Week 2 was telling for several area high school football teams.
Some of those squads were able to gauge were they stood against quality opponents, and for some, the outcome wasn’t pretty. Five teams from The Daily Home’s coverage area were shut out and suffered defeats by at least 30 points.
However, teams like Talladega, Sylacauga and Talladega County Central won in convincing fashion.
Here are five takeaways from the week:
Jordan Ridgeway has a breakout game
Going into Friday’s game against Springville, Sylacauga head coach Matt Griffith said he was waiting for one of his running backs to take control of the position. Well, Jordan Ridgeway put an end to the running back competition with a huge performance. The junior rushed for 213 yards and five touchdowns (54, 1, 73, 5 and 7 yards) on 17 carries and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass.
Not who we thought you were
The Childersburg defense was riding a three-game regular-season shutout streak that dated to last season, but the run came to screeching halt against Talladega as Childersburg allowed 41 points. Talladega’s air raid was too much for Childersburg the secondary. Talladega quarterback Nigel Scales threw four touchdown passes in the first half. Three of them came on consecutive passes.
From undefeated to outmatched
The Daily Home’s coverage area had four teams that entered the week undefeated, but that number is now down to one. Sylacauga handled its business by beating down Springville 48-10, but the other three teams were routed. Pell City (2-1) fell to Oxford 33-0, Winterboro (2-1) lost to Spring Garden 33-0 and Childersburg (2-1) suffered a 41-28 setback to Talladega that was not as close as the score indicates.
Bounce back in the Cove
As far as Chris Mahand is concerned, TC Central’s season opener was Friday night against Appalachian. The Fighting Tigers fell to Childersburg last week, but Mahand considered that game more of a jamboree for his team. On Friday, the Fighting Tigers scored early and often in their 34-0 win. TC Central led 28-0 at halftime. The Fighting Tigers will look to go 2-0 in Class 1A, Region 4 play on Friday against Ragland.
Chase Smith remembered
Former Childersburg baseball and football standout Chase Smith was remembered Friday night. Childersburg had his number painted on its sideline, as well as his jersey hanging up behind the bench. Smith passed away Friday. He graduated from Childersburg in 2012 and went on to play baseball at Southern Union.