Two Class AA teams 70 miles apart along the state’s east edge made loud arguments Friday night to become ranked.
According to the Savannah Morning News, Sylvania’s Screven County (5-1, 2-0) did dramatically, winning its third straight game on a blocked extra-point attempt against Laney, 21-20, to stay ahead in Region 3-AA. The paper reported Savannah’s Benedictine (5-1, 4-1) likewise remained in contention in 2-AA by beating Bryan County 21-9 behind Casey Hughes’ 140 yards and a touchdown rushing.
Both schools want their statements heard loud and clear, considering Screven hasn’t been ranked in the top 10 since the preseason of 2004 and Benedictine not since mid-season in 1997.
Here are other observations:
Don’t doubt Rafe Chapple’s arm: The Gwinnett Daily Post reported Greater Atlanta Christian’s quarterback passed for 330 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 9 Spartans barely lost to AAA’s second-ranked Thomson, 36-27. That gives him 549 yards and eight TDs his last two times out.
Washington-Wilkes isn’t perfect: The No. 6 Tigers shut out three teams in their 5-0 start, but were themselves blanked 31-0 by Jefferson in 8-AA. The Athens Banner Herald reported that Brian Shirreffs’ two rushing TDs and another passing did most of the harm.
Juan Foster can scoot: The Morning News reported his 212 yards and two TDs kept No. 4 Vidalia among the class’ four unbeaten teams and still atop 2-AA.
Lovett’s struggles are continuing: The No. 10 Lions, ranked as high as No. 4 three weeks ago, lost momentum with a fourth straight loss, 48-35 to Washington County. In fairness to Lovett, the Maxwell Rankings computed the Lions’ schedule to be so far toughest in AA, with all six games against teams ranked in higher classifications.
Malcolm Parrish remains dangerous: The Valdosta Times reported Brooks County’s quarterback passed for 290 yards and all four of the No. 2 Trojans’ TDs in their 28-10 victory over Thomasville. His 10- and 13-yard strikes within 17 seconds kept Brooks undefeated (6-0) and atop 1-AA.
Cook is fallible, too: The No 3 Hornets (4-1, 1-1) entered Friday unbeaten and having allowed nobody more than two touchdowns, but the Times reported No. 5 Fitzgerald (5-1, 2-0) stung them with a 59-yard TD on the game’s first snap en route to winning 21-15.