Two of the top-ranked Class A teams lost close games, and a former state champ suffered a 40-point loss in the opening week of the 2012 football season.
Defending champ Savannah Christian lost 21-20 to Class AAAAA Jenkins of Savannah. The Raiders lost their starting quarterback in the second quarter, but came back to almost win. Eagles Landing Christian Academy lost 24-19 to AAA Washington County. ELCA is reportedly loaded again this year.
Those two schools were the top-ranked private schools in the pre-season polls, with our Red Devils the highest ranked public school at either #2 or #3. Will our Devils be #1 this week in the meaningless rankings?
Clinch County suffered it's worst loss since 1977, 43-3 to AA Brooks County. With few returners, the Panthers were expected to struggle early in the season.
In other action, McCormick whipped Fox Creek 42-27. Fox Creek is a charter school in Edgefield County, near I-20 and North Augusta. Washington-Wilkes blasted Calhoun Falls 48-0; the Blue Flashes are also a charter school with less than 20 players.
Aquinas, loaded with great running backs, beat East Laurens 33-13.
Our Devils open their season this coming Friday in McCormick.