Local football teams began the football season with a perfect 3-0 record last week as Westfield, Perry and Northside all emerged victorious in their opening contests.
Northside stepped up in classification against Class AAAAAA opponent North Cobb and won handily by a 38-20 score. Bruising tailback Willie Jordan pounded the North Cobb defense, finishing with touchdown runs of 2, 3 and 68 yards. The win was the 18th straight by the Eagles in a season opener.
Westfield and Perry each returned their opening kickoff of the season for a touchdown as the Hornets prevailed 21-7 over Southland and the Panthers took care of Monroe-Albany 21-14.
The Hornets’ defense pitched a shutout until a 31-yard run in the fourth quarter finally got Southland on the board. Westfield’s winning streak now stands at 13 games after the team won 12 straight to end the 2013 season on its way to taking home the GISA Class AAA state championship.
Perry won its opening game for the first time since 2011 as Devonte Danielly scored twice on a kickoff return and an interception return. The win over a quality Monroe program that advanced to the Class AAAA playoffs last season should build confidence for a Panther squad looking to rebound from a 3-7 campaign.
Warner Robins, Houston County, Veterans and Peach County will get their seasons underway this weekend in two premier matchups.
The Bears and Warhawks will kickoff the festivities with a showdown Thursday night at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Houston County made its first playoff appearance since 2006 last season in head coach Von Lassiter’s inaugural season at the helm. Lassiter is hoping to take the program even deeper this season with star sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm behind center.
Fromm will square off against Veterans signal caller Logan Byrd. Byrd led the Warhawks to a region title and their first playoff appearance in school history in 2013. He returns to lead a team that enters the season as the favorite in GHSA region 2-AAAA.
Peach County and Warner Robins will renew acquaintances Friday at McConnell-Talbert.
The Trojans are looking to avenge a 54-21 defeat at the hands of the Demons a year ago. The Warner Robins victory snapped a three game losing streak to their neighbors across the Houston County line.
Peach County is hoping to rebound from an uncharacteristic 2013 season that saw the team lose four games and exit the playoffs in the second round.
On the other hand, Warner Robins is seeking another deep run in the state playoffs after winning the GHSA 2-AAAAA region title and finishing 11-2 a year ago.