Photo by Brian Paglia / Woodland coach Scott Schmitt and the Wolfpack kept the high school football madness going last Friday with an impressive win over Locust Grove.
Pay close attention.
Something has developed over the past two weeks of the high school football season. Conventional wisdom is getting re-educated. Prognostication (yes, our own here included) is becoming obsolete. Team records are becoming irrelevant.
Dutchtown can come into Locust Grove with a four-game winning streak, with arguably the county’s most dynamic and exciting player, with confidence and swagger boiling over — and still lose.
Then Locust Grove can roll into Woodland coming off the biggest win in school history, with the best record in program history, with two of the county’s most explosive players — and still lose.
Let’s not forget about Stockbridge’s win at Griffin. Or how Union Grove can one week look lost in a 39-0 loss at Whitewater and the next dominant in a 23-0 win over Northgate. Or that Eagle’s Landing Christian can have South Georgia Class A powerhouse Clinch County beat by halftime.
Some things about this high school football season have already defied explanation.
That’s a good thing.
Predictability should be coveted in our lives, but not in our sports.
And thank goodness it isn’t.
Thank goodness the New York Yankees don’t win the World Series every year, even if it seems that way.
Or that the Los Angeles Lakers don’t win the NBA Finals every year, even if it just feels like it.
Or that the Duke men’s basketball team hasn’t won another national championship, even if the Blue Devils make a pretty good attempt at it.
No, predictability is for the rest of the day.
But when the clock strikes 7:30 p.m., on a Friday night in Georgia, let chaos rule.
Be warned. It can break hearts. It can ruin seasons. But there’s nothing better for a fan to look back on a season, take inventory of all the preposterous moments and think, “Wow, that was fun.”
How much fun did Stockbridge fans have that Friday night when the Tigers made county history at Griffin?
How elated was Locust Grove after coming back from a 31-0 deficit to upset Dutchtown?
How satisfied was Woodland after the Wolfpack gave the Wildcats a dose of their own medicine in a 23-14 win last Friday?
How shocked must Northgate have been at the Union Grove team it encountered a week after the Wolverines were humbled by Whitewater?
Yes, pay close attention.
Something has developed over the last two weeks of high school football.
And something tells me it’s just getting started.
Brian Paglia covers sports for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at email@example.com. On Twitter? Follow him @BrianPaglia.