This was my first (and possibly my last…for a while) game of the 2015 high school football season. An opener between two teams with middle-of-the-pace expectations and I was surprised to be joined by two other writers in the press box.
Ben Beitzel of the Gwinnett Daily Post and JK Culpepper of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution made what might be my last Friday Night Football experience a memorable one.
Mo Dixon-coached Walton knocks out South Gwinnett early by Ben Beitzel
Walton 49, South Gwinnett 17 by JK Culpepper
Walton scores early and often against South Gwinnett by Martin Kester
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“That was our one miracle, maybe our second miracle,” Kell coach Derek Cook said, referring to a 42-35 win over Lassiter in August. “Maybe we’re running out of miracles, but we’ll take all the ones we can get.”
Eagles Landing Christian Academy (4-1, 2-0 in Region 5A) scored 27 unanswered points in a 12-minute span before halftime and cruised to a 61-6 victory at Wolfpack Stadium.
When asked what the Wolfpack (2-4, 1-2) would take from the game, coach Jimmy Fields said, “You don’t want to take (it), you want to leave that butt whipping.
“There are good things we can build on. We don’t have to search.”
Despite their dominant play, the game was marred with the officials’ laundry on the field from the opening kickoff. ELCA junior Keyante Green returned the kickoff about 75 yards, but it was called back due to a block in the back. On the ensuing play from the Chargers’ 45-yard line, a 50-yad run was brought back because of a holding penalty.