If you weren’t settled in for last weekend’s start of football season, sit down now.
You’re missing the action.
Greater Atlanta Christian, Westminster and 15 other Class AA teams kicked off the season dramatically. This week, most all of the class’ other 45 join the fray with potentially similar excitement.
No. 8 GAC’s two touchdowns and two field goals put it 20-0 ahead of Stone Mountain on Friday, but things got crazy before the Spartans survived, 34-26. GAC’s defense withstood its AAAA opponent’s 271 yards and three aerial touchdowns, all to one wideout.
No. 9 Westminster wasted little time jumping a touchdown ahead of Blessed Trinity on Nigel Walker’s 1-yard run in the first quarter. But even with Jake Forte’s 3-yard scoring run in the fourth, the Wildcats’ three turnovers and 115 penalty yards kept it on the losing end to AAA Blessed Trinity, 25-20.
After Week 1, AA is the only of six classes whose AJC rankings haven’t changed from the preseason. Region 1-AA Brooks County didn’t budge from third behind defending state champion Calhoun and Fitzgerald, despite schooling Clinch County 43-3 and outgaining the Panthers, 354-34 yards. Region 6-AA Lovett showed it’s poised to leap from No. 7, as Grant Haley’s touchdown run lifted the Lions over Woodward Academy, 7-3. Region 1-AA Fitzgerald has to settle for remaining second behind idle Calhoun, despite handling Jefferson County, 23-6. Region 6-AA GAC won its third straight season opener, but still, no bump from eighth.
Here are several strong performances in AA last week. Did we miss any?
– John Coletti, Lovett — He had 12 tackles and two sacks.
– Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County — He completed 13 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns and ran 15 times for 99 yards and two scores.
– Kyle Scales, GAC — His 126 rushing yards and a touchdown led the Spartans toward 231 yards of offense.
– Nigel Walker, Westminster — He scored two touchdowns, including a 33-yard, tackle-breaking spurt that brought the Wildcats within two of Blessed Trinity in the third quarter, 16-14.
Coosa bolsters ground attack
Georgia High School Football Daily reported that Janier Ferguson was cleared to play this week for Region 7-AA Coosa. Ferguson rushed for 2,063 yards last season at Pepperell, before transferring.
He’ll come in handy in the Eagles’ season-opening road games against AAA opponents Gordon Central, Rockmart and Haralson County, before opening region against Pepperell.