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.
- 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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