Folks were served a nice appetizer with Saks, Anniston and White Plains among Calhoun County schools that played under the Thursday night lights. Saks led Ashville on a guided tour of the woodshed with a 46-14 victory at home. Anniston and White Plains fell in close games, losing 20-14 and 14-6 to Erwin and Glencoe.
Friday provided the first full-course meal for those ready to dig into the season’s best.
Saturday could’ve been a virtual “dead day for football” with college football’s kickoff still a week away and NFL preseason being possibly the most anticlimactic sporting event on the face of the earth. (You get all hype for that junk and the starters play one, maybe two series? Get out of here.)
However, due to consistent lightning Friday at Piedmont’s Class 3A title defense against Region 6 foe Hokes Bluff, the game was stopped a little more than halfway into the first quarter.
That meant, there was a real, live game to watch Saturday night at the Field of Champions. The Bulldogs disappointed early, falling behind 6-0 at halftime, only to dominate later and go on to a 29-6 win.
But it wasn’t all ball and bliss for everyone.
I remember Randolph County coach Randy Sparks saying, “Football is a painful game” when I interviewed him in the preseason.
So, I present to you all a particularly injury-riddled notes column.
• JCA’s CROOK STATUS UNCERTAIN: Jacksonville Christian quarterback Matt Crook is scheduled to see doctors again today after staying the night in the hospital Friday, following an injury suffered in the Thunder’s 40-12 win against ASD at home this past Friday, coach Tommy Miller said.
Crook, who was named to The Star’s Small School All-Calhoun County squad, complained of pain near his mid-section during the contest and threw up.
He tried to re-enter the game in the third quarter but still had pain in his upper stomach, Miller said.
Initially, it was thought that Crook had ruptured his spleen.
Tests that night came back encouraging, Miller said. But Saturday, doctors said Crook might have suffered a mild concussion.
Crook came to school around noon Monday but will be held out of any type of workouts until word is received from his visit with physicians today.
Caleb Prickett took the reps Crook normally would at first-string quarterback.
The Thunder will travel to Appalachian Friday.
“Any 1A team that loses their quarterback, who’s a key player, that changes a whole lot,” Miller said.
• FREDERICK COULD BE OUT FOR THE SEASON: As I mentioned earlier, Piedmont trailed by six at the half against Hokes Bluff Saturday. It was due to the play of Eagles running back Cole Frederick. However, the 6-foot 195-pounder left the game and did not return, following an 8-yard touchdown run with 4:14 to play in the first that put Hokes Bluff ahead.
Star correspondent Rip Donovan was smart enough to catch up with Frederick after the game. The senior said the preliminary diagnosis from the team trainer was a torn ACL.
Nick Birdsong covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 235-3575. Follow him on Twitter at @birds_word.