If you’re looking for a defensive struggle, don’t make plans to attend the North Hall-Jefferson game. Chances are the scoreboard is going to flash some big numbers when the two state-ranked teams collide in Jefferson.
North Hall, No. 5 in Class AAA, has scored 96 points in winning its first two games. Jefferson, the reigning Class AA champion that’s currently ranked No. 2, has scored 89 points in winning its first two games. Not that the defense is poor on either side. North Hall has given up 21 points and Jefferson has yet to allow a point.
But no one has stopped North Hall’s triple-option attack this year. With quarterback Andrew Smith at the controls, the offense averages 347 yards per game Last week the Trojans used 13 different ball carriers and ran for 355 yards. Andrew Smith carried 10 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Zac Little rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
Jefferson leads the series 9-2, including last year’s 27-21 win.
Other games to watch on Friday:
Thomson visits St. Pius: A year ago St. Pius learned a valuable lesson when it went to Thomson. Even though the Golden Lions lost a hard-fought 21-14 decision at The Brickyard, they discovered they could play with the best programs in the state. (Thomson was ranked No. 5 at the time.) St. Pius went on to reach the state championship and played Buford tough to the end in the final.
This year St. Pius comes in ranked No. 2 after starting the season with two wins. Thomson didn’t get to finish its first game because of lightning and lost last week to Lakeside Evans.
St. Pius has a stout defense led by Nick Ruffin (nine tackles last week) and Daniel Crochet.
Thomson could not have played worse against Lakeside. The Bulldogs lost three fumbles, threw two interceptions and had 103 yards in penalties. The miscues allowed Lakeside to overcome a 14-0 deficit.
Harris County at Callaway: No. 7 Callaway (2-0) will have a big test against Harris County, a Class AAAAA team with a 1-1 record. Callaway beat the Tigers 24-21 last year in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Callaway defense has been overshadowed by an offense led by dynamic quarterback Tez Parks, but forced five turnovers in its last game against Troup two weeks ago.
Baldwin at Washington County: The No. 6-ranked Golden Hawks will host a Baldwin club that whipped Peach County a week ago. Washington County (1-0) is led by quarterback A.J. Gray, who threw for 183 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns against ECI.
Washington County won 22-14 last year to break a four-game Baldwin winning streak. The all-time series is tied 18-18-2.