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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