What a great first week of high school football across NW georgia starting last Thursday night with the opening games of the Corky Kell Classic In Rome! Calhoun versus Ridgeland was the opening game. The game was tied at 14 with both teams fighting for advantage and the Yellow Jackets turning the ball over a few times. It was all a distant memory in the 2nd half as the Jackets scored 31 straight points to win 45-21. Gavin Gray had over 300 yards passing for the Jackets. Calhoun will be off this week as they prepare for visiting Therrell next week at the Reeve. Gordon Central unfortunately did not get off to the start they wanted this season. The Warriors ran into a buzzsaw named Treylon Sheppard for the Haralson County Rebels. Sheppard had over a 100 yds and several touchdowns as the Rebels downed the Warriors 35-7. Sonoraville was idle and they get ready for a big match up with the Model Blue Devils this Friday at the Firepit in Sonoraville. Model lost a heartbreaker to Lafayette Friday night 28-25. Rockmart beat county rival Cedartown 20-14. Other teams in Region 7AA competed as well Friday with Pepperell being dominated by Darlington 44-14, Trion edging out Coosa 18-15, Gordon Lee beating Dade County 21-13, and Adairsville beating Chattooga in the last few moments, 21-20! Possibly one of the biggest surprises of the night in our area was Armuchee defeating Murray County, 28-7! Rome defeated Marietta Thursday night and Cartersville easily defeated Allatoona Friday night 35-0. Great games and quite a few surprises for the first week. I went 9-3 for the picks for last week. Look for the 2nd week to be just as compelling! I will list the matchups and preview Friday nights games Wednesday.