Daily List: Roughest season-opening games for defending champs

Valdosta’s 45-0 loss to Lowndes marked the second-most lopsided defeat ever for a defending state champion in an opening game. The good news is that the defending champion that took the worst opening defeat – 2013 Norcross – successfully defended its state title. So did another on this list, 1994 Thomas County Central. Here are defending champions that lost their openers by 20 points or more.

55 – B.T. Washington (Miami) d. Norcross 55-0 (2013)

45 – Lowndes d. Valdosta 45-0 (2017)

41 – Statesboro d. Bradwell Institute 41-0 (1966)

32 – Americus d. Irwin County 46-14 (1976)

28 – Griffin d. Central (Macon) 28-0 (1976)

28 – Valdosta d. Waycross 42-14 (1982)

27 – Fitzgerald d. Cordele 34-7 (1952)

25 – Upson-Lee d. Dunwoody 25-0 (1994)

25 – McEachern d. Parkview 32-7 (1998)

24 – Carrollton d. R.E. Lee 24-0 (1989)

23 – Warner Robins d. Lowndes 48-25 (2000)

21 – Perry d. Greenville 33-12 (1985)

21 – Washington County d. Hawkinsville 28-7 (2005)

21 – Colquitt County d. Thomas County Central 27-6 (1994)

20 – Thomson d. Warren County 20-0 (1967)

Source: GHSFHA

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