Friday football roundup

Sonny Kennedy

Archer finished 10-0 in its record-breaking season while Marietta upended No. 4 North Cobb. In statewide action, Warner Robins beat local-rival Northside while Camden County ran past Lowndes.

See these recaps and more below…


Alpharetta 42, Centennial 20: Austin King threw four touchdown passes in the first half to four different receivers (Andre Harton, Miles Smith, Rustin Sutter and William Downing) to give visiting Alpharetta a 28-13 lead. Alpharetta’s Vito Priore added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Kopec in the third quarter and Ellah Burnette capped off the Raiders’ scoring with a 45-yard touchdown run.


Archer 34, Grayson 21: Quarterback Gabe Tiller was 17-of-26 passing for 213 yards and one touchdown, and K.J. Parmer had five receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown to go with one rushing score for visiting Archer. Parmer also had a passing touchdown. Dillon Singleton had 55 yards receiving on three catches with a touchdown.


Camden County 28, Lowndes 7: In a key Region 1 showdown, the host Wildcats took advantage of five Lowndes turnovers to take a 21-0 first-quarter lead. Lowndes muffed both a punt and a kickoff return in the first quarter, and Camden County scored touchdowns after each. The Vikings were held to 94 total yards while Camden County rushed for 271 yards. Camden County running back Ryan Johnson led all rushers with 69 yards on five carries while Antonio Wimbush rushed for 67 yards on 10 carries and fullback Tyler Rauls had 63 yards on 13 carries.


Collins Hill 49, Duluth 14: The visiting Wildcats fell behind early against Collins Hill. Tyler Henderson ran for 122 yards by halftime and helped Collins Hill to a 2-score lead. Henderson finished with 200 yards on 23 carries and went over 1,000 yards for the season. Quarterback Tyler Herman tossed four touchdown passes for the Eagles.


Colquitt County 31, Coffee 15: The visiting Packers were led by Sihiem King who scored two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter from two and 13 yards out. Daniel Mobley completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Javonta Woods with 30 seconds remaining in the first half. In the second half, Tim Sanders added a 3-yard touchdown run and C.J. Johnson had a 50-yard interception returned for a touchdown to seal the victory. The Packers will play Camden County next week for the Region 1 championship.


Douglas County 21, East Coweta 7: Quarterback Bryce Gemmel opened the scoring with a 55-yard touchdown run to put the host Indians up 7-0 in the first quarter. That would be the last score of the game for East Coweta. Noah Rutherford caused and recovered a fumble for the Indians. Gemmel threw an interception on the ensuing possession and East Coweta never recovered.


Hillgrove 54, South Cobb 19: Quarterback Elijah Ironside was 16-of-23 passing for 242 yards and three touchdowns, and Richardre Bagley rushed nine times for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Bagley, Marcus Bowens and Richard Hallman each had a touchdown catch. Hillgrove defensive back LeMarkus Bailey scored on a 46-yard fumble return and a 75-yard interception return.


Lambert 41, Chattahoochee 20: Chase Nelson ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give visiting Chattahoochee a 7-0 lead before Lambert’s Tucker Maxwell, Kameron Pickett and Drew Cole answered with rushing touchdowns. The teams traded field goals and Lambert led 24-10 at the half. Maxwell iced the game in the third quarter with his second and third rushing touchdowns.


Lassiter 17, Roswell 14: Will Anderson scored touchdowns both on the ground and through air to help visiting Lassiter edge Roswell. Anderson connected with Duby Nwaubi to begin the scoring and a fourth-down pass to Nwaubi led to Lassiter’s second touchdown. The Trojans also got a 38-yard field goal from Luke Hardin to make the score 17-7 at halftime.


Marietta 24, North Cobb 21: Marietta kicker Ian Shannon kicked field goals as time expired in each of the two halves as the visiting Blue Devils mounted a comeback to stun North Cobb in a crucial Region 4-AAAAAA contest. The Warriors stormed to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 16-yard touchdown run by Tyler Queen and another rushing score from Torrance McGee. They kept their scoring drives alive by converting all four of their third-down attempts.


Marietta’s comeback began in the second quarter, starting with a safety. The Blue Devils eventually cut the lead to three points at halftime when Shannon nailed a 46-yard field goal. Shannon then tied it at 14-14 on a 43-yarder midway through the third quarter. Marietta’s barrage of unanswered points reached 21 after Brenton Martin scored on a quarterback sneak to cap off an 88-yard drive early in the fourth.


The Blue Devils got the ball back with a chance to increase their lead, but Myles Price forced a Benson fumble and Chandler Wooten jumped on it for North Cobb. Not wasting any time capitalizing on the turnover, the Warriors ended their scoring drought when Queen delivered an 18-yard touchdown pass to Devin Granville. Nonetheless, that only set the stage for more Shannon heroics. After trading punts, Marietta made its way to the Warriors’ 32-yard line and stopped the clock with two seconds remaining. Shannon headed back to the field and his 49-yard boot had plenty of room to spare as it ended the game with the buzzer sounding.


Shannon’s three field goals give him 12 through nine games, setting a single-season school record. The Blue Devils improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in Region 4-AAAAAA after winning five in a row. North Cobb saw its six-game winning streak come to an end, and it now stands at 7-2 overall and 6-1 in Region 4-AAAAAA.


Mill Creek 61, Habersham Central 0: David Daniel found David Curry for touchdown passes of 30 and 31 yards, and also had a 25-yard touchdown run. Seven different Mill Creek players scored one rushing touchdowns each, including Johnathan Hawkins, who led the team with 99 yards on six rushes. Visiting Mill Creek amassed 414 total yards, 343 of them on the ground.


Newnan 9, Westlake 6 (OT): Connor Cox hit three field goals, including the game-winner on a third-down kick in the overtime period. On the first possession of overtime, Newnan forced Westlake into a fourth-and-long and got a sack. Cox connected on his first try in the first quarter and tied the game at 6-6 with :18 left in regulation.


North Forsyth 38, Johns Creek 21: The host Gladiators took a surprising 21-7 lead into halftime, but North Forsyth’s Luke Slaton scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to tie the game at 21. Cody Gottberg ran in from 20 yards out to give the Raiders a 10-point edge. Zac Slaton added a late 1-yard touchdown for North Forsyth.


Parkview 14, Berkmar 7: Will Chandler connected on field goals of 29 and 32 yards for visiting Parkview, and Jeremy Lacey scored the Panthers’ only touchdown when he returned a fumble 65 yards on a botched Berkmar fake-punt attempt. The teams combined for just 224 yards of total offense (120 for Parkview and 104 for Berkmar).


Peachtree Ridge 47, Meadowcreek 0: Senior running back Jordan Ellis rushed for five touchdowns for host Peachtree Ridge. Brandon Johnson caught a touchdown pass from starting quarterback Chance Thrasher, and backup Connor Heyward threw a touchdown pass to Devon Jones.


South Gwinnett 30, Brookwood 28: Visiting Brookwood’s game-tying 2-point conversion attempt with 10 seconds remaining fell incomplete. South Gwinnett’s Malik Brown scored a 5-yard touchdown run and threw touchdown passes to Coray Keel and Patrick Richards and kicker Roberto Lindsay added three field goals to build a 30-14 Comets’ lead. Broncos Quarterback Joey McLane threw two fourth-quarter touchdown throws.


Valdosta 41, Brunswick 8: Running back Malcolm Joseph scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to put the Wildcats ahead 14-8 and they never looked back. Nelson Herring added two touchdown runs. Seth Shuman threw touchdown passes to Alex Cason and Tim McClain.


Walton 28, Etowah 5: Host Etowah downed a punt on the 4-yard line before forcing a safety for an early 2-0 lead. Walton’s Ryan Roegee answered with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown. The teams traded field goals before Price Wilson found D.J. Smith for a touchdown and Karekin Brooks rushed for two more Walton touchdowns.


Woodstock 53, Wheeler 49: Deante Robinson ran for the go-ahead touchdown for Woodstock with 41 seconds remaining in the game, his second rushing score. Quarterback Justin Agner also had two rushing touchdowns, and had a 15-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Atkinson. Host Woodstock led 31-14 at the half after an interception return for a touchdown by Daniel Benitez.




Gainesville 63, Loganville 0: This one was over by halftime, as the visiting Red Elephants built a 42-0 lead in 24 minutes. Quarterback Deshaun Watson was sensational in the first two quarters, busting loose for a 56-yard touchdown run and leading seven touchdown drives. Watson also booted a 45-yard punt.


Kell 52, Pope 26: Taylor Henkle caught two touchdowns and had a 38-yard interception return for a score as visiting Kell doubled up Pope. Cameron Rosendahl tossed three touchdowns, also connecting with Darian Harris from 17 yards out. The Longhorns, who improved to 9-0, also got a pair of rushing scores from Jay Moxey and a 42-yard touchdown jaunt by Itabari Mason.


Lakeside-DeKalb 35, North Atlanta 0: The host Vikings claimed their second win of the season and their first shutout since 2009. Kellyen Walker carried the ball 23 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Lakeside attack. Quarterback Nicholas Alexander was a perfect 5-for-5 passing for 73 yards and a score. Addison Wooten caught three of those passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.


North Paulding 62, Allatoona 46: North Paulding quarterback Chase Noonan was 16-of-24 passing for 464 yards and six touchdowns. Kayden Bishop (150 yards receiving) and D.J. Owens (147 yards receiving) each caught two touchdown passes, and Corn Collins rushed for two scores. For host Allatoona, Josh Bettistea rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and Russell Halimon had 176 yards rushing and a score.


Northview 48, Forsyth Central 21: Quarterback D.J. Pearson passed for 279 yards and five touchdowns for the host Titans. Pearson completed 20-of-27 passes, seven of which went to Matt Biondich for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Nathan Phillips had 14 carries for 160 yards and a touchdown for Northview.


Sequoyah 33, Cambridge 11: Jake Garner’s first of two touchdown runs and a pair of Lex Lauletta touchdown throws gave visiting Sequoyah an early 21-3 lead. Cambridge’s J.D. White ran in a 2-yard touchdown and a successful Bears 2-point conversion cut the lead to 26-11. The Chiefs answered with a 48-yard Sam Rodgers touchdown run and a James Harris field goal.


South Paulding 42, Paulding County 7: The Spartans went on the road and took care of business with a balanced attack. Quarterback Chandler Burks complete 9-for-15 passing for 197 yards and two touchdowns to go along with his two rushing scores. Both passing touchdowns went to running back Jae Bowen who had 105 yards rushing and two rushing scores. On defense, Trevon Simmons had 11 tackles and two interceptions.


Warner Robins 28, Northside-Warner Robins 18: Warner Robins forced five turnovers and treated its home crowd to an upset of the top-ranked team in the state. Caden Johnston rushed for two touchdowns as the Demons handed Northside-Warner Robins its first regular-season loss since 2009 when it lost this same matchup 21-20. Warner Robins amassed only 160 yards of offense in this one, but it hardly mattered. The Demons’ defensive effort was highlighted by a 23-yard interception return for a third-quarter touchdown by Collins Jones.


Whitewater 38, Starr’s Mill 35: Christian Wafford rushed for three touchdowns—from four, 26 and 35 yards out—as Whitewater held off Starr’s Mill. The host Wildcats led 38-20 early in the fourth quarter before Starr’s Mill mounted a furious rally that ultimately fell short. Whitewater opened the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown pass from Jay Ashley to Josh Alexander. The Wildcats also got a 31-yard field goal from Kenneth Allen and a 2-point conversion pass from Ashley to Matt Ogle following Wafford’s first touchdown.


Woodland-Bartow 28, Hiram 23: The visiting Hornets took a quick 7-0 lead on a touchdown by wide receiver Eli Saucier in the first quarter. Saucier would go on to catch 10 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns for Hiram. However, his last catch came up three yards short of the end zone and a game-winning touchdown.



Class AAAA

Lanier 41, Lumpkin County 7: The visiting Longhorns stampeded to a 27-0 half-time lead. Lanier held cruised in the second half to clinch its first playoff appearance. Running back Tario Fuller had 18 carries for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Tahj Tolbert completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Ashton Barnes to put the game out of reach. Wide receiver Devon Valentine caught three passes for 95 yards and a score.


Marist 45, Chamblee 0: On Senior Night at Marist, the War Eagles took a 24-0 halftime lead after two first-quarter touchdown runs by senior Michael Toner and a second-quarter run by Griffin King. Senior Marcus Miller threw a 10-yard touchdown pass in the third and later rushed for a 61-yard touchdown. Ian Werntz also scored for Marist.


Sandy Creek 24, Carrollton 7: The Patriots’ defense gave up a touchdown on the first drive to the host Trojans and held them scoreless the rest of the way. Quarterback Cole Garvin threw for 184 yards and rushed for a score while guiding the offense to scores in each quarter. Eric Swinney rