One milestone was notched in Class AAAA while another was delayed.
While Marist coach Alan Chadwick scored his 300th career victory, Carrollton’s Rayvan Teague will have to wait at least another week for his official No. 200.
Teague’s Trojan club suffered a heart-breaker at the hands of Alabama power Oxford. No. 2-ranked Carrollton was the only ranked team to lose Friday night. No. 8 Burke County was off.
Five things we learned in Class AAAA Friday night:
Marist can now focus on something else: No. 3-ranked Marist gave head coach Alan Chadwick his 300th career win Friday on the road at Clarke Central. The final score was 30-13, but the game was in doubt until late in the fourth quarter. Marist got two touchdown runs from Myles Willis and a 47-yard field goal from kicker Joey Gogol. Chadwick was low-key about the milestone. “It’s good to get it out of the way early so we can go on to bigger and better things,” he said. “What it means to me is just consistency. If you’re in it long enough and you’re consistent, those things come your way. It’s a tribute to so many of our players and coaches over the years that have put so much into the program.”
Griffin owns Henry County: The No. 6-ranked Bears beat Dutchtown 42-16 in their season opener Friday, running their record to 27-0 all-time against schools from Henry, including 5-0 against Dutchtown. The win marked the 15th time Griffin topped 40 points in those games, and the Bears have scored an average of 37.4 points against Henry schools. They have two more games against teams from Henry this season, Sept. 21 at Woodland and Sept. 28 at home against Stockbridge.
LaGrange shows positive signs in defeat: Moral victories aren’t part of the equation for LaGrange, but the Grangers had to come out of Friday’s 24-21 loss at Newnan feeling they’d made progress from last year, when they finished 4-7 under first-year head coach Donnie Branch. They led the Class AAAAAA Cougars 21-17 in the third quarter courtesy of two touchdowns from Dee Smith.
The Cairo defense is stout again: No. 4 Cairo, which posted four shutouts last year and six in 2010, blanked Thomasville 21-0, forcing nine punts and beating the Bulldogs for the eighth straight time.
Coach out, no problem: Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd sat out the first game of a two-game suspension over a reported recruiting violation, but the Cardinals had little difficulty handling Mt. Zion-Jonesboro in a 33-6 win. Patrick Petty rushed for 83 yards, scoring on a 2-yard run and a 38-yard interception.
Baldwin looks potent again: No. 10 Baldwin might have served notice in Region 2-AAAA with their 33-14 whipping of Jefferson County in their season opener, behind two touchdowns from Kentavious Thomas and 195 passing yards from Tajhea Chambers.