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.
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.