Here’s a recap of the big stories in Class AAAAA from Week 2:
*The big victory: Northside-Warner Robins justified its No. 1 ranking with a 45-7 rout of No. 10 Flowery Branch. The teams were tied 7-7 at halftime, but Northside broke the game open with three touchdowns in the third quarter. Keshun Hill had 59 yards receiving and 41 rushing and scored three touchdowns, according to the Macon Telegraph. The 45 points were the most scored by Northside in a season-opener since beating Campbell 48-25 in 2000. Next up for Northside is Veterans at home on Thursday.
*The tough loss: No. 9 Thomas County Central had 395 yards and punted only once but lost 35-33 to Colquitt County, the seventh-ranked team in Class AAAAAA. Thomas County Central’s Deondre Cooksey scored four touchdowns – a 98-yard kickoff return, a 5-yard run, an 18-yard run and a 78-yard pass from Adam Choice, who also had a touchdown on a 39-yard run. The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to 35-33 with 3:40 remaining, but Colquitt County ran out the clock.
*The strange play: Jenkins, a 4-6 team a year ago, is off to a 2-0 start and will continue to win if it keeps making plays like it did in its 27-0 victory against Beach. Early in the first quarter, Beach blocked a Jenkins punt, but the Warriors’ Larry Williams ended up with the loose ball and ran 80 yards for a touchdown, according to the Savannah Morning News. Jenkins quarterback Paris Baker, the star of the Warriors’ 21-21 victory over Savannah Christian last week, missed the game with an ankle injury.
*The rough start: The 2012 season has not gone the way the coaches in Region 4-AAAAA Division B would have liked as the five teams in the subregion are 1-4. Whitewater opened the season last week with a 41-3 loss to Coffee. On Friday, Starr’s Mill was routed by North Cobb 42-3, Northgate lost to Heritage-Conyers 9-7 and Creekside lost to Hughes 26-14. The one bright spot was McIntosh (1-9 last season), which crushed North Springs 51-3.
*Notable: Cambridge, a new school in north Fulton County, played its first game in school history but came up short in a 48-0 loss to Riverwood. … New Manchester, a second-year school in Douglasville, beat Lithia Springs 14-7 to move to 2-0 overall and in Region 5-AAAAA. The Jaguars have not lost a varsity game, winning both of their contests last season.