By John Nugentjnugent@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- After watching 28 teams play 14 games over 48 hours, it really isn't very hard to make a few casual observations. You know what they say about first impressions.
Goose Creek is on a mission, playing with a chip on their shoulders following last year's late season loss to the South Carolina High School League. The Gators 34-20 two-quarter win over Berkeley wasn't as close as the final score might indicate.
"We're just not at their level; that's the bottom line," said Berkeley Head Coach Jeff Cruce after the game.
Georgia Tech-bound Caleb Kinlaw has breakaway speed and wide receiver Deondre' Daniels may just be the next Tramel Terry. The Gators won't be challenged during the regular season until they take on rival Stratford on Nov. 8.
Speaking of Stratford, senior Jacob Park is in a league of his own. The future Georgia Bulldog looks like an SEC quarterback right now. He completed all five of his passes for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 27-0 win over James Island Thursday night.
"He has a pretty good arm, doesn't he?" said Stratford Head Coach Ray Stackley. "If you give him a little bit of time, he can fit the ball into some tight spots."
If Park stays healthy, Stratford will enter the final week of the regular season undefeated, and their showdown with Goose Creek will be best game in the state.
Hanahan is another team which really impressed on the opening night of Sertoma. A 24-0 shutout over Wando showcased a team with size, speed, and athleticism.
Quarterback Mason Shwerzler throws a nice ball, and Terrell Green and sophomore Sam Denmark are nice targets to pass to, but the way senior Quan Wade runs over people, gives the Hawks nice balance on offense.
"We need to be a little more consistent in the offensive line and some other areas," said Head Coach Charlie Patterson. "We will build on this win. I won't put a lot of stock in this, we still have a long way to go."
Summerville will be better than their 7-5 record from a year ago.
Quarterback Sawyer Bridges took his lumps last season as a freshmen, but it was an invaluable learning experience. He threw a pair of nice touchdowns in a 17-0 win over Bishop England at Sertoma. With the legend John McKissick looking over his shoulder, he will be one of the super sophomores this year in the Lowcountry.
Bishop England will be hard pressed to capture a third straight state title as John Cantey faces the challenge of replacing 20 seniors on his roster. The Battlin' Bishops handled themselves very well against a bigger, stronger Summerville team, and will be heard from before the season is through.
At the other end of the spectrum, James Waring will eventually get the job done at Lincoln. The fact that they showed up at Sertoma with 28 players is a big step in the right direction.
Colleton County will end their four-year losing streak and Chris Collins is working to hard to let this continue much longer.
And finally, Palmetto Christian Quarterback J.T Waters isn't the biggest player on the field, but he may be the most fun to watch. Scrambling from sideline to sideline, dodging linebackers and defensive ends, he is a throwback -- a football player from head to toe.
Enjoy the season everybody -- I will.