Here’s what we learned from Friday night about Class AA:
- It’s not really something that was learned, but rather something that was reinforced – the Calhoun Yellow Jackets are once again a state title contender, confirmed by their convincing 37-0 season-opening victory over the Ridgeland Panthers, who are ranked No. 9 in Class AAAA. Winning is nothing new for the No. 1-ranked Jackets – they’re seeking a 13th straight region championship. In Friday’s matchup of two 2012 state finalists, the Jackets pulled away in the second quarter with three touchdowns that helped build a 27-0 halftime lead.
- Calhoun has some company in AA from other emerging and re-emerging contenders. The Jefferson Dragons made their case for a No. 1 ranking with a 40-0 home win over its rival Commerce. The defending state champion Dragons, ranked No. 3, dashed to a 20-0 halftime lead and added another 20 points in the third quarter. The No. 2-ranked Lamar County Trojans handled visiting