EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the ninth in a 13-part series recapping the 2007 year in sports. The month-by-month recap will conclude with the top stories of the year on Jan. 1, 2008.
As the calendar turned from August to September on the local and state sports scenes football took center stage.
On Sept. 1, Appalachian State stunned then No. 5-ranked Michigan 34-32. The same day No. 13-ranked Georgia opened the season with a 35-14 against Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech hammered Notre Dame 33-3
On Sept. 3, the Griffin High Bears (1-0) were ranked No. 10 in Class AAAA in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s latest poll, gaining entrance into their fourth poll this season.
On Sept. 4, the Spalding softball team topped Ola 2-1 and Griffin blasted Peach County 8-4.
On Sept. 6, Tedra Alford and Kristen Gregory combined on their third no-hitter and second perfect game as they led Griffin High past visiting Jonesboro 15-0 in three innings by fanning all nine batters.
On Sept. 7, No. 4-ranked Griffin scored on a pair of blocked punts to top Bradwell Institute 24-14 near Savannah and Griffin Christian fell 20-6 at Hold Spirit Prep in Marietta.
On Sept. 8, No. 21-ranked Georgia Tech blew out Samford 69-14 and No. 11-ranked Georgia fell to Steve Spurrier guided South Carolina 16-12.
On Sept. 9, the Michael Vick-less Falcons opened the season with a 24-3 loss at Minnesota.
On Sept. 10, Spalding High topped Griffin 5-0 in softball.
On Sept. 11, Spalding edged Jackson 1-0 on a passed ball.
On Sept. 14, Griffin’s 13-game home winning streak was snapped as Upson-Lee defeated the Bears 12-3. The same night, Will Jeffcoat’s 23-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter and G.T. Holmes’ interception in the waning seconds lifted Spalding to a 10-8 win at Worth County. The same day the Griffin Christian team fell 53-12 to two-time GISA Class A defending state champ Thomas Jefferson.
On Sept. 15, Georgia hammered Western Carolina 45-16 and Georgia Tech fell 24-10 to Matt Ryan-led Boston College.
On Sept. 16, Falcons QB Joey Harrington was sacked 7 times in a 13-7 loss at Jacksonville.
On Sept. 21, Cortez Puckett and Bernard Goodrum scored on 1-yard runs and Will Jeffcoat kicked a 29-yard field goal as Spalding (3-0) stood tall in a battle between the last two unbeaten teams in Region 4-AAA by downing West Laurens 17-0 in Dublin. Griffin Christian also fell to 0-4 with a 46-6 loss at Nathanael Greene.
On Sept. 22, Sheldon Hancock and D.J. Morgan scored two touchdowns each and quarterback Marcus Waller threw a pair of touchdowns as Griffin High won its Region 4-AAAA Div. A opener 42-17 at Tara Stadium against winless Forest Park.
The same day, Georgia Tech fell to late-charging Virginia 28-23 and Georgia topped Alabama 26-23 in overtime.
On Sept. 24, the Falcons lost 27-20 to Carolina, compliments of DeAngelo Hall.
On Sept. 25, Jenni-Lynne Smith fired the second perfect game and fifth no-hitter of her career as Spalding High remained unbeaten in subregion play with a 17-0 win in three innings against Henry County.
On Sept. 28, the Spalding football team fell 17-0 to two-time defending Class AAA state champ Peach County. D.J. Morgan and Latravis Montgomery each ran for a touchdown as Griffin topped North Clayton 14-7 in a battle between the last two teams with overall winning record in Region 4-AAAA Div. A.
On Sept. 29, Thomas Brown ran for three touchdowns as Georgia defeated Ole Miss 45-17. Georgia Tech topped Clemson 13-3.
On Sept. 30, the Falcons posted their first win of the season 26-16 against the Texans and the Braves ended the season with a 3-0 loss to Houston.