2007 looks to be another interesting year for Peach State football as recent powerhouses like Dublin, Hawkinsville, and Washington-Wilkes lose on opening night.
Washington-Wilkes was shellacked 33-13 in Warrenton as the Screaming Devils opened their new stadium. Kentrell Latimore scored on two short runs to lead the Screaming Devils to a 33-0 lead in the fourth quarter before the visiting Tigers found the endzone. Many expected Warren County to be very good this year, but the size of this whipping is still surprising. However, we know the Tigers will have made the necessary corrections by September 14 when our Devils head up 378 to TigerTown.
Class AA Harlem lost to AAAA Evans 21-7 after being tied going into the fourth quarter. Our Devils travel to Harlem next Friday.
Aquinas, under new head coach Bill Tenore, put up a good scuffle before losing to Lakeside 15-8. Hancock Central nipped AAAA Rockdale County 22-18.
Region 7-A team Wilkinson County tied Putnam County at 12-all, while Twiigs County whipped GMC 39-7 in a region matchup. Monticello lost to Social Circle 21-7.
In other Class A action, highly-regarded and heavily-loaded Wilcox County whipped Miller County 35-14 and Dooly County beat Crisp Coutnty 26-13. Commerce and Athens Academy both won big over opponents from Class AA. Pacelli upended Bowdon 48-21, and Johnson County lost to East Laurens 22-19.
In one of the big rivalry matchups in the state, especially down in the swamps, Charlton County managed a 16-6 win of 2006 Class A runner-up Clinch County. Hawkinsville was pounded by AAA Perry 30-9; this was the first win by Perry in the series since 1977.
In other classes, Washington County was shutout by Baldwin 28-0 in the House of Pain in Sandersville. This was the first shutout of the Golden Hawks since the 2000 semifinal at the Dome (17-0 to Swainsboro), and the first shutout at home since losing to Elbert County in 1995.
Defending AA Co-champ Dublin lost to AAA neighbor West Laurens 28-17. This was the first regular season loss for the Fighting Irish since midway the 2004 season.
Vidalia, under former Devils' assistant Lee Chomskis, won their opener 20-6 over Treutlen.