Just when Wesleyan was knocking on the door of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AA rankings, Jefferson County barred it Friday night, potentially leaving the Wolves outside as fall grows cool.
Wesleyan had atoned for a season-opening loss by beating Salem, Stone Mountain and Brookstone, but Friday’s 33-0 stumble likely will have the Region 6-AA Wolves waiting to make the top 10 some other time.
Here are other things we learned Friday night:
C.J. Jackson makes ‘em when they count: After an Armuchee timeout to ice him, the Model kicker nailed a 24-yard field goal with 53 seconds left to beat the Indians 12-10, according to the Rome News-Tribune.
Region 1-AA remains a hotbed: The south Georgia region’s Brooks County, Cook and Fitzgerald, which comprise three of the state’s top 10, kept pace with wins Friday night. Only Early County, the region’s other ranked team, couldn’t. No. 2 Brooks stayed unbeaten (5-0) by beating No. 8 Early 42-8; No. 3 Cook (4-0) did also by handling Thomasville 17-3; and No. 5 Fitzgerald (4-1) won a second straight by dispatching Pelham 40-11.
Struggling Chattooga can be explosive: The previously winless Indians (1-4) of 7-AA beat Murray County 41-7 by scoring on the first play of their first two possessions and the second play of their third, the News-Tribune reported.
Lovett, ranked all season, might fall out: The No. 7 Lions, ranked as high as fourth two weeks ago, suffered their third straight loss after two season-opening wins and appear to be struggling. Fort Payne, Ala., sent the 6-AA Lions packing this week, tallying 380 yards, including 175 passing. Lovett’s Willie Candler threw for 155 and a touchdown, but it still wasn’t enough, a game after the Lions struggled for just 13 rushing yards in being shut out 24-0 by St. Pius.
Pepperell’s resilient: After beginning with three consecutive losses, the 7-AA Dragons won a second consecutive, beating Dade County 19-7. Ben Davenport keyed the win by running for two touchdowns and 126 yards, according to the News-Tribune. Next comes a huge challenge, though, against top-ranked defending state champion Calhoun on Oct. 12.