After his team's 63-20 win over Johnsonville on Friday night, Andrews coach Steve Blanchard called it a difference of "night and day" when describing how his team has progressed coming into the season opener.
Blanchard, who is in his second season at Andrews after several years as an assistant for a very successful Timberland program, was impressed in particular by his offensive line, which paved the way for the option attack to flourish.
Yellow Jackets quarterback Ken Funnye had seven rushes for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and fullback Clarence Penny rushed 15 times for 132 yards and a touchdown.
"[The offensive line] did a great job," Blanchard said after the game. "They have improved so much from last year; it's like night and day."
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As for Funnye and Penny, Blanchard said "Clarence Penny had a big game. Ken Funnye [also] had a great night. Great reads on the option. We controlled the game really well."
Blanchard said the team's improvement - which he said he knows he has to keep in perspective since it has been just one game - has a lot to do with Andrews' commitment as a community.
"There's just some things you had to do to win football games," Blanchard said. "We're starting to do them at Andrews. I feel good in the fact the community allows us to do what we need to do to be a good football team.
"We can't do what we need to do to win games if the community is not with us."
Blanchard said the little things he and his coaching staff have been preaching showed Friday night despite some early penalties and what he called "a slow start."
"Last season we struggled on offense. We struggled fundamentally technique-wise," he said. "Our kids made a huge commitment to the coaching staff and getting in the weight room - doing things good football teams do. I give a lot of credit to the [other] coaches for getting the kids committed to what it takes to win football games."
Aynor 21, (at) Lake View 15| Tony Green had 13 carries for 160 yards and three touchdowns and the Blue Jackets capitalized on mistakes by the Wild Gators to open the season with a victory.
As was the plan coming into the season, Aynor pounded the running game, setting up for a couple big passing plays to set up scores.
"We blocked, we blocked everybody," Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said. "Since I said we couldn't block last week, we went out and blocked this week. We rushed for about 250 yards.
"It was a good win for us."
Jenerette said the turnover differential was a key in controlling the game.
"We didn't fumble the ball at all," Jenerette said. "We didn't turn the ball over all night. They turned it over four or five times."
Despite opening the season with a win, Jenerette isn't taking anything for granted heading into next week.
"This win don't mean nothing if we can't get nothing going next week," he said. "Creek Bridge is a lot more athletic than Lake View. I feel good about our kids, though. They played hard."
(At) Timberland 13, Carvers Bay 6 (OT) | Adam June scored on a 6-yard run in overtime to lift Timberland to a win over Carvers Bay in the season opener for both schools.
Timberland jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second quarter on Taylor Elizondo's 7-yard touchdown pass to Berlin Kinlaw. The extra point was missed.
The Bears answered in the same quarter when Tevin Richard scored on a 63-yard touchdown run.
The teams held each other scoreless the entire second half, forcing overtime.
Green Sea Floyds 42, (at) West Columbus 26 | Senior Lassan Reaves scored four of the Trojans' six touchdowns in the rout.
"We made a lot of mistakes and have a lot to build on, but I am proud of the kids, they showed a lot of character," first-year Green Sea Floyds coach Joey Still said of the season opener.