New Manchester (1-0) opened the season on Aug. 22 with a 35-20 win over Douglas County High School (0-2). Leading by only one point heading into the fourth quarter, the Jaguars scored 14 points over the final 12 minutes to secure the victory. New Manchester has earned the unique distinction of being undefeated in season openers through the program’s history. The Jaguars’ other season-opening wins include Cross Keys in 2011 and Paulding County High School in 2012 and 2013.
Alexander (1-0) traveled to Douglas County High School last Friday and won the contest 30-12. Leading only 9-6 after three quarters, the Cougars pushed the offensive pressure by scoring 21 fourth-quarter points for the victory. Tigers’ quarterback Malik Oliver had a team-high 192 yards passing and one touchdown in the loss. Douglas County wide receiver D’Ondre Glenn had a team-high 114 yards receiving and Donovan Richardson caught two touchdown passes.
Chapel Hill had its season debut under new coach Justin Deshon and hosted Cambridge out of Fulton County. Despite a strong effort, the Panthers fell to the Bears 42-12. After a difficult first half, Chapel Hill held Cambridge to only seven second half points.
“A difficult loss on the scoreboard but we saw improvements in areas,” Deshon said. “I thought our freshman quarterback Tyre Shelton was excellent, our sophomore running back Datren Bray was great and I can’t say enough about Keegan Moody who’s a tremendous team leader on offense and defense. We’re young at every skill spot and will get better.”
Craig Chatman made his debut as Lithia Springs’ head coach in a road contest against Landmark Christian in Fairburn. Despite a strong effort, the Lions fell to the War Eagles 48-34.
This Friday, Alexander travels to Dallas to face Paulding County High School, Chapel Hill hosts Lithia Springs and New Manchester host Hiram. Douglas County has a scheduled bye week.