Propst said, “We came to play with our antennas up and I felt that we played with a sense of urgency. It’s too early to tell just how good we are, but we played well.” The Packers meet Trinity Catholic of Missouri this Saturday night in Moultrie.
Region 1 6A proved that it will be one of the toughest regions in the state as defending champion Lee County opened the season with a 47-6 win over Dougherty of Albany. Coffee topped Brunswick 20-7, Northside-Warner Robins rolled over Centennial 38-14 and Valdosta beat Jackson-Atlanta 45-27.
Without a doubt, one of the best football teams in any classification in state is Buford of Class 5A. The Wolves downed Tucker, one of the top teams in Class 6A, 40-14 on Friday in Georgia State Stadium in the Kell event. In addition to Buford and Rome, there are several contenders in the 5A group of teams. Warner Robins, last year’s runner up to Rome, debuted their season with a 40-29 win over class 7A power Tift County to serve notice that they will be in the trophy hunt in December again this season.
In Class 4A, Blessed Trinity downed rival St. Pius X, 35-13. Cartersville tossed a shutout at Allatoona, 35-0 and Mary Persons looked like the top 10 team they are with an impressive win over Gainesville, 42-0. In Class 3A Cedar Grove downed Summerville, a South Carolina power, 21-7, Greater Atlanta Christian edged Lovett 24-21, and new 3A member Benedictine Military held off Class 4A Burke County 23-22 in the Erk Russell Classic at Georgia Southern University. In the other games at Paulson Stadium in the Russell event, GISA member teams Bulloch Academy and Pinewood Christian met in the opener Saturday morning with Bulloch capturing at 42-8 win, and Bremen downed Rabun County 13-10.
Class AA powers Heard County, Thomasville and Brooks County all captured wins in their openers; Heard downed LaGrange 10-3, Brooks County rolled past Mitchell County, 43-6 and Thomasville scored late in the game to down Cairo 15-14.
Eagles Landing Christian opened their title defense in Class A Private with a 41-0 win over Morrow. Highly ranked Athens Academy beat Savannah Christian Prep, 20-7 in a battle of Class A powers. In the Class A Public division, Clinch County beat Mount Hebron Academy, 24-17, and Irwin County ran past Berrien 41-7.
The 2018 season is off to a roaring start, and top-ranked teams are already proving their mettle in week one. The Grayson Rams, one of the state’s top-ranked 7A power kicks off its season this week with a game against Tucker. Other top games include Valdosta at Tift County, Mt. Zion Jonesboro at Starr’s Mill, Crisp County at West Laurens, and Peach County at Northside Warner Robins.