Notable results of week 1: Ringgold ends decades-long slump against Dalton

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most notable results of Week 1:

1. Ringgold 33, Dalton 27: Ringgold snapped a 27-game losing streak against the Catamounts and improved to 2-43 in the series with a three-overtime victory. Ringgold stopped Dalton and a fourth-and-8 at the 13-yard on its final OT possession to secure the victory. Both teams blocked an extra-point attempt in the second overtime.

2. Metter 21, Emanuel County Institute 20: Defending Class A public-school champion ECI had its 12-game winning streak come to an end against a team it beat 42-7 last season. Jacob Wedincamp ended ECI’s final drive with a sack on fourth-and-goal from the 2. Metter, 2-8 last year, was projected as a 33-point underdog by the computer Maxwell Ratings.

3. B.T. Washington, Fla. 55, Norcross 0: There’s no shame in losing to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, but Norcross’ 55-point setback was stunning. Norcross returned 16 starters from a team that went undefeated in winning the Class AAAAAA championship last season. The Blue Devils have a week off to recover before facing Parkview on Sept. 6.

4. Jefferson County 28, Fitzgerald 14: Fitzgerald, which entered the season ranked No. 6 in Class AA after going 10-3 and reaching the state quarterfinals in 2012, had their 19-game home winning streak snapped. Jefferson County went 4-7 last season and lost to Fitzgerald 23-6 in the opener.

5. Towers 13, Jackson, Atlanta 0: Towers was one of 20 teams to go 0-10 in 2012, but the Titans broke their 10-game losing streak against a Jackson team that had beaten them 31-4 last season. Towers recovered a fumble in the end zone and returned an interception for its two touchdowns. The Maxwell Ratings considered Jackson a 20-point favorite.

*Noteworthy: Marietta, which lost to Newnan 38-29 in last year’s opener, scored more points against the Cougars than any team in 33 years in its 52-21 victory. The last time Newnan allowed more points was on Oct. 10, 1980, when Griffin won 55-7. … Alexander whipped Bremen 41-14 on Saturday to avenge a 34-28 loss last season. The victory gave the Cougars, who won their final two games in 2012 to finish 2-8, a three-game winning streak, their longest in four years. … Savannah Christian tied Jenkins 6-6 on a last-second field goal, a year after losing 21-20 on a missed extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter. Savannah Christian is 6-5-1 all-time against the six Savannah public schools and 2-3-1 against Jenkins.

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August 26th, 2013
2:42 pm

Dalton is still a marquee program in northwest Georgia, but the glory years are probably gone. Demographics have changed too much.

The fact that Ringgold has only beaten Dalton twice since 1937 shows how dominant the Catamounts have been against teams in their area. And for anyone asking, no I’m not a Dalton fan. Just have to admire the tradition and history of the program.

raider nation

August 27th, 2013
2:22 pm

I was at the Norcross game saturday and that look like an NFL team playing a rec team,and i paid 16 dollars to see that trash,hope Norcross enjoyed being state champs last year because they wont win another one this year.