1. Spencer, 0-0, did not play: The Greenwave open this season at No. 1 in the power rankings for Classes A-3A in large part because of what they did last year and what they have the potential to do this year. One thing is for certain, though: They won't be surprising anyone this year.
2. Marion County, 1-0, defeated Schley County 42-0: The Eagles lost coach Mike Swaney and do-it-all athlete Lorenzo Smothers, but looked much the same as in the past in their season-opener. A shut out in blowout fashion has already answered a lot of questions about this team.
3. Manchester, 1-0, defeated Greenville 49-0: Like Spencer, Manchester has earned its lofty ranking because of its season a year ago and the potential it has in 2016. It started the season off in dominant fashion, but has an extremely challenging region schedule ahead.
4. Brookstone, 1-0, defeated Jordan 49-32: The defense may have some room for improvement, but the offense looked potent in a season-opening win against Jordan. Circle the Cougars' third game of the season, against Landmark Christian, as one of those measuring sticks that will let us know how close it is to serious contention in the playoffs.
5. Calvary Christian, 1-0, 47-14 over Johnson Ferry: The Knights started the season off with an easy victory over Johnson Ferry. This coming week will help us learn a lot about this team as they face Glenwood, a team with a little bit prouder history than some of Calvary's non-region opponents of the past. Coach Brian Osborne did that specifically to help his team prepare for a championship chase.
6. Glenwood, 0-0, did not play: Speaking of Glenwood, it will get the Jason Gibson era started on Friday against Calvary Christian. This is a team that has struggled in the past, but also has a lot of energy surrounding it with the addition of Gibson. We'll be able to see early how much progress the team has made, and how much it has left to go.
7. Jordan, 0-1, lost to Brookstone 49-32: There are plenty of positives to take away from Jordan's season-opener against Brookstone, despite losing by 17 points. It kept itself in the game with a high-powered offense, and players like Darren Lewis and DeAndre Snead, who were expected to be key pieces this year, performed at a high level.
8. Kendrick, 0-1, lost to Northside 25-7: Kendrick couldn't muster much offense against a stingy Northside defense in the season-opener. The Cherokees have a challenging non-region schedule, which could result in some tough games but could also help the team improve steadily before region play begins.
9. Chattahoochee County, 0-0, did not play: The Panthers were off during the first week of the regular season, but things get going in earnest with a showdown against Marion County this week. Ready or not, we'll find out very quickly how close the team is to returning to its form from two years ago.
10. Pacelli, 0-1, lost to Mount de Sales 48-6: This is unfamiliar territory for the Vikings in recent years. They have been a perennial playoff contender over the past three seasons, but lost a host of seniors after last season. It could be a learning experience early on as a number of new starters get a crash course.