Friday football recaps

Perry McIntyre

Grayson exited the ranks of the winless with a win over struggling Parkview, Carrollton smashed Class AA No. 1 Calhoun, Walton upset Class AAAAAA No. 4 North Cobb and Lovett edged Marist in double overtime on yet another exciting and entertaining Friday night of high school football in Georgia.

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Archer 25, Brookwood 20: Quarterback Gabe Tiller paced the Archer offense completing 26 of 40 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Connor Redmond caught nine passes for 104 yards and a score. Kyle Davis hauled in Tiller’s other touchdown throws. Duane Lee ran for Archer’s other score. Visiting Brookwood rallied late, but its final three drives were ended by Archer interceptions.


Berkmar 29, Shiloh 14: In a battle of two Gwinnett unbeatens, host Berkmar’s defense prevented another record-setting night for Shiloh quarterback Wil Larimore and running back Charles Shavers. Jaquan Morris threw two touchdown passes for Berkmar. Rashad Hall and Kaleb Catching added rushing touchdowns for the victorious Patriots.


Chattahoochee 37, Douglas County 26: The host Cougars used a trio of players and a balanced attack to improve to 2-1. Quarterback Taz Wilson completed 11 of 15 passes for 205 yards and three scores. All three of his touchdown passes went to Colin Lisa, who had six receptions for 105 yards. Running back Chase Nelson added 123 yards on 16 carries and found the end zone once.


Etowah 41, Pope 7: Etowah running back Brandon Engle led the Eagles past visiting Pope with a 6-yard touchdown run and 85 total rushing yards, along with a 90-yard kickoff return to start the game. Ben Rowell also scored twice, catching a 17-yard touchdown pass from John Oliver and returning an interception 16 yards for a score. Oliver was an efficient 9-of-13 passing and rushed for 54 yards.


Grayson 34, Parkview 10: Grayson went into the half with a 14 point lead courtesy of two Mohammed Barry rushing touchdowns. Parkview’s lone touchdown was from a 57-yard run by Jeremy Lacy, but Grayson ran for two more scores to put the game out of reach. Parkview is now 0-3 while Grayson improved to 1-2.


Harrison 28, Campbell 26: The visiting Spartans used big plays to keep it close, but Harrison quarterback Lorenzo Nunez rushed for two scores and had 175 total yards of offense. Carter Reid and Jonathan Fisher each added a rushing touchdown. Campbell recovered two fumbles inside the 10 and returned a kickoff for a score and scored on an 80-yard touchdown run.


Hillgrove erased a 13-7 third-quarter deficit and scored the game’s final 14 points to get past visiting Marietta 21-13. The victorious Hawks were led by Richardre Bagley, who scored bookend rushing touchdowns—a 3-yarder in the first quarter to put his team ahead 7-0 and the game-winner from five yards out with 4:01 remaining. Bagley finished the night with 19 carries for 62 yards and three touchdowns.


KirVonte Benson helped Marietta to a mid-game surge that started with 10 unanswered points in the second quarter. Benson rushed for a 39-yard touchdown and ended up with 89 yards on 14 carries. Ian Shannon kicked a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 29-yarder in the third for the Blue Devils.


Hillgrove’s defensive effort included interceptions by Justin Denton and Eric Jackson. Denton halted a Marietta second-quarter drive by picking off quarterback Brenton Martin in the endzone. Martin completed 12 of 27 passes for 130 yards.


Mill Creek 42, Mountain View 3: Visiting Mill Creek scored 40-plus points for the third consecutive time this season thanks mostly to 28 first-quarter points. Andrew Sciara scored two touchdowns on fumble recoveries. DeVozea Felton, Carter Governale and Johnathan Hawkins each had rushing touchdowns for Mill Creek. The Hawks also scored on a pass from Joseph Hall to Daniel David.


Milton 52, Centennial 10: Treyvon Paulk rushed for 133 yards and a 47-yard touchdown to lead visiting Milton. Micco Brisker scored on a 9-yard touchdown run and a 13-yard pass reception from quarterback Austin McLeod, who also found Zack Spiezio for a 29-yard touchdown pass. The Milton defense converted two Centennial fumbles into touchdowns, including a 43-yard fumble return by linebacker Quarte Sapp.


Newnan 17, Troup 7: Randell Arnold scored on a 29-yard run in the second half to help host Newnan hold off Troup. J.K. Britt got the scoring started for Newnan with a 7-yard run, and Conner Cox added a field goal. Troup scored its lone seven points on a fumble return touchdown.


Peachtree Ridge 55, Duluth 17: Chance Thrasher threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Ellis in the opening quarter to give host Peachtree Ridge an early 7-0 lead. Ellis added a 50-yard first half touchdown run and Joe Smith returned an interception for a touchdown. Thrasher tossed three more touchdown passes in the second half, all to wideout Brandon Johnson.


Roswell 41, Johns Creek 24: Roswell running back Kendrick Jackson scored on runs of 21 and 12 yards for the host Hornets, who improved to 2-1. Roswell also got scoring runs from Mechane Slade (25 yards), Sheldon Evans (16 yards) and Shakur Jackson (12 yards). Quarterback Matt Cory found Colin McCauley for a 9-yard touchdown catch.


