Class AA blog: No timidity as season begins

By Michael Alpert

For the AJC

Most football teams kick off the season next week, but Friday marks the first game for many.

Everyone’s winless, but don’t expect timidity. Everyone’s also undefeated.

An initial win is vital for momentum. Not that a loss can’t be overcome, but as coaches will tell you, a solid first step makes a big difference.

These initial matchups might not count in region, but certainly, there’ll be no shortage of excitement. After a long, hot preseason, players undoubtedly are eager to begin cracking heads with opponents, instead of teammates.

Here’s a half dozen games to keep an eye on as 14 Class AA teams swing into action Friday and three others do Saturday:

– No. 9 Westminster at Blessed Trinity, Friday: Westminster coach Gerry Romberg, whose 21 seasons are the second most in the classification, leads his Wildcats up a class to face the Titans in the teams’ ninth meeting. Westminster had won five times consecutively, before Blessed Trinity’s 21-14 victory in last year’s Region 6-AA matchup.

– Clinch County at No. 3 Brooks County, Friday: The Region 1-AA Trojans step down a classification to host Clinch, but have their work cut out against a team that has five championships and at least eight quarterfinal appearances in the last 11 seasons.

– Stone Mountain at No. 8 Greater Atlanta Christian, Friday: Flip a coin here. The teams have never met, though they’re only six miles away as the crow flies.

– No. 7 Lovett at Woodward Academy, Friday: This first matchup between these teams in three years will give one bragging rights, breaking an 8-8 record between them.

– Laney at Strom Thurmond (S.C.), Friday: The Wildcats are the class’ only team venturing out of state, but nowhere unknown. Laney has played its South Carolina opponent six times, losing to it in the last two season openers.

– Bremen vs. Alexander, Saturday: The Blue Devils can’t be shy in University of West Georgia’s inaugural Kickoff Classic, as they leap two classifications in an attempt to break a 1-1 career mark against Alexander.

7 comments Add your comment


August 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

The Laney/Strom Thrumond game had to be cancelled unfortunately. That was the high school version of the border bash between UGA/USC. It was normally played the friday before that game.

Green Supporter

August 23rd, 2012
1:25 pm

Go Westminster! Go cats!


August 23rd, 2012
3:31 pm

what classification is Alexnader? A little worried about this one. Not sure Bremen has the “horses” to run with a school that much larger. But Bremen always plays tough football. Go Blue Devils!!!!


August 23rd, 2012
3:40 pm

If it’s Bremen, the officials will make sure it’s a W. Alexander not that good at football anyways.


August 23rd, 2012
8:12 pm

Bremen vs. Alexander should be a pretty good game…but I wanna see the two school’s WRESTLERS face each other! Both programs have state champions in the duals and traditionals (and God-knows-how-many individual champs in the last 5 years alone)

Just a Fan

August 24th, 2012
12:39 pm

BH-Alexander is in class AAAA sharing a region with Carrollton,Sandy Creek and others.Bremen should give them a tight game with an upset possible.


August 24th, 2012
10:12 pm

I always thought just because a school is bigger in classification doesn’t necessary mean that they have better players than a smaller school. Bremen shouldn’t have any problems as long as they play the game smart and don’t have as many turnovers like the past 2 previous years.