I don't ever put too much credence in high school football openers, but I was certainly surprised by some games on Friday night.
1. Millbrook's 34-0 destruction of Garner. I expected Millbrook to win, but I sure expected Garner to score. Garner coach Nelson Smith said there was a lot of rebuilding work to be done, but the Trojans looked pretty good in their scrimmage. Millbrook is very, very good and Coach Clarence Inscore seems to know all the chinks in the Trojans' defense. With a little luck, Millbrook could have scored a few more touchdowns. Inscore has done a commendable job in building the Wildcats' program.
2. West Johnston's performance in a 41-14 win over Athens Drive. West Johnston got coach Bennett Jones hours before the start of practice. West was good last year throwing the ball, but ran effectively against Athens. The change in focus came quickly, or maybe West will throw much of the rest of the year. I also expected Athens' offense to look better.
3. Wake Forest-Rolesville's 71-14 blistering of Riverside. Wake Forest was supposed to win easily, but that easily? Wow.
4. Enloe rushing 79 times in its 28-21 win over Knightdale. That is a lot of blocking.
5. Smithfield-Selma's 27-0 shutout over Erwin Triton. SSS' defense was suspect; Triton's was supposed to be strong.