Looks like the Wolves – despite all the changes – have once again simply reloaded and will be among a handful of teams in contention at the end of the year.
Other significant wins
- Warner Robins beat rival Northside 28-17 on the opening weekend. It was a big win for coach Mike Chastain's club, which suffered a historical 52-point beatdown by the Eagles a year ago, and broke a three-year losing streak to Northside.
- Morrow hasn't had a winning season since 1998. The Mustangs haven't won more than three games since 2002. So beating a rival like Hampton in the opener was big. The 27-26 also avenged last year's loss to Hampton. "It was a sigh of relief," coach Jerome Weeks told the Clayton News-Daily. "It's been a long time coming. It's a great thing to get that monkey off our back so we can start this thing off right."
- Columbia got a 7-0 win over King, giving new coach Brian Montgomery a win in his debut with the Eagles. It also ended a five-game losing streak to the Lions.
- Arabia Mountain pounded Stone Mountain 56-0. It was the most points scored in the school's history.
Octavious Battle, QB, Carver: He threw for 220 yard (100 of it to Quintavious Monday) in the 50-18 rout of Lithonia.
Kareem Rogers, RB, Woodland: The veteran ran 10 times for 112 yards and three touchdowns as the Wolfpack easily won their opener against Union Grove.
Chris Rodriguez, RB, Ola: The preseason all-state tailback opened the season with 224 yards and five touchdowns in a win against Pike County.
Justin Talley, DE, Kell: He had 3.5 tackles for loss and eight overall tackles in an overtime loss to Tucker, the No.1-ranked team in Class AAAAAA.
DeAndre Wade, DB, McIntosh: Had two interceptions and forced a fumble in the 28-3 win over Decatur.
Jaeven West, WR, Warner Robins: Caught nine passes for 11 yards and one touchdown as the Demons knocked off rival Northside.