Week 2 did not disappoint. We had rivalry matchups, games that came down to the wire, and straight up blowouts.
DISCLAIMER: We dissect the numbers, check against other projections, utilize the brain and not the heart. If we pick against any of our beloved 11 programs, take it as a diss if you want, or use it as motivation. We obviously would love to see all 11 programs win every single game, so we’ll celebrate even if we’re wrong if it means our locals walk away as winners.
THE LOCAL 11
White County 49, Lumpkin County 6
The Warriors used a 31-0 halftime lead to cruise to an opening win. J Ben Haynes had two rushing scores in the first half, as did Zion McMullen.
#2 Rabun County 38, North Murray 17
Rabun County got off to a slow start for its standards, actually trailing early 7-6 vs North Murray in the home opener for the Cats. Rabun went back up 14-7 early in the second quarter. After missing the extra point on the first TD, the Cats used a 2-point conversion to go up 14-7. Rabun scored again just before the break to enter halftime up 21-7. It wasn’t until late in the third that they struck again, going up 28-7. A field goal and a Gunner Stockton rushing score put the game away in the fourth.
#3 Commerce 49, Athens Christian 7
The Tigers were all over Athens Christian, who went up first with an early TD. It was all Commerce after that, as Tyelon Brock retaliated with a tying score. Nate Ray later found TJ Trudnak for a 42-yard TD to go ahead 14-7. Sam Roach added a score, as did Josh Frates to push the lead up to 28-7. Another Roach TD made it 35-7, and Ray hooked up on a pass to Frates to go up 42-7 in the second. With a running clock and the second team in for the second half, the Tigers cruised to the finish.
Madison County 26, Habersham Central 20
The Red Raiders took down Habersham 26-20 in a hard-fought contest. The Raiders held a 7-0 lead in the first on a 27-yd TD pass by Ryte Woodruff. That held up until the second, when Madison tied it up with a short-yardage rushing TD. Woodruff got one of his own from 5 yards out immediately after to give Habersham the lead back. Just before the half, the visitors tied it up on a short TD run, then took a 16-14 lead on a blocked punt that went into the end zone for a safety. Neither team found pay dirt in the third, and with 7:19 left in the game, Habersham got a rushing score to take a 20-19 lead. Less than two minutes later, the Red Raiders took the final lead on a rushing score.
Hart County 26, Stephens County 13
The Bulldogs were all over Stephens County, walking away with a win over the rivals in Toccoa.
Banks County 15, Franklin County 7
Banks County earned a HUGE win on Friday night with a 15-7 slugfest with Franklin County, who always plays hard.
Dawson County 45, Chestatee 42 (OT)
The Tigers used a walk-off field goal in overtime by Caleb Bonesteel to beat the War Eagles in what was an epic game. The Tigers tied the game up in regulation with just 12 seconds to go, and trailed by a good bit in the first half at one point. Before tying it in regulation, a pick six by Braden Hubbard gave the Tigers a brief lead. Dawson was down 27-14 entering the third quarter.
Union County 49, East Hall 8
Jonah Daniel put on a clinic for the Panthers, as he helped guide Union to a 28-0 lead entering the half. In that half, he scored two rushing TDs and had a receiving score from Pierson Allison, who also had a rushing score. Daniel got his fourth TD in the third quarter. Union won its 16 consecutive season-opener, which is one of the biggest such streaks in state history.
Gilmer 56, Towns County 12
Gilmer had little resistance with Towns County visiting, taking down the Indians 56-12.
#2 Buford 41, Jonesboro 0
Johnson 30, West Hall 27
#9 North Hall 16, Jackson County 0
#8 Denmark 41, Cherokee Bluff 0
North Forsyth 21, Gainesville 7
Riverside Military 41, King’s Ridge 13
Strong Rock Christian 20, Lakeview Academy 0