Who would have thought that two weeks into the 2004 high school football season that the Berrien High Rebels would have a better record than the Cook High Hornets? That is the case, however, as the Rebels beat Lanier last Friday to even their record at 1-1 while the Hornets lost their second in a row, falling to the Worth County Rams 35-21.

This week the Rebels have a little tougher opponent as they host the Atkinson County Rebels who are also 1-1. The Atco Rebels are also coming off a big win, having outlasted Bacon County 3-0 in overtime last week. Even though Atco has only scored five points this season, they still have some talent. While the Berrien Rebels have obviously improved, they still have a ways to go. That is the indication after last week when Berrien nearly let Lanier come back and get them. I know after the past few years the Berrien Rebels are flying high after an early season win. This week they come back down to earth.

Atkinson 24, Berrien 10

Pelham at Cook

The Pelham Hornets are another team that has surprised some with a win this early. After losing to Mitchell-Baker to open the season, Pelham beat Albany. That shows there is some ability on the squad. But they don't have as much as the Cook Hornets. According to both Worth and Cook coaches, the Cook team beat itself with fumbles and errors on special teams. But things are settling down in Adel and the Hornets of Cook are primed for a win.

Cook 17, Pelham 9

Irwin at Tift County

The Purple Hurricanes put it on the Blue Devils last week, clock error or not. You can't win if you can't score. The Blue Devils proved in week one that they have the ability to move the ball and put it in the end zone. So did the Indians last week in their 44-8 win over Turner. This could come down to which defense shows up. The Devils are bigger and deeper so they get the advantage. But they won't be able to relax. This one could be closer than the Devils would like.

Tift 27, Irwin 21

FPD at Tiftarea

And speaking of moving the ball. The Tiftarea Academy Panthers have spent a great deal of time on the passing game, and it showed last week against the AAA Central Fellowship Christian Academy Lancers. Between quarterbacks Bryan Ellis and Matthew Souter, the Panthers accumulated more and 250 yards in the air on the way to a 56-7 win. FPD comes to town with a better team than the Lancers, but I have to wonder if they are better coached than the Panthers. I'm going with the Panthers in my first upset special of the week. This will be another fun, close one.

TA 32, FPD 30

Perry at Fitzgerald

This one won't even be close. The Hurricanes warmed up on Berrien and then proved they were for real against Tift. This will be just another primer for the region. Fitzgerald is strong and healthy. With that, the Panthers don't have a chance.

Fitzgerald 40, Perry 15

Turner at Lee

The Turner County Rebels could end up being the most improved team of the season as they are working hard to get a little better each week. They still have work to do. While Lee has struggled in recent years, this year they have more than enough depth to handle a Class A opponent, especially one that is has been hobbled by injuries. Turner will give the Trojans a battle, but they don't quite have enough ammunition.

Lee 28, Turner 14

And the other upset special...

It seems like every year some unranked team playing a D-One opponent in a "money" game does the unthinkable and shocks the big dog. Oops, I gave it away didn't I? I'm going with my alma mater Saturday as the Georgia Southern Eagles try to become "that" team this year. Call me crazy, but crazier things have happened. I'll be back in the Bulldogs' camp next week, but for now may the blessings of "Eagle Creek" fall upon Sanford Stadium.

Ga. Southern more, Georgia less

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