Welcome to Week 2 of the football season, when most teams kickoff for the first time.
By far, the most intriguing matchup for a Class AA program starts at the top, with the No. 1-ranked Calhoun Yellow Jackets traveling to the Ridgeland Panthers, the No. 4-ranked team in AAAA. Both teams won their regions last year and both reached the state title game. The Jackets edged out Ridgeland last year, 42-35, and own a 3-1 advantage in the series. Aside from last year, Calhoun has outscored Ridgeland 63-16, in the series, which includes Ridgeland’s only win, a 7-0 shutout way back in 1989.
Another matchup of top 10 teams with an AA school features the Brooks County Trojans (No. 5, AA) and Monroe Tornadoes (No. 10, AAAA). Host Brooks County enters the matchup battle-tested, having beat Clinch County, 26-14, last week. Last season, the Trojans reeled off 12 straight wins before Calhoun brought their season to a screeching halt with a 49-14 thumping in the quarterfinals. It will be the season opener for the Tornadoes, who were 8-4 last year and reached the second round. Brooks County is 3-0 in the all time series with the win streak coming in consecutive years dating back to 2010. The Trojans won 21-18 last year. All three games have been decided by less than 10 points.
There are five other AA schools taking on top 10 teams from other classifications: Lovett (No. 8, AA) travels to Blessed Trinity (No. 7, AAA); Hapeville Charter travels to Prince Avenue Christian (No. 2, A); Spencer hosts Carver-Columbus (No. 3, AAA); Macon County travels to Dooly (No. 3, A); Thomasville hosts Cairo (No. 6, AAAA).
Also of note: Jeff Davis are Atkinson County are already kicking off the 2-AA schedule. 2-AA is the largest region in the classification with 11 schools. Jeff Davis is the only school to have all 10 of its games against 2-AA teams.
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