Posted: 6:15 am Monday, September 1st, 2014

Notable results from Week 2: North Cobb, B.E.S.T. Academy pull off big surprises 

By Chip Saye

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising and notable results of the weekend:

1. North Cobb 36, North Gwinnett 29: North Cobb gave no indication in a lopsided 38-20 season-opening loss to Class AAAAA Northside of Warner Robins (ranked No. 1 this week) that it could compete with the top teams in AAAAAA. The Warriors did more than compete, though, upsetting then-No. 2 North Gwinnett on Tyler Queen’s 1-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds remaining.

2. B.E.S.T Academy 14, Callaway 7: B.E.S.T. almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets in playoff history last season, losing to Carver of Columbus 38-32 in four overtimes in the first round. Looking back, that might not have been such a fluke. The Eagles opened this season with a victory against a Callaway team that was ranked No. 3 in AAA last week. The computer Maxwell Ratings had projected Callaway as a 31-point favorite in this game.

3. Westminster 13, Lovett 10: Defending state champion Lovett, ranked No. 2 in Class AA last week, had its 10-game winning streak broken by its biggest rival. Westminster, a AAA team that was unranked last week, leads the all-time series against the Lions 17-10 but lost in 2012 and 2013. Lovett must rebound quickly as it faces AAAA No. 4 Marist this week.

4. Peach County 19, Warner Robins 0: Peach County’s 2013 season ended with a 56-16 loss to Washington County, the most points allowed in school history. In came a new defensive coordinator (David Shores), and the result was a shutout against a Warner Robins team that beat the Trojans 54-21 last year. Peach County plays rival Perry this week.

5. Blessed Trinity 42, St. Pius 20: This game was projected as fairly even by the Maxwell Ratings (St. Pius was a four-point favorite), but it didn’t play out that way on the field as Blessed Trinity led 28-7 at halftime and cruised from there. Blessed Trinity jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 in the Class AAA rankings, while St. Pius fell from No. 7 to unranked in AAAA.

6. Stockbridge 33, Eagle’s Landing Christian 3: Stockbridge was expected to win this game, projected by the Maxwell Ratings as a 15-point favorite. But the 30-point margin was Eagle’s Landing Christian’s most-lopsided loss since Lincoln County beat the Chargers 34-0 in the 2006 playoffs, and it dropped ELCA to 0-2 for the first time since 2009.

7. Athens Christian 31, Athens Academy 14: Athens Academy has won seven region championships since Athens Christian moved to the GHSA in 2000. Athens Christian is still seeking its first, but the Eagles are on top of the Region 8-A standings after beating Athens Academy for the third time in four seasons. Athens Academy still leads the series 8-3.

8. Loganville 28, Monroe Area 12: Monroe Area’s 11-1 season in 2013 included a 48-21 victory against Loganville in the season opener. Loganville turned the tables this season, ending a two-game losing streak in the series, which Monroe Area leads 18-15. Loganville went on to finish 5-5 last season and narrowly missed a playoff berth in Region 8-AAAAA.

9. Cherokee 42, North Forsyth 14: Third-year coach Josh Shaw’s rebuilding project is picking up steam at Cherokee. The Warriors are 2-0, scoring 42 points for the second consecutive game, and beat a North Forsyth team that beat them 34-27 last season. Cherokee was 1-9 the year before Shaw’s arrival, went 1-9 again in 2012 and was 5-5 last year.

10. Pacelli 44, Mount de Sales 10: The return to GHSA football was a rough one for Mount de Sales, which had played in the Georgia Independent School Association since 1980. The Cavaliers’ last game in the GHSA came in 1979, when they lost to Herschel Walker’s Johnson County team 21-0 in the Class A semifinals. Mount de Sales was 3-8 last season.

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 So here we are at Week #3...In Week 1 EAST went to ALLATOONA and lost 27 / 21 to a hungry and aggressive TOONA team.  EAST didn't really show up until the 3rd qtr and still had a chance to win the game midway thru the 4th but it was not to be.  Meanwhile NORTH was ALL OVER CREEKVIEW winning 55 / 20!

So last Friday had NORTH coming into "THE BONEYARD" against the RAIDERS and with the Defense in the ALLATOONA game not tackling, getting pushed around all night, forgetting to look back at the ball while covering passes...we didn't know what to expect.  NORTH can score and SCORE QUICK!  To their credit EAST seemed to learn from the ALLATOONA game and was in the backfield harassing the NORTH QB all night.  They pushed the NORTH line good and stopped the run for the most part.  The pass coverage still needs work as the coverage was still not watching the ball ONLY the receiver... 

The final result was a surprising EAST 42 / NORTH 10...GOOD job RAIDERS!  Also "THE BONEYARD" was packed & rocking on both sides as the county rivalry continues in good spirit in spite of NORTH moving up to 6 A...

ALLATOONA meanwhile went to VILLA RICA and won 41 / they now sit at the top of the Region with 2 wins...EAST has an off week this week BUT NORTH visits ALLATOONA in what should be a good game.  Questions remain...Is ALLATOONA this good?, Did NORTH just have an off week?, just two weeks into the season and EAST has to keep winning and hope for not one but TWO Region losses by ALLATOONA!


GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!