The first weekend of the high school football season provided barely a glimpse of what’s to come this year, as only 17 Class AAAAA teams were in action. Here are a few of the things we learned, though, as we head into the first full weekend:
*A multiple threat emerges: Kell senior Julian Burris made a big impression in the Longhorns’ 26-16 victory over Chattahoochee in the Corky Kell Classic. Burris had one carry for 24 yards, completed a pass for 61 yards, had three receptions for 89 yards (including an 80-yard touchdown), returned two punts for 8 yards and returned two kickoffs for 110 yards, including a 94-yarder for a touchdown to start the second half. He also played some defense, recording an interception and a tackle.
*Adam Choice is still a force: Thomas County Central’s quarterback, who has committed to Clemson, rushed for 164 yards on 15 carries, was 4-for-6 passing for 76 yards and scored on runs of 78 and 10 yards in the Yellow Jackets 38-0 victory over rival Thomasville. As a junior, he rushed for 1,656 yards and passed for more than 600. Thomas County Central has won 11 of the past 12 in the series to pull even at 24-24.
*There’s hope for the 0-10 teams: Class AAA Towers was one of 20 teams in the state to go 0-10 last season, but the Titans broke out of their slump in Week 1 with a 13-0 victory over Jackson of Atlanta. The three winless AAAAA teams – Forest Park, Groves and North Springs – will look for similar results this weekend, but it won’t be easy. According to the computer Maxwell Ratings, Groves is a 22-point underdog against Screven County, North Springs is a 41-point underdog against McIntosh, and Forest Park is a 41-point underdog against Chattahoochee.
*Osborne must be feeling better: Tra Wynn scored two touchdowns as Osborne beat Chapel Hill 25-14, giving the Cardinals their first opening-game victory in nine years. Osborne, which hasn’t won more than three games in a season since 1994, had lost eight consecutive openers since beating Milton 10-0 on Aug. 20, 2004. Now the Cardinals have a chance to do one better – a victory against McNair (4-6 in 2012) on Friday would give them their first 2-0 start since 2001.