The 1-1 War Eagles aim to improve to 4-0 all-time against the Wolfpack whom they defeated 28-13 last season.While Woodward had the night off from competition last Friday, Woodland (1-1) lost its first game of the season to Union Grove 28-14.
Following a season-opening setback to Lovett on Oct. 23, the War Eagles bounced back with their second straight victory over Fayette County, a 25-6 triumph during which senior Terry Googer, who verbally committed to attend South Carolina next year, caught a touchdown pass and rushed for another.
Jes Southerland threw the TD pass to Googer and Antone Williams returned a kickoff 73 yards for Woodward, which led 22-0 at halftime.
Under head coach John Hunt, the War Eagles are 1-1 in home openers.
Just like Woodward, the Banneker Trojans will make their season debut at home and Ryan Andrews will coach his first home game. The Trojans (0-1-1) will welcome Westlake, which they have back-to-back wins over.
Last Friday, Banneker played to a 34-34 tie against Tri-Cities. Meanwhile, the Lions (1-1) fell to Creekside 35-20.
Senior Jamauri Elliott rushed for two touchdowns and Quran Hasan ran for a score. Julian Jones and Quantavious Pope led Westlake with 13 and 11 tackles, respectively.
Another cross-town matchup in South Fulton is Tri-Cities (0-1-1) hosting Creekside (2-0). The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings, including a 16-12 victory last season.
The second encounter between Langston Hughes and Wheeler should be interesting due to their close contest last year and the defense the Panthers (1-1) have been playing so far this season, while the Wildcats (2-0) have been racking up the points.
In their first two games, the Panthers have allowed a total of just 16 points while Wheeler has registered 103. The Wildcats’ Elijah Staley threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for two TDs against Pope.