Walton 28, North Cobb 13: Host Walton kept its opening scoring drive alive with a fake punt that Zach Williams turned into a 46-yard gain. Price Wilson threw a touchdown pass to junior tight end Davis Pidgeon. Walton sophomore Karekin Brooks carried the ball 46 times for 228 yards and scored three touchdowns.


Westlake 26, Banneker 6: After a scoreless opening quarter, Tyrone Pope ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give visiting Westlake the early lead. Westlake’s Demetrius Beverly completed a 57-yard touchdown pass to Quran Hasan and Jordan Thomas added two second half touchdowns for the victorious Lions. Banneker’s lone score came on a Jahmmir Taylor 75-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter.



Allatoona 45, Rome 14: Josh Bettistea had more than 200 yards rushing and scored on a 55-yard touchdown in the opening moments of the third quarter to lead the visiting Buccaneers. Frank Griffin was equally as effective for Rome, scoring on an 80-yard run to keep the game close in the first half.


Clarke Central 27, Loganville 17: Jaqua Daniels ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including one with 3:50 left to play, to help Clarke Central hold off host Loganville. Gladiators quarterback Cameron Johnson was 9-of-16 passing for 111 yards and a 45-yard touchdown to Austin Johnson, and place kicker Matt Ward made field goals of 35 and 26 yards.


Creekside 33, Tri-Cities 17: Visiting Creekside started the scoring on its first offensive play with an 89-yard touchdown run by Evan Berry, his only carry of the game. Bricen Terry rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and Dexter Knox added a touchdown run. Jayson Stanley led Creekside with 51 receiving yards and a touchdown. Quatrez Sparkman had an interception for the Seminoles.


Flowery Branch 39, Cedar Shoals 25: Host Flowery Branch scored 25 in the first half to shut the door early on Cedar Shoals. Flowery Branch running back Jemon Randolph had a 3-yard rushing touchdown to go along with a 20-yard rushing touchdown from Cameron Davis. Falcons quarterback Jackson McDonald also ran for a 10-yard touchdown in a 39-25 win.


Gainesville 68, Winder-Barrow 0: Host Gainesville was led by senior quarterback DeShaun Watson, who passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns and also eclipsed the 10,000-yard mark for career passing yards. His favorite receiver tonight was Jay Gaudloch, who had 92 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Michael Byrd and Rodney Lackey each had 100-yard receiving games.


McIntosh 24, Ola 6: The visiting Chiefs took a 10-0 halftime lead over Ola, but did not have control of the game until early in the third quarter. Quarterback Andrew Johnson led McIntosh on the opening drive of the second half that resulted in a touchdown run by Johnson on a quarterback sneak. McIntosh improved to 3-0.


North Paulding 33, Lithia Springs 8: The visiting Wolfpack held a 7-0 halftime lead but were able to pull away in the second half behind senior quarterback Chase Noonan, who threw for three touchdown passes. The Wolfpack defense had a shutout until late in the fourth quarter.


Tucker 46, Arabia Mountain 12: The visiting Tigers stormed to a 32-0 halftime lead and poured it on in the second half. Elijah Sullivan scored two first half touchdowns, while teammates Dominick Sanders and Stephen Reynolds each scored once before the half. Kicker Eric Weber added a field goal to finish the scoring for Tucker.


Union Grove 24, Forest Park 0: Union Grove scored on the ground, through the air and on a punt return. Trevor Gear and Luke Parker rushed for scores, Jonathan Slade threw a touchdown strike to Caleb Ham and a Sam Rogers punt return capped the scoring for host Union Grove.


Class AAAA

Carrollton 42, Calhoun 7: The host Trojans rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead as Malik Sheppard returned an interception 37 yards for a score in the first quarter, then rushed for a 14-yard touchdown in the second. Carrollton racked up 211 total yards by intermission. The Trojans nabbed three interceptions and totaled 335 yards. Carrollton’s Trey Chivers rushed for 78 yards and two scores.


Griffin 38, Jonesboro 0: Griffin raced to a 31-0 lead as it put away host Jonesboro early in the game. The Bears were led by quarterback Jaquez Parks, who rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns while also passing for 159 yards and another score. Christian Owens hauled in the 25-yard scoring strike from Parks. Devonta Freeman added a touchdown run and Noah Flowers had an interception in the shutout.


Class AAA

Buford 63, Hancock Central 0: Hancock Central completed a 68-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage, but that was basically all the visitors could muster. Despite the big play, Hancock Central netted just 43 yards of total offense. Montgomery VanGorder and Tre’ Neal each threw a touchdown pass, and Evyn Cooper returned a Hancock Central punt for a touchdown for the Wolves.


Cartersville 41, Rockmart 0: Visiting Cartersville scored on its first offensive possession with a 41-yard Brandon Long touchdown. Long added another touchdown in the opening quarter with a 68-yard run. Cartersville quarterback Brooks Barden threw two touchdowns to Gordon Gray and four total in the opening half to give the Hurricanes a 41-0 lead at the half.


