The first Friday is in the books.
The first cup of coffee is down.
Here are the top 10 things that resonated from the opening night of the 2013 high school football season:
No. 1 – Pioneer power. Covington claimed the Brackman Cup with its first win over Alleghany since the trophy has been at stake, but nothing was more surprising to me than Parry McCluer’s 17-16 victory over Rockbridge County. Parry McCluer and Covington once was one of the best Single-A rivalries in the state. Those days are gone, but Friday was huge for both schools. Meanwhile, Craig County and Bath County posted road wins.
No. 2 – 447 to 36. Sure, Northside’s 33-10 win over Amherst County was impressive, but the difference in total offense was staggering. This game was a complete mismatch as the Vikings’ defense dominated.
No. 3 – Craft show. Do you think first-year William Fleming coach Bobby Martin was happy that Warren Craft decided to come out for football? The Virginia Tech basketball recruit had eight catches for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Colonels routed Fluvanna County 32-13 in Martin’s debut.
No. 4 – Thrillers. Glenvar’s 42-41 victory over Galax, and Giles’ 38-37 win in overtime over Blacksburg might stand up as two of the best games that will be played all season. Giles scored last and went for a two-point conversion that worked. Galax rolled the dice and came up snake-eyes.
No. 5 – Streak struck . No more losing for Auburn. The Eagles left little doubt with a 27-0 victory at Narrows that ended a 39-game losing streak. Imagine a freshman in 2010 on Auburn’s team that won its season opener, then lost every game until Friday night. Imagine the celebration on the bus home last night.
No. 6 – Streak not struck. What was Patrick County thinking when the Cougars scheduled a trip to Heritage for its season opener? Already sitting on a 31-game losing streak, all Patrick did was fall behind 48-0 after the first quarter and 70-0 at halftime. Final, 76-13.
No. 7 – Tre, the elder. Craft wasn’t the only basketball standout in Roanoke to have a big night after electing to give football a try. Patrick Henry’s Tre Terry debuted with a 55-yard punt return for a TD that sparked PH’s 23-0 win over Hidden Valley.
No. 8 – Tre, the younger. Remember this name. You’ll be hearing it a lot. Tre Jackson, a freshman at Northside, scored the Vikings’ final touchdown in their 33-10 win over Amherst County. It is already evident that Jackson will be a special athlete.
No. 9 – All cylinders. Salem, Magna Vista and Lord Botetourt all figured to be strong teams. All three were sharp in lopsided wins. Salem’s 38-0 rout of Franklin County in Rocky Mount sets up next week’s home opener against Patrick Henry.
No. 10 – A real win. The scoreboard said Cave Spring lost 28-21 to William Byrd, but Zac Foutz scored a victory of sorts for the Knights. In his first game since he was stricken with fungal meningitis last October, Foutz returned an interception for a touchdown.
Time for a second cup of java.
Check for the new Timesland top 10 on Sunday. There are bound to be some new teams coming aboard.