Quick thoughts are probably all I’m capable of in the AM after Week 2 of high school football.
Here’s what caught my eye from Friday night:
1. Thompson trucking. Lord Botetourt is for real this year. The Cavaliers have outscored two teams 88-0 after and all their points in Friday’s 45-0 win over Rustburg came in the first half. Senior Chris Thompson finished with 312 yards on the ground.
2. Smiles at Giles. Giles’ 28-24 win at Christiansburg was no fluke. The Spartans rushed for 282 yards and won despite losing two fumbles. Giles has gained more than 700 yards on the ground in opening victories over two River Ridge District teams.
3. Hitting the boards. Two teams rebounded in a big way after first-week blowout shutouts. Franklin County blasted Bassett 49-19 while James River edged Glenvar 27-20.
4. Playoffs? Playoffs? Former NFL coach Jim Mora earned lasting fame for his incredulous rant, but Auburn might find itself in the postseason in November after entering 2013 with a 39-game losing streak. The Eagles have a really good shot to start 4-0 and they might not stop there.
5. Rout 111. That’s how many points Jefferson Forest has scored in clobbering Halifax County and Staunton River in the first two weeks. It’s early, but the Cavaliers are making some noise.
6. Special K. Alleghany quarterback Nick Ferrell was injured in Week 1. In stepped Kendall Kessinger, and the senior left-hander fired three touchdown passes to Trent Rust as Alleghany beat Bath County 27-7.
7. Not again. Patrick County trailed Heritage 48-0 after the first quarter and 70-0 at halftime in Week 1. Unbelievably, it happened again Friday against Chatham in a 78-20 loss. I’m hoping those last two points for Chatham either were a safety or a botched snap that led to a two-point conversion.
8. Roundball receivers. Basketball players like William Fleming’s Warren Craft, Patrick Henry’s Tre Terry and Grayson County’s Ty Cannaday had big impacts in Week 1 as first-year football players. William Byrd’s Josh Marcus joined in Friday with an early TD reception in the Terriers’ win over Hidden Valley. Marcus played football as a sophomore but missed 2012 with a back injury.
9. Remember the name. I’ll get used to Tra’ Jackson’s name, and maybe I’ll learn how to spell it too. The Northside freshman had his second TD catch in as many weeks in the Vikings’ win at Cave Spring. Jackson is going to be special.
10. Dwindling list. After two weeks, only 12 unbeaten teams remain in Timesland. Patrick Henry, Christiansburg, Carroll County, Bassett, Magna Vista, George Wythe, Grayson County, Glenvar, Bath County, Covington and Craig County all fell from the ranks.