The Central Carroll football team didn’t wait long to make a winner out of its new coach.
Rico Zackery, who had been the school’s defensive coordinator the last two years, got a victory when the Lions beat Haralson County 48-0 in the season opener. Central recovered five fumbles, two of them by Joe Simpkins. The offense was led by Brandon Delaney, who carried three times for 98 yards and two touchdowns, as the Lions rushed for 298 yards. Kyle Terrell had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, too.
One new coach didn’t fare so well. Dodge County ruined the debut of Southwest Macon coach Joe Dupree, as the Indians won 38-0. Mariek Lamb ran for 105 yards and Roscoe Wilcox rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Lamb also intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown, only to have the runback negated because of a penalty.
Ringgold ends streak vs. Dalton
It took three overtimes, but Ringgold finally ended its losing streak to rival Dalton. The Tigers prevailed 33-27 and buried the frustration that comes with 27 consecutive losses. Quarterback Slade Dale scored on a 1-yard run in the third extra period and the Ringgold defense stopped Dalton on downs when the Catamounts got the ball.
Dale finished the game with 222 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also threw for 63 yards and had two passes intercepted. D.L. Goins, who played the first half of last season at Dalton before transferring to Ringgold, scored on a 73-yard run and added an 8-yard touchdown run.
West Hall defeated Johnson 35-0 to win the Battle of Oakwood. The Spartans now lead the series between the two Hall County rivals 12-7-1. Tailback Antonio Pittman led West Hall with 72 yards rushing and two touchdowns and quarterback Zach English ran for 64 yards and threw for 62 yards. …
Woodward Academy may want to find a new opponent for opening night. The War Eagles lost a 21-14 decision to Lovett, the second straight year the Lions have tripped them in the first game. Woodward has now lost four straight and six of their last seven against Lovett. … Callaway won the second annual Pulpwood Classic, beating Heard County 34-0. Quarterback Tez Parks scored three touchdowns and tailback Devon Rosser added a 54-yard touchdown run. … Jefferson County beat Class AA power Fitzgerald 28-14 in the season opener. It was the first time the Warriors have won their opener since 2009 and it avenged last year’s 23-6 loss to the Purple Hurricanes. … Chapel Hill lost to Osborne 25-14 despite the efforts of Quincey Shelton, who carried 34 times for 225 yards. … Brantley County beat Baconton 12-6 in overtime. A year ago the two teams played to a 14-14 tie. … Startavius Harmon of Swainsboro ran for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-13 loss to Worth County.