Let's Light Up The Scoreboard
I can’t remember when I have seen so many points scored in games that were billed as opening season powerhouse matchups, but turned into routs. The acknowledged Class 6-A powers made statements over the weekend and the remaining teams on their schedules would be advised to put in a lot of defensive work over the next few weeks if you are to play with these teams: Colquitt County, a 45-14 winner over North Gwinnett, Archer, a 49-21 winner over North Paulding, and McEachern who topped Tucker 50-14.
The list of 6-A powers that literally lit up the scoreboard does not end with the aforementioned big three. Roswell beat Lowndes, 35-8 and Lee County whipped Westover of Albany 42-7. The 2015 edition of Class 6-A is loaded with great football teams. When the winners of this classification are standing on the trophy presentation podium in the Georgia Dome in December, we Prep football fans will know that we are watching one of the best football teams to ever play in this state. Class 6-A is that good this year.
A couple of Class 5-A teams made opening statements as well over the weekend Coffee of Douglas beat North Oconee, 39-0 and perennial power Ware County topped a very good Brooks County team from Class AA 42-7. In Class 4-A, Sandy Creek polished off Creekview, 41-0 and West Laurens, a dark horse team in the tough 4-A classification, handed Thomasville a 45-0 loss.
The defending Class AA champions, Benedictine Military, played Greater Atlanta Christian in a rematch of last year’s Dome championship game in Savannah, and the Cadets prevailed once again 47-44, in double overtime. Any thoughts that the two teams may have graduated too much talent from a year ago to a championship run this year were laid to rest with this opener which was played before a huge crowd at TA Wright Stadium in Savannah.
Week One is in the record books and there were some great games played all across the state and the scoreboards got ample use. Week two is almost here and some of the teams that had a final week of preparation will get to open their 2015 season, while some teams get to meet yet another foe on their schedule this weekend. Some of the top games around the state will find Colquitt County hosting Plant High School of Tampa, Florida, Alpharetta will be at Milton, Dutchtown will make the long journey to Camden County, which opened with an impressive win at Lincoln of Tallahassee.
Other top games across the state this weekend finds Brooks County at Clinch County, Lincoln County at Washington-Wilkes, Cook at Tift County, Vidalia at West Laurens, St. Pius X at Blessed Trinity and Warner Robins at Peach County.