In week two, Buford beat Mallard Creek, in recent years North Carolina’s best team, but the score was only 10-7, and it required a second-half comeback. Buford beat Mallard Creek 56-7 last season.
Buford’s defense remains stout. The Wolves shut out St. Frances of Maryland 18-0 in the opener and allowed one bad play, an 80-yard pass, against Mallard Creek. Buford has scored three touchdowns, all passes by quarterback Dylan Raiola. Buford plays at North Cobb (0-1) this week.
Walton, meanwhile, beat then-No. 10 Brookwood 63-15 in week two. That’s after the Raiders defeated Grayson 49-27 in the opener.
That means Walton has beaten top-10 teams in its first two games for the first time in history, and neither was close. Jeremy Hecklinski, an underrated quarterback committed to Wake Forest, was 22-of-27 passing for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the latest rout.
Walton is off this week before traveling to Pope.
No. 2 Colquitt County is playing as advertised. The Packers beat Stockbridge 47-27 last week. AJC Super 11 WR Ny Carr, who had 11 receptions for 152 yards. Colquitt should roll this week at Tift County, then face a test at home against Lee County, the No. 4 Class 6A team.
Defending champion Mill Creek beat No. 9 Norcross 27-13 last week. Cam Robinson rushed for 201 yards. The Hawks play Archer (1-1) this week.
No. 8 Milton had a tough loss last week against Western of Florida. Milton had a 19-yard TD run called back for holding midway in the fourth quarter and ended up turning the ball over on downs. Milton led 271-170 in total yards.
Here are this week’s games involving Class 7A teams and the Maxwell Ratings’ projected margins.
Brookwood vs Collins Hill -1
Buford at North Cobb -13
Camden County at Glynn Academy -3
Campbell at Meadowcreek -3
Carrollton at Rome -2
Central Gwinnett at Jackson County -4
Cherokee at Woodstock -26
Colquitt County at Tift County -27
Discovery vs Stone Mountain -14
Druid Hills vs Berkmar -12
East Coweta vs Hillgrove -20
Etowah at Forsyth Central -14
Harrison vs Paulding County -29
Lambert at Mountain View -1
McEachern vs Douglas County -1
Mill Creek vs Archer -34
Newton vs Eastside -22
North Oconee at South Forsyth -13
North Paulding at Kennesaw Mountain -15
Peachtree Ridge at Loganville 0
Pebblebrook vs Hapeville Charter -3
Richmond Hill vs Jenkins -17
Roswell vs Marietta -16
South Gwinnett at Dacula -12
Valdosta vs Banneker -28
West Forsyth vs North Forsyth -10
Westlake vs Cedar Grove -13
Wheeler vs South Cobb -28