Last Friday night, nearly every team in Georgia kicked off their high school football season, and some even played in their second game of the season.
However, for the Upson Lee Knights, they had a chance to sit back and watch some of the other games take place, as they prepare for their season opener this Friday, when they host the Pike County Pirates at Matthews Field.
Pike County, one of those teams whose season started last Friday, suffered a 30-8 defeat to Lamar County. The Pirates trailed 22-0 at halftime, falling victim to multiple turnovers in the loss.
On the Region 2 front, every team with the exception of Upson Lee and Perry was in action last week, although Perry played their first game the week prior, falling to Monroe-Albany by an 11-0 score. Perry will travel to Fort Valley Friday night to face Peach County.
Howard kicked off the weekend for the Region 2 teams earlier on Thursday, taking on FPD in Macon. After defeating Lamar County in their season opener on Aug. 21, they moved their season record to 2-0 with a 38-17 victory over FPD.
Last season the Huskies from Howard High School leaned heavily on their running game, but so far this season the Huskies have been airing our the football. Courvoisier King passed for 286 yards and four touchdowns, while also running for a score. King has passed for 499 yards and six touchdowns in their two games this season.
In their victory over FPD, wide receiver Alphonso Stevens recorded four catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns, giving him four touchdown receptions for the season. Fellow wide receiver Jerin Means caught three passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in the victory. The Huskies will be looking to go 3-0 this season on Friday when they take on the Central-Macon Chargers.
Mary Persons 28 (2 OT)
Mary Persons and Jackson squared off in their annual Back Yard Brawl. Over the past few years, the Bulldogs have dominated the Red Devils, winning five of the last six match-ups. On Friday, Mary Persons would once again get the best of the Red Devils, but they would have to go into double overtime to earn the 28-21 victory.
Senior quarterback Jake Johnston scored on a two-yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown to seal the Dawgs victory in double overtime. Johnston also threw for 136 yards and a touchdown pass. Mary Persons running back Zach Harvey rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Defensively Dre Evans recorded 10 tackles, with three tackles for losses, while Trey Howard added 12 tackles, two tackles for losses, and a quarterback sack. The Bulldogs will host Washington County in Forsyth on Friday.
Houston Co. 41
While Howard was beating FPD last Thursday, the Veterans Warhawks took on county rival Houston County, and the Bears took care of business against Veterans. Warhawks quarterback Logan Byrd passed for 137 yards and a touchdown, while Desjuan Harris carried the ball 25 times for 104 yards and a score. The Veterans defense gave up 382 yards passing to Houston County in the 41-13 defeat. Veterans will have another tough text on Friday when they face the Macon County Bulldogs, the No. 4 ranked team in class AA.
West Laurens 30
The West Laurens Blue Raiders battled Vidalia on Friday night in Dexter, and the defending Region 2 Champions cruised to a 30-6 victory. After their 45-0 victory over Thomasville two weeks ago, the Blue Raiders have outscored their opponents 75-6 so far in 2015, although both opponents were in class AA. West Laurens will take on their third straight opponent from class AA when they travel to Cochran to take on Bleckley County on Friday.
Lastly, the Baldwin Braves started their season with a 12-0 victory over Hancock-Central. It’s not surprising that the Braves held the Bulldogs scoreless, but what some may find surprising is that Baldwin only scored 12 points against the class A school. Last season Baldwin scored 42 points against the Braves in a 42-24 victory. Baldwin will look to get their offense on track when they host Alcovy on Friday.
Wes McCard can be contacted at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.