Finally, as most Class AA football teams around the state kicked off their seasons Friday, fans got their long-awaited chance to see their favorites in action. Did performances match the hype?
Here are some things we learned:
No. 7 Lovett is off to another quick start: The Lions are within a game of last season’s 3-0 start after beating Class AAA Blessed Trinity 24-7. Like their opening 7-3 win over Woodward Academy, it was another outing of allowing only a single score. This time, Lions quarterback Willie Candler followed Grant Haley’s opening touchdown run with a one-yard scoring burst and 23-yard TD pass to Jack McGranahan.
Laney’s defense is rock solid: Holding Butler to minus-7 yards of offense in winning 43-0, the Wildcats’ defense set up five touchdown drives of 50 or fewer yards.
“Stellar,” Laney coach Lemuel Lackey told the Augusta Chronicle. “I thought defensively we were about as prepared as you can get for a team.”
No. 4 Cook setting tone in Region 1-AA: The Hornets caught considerable attention by blowing out Worth County 36-2, racking up 375 yards of offense, including Ross Pickle’s 124 yards passing and 63 rushing. It was Cook’s fourth consecutive win over Worth.
Kyle Scales continues to spark No. 8 Greater Atlanta Christian: After running for a touchdown and 126 of the Spartans’ 231 yards in beating Stone Mountain, Scales averaged 5.2 yards per run and scored twice in a 31-8 win against visiting Savannah. He scored from 17 and 2 yards to help the Spartans jump 24-0 ahead of the AAA Blue Jackets.
No. 1 Calhoun is at it again, but barely: Perhaps most eyes were on the defending state champion Yellow Jackets, who needed a last-gasp touchdown to slip Ridgeland 42-35. It took Taylor Lamb’s TD pass to Sebastian Willer with four seconds left, Lamb’s sixth completion of the final drive.
Pepperell can’t figure out Northwest Whitfield: The Dragons lost to the Bruins for a sixth time in seven tries, losing 23-7 despite scoring first. Pepperell succumbed to Northwest’s 23 consecutive points, sparked by two fumbles and an interception.