AA blog: What we learned from Friday night

Here’s what we learned from Friday night about Class AA:

  • It’s not really something that was learned, but rather something that was reinforced – the Calhoun Yellow Jackets are once again a state title contender, confirmed by their convincing 37-0 season-opening victory over the Ridgeland Panthers, who are ranked No. 9 in Class AAAA. Winning is nothing new for the No. 1-ranked Jackets – they’re seeking a 13th straight region championship. In Friday’s matchup of two 2012 state finalists, the Jackets pulled away in the second quarter with three touchdowns that helped build a 27-0 halftime lead.
  • Calhoun has some company in AA from other emerging and re-emerging contenders. The Jefferson Dragons made their case for a No. 1 ranking with a 40-0 home win over its rival Commerce. The defending state champion Dragons, ranked No. 3, dashed to a 20-0 halftime lead and added another 20 points in the third quarter. The No. 2-ranked Lamar County Trojans handled visiting Spalding, 44-14. No other top 10 school lost on Friday. No. 10 Washington-Wilkes looks like it will hold on to a spot in the top 10 – the Tigers marched past Calhoun Falls (S.C.) with a 58-0 road win.

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  • We learned AA blog readers have their collective thumbs on the pulse of their classification, and know a potential upset when they see one. Blog readers were polled Thursday on which unranked AA school they believed was most likely capable of upsetting a Top 10 team in Week 2. Sixty-five percent of readers selected the Thomasville Bulldogs, who promptly defeated AAAA No. 6 Cairo, 21-10 in front of the home crowd. All but one percent of the remaining votes went to the Macon County Bulldogs, who upset A No. 3 Dooly County, 34-18, on the road.

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    8 comments Add your comment

    CoffeeC100

    August 31st, 2013
    9:36 am

    Good Job Adam.

    YELLER JACKETZ1

    August 31st, 2013
    12:57 pm

    CALHOUNS “D” WAS AWESOME AGAINST RIDGELAND

    Lovett Fan

    August 31st, 2013
    1:32 pm

    How does AA stack up against the other classifications? Pretty good I bet.

    CoffeeC100

    August 31st, 2013
    3:36 pm

    Lovett Fan – I know it was just a scrimmage, but I was just as impressed with Cook in our pre-season scrimmage as I was with Whitewater and Ware who were #7 and #2 respectfully in AAAAA when we played them. Of course Coffee was experimenting a lot and had the game gone further than 3 quarters Cook’s play would have suffered due to their lack of depth. Still. Just saying. The elite teams in AA can hold their own with the vast majority of the teams in higher classifications. With that said the average AA team will invariably lose big to the average higher classification tea,. It is just a simple matter of numbers and budgets.

    Chill Dude

    August 31st, 2013
    10:33 pm

    We learned that AJC pre-season rankings are silly — Ridgeland was simply way overrated — 1 hit wonders.

    Jefferson

    September 1st, 2013
    6:36 am

    Chill what makes you say something like that ? Have you seen their defense? I think not.

    Chill Dude

    September 1st, 2013
    9:54 am

    Actually, yes — and their feeble offense this year.

    AA Fan

    September 1st, 2013
    5:51 pm

    Two Huge Wins over ranked AAA teams and Lovett still gets no love? Watch out for the Lions this season as a dark horse led by Haley