Some Ranked Teams find Smooth Sailing in Week Three!
Many Georgia Prep Football teams have already played three football games and we just completed the first weekend of prep football action in September. Labor Day weekend was the usual starting point for the high school football season for many years, but now with a fifteen game chase for all teams to capture a Classification A through 7A Title, we head to week number four on the schedule for many teams.
Most ranked teams found smooth sailing on a weather-challenged schedule last weekend. Some teams moved games up from Friday to Thursday night, and still other teams played into early Saturday morning due to lightning and rain delays on Friday night. However, most prep teams all across the State enjoyed perfect weather; something we’ve not seen statewide thus far, this season.
In a nearly full schedule of games played last weekend, a few games turned the heads of more than a few Georgia Prep Football fans. Lowndes of Valdosta rolled past top-ten ranked Parkview, 64-38, in a game that was 64-10 Vikings at one time, until the Panthers scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Wayne County, now 2-0 under new Head Coach Ken Cribb, went into Bazemore-Hyder Stadium and defeated the home standing Valdosta Wildcats, 23-13. It was the first win in that historic place for the Yellow Jackets since 1954. The Colquitt County Packers of Rush Propst, moved to 3-0 on the season as they topped the number-one, Class 6A Tucker Tigers, 35-14, after trailing 14-7 at the half in Moultrie.
In other surprising scores from last weekend, top-ranked Class 4A powerhouse Cartersville rolled past perennial Class 3A power, Calhoun 58-6. Cairo beat longtime foe, Thomas County Central, 24-0, and Warner Robins went into Fort Valley and beat 3A power, Peach County 38-35. Several ranked teams had smooth sailing, Crisp County beat neighbor Turner County 27-0, ECI topped Portal 54-6, Carrollton rolled past Riverdale, 55-7 and Benedictine Military, Class 2A’s top team, downed St. Pius X of Atlanta, 41-13.
As is normally the case, at this point in the Prep Football season each year, inclement weather could play havoc with this week’s normally scheduled games. There is a weather system named Irma out in the Atlantic Ocean which could cause problems with this week’s schedule. Late summer thunderstorms and lightning are also still a part of the weather mix.
Some top games slated this week include Bainbridge at Cairo in a deep Southwest Georgia border war, Roswell at Colquitt County, Macon County at Fitzgerald, Valor Christian of Colorado at Greater Atlanta Christian and Americus-Sumter at powerful Lee County in Leesburg.
Other games of note finds Archer at Mill Creek, North Gwinnett at Norcross, Marist at St. Pius X, Dublin at Swainsboro, Pace Academy at Thomson, Brunswick at Wayne County and Dutchtown at Stockbridge.
Contact your local area schools for any weather- related schedule changes this week.
Enjoy the games…