Friday night recap: Week 3

Well, it appears metro Atlanta football has nothing on the south, as demonstrated by AA's No. 2-ranked team, the Benedictine Cadets of Savannah, who traveled to Atlanta and dominated  AAAA's No. 6 team, the St. Pius X Golden Lions, by a score of 21-7.

The Cadets' convincing win highlights Week 3 games for AA schools and shows that they're on a mission to finish the drill after a 13-0 start to last season. Not only did the Cadets (2-0) give the south bragging rights over their northern counterparts, they also moved past an ugly 1-13-1 record against metro Atlanta Catholic schools.

Benedictine's convincing win might not be enough for them to unseat the No. 1 Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane, who were off for the second time in the last three weeks, but the two schools are good enough to be considered ranked 1-A and 1-B.

The No. 4 Brooks County Trojans beat A-public's No. 1 Clinch County, 35-21. The game's start was pushed back 30 minutes to 8 p.m. due to weather. The Trojans came off a bye to improve to 2-0.

The No. 9 Dodge County Indians are the third ranked team to hit the road to play a ranked team from another classification, and answered the bell with a 3-0 knock-'em-down, drag-'em-out win over AAAA's No. 9 West Laurens thanks to a 20-yard field goal with 25.3 second remaining. The Indians (1-1) were playing to keep their spot in the top 10, having already lost to No. 3 Vidalia in Week 1. With the win, the Indians all but assured themselves a spot in the rankings.

Here's how the rest of the top 10 fared:

  • No. 7 Elbert County dropped to 1-1-1 with a 17-15 loss to Madison County, a game the Blue Devils let slip away after building a 9-0 lead.
  • No. 8 Rabun County finally has a decision under its belt after a bye week and last week's game being canceled. The Wildcats (1-0) beat AAAA's Stephens County 24-10.
  • The No. 10 Model Blue Devils (2-0) made easy work of AAA's Adairsville with a 51-21 thumping.

On bye: No. 1 Fitzgerald; No. 3 Vidalia, No. 5 Jefferson County, No. 6 Callaway.

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Credit: Craig Sager

Credit: Craig Sager