What a first weekend it was for High School football around the Central Georgia area. It is always a great time of year when the pigskin is kicked off. The only complaint I have, it was hot. But the heat should get better as we move forward and then I will start complaining about the cold weather! With that said, there was a ton of intrigue in the first weekend of high school football. Let's take a look at some of the results from week 1 and how those results project on the remaining season.
Westfield was completely dominant in their route of Southland. After a couple sluggish drives to start the game the Hornets revved up the rushing attack scoring 27 points in the first half. The first half was highlighted by a 54 yard touchdown scamper by Senior QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The defense was equally as impressive pitching a shutout the entire night until Coach Jones began to cycle in some youngsters for some all-important mop up time. By the end of the night Westfield had rolled to a 47-14 victory over the Raiders from Southland and proved once again why they are the MGSN #1 team in the state of Georgia.
Deerfield-Windsor was impressive as they defeated Maclay (FL) 47-0 at home. They have a huge test against perennial power from Tallahassee, FL North Florida Christian this upcoming week.
The John Milledge Trojans dismantled Trinity Christian (Dub) 43-0 at home. A great way to start the season for the young Trojans who will be building for the huge region matchup against Westfield later on in the season.
Pinewood and Valwood were also victors this past Friday. The first week in the GISA ranks held true to the preseason predictions but we are not sure how much we actually learned about the season. The teams we thought were the class of the State proved that in week 1.
The Northside Eagles won, like that's a surprise. But what was a surprise was the fashion in which they accomplished the win. After turning the football over multiple times against North Cobb in the first half, the Eagles trailed 24-6 heading to the half. They were able to come up big defensively to shut out the Warriors from North Cobb in the 2nd half. A 67 yard interception return for a TD sparked the late 4th quarter rally from the Eagles. Tobias Oliver then led a terrific 2 minute drive capped off by a 20 yard TD pass for the win with only 21 seconds left in the game. The Eagles pulled out the comeback 27-24 on the road for a huge morale booster after losing Chris Haughton to a serious leg injury.
The Perry Panthers struggled Friday night as they lost their season opener 11-0. As we mentioned during the broadcast that score looked like an American League baseball game score. If Perry can't fix the offensive problems it could be a long season for the Panther faithful.
Houston County, Warner Robins and Veterans kick things off this coming week as they had an extra week to prepare for their season openers. The Bears vs. The Warhawks is a compelling matchup this coming week. Can Veterans keep it close or do the Bears have too much fire power? Interesting story lines in the GHSA developing this year.
After watching highlights of multiple games from this Friday I can say the Westfield Hornets, the Deerfield-Windsor Knights and the John Milledge Trojans are really good. The Northside Eagles are going to be very good on Offense once the O-Line gels and QB Tobias Oliver relaxes and realizes he has more help than he thinks this season. Eliminate the turnovers and the Eagles will be scary good. This week has proved to me that teams who know how to win do just that. They take care of business and when the chips are down they fight back and find ways to win games they probably should lose. Those are characteristics that winners have. Oh, and it is going to be one heck of a seaons!