To avoid a conflict with Friday night's Tennessee-North Carolina State game at the Georgia Dome, several area high schools either scheduled their games, or recently moved their Week 2 contests to ThursdayMore
A full list of area high school football games for Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31More
McMinn County 33, Rhea County 7 ATHENS, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Kelvin Wells, Jr. and Dre Sanders each went over the century mark for the third straight game to fuel McMinn County's 33-7 win over Rhea CountyMore
McMinn County, East Hamilton and South Pittsburg all took care of business on the ground in easy victories Thursday night to kick off Week 2 of the 2012 high school football seasonMore
CALHOUN, Ga. (WRCB) -- From the first drive to the last, Friday night's season-opening showdown between Calhoun and Ridgeland was everything fans expected it to be.
Taylor Lamb threw a short touchdown pass to Sebastian Willer in the final ten seconds and the defending state champion Yellow Jackets beat the Panthers 42-35 in the Friday Night Football Game of the Week.
Ridgeland scored first with two beefy runs from Von Bell, including a 24-yard touchdown.
Calhoun answered on the ensuing drive. Lamb led the Jackets through the air and Alex Urbano capped it off with one of his three touchdowns.
By halftime it was 21-21.
Calhoun jumped ahead 35-27 in the closing minutes, but right on cue Ridgeland's Bell found the end zone for the second and final time. Darrell Bridges broke the plain on the two-point conversion try, tying the game at 35 with 55 seconds to play.
Calhoun was not happy with a tie. Lamb led the Jackets back down the field briskly, finally rolling out and hitting Willer with nine seconds left for the game-winning score.