The first Friday of September awaits, as does region play for a few Middle Georgia teams.
GHSA Region 2-AAAAA has 10 teams. And they get at it this week.
Of the four Middle Georgia teams, Warner Robins is the only team not to win the season opener. Jones County, Houston County and Northside won by an average score of 43-21.
The least likely for suspense in the region opener? Northside has shut out Evans in two of the past three meetings (2007, 2012 and 2013) and gave up points in four games from 1996-1999. Evans beat Class AA Westside-Augusta 41-0 on Aug. 22 and tied Richmond Academy at 24 last week. The two teams play at Evans.
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The timing appears right for a first win Warner Robins, which has beaten Greenbrier by a comibed score of 100-21 the past two seasons. The Demons host the Wolf Pack at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
Jones County (hosting Cross Creek) is going for its first 2-0 start since 2009, and Houston County (at Grovetown) hasn’t done that since 2010.
-- Michael A. Lough
The GMC softball team has made a habit out of having strong seasons in recent years. It looks like this season will be no different.
GMC is off to a 9-1 start with Dixie Raley leading the way with a 6-0 record. She has 44 strikeouts and just eight walks with a 1.11 ERA. Macy Watkins is 2-1 with 20Ks, and Sarah Margaret Mason is 1-0.
Sutton Long an offensive attack that is batting .343 with a .343 average of her own while leading the team with 11 runs scored. Karlie Harding is batting .424 with a team-high six doubles, while Kaylie Harding is batting .429.
Whitley Dunn is batting .360, while Watkins is batting .467 with a team-high 10 RBI.
-- Daniel Shirley
ALL TIED UP ... OR NEARLY SO
FPD and Howard played the first game between Bibb County public and private school teams in nearly 50 years Friday, and the game turned into a classic.
The Vikings topped the Huskies in an overtime thriller before a nearly full house at FPD’s George S. Johnson Stadium.
The interesting tidbit? Had Howard and FPD not agreed to play overtime, Howard would have recorded its second straight tie at 19. The last time a Bibb County public school team had two ties in a season, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association? The year 1965, when Lanier opened with scoreless ties in its first game against Northside and its third game against Moultrie (now Colquitt County).
Willingham also had two ties that year, against LaGrange (at 14) and against Columbus (scoreless).
Howard plays Central on Friday at Henderson Stadium, while FPD is off.
-- Ron Seibel
TOUCHDOWN CLUB HONOREES
The Macon Touchdown Club won’t have its first meeting of the year until Monday, but it did issue its weekly high school awards for the first week of the season in a news release sent out Wednesday.
Windsor’s Josh Brooks was named the organization’s back of the week after rushing for 326 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-6 victory over Holy Spirit.
Howard’s Abel Grant was named the lineman of the week after recording 12 tackles, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss in the Huskies’ 26-25 overtime loss to FPD. He also had 16 tackles in the Huskies’ season opener against Lamar County.
Jones County’s Wade Carr was named the special teams player of the week after going 6-for-6 on extra points and making a 42-yard field goal in a 45-17 win over Morgan County,
Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb will be the club’s featured speaker at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth. For more information, call King Kemper at 750-7507 or Mallory Jones at 745-3991.
-- Ron Seibel
AROUND THE STATE
One of the state’s top coaches of the past century died two weeks ago.
Bill Corry, who was a head coach at Morgan County for seven seasons in the 1950s and 1960s, died Aug. 22 in Madison at the age of 89.
Corry’s teams went 78-6-3 from 1956-62, including 14-0 in 1959 and 1962, winning four Class B state titles. Corry also coached boys and girls basketball, baseball and tennis at Morgan County.
Corry was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
-- Michael A. Lough