South Georgia, Buford impress in “zero week”

Zero week of the 2014 football season was highlighted by South Georgia as Region 1-AAAAAA got off to a blazing start. Colquitt County overwhelmed the potent Mill Creek offense and posted a 31-14 victory in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic while the Valdosta Wildcats shutout Brookwood and held the Broncos’ offense to 0-10 on third downs with what could be the best secondary in the state. Camden County dominated Lincoln (Fla.) 49-27 and Lowndes cruised past Roswell 37-24. Tift County also posted a lopsided victory with a 45-8 rout over Henry County.


Tucker and Norcross played in a rare overtime affair in the Classic and the Blue Devils won a physical 32-29 thriller. Tucker showcased its Class AAAAAA talent, but 15 penalties and a fumble on the final play in overtime proved the Tigers have some work to do in order to reach mid-season form.


North Gwinnett and McEachern played the most exciting game of the opening week as the visiting Bulldogs edged McEachern 52-49 in the finale of the Corky Kell Classic. North Gwinnett quarterback John Urzua was incredible and finished 38-of-48 passing for 490 yards and seven touchdowns. Brothers Josh and Daniel Imatorbhebhe hauled in five of the touchdowns with the younger Josh notching three of the scores. Taj Griffin ran in three McEachern touchdowns in the opening quarter but struggled to find running room after the first quarter and left the game in the final minutes after injuring his knee on punt coverage.


In Class AAAAA, Kell frustrated the Carrollton offense in a 20-7 victory in its early-morning start on Saturday and Ware County displayed its defensive prowess in a 31-6 win over Brooks County. Top-ranked Northside-Warner Robins opened its season with a solid 38-20 win over Auburn-commit Tyler Queen and the North Cobb Warriors.


There were plenty of teams that posted eye-opening victories this past weekend. Stephenson dominated Arabia Mountain 41-6 while Dunwoody dominated Clarkston 48-7. Etowah’s 48-20 win over Marietta and Cherokee’s 42-7 win over Chattahoochee were enough to move the Eagles and Warriors closer to the bubble of the top 10.


Buford had a huge Saturday matchup with Trinity Christian (Fla.) and represented Georgia by dominating the Jacksonville powerhouse 17-0.

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