After starting the season with wins over Carrollton and Lassiter, Kell has learned quite a bit about itself. It can execute the 1-minute drill, and it’s been presently surprised at its play in the offensive backfield and at both lines.
The highlight of Kell’s young season came Friday at Lassiter, after the Trojans took a one-point lead with 58 seconds left to play. The Longhorns marched down the field and scored when Cameron Rosendahl hit Bryson Armstrong for the game-winning 17-yard touchdown with 1 second remaining.
With the benefit of its quick start, Kell rose two spots to No. 3 on Tuesday in the Georgia Sports Writers Association’s Class AAAAA rankings. Only No. 1 Northside-Warner Robins and No. 2 Ware County are higher.
“Honestly, the ranking this year doesn’t mean a whole lot,” Kell coach Derek Cook said. “It’s nice to get that respect, but we’re more concerned of what our ranking is at the end of the year. If we can be ranked this high at the end of the season, that would be pleasant. We prefer to be ranked No. 1, but we have a lot of work to do before we get there.”
Allatoona (2-0, 2-0 Region 5AAAAA) moved up one spot to No. 7 after beating Villa Rica. The Buccaneers’ success has been due mostly to Russell Halimon, who has already rushed for 456 yards.
Mount Paran Christian (2-0), which had risen to a team-best No. 4 ranking in Class A, stayed put after a convincing 49-9 win over Whitefield Academy. That ranking may go up, however, if the Eagles can pull off a win against Class AAA’s North Clayton this week.
Mount Paran got another solid effort from Dorian Walker, with 138 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Whitefield. Emoni Williams added 33 yards and a touchdown.
McEachern, idle after its season-opening loss to North Gwinnett, fell one spot to No. 6 in Class AAAAAA. It won’t get any easier for the Indians, who will need to find a new running back to replace injured star Taj Griffin, all while preparing for a trip Friday to Class AAAA No. 1 Buford.
Hillgrove is still trying to crack the top 10 in Class AAAAAA after getting off to a 2-0 start, while North Cobb also received votes after upsetting then-No. 2 North Gwinnett on the road.
North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen bounced back from a season-opening loss at Northside-Warner Robins to throw for 308 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors’ 36-29 win over North Gwinnett.
North Gwinnett dropped to No. 9 after the loss to North Cobb.
South Georgia powers Colquitt County and Camden County occupied the top two spots in Class AAAAAA, followed by Norcross, Lovejoy and Langston Hughes.