers are what we figured. Its offense remains a question mark. Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell wouldn’t say this was his best team yet, but he’s hinted that he’s not had a better front seven on defense. Stephenson’s offense still must prove that it can sustain drives and make the big throw at key moments. The Jags scored their TDs on long runs by RB Mike Davis and DB Demarcus Sweat, two of their SEC-committed players.
3. Collins Hill lives. Some wondered if Collins Hill would take this season off to recover from the graduation of QB Taylor Heinicke, who threw for more than 4,000 yards last year. Instead, CH overcame a couple of early fumbles and a 21-7 deficit and beat Roswell 24-21 as RB Jordan Parker ran for 210 yards on 27 carries. New QB Bradley Johnson threw a 31-yard TD as the game-winner. That’s more offense than CH produced last year with Heinicke in a 13-9 win over Roswell. CH wound up in the state semifinals, but unranked in preseason this year because of the heavy losses.
4. Region 1-AAAAA is not in midseason form, but probably no reason for alarm. Coffee, minus star QB Will Gardner (lost for the season after suffering a knee injury last week), lost to one of AAAA’s top teams, Ware County, 28-21. Valdosta beat one of AA’s top teams, Brooks County, 20-11. Colquitt County beat Madison County, one of Florida Class 4A’s top teams, 20-19.
5. We’ll learn more today when North Gwinnett and Grayson play out-of-state opponents at North Gwinnett. It’s on CSS. Those teams have already played. North Gwinnett was probably just as impressive in losing (to McEachern) as Grayson was winning (over Kell 7-0), except for the defensive part, which some say wins championships.