Decatur 14, Greenville 7: At Greenville’s Coverson Stadium, fullback Nick Bentley spurted four yards untouched through a gaping left-side opening with 4:01 left to give Decatur its victory. Bentley’s touchdown culminated a 16-play, 68-yard drive that took 7:39 off the clock. He finished with 85 yards rushing on 16 carries (47 yards alone on that single drive) while teammate Elijah Rachell had a career-high 101 yards on 15 carries. Linebacker Kyle Kitchens had 10 tackles, one assist and created a critical Greenville fumble loss with 1:29 left. Greenville falls to 0-3 while Decatur has its first 3-0 start since 2005.


Jackson-Atlanta 42, South Atlanta 14: Jackson quarterback Keenan Moore was 16-of-32 passing for 317 yards and four touchdowns, with one rushing score. Quintavious Monday had four receptions for 80 yards and three scores, and Orenzo Smith had seven catches for 189 yards and a touchdown. Jackson defensive end Jakori Duffy had 12 total tackles, four of them for loss, and caused three fumbles, recovering one.


St. Pius 41, Thomson 14: The backfield tandem of Joey Connors and Dalton Wilson each scored twice on the ground for St. Pius. Running back Dalton Wilson led St. Pius with 82 rushing yards and scored on runs of two and 12 yards, while Connors scored on carries from nine and five yards. Connors also threw for 56 yards.


Towers 26, Clarkston 7: Daemyon Hassell scored two touchdowns to lead the host Titans. Hassell opened the scoring with a 60-yard catch-and-run to put Towers on top 6-0 at the half. Torrance Marable scored on a 9-yard run for the Titans and quarterback Demetrice Gilbert ran for a touchdown and two-point conversion. Clarkston got a late 10-yard touchdown pass by Jordan Douglass to Treyvon Odom.


Woodward Academy 34, Woodland-Henry 0: Woodward Academy running back Quincy Wolff rushed three times for 109 yards with touchdown runs of 36 and 65 yards. The host War Eagles also got scoring runs from Elijah Holyfield and quarterback Terry Googer, who rushed for 83 yards and added 47 passing yards. A.J. Cole and William Collings added second-half field goals for Woodward Academy.


Class AA

Greater Atlanta Christian 45, Chamblee 0: Quarterback Rafe Chapple led host GAC with a 15-of-22 passing performance with 270 yards and three touchdowns, with one going to leading receiver Chris Williams (eight receptions for 100 yards). Running back Micah Abernathy rushed 18 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The GAC defense held Chamblee to 87 total yards of offense.


Lovett 41, Marist 38 (2OT): Lovett quarterback Willie Candler scored from two yards out to win it in double overtime for 3-0 Lovett. Candler completed 13 of 27 passes for 182 yards, one score and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Marist’s Marcus Miller. Lovett’s Grant Haley scored three rushing touchdowns as the visiting Lions rallied from deficits of 21-6 and 28-13.


Westminster 24, Thomasville 14: Filling in at quarterback for the injured Jake Forte, Rankin Woley rushed for two second-half touchdowns and a two-point conversion to help visiting Westminster overcome Thomasville. The Wildcats mustered only a safety on a bad punt snap in the first half and trailed 7-2 at the break before scoring 17 unanswered points. Zay Malcome rushed for the first touchdown of his career, from nine yards out, in Westminster’s victory.


Class A

Fellowship Christian 38, Oglethorpe County 9: Fellowship Christian (3-0) now has more wins this fall than in all of last season. Quarterback Hunter Bryant threw for three touchdowns. Running back Tyler Cookston ran for a 65-yard touchdown and Austin Bell added a five-yard run for visiting Fellowship Christian. Placekicker Jake Williamson was perfect with five extra points and a 25-yard field goal.


George Walton Academy 35, Holy Innocents’ 14: Stanley Williams scored on a 69-yard run and caught a 64-yard touchdown from Cale Brown in the second quarter to give host George Walton Academy a 14-7 halftime lead. Brown added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Williams iced the game with a 7-yard rushing score in the fourth quarter.


Landmark Christian 14, Mount Paran 7: Landmark Christian took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 5-yard run by Darius Smith and a 35-yard fumble return for a score by freshman Joey Blount. Visiting Mount Paran scored in the second quarter on a 12-yard pass from Jake Allen to Emoni Williams. Smith finished with 55 rushing yards while Landmark quarterback Stockton McGuire totaled 77 on the ground and 80 through the air.


Mount Pisgah 17, Our Lady of Mercy 16: Our Lady of Mercy led 16-0 at the half, but Mount Pisgah roared back in the second half. At the end of the third quarter, Our Lady of Mercy led 16-14, but Chase Clark kicked a 21-yard game-winning field goal for Mount Pisgah.


Pinecrest Academy 23, Mount Vernon 8: Pinecrest Academy put up 14 points in the first half in beating visiting Mount Vernon. Pinecrest quarterback Ryan McCarthy ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first half and connected with Adam Guard on a 12-yard score.


Bill Banks, Stephen Black, Sean Conway, Joe Deighton, Ricky Dimon, Alex Ewalt, Craig Sager II, Chris Schutter and Jay Underwood contributed to this report.

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