There were several surprises last night, as we look back at Week Number One of the high school football season…..
First one more glance at that those final scores….
Page 41-7 over Davie County…..Southern Durham tops Dudley 35-28….Northwest Guilford moved past Smith 49-14….Ragsdale took care of Grimsley 37-7…..Northeast Guilford withstood the late charge by Western Guilford to take the win at WG, 42-34….Southern Guilford stopped Eastern 27-0…..High Point Andrews won the battle of High Point, edging HP Central 27-20 and Southeast Guilford showed they still have it, defeating Southwest Guilford, 32-13….
Surprises would have to be the fact that SEG still has something left in the fold in Falcon land….Big-time interception return of 90 yards by Brent Frazier and still some running to go with it…..Kir Turner’s opening kickoff going back 72 yards was also a plus and in the end, SEG is looking stronger than many thought and Southwest still has a lot of work left to do…..
Western Guilford is a surprise finishing very tough, with their late charge to make the game very interesting, versus Northeast…..Looks like Josh Thompson got hot and threw for over 300 yards and his new running back Jameere Ollison was very effective on the ground….Don’t understand the time expired on the last WG extra point attempt, but you have to believe that with no time left on the clock, there was no need for a kick or a two-point conversion try…..Good job by Western Guilford though in that comeback…..
A little surprised that High Point Andrews got past HP Central, but Andrews always has great athletes and DJ Miller was on the board three times for Andrews last night….Central’s Zerrick Baker was the money man for the Bison……
Ragsdale’s Marquez Eleazor had a fine night on the first Friday of the season, with 200 plus yards rushing and a couple of TD’s and new Tiger QB Garrison Herndon turned in a solid performance, in his first varsity start…..Two touchdown passes for Herndon…
Dudley losing to Southern Durham was a bit of a blow, but Dudley will be back, or at least you would think they will be….Panthers always a stern defense, but giving up 35 points in the opener…..
Big night for Southern Guilford’s Jamie Cunningham, with four TD passes in his first game of the season…..A lot to be said about winning your opening game 27-0 and lot to said for accounting for all the scores and Matt Colvin hauled in two of those Cunningham TD passes…..Southern will be a team to reckoned with, don’t you reckon……..
Page won 41-7 over Davie County, but I didn’t see the Page report making it to the papers, or to the local wires….Will be interesting to see how they did, as far as the scoring and yardage goes…..
Our feature game last night, was Northwest Guilford at Smith and for a first game of the year, or any of game of the year for that matter, the NWG Vikings looked impressive…..You have already seen it and relived it a few times, but Reid Baxter taking that opening kickoff back all the way was huge…..The 85-yard return for the TD set the tone for the entire game and maybe set the tone for the entire season for Northwest……Baxter ended up with 4 TD’s overall and Dalton Dillon had a big strong night on the ground for the Vikings, who have a load of runningbacks….Coach Joe Woodruff kept on telling us in the preseason that he had a bus load of runningbacks and he was spot-on right…..Baxter, Dillon, Kyle Kristy, Anthony Harding and the list goes on and on……Matt Pawlowski ran a masterful show as the Vikings’ QB and hit Ryan Overcash on several key passes and I believe he lined up for another key pass completion to Kristy……Pawlowski managed a steady and tight ship last night for NWG…..The late interception by Parker Scaggs was also big, as he broke up a long Kahlen Pratt pass play with a pick, on a drive where Smith was threatening, as the Golden Eagles had just begun to develop some late-game, second half momentum…….Not sure who all those Northwest Guilford linemen are yet, but needless to say they did a fine job…..We will have to learn more about them as the season unfolds…..We do know Pawlowski, Baxter, Dillon, Kristy, Harding, Overcash and the new kid Ritz also was steady and solid checking in, as Matt Pawlowski’s backup……NWG has some offense and their defense was very stingy last night……Saw Kevin Parrish in on some big plays and had not seen him play before…..Logan Lover was strong at LB and the Smith kid for NWG, was also very active last night……
*****Also a shout out from one of our readers to NWG’s offensive line coach Steve Olea, who just married his wife Kendra this summer.
She is a teacher at Archer. Good job coach……*****
A fun night to start the season and it should be a lot more fun as the weeks go by……..