Gordon Central comes on strong

Gordon Central is off to a record-breaking start. The Warriors have won the first five games of the season for the first time in school history.

The 28-6 win over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe last week enabled the club to surpass its previous best start, which came in 1988 when the Warriors won their first four games. But that season didn’t end so well, as Gordon Central wound up 7-3 and did not qualify for the state playoffs.

Gordon Central has put forth solid offensive effort in each game. The Warriors, led by talented quarterback M.J. Reynolds, has put at least 27 points on the board every night and went for 52 against North Murray and 46 against Southeast Whitfield. Reynolds has thrown for 1,052 yards and 15 touchdowns. The dangerous Winston Chandler, a wide receiver and kick returner, has five touchdowns.

Defensively the Warriors have been pressed only once, that in a 27-26 win over Ringgold. Otherwise they’ve allowed no more than one touchdown and blanked Southeast Whitfield, the program’s first shutout since 2009. Last week Gordon Central overcame three untimely turnovers thanks to its strong defensive play. Larons Winstons, a preseason all-state selection, leads on the defensive line.

This is the sixth season for coach Chad Fisher, who survived a 0-10 season in his first year and has slowly built the program into one worth watching in Region 5. The Warriors were 7-4 a year ago and made the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

This week Gordon Central plays Coahulla Creek (2-3). A victory means a showdown on Oct. 19 at Cartersville, the region favorite.

Still perfect at the halfway point

There are seven teams that remain undefeated in Class AAA this season. Region 3-AAA (Thomson and Washington County) and Region 5 (Cartersville and Gordon Central) each have two. The others are Morgan County, Peach County, both 4-0, and Appling County, now 4-0-1.

On the flip side, there are three winless teams in the classification: East Jackson, Towers and Cross Keys, which is playing a non-region schedule.

Closing in on 1,000 yards

Thomson running back Chris Jordan should reach the 1,000-yard mark in rushing this week against Greater Atlanta Christian. Jordan, who ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns last week against Westminster, now has 995 yards. His 80-yard touchdown run against the Wildcats help permanently switch the momentum in Thomson’s favor and was crucial in the 20-10 win.

Good week for Savannah clubs

The Beach Bulldogs and Johnson Atom Smashers both got of the deck and won their first games of the season. Beach tore up Brantley County 45-14, while Johnson whipped Southeast Bulloch 28-14.

Kenny Moore was the man of the hour for Beach. Moore had a hand in four touchdowns; he ran for two, threw for one and caught a 73-yarder on a faked punt. Moore also had nine tackles and broke up a pass.

Shyheim Roberts sparked the Johnson win. The senior tailback scored two touchdowns and rushed for 131 yards.

Trending Up

After a disappointing 1-2 start, the Jackson Red Devils have won two straight. Last week they got their first shutout of the season, as Jay Woods had 10 tackles, 1.5 sacks and forced a fumble. Jackson plays at Pike County this week before an Oct. 12 game with No. 1-ranked Peach County.

Cedar Grove (3-2) won its third straight game, routing Decatur 42-21, and faces less-lights Towers and McNair before a crucial region game at St. Pius on Oct. 12.

8 comments Add your comment

Warrior Guy

October 2nd, 2012
10:44 pm

This team is for real. Solid D with depth, size up front, and speed. The best find was landing the new coach that used to coach at Rome. He has brought technique and knowledge to the players and other D coaches, as well as solid schemes and in game adjustments. They are all learning and each game they seem to get better. They have 4-5 guys they rotate up front…never have a drop off. DE are crazy #7 and #45 are real play makers. LB #16….program says only a soph. He will be the real deal.
O is all about the QB getting the ball in the hands of any of the 4-5 play makers. He spreads the ball well and has excellent pocket sense. Makes solid decisions and can tuck and run as well. Oline???? They are good enough to allow time. Undersized, but seem smart, battlers, and seem very well coached.
Kicker is under-rated. Good solid leg with very good height
Question play calling some and pentalities and organization on sideline (offense and ST) will kill them against Cville if they do not clean up quickly.

north georgia fan

October 3rd, 2012
12:25 pm

Gordon Central is off to a good start and has some good athletes. But keep in mind that their first three wins came against teams that have a combined 0-14 record.

CGHS Observer

October 3rd, 2012
2:48 pm

We actually play St. P X on October 19th.

John Doe

October 3rd, 2012
9:18 pm

Jackson is 4-1 the Red Devils have only 1 loss to Eastside.

football nut

October 4th, 2012
9:59 am

Their are two coached from Rome humpreys and Tumor its on the web site I just read it gcbe.org. if they beat cohulla creek gc and cartersville will be 6-0 and should be a good game.

warrior nut

October 5th, 2012
2:24 pm

Barry Hall has also helped bring the. warriors to this point. Great coach!


October 6th, 2012
11:25 am

Barry Hall is the sorriest coach in North Ga. If he was that good you would seen some results years ago. I think you need look at the staff again.

ill second that

October 6th, 2012
7:22 pm

If barry Hall so good why is he still at Gordon Central. one coach doesnt bring a team this far.