Sam Ndem missed time as a junior last season after a strong start to the year. This year, coach Scott Pethtel is asking for his fullback to shoulder a bigger load to help the offense maintain steady success throughout the year.
After a couple of other highly-ranked teams lost in Class A, Marion County jumped to No. 2 in this week's GSWA football poll. Carver received votes, but still failed to make it into this week's top 10.
The top of the rankings held steady, but there were plenty of risers and fallers in the middle in the second week of the Bi-City power rankings. One of the biggest movers may have been Hardaway, which rose from the bottom of the pile after snapping a 19-game losing streak.
Hardaway ended a long losing streak, a couple of players had multi-touchdown games and defenses stood tall in this week's prep football action. Here's a look at the best performances of the weekend, including Hardaway's impressive 33-30 win over Chattahoochee County.
It wasn't like the Heritage Bowls of recent memory in which Carver rolled over Spencer by an enormous margin. On Friday at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, the Greenwave hung in with the Tigers for nearly three quarters, but ultimately fell short.
Hardaway had lost 19 straight dating back to a Week 2 win over Columbus in 2013. After showing improvements in the season-opener last week, Hardaway got the monkey off its back with a 33-30 win over Chattahoochee County on Thursday at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.
Central coaches feared the worst when junior quarterback Zion Webb went down with a right leg injury in the third quarter of last Friday’s loss at Stockbridge, and their concern was confirmed this week.
In its first game of the season, Central likely lost junior quarterback Zion Webb for the year with a knee injury. On Wednesday, coach Jamey DuBose discussed Webb's injury and Central's approach going forward.
Harris County lost the vast majority of its offensive production from a year ago, but current starters say it took more than just a couple guys to put together the most prolific unit in team history. Tired of hearing about the past, the current group is motivated to make a name for itself and continue the program's recent run of region success.
C.J. Afoa passed for over 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior last season just eight months after knee surgery. Now, as a senior, Afoa is healthy and a more complete athlete and leader. With him at the helm, Panthers coach Josh Kemp says the unit can be elite this season.
The Tigers pulled off a last-minute come-from-behind victory over Carver-Atlanta on Saturday, but pollsters were still unimpressed as they received just a single vote in the poll. Also in the area, Marion County and Pacelli are among those who received votes in their classification.
The regular season kicked off for Bi-City football teams last week, and already we've had some surprising results, some nail-biter finishes and, still, a lot of guesswork about what certain teams will be able to put on the field this season.
The Carver-Columbus offense wasn’t perfect. In fact, at times, it was perplexingly ineffective. Wide receivers dropped passes, quarterback Jawon Pass missed a handful of open men and running backs struggled to find the hole in the line, if there ever was one.
The final tally was 47-21, a 26-point loss for Hardaway in its season-opener against Tri-Cities, but the Hawks neared a comeback for awhile and showed plenty of improvement on both sides of the ball. Coach Jeff Battles said after the game that there was a lot for the Hawks to build off of.
David Mitchell has covered high schools and athletes in the Bi-City area for three years for the Ledger-Enquirer. Prior to joining the Ledger-Enquirer, Mitchell worked at the Gainesville (Ga.) Times. He is a graduate of Starr’s Mill High School and the University of Georgia.