Burke County has been known for its devastating offensive power in recent years, but the Bears’ defense is the monster this season.
Through two games, Burke County has allowed only seven points in wins against Statesboro and Jefferson County.
One week after holding Statesboro to less than 100 yards, the Bears gave up 99 yards to the Warriors on Friday night and are now 2-0 for the first time since 2011.
Aquinas and Washington County, ranked first in Class A and AAA, respectively, have both looked strong early in the season.
After routing Glenn Hills, the Irish went to No. 8 Prince Avenue Christian and won by 15 points behind Ruben Garnett, who rushed for 230 yards.
In Sandersville, Ga., the top-ranked Golden Hawks had little trouble with Thomson, winning 41-14 in their season opener.
Washington County has beaten the Bulldogs by a combined 96-26 the past two seasons.
Cross Creek opened its contest at Hephzibah with a beautifully executed onside kick by Ben Young.
The Razorbacks recovered on the 35. Four plays later, quarterback Keshawn Dyson swept around the right side for a 15-yard touchdown. From there, Cross Creek never trailed in a 32-13 victory.
Asked about the onside kick afterward, Razorbacks coach Robert McCarty didn’t take the credit. In fact, it wasn’t supposed to happen.
“That was just a bad kick, to be honest with you,” he said. “We’ve been working on kicking all week, and he’s been kicking it to about the 5-yard line. It just came off his foot bad – a bad play that ended up good for us.”
Aiken coach Brian Neal couldn’t point his finger at any one reason the Hornets rallied to beat South Aiken.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know,”
Neal said after the 14-10 victory.
Strong defense and a couple of big plays on offense were all the Hornets needed to deliver the biggest win of Neal’s tenure at Aiken. After going 1-10 in his first year, Neal was looking for a positive.
“We’ve been looking for one of these for a while now,” he said. “Hopefully it can get things going in the right direction for us.”
South Aiken was going for its unprecedented third victory in a row over the Hornets, but came up short after leading most of the way. Neal didn’t have to remind his players about what was at stake.
“Obviously it’s a big deal for us, and we’ll take it,” he said.