1. The Cap Seven 4-A Conference was expected to be very strong this year, but its success is impressive. The league is 13-1 in non-conference games _ the only loss was Broughton's 28-24 setback at Apex _ and Wake Forest-Rolesville and Millbrook are No. 1 and No. 2 in the N&O poll.
2. The Piedmont Athletic 4-A is tough, too. Durham Hillside, Chapel Hill and Durham Jordan have been impressive so far, but I am not counting out Southern Durham, which started very slowly last season before coming on strong. The Spartans have played two strong teams, losing both times. The losses are not totally unexpected, but I expected them to look better.
3. How about West Johnston? It looks like a running power in its opener against Athens Drive and throws for 311 yards the next week. Coach Bennett Jones is doing a nice job and the offense's versatility impresses me.
4. One of the biggest surprises is Smithfield-Selma's 28-20 loss to Nash Central.
5. The Greater Neuse regular-season title looks ready for the taking. Perennial power Garner certainly hasn't intimidated anyone with its first two games _ a shutout loss to Millbook and a 25-20 win over Middle Creek this week.
6. Word of God coach James Jenkins said he believes his squad will win some new fans by playing some home games, even if the games are at North Garner Middle. "One of the policemen working the game said he didn't realize we were playing eight-man football," Jenkins said. "He just enjoyed watching the game."