By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
In Week 2, which was the season opener for some, several teams made early statements of various kinds.
Wilcox County 43, Wilkinson County 39.
Statement: That Wilcox (1-0) will again be a contender for a state championship. The Patriots’ win over a quality opponent like Wilkinson County (0-1) in the first game of their season means they will probably be in familiar territory at season’s end – in the think of the title chase.
Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 32, Briarwood Christian (Birmingham) 7.
Statement: Thmight be the year ELCA (1-1) wins a state title. After a narrow loss last week (24-19) to one of the best teams in Class AAA, Washington County, ELCA bounced back with a win over one of the best teams in Alabama’s second largest class.
Clinch County 36, Mitchell County 20.
Statement: Talk of the Panthers’ demise is premature. Clinch was throttled by Class AA Brooks County in Week 1, but bounced back to knock off a solid Mitchell County team.
George Walton Academy 41, First Presbyterian Day 38.
Statement: That George Walton is as good as advertised and could be ready to challenge title. The Bulldogs led 31-0 at one point as transfer running back Stanley Williams scored three touchdown.
Our Lady of Mercy 38, Mt. Paran 7.
Statement: That this isn’t your grandfather’s Mercy. The Bobcats got two touchdowns from senior Rashard Fant and one each from seniors Chanucey Laboo and Kalon Anthony, as well as sophomore Jordan Thomas in a thrashing of the Eagles, a playoff team last season. Mercy has never advanced to the post season in the 12-year existence of the school.