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The hot summer practices are over and Friday night it was time to put on the pads and the spanking new uniforms and take to the field for the first time and show what you’re made of.
For some of the top contenders this year it was easy pickings, for others it was a struggle in victory and defeat.
Pearl-Cohn put on the most impressive showing, albeit against a much smaller school when they whipped Republic 65-0.
The Firebirds averaged more than 20 yards a rush, and senior quarterback X. A. Shepherd completed 8 of 10 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
It might not be so easy next week when Pearl-Cohn takes on Montgomery Bell Academy.
The Big Red also looked impressive this week, beating Wooddale 42-6. MBA jumped out to an early 28-0 lead behind the strong running of sophomore Patrick Wilk, who rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
The clash between Pearl-Cohn and MBA could define the season for one of the teams, but surely will be entertaining.
Hillsboro High School have high hopes this season, but faced a huge challenge on opening night, taking on defending Division II-AAA champion Brentwood Academy.
The Eagles were a perfect 12-0 last year and showed no signs of weakness Friday, beating the Buros 31-16.
That was still an improvement over last year when BA pounded Hillsboro 53-14.
The Eagles’ Tomario Pleasant ran 24 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns to lead BA.
The Buros will look to rebound next week against Stratford, who lost their opener to CPA 34-12.
The Eagles will face a tough challenge next week when they take on Father Ryan High School.
The Fightin’ Irish looked good in their opening contest against Overton. Father Ryan shut out the Bobcats 21-0.
Things won’t get any easier next week for Overton, who has a very tough schedule. They will take on a very strong Mt. Juliet team that beat them 38-0 last year.
Father Ryan will get a chance to prove how good they are next week when they take on Brentwood Academy, who has won 18 straight games, including a 38-13 thumping of the Fightin’ Irish last year.
Though it’s just the first week of the year, statements were definitely made Friday night. Next week is another opportunity for teams to prove who the contenders and who the pretenders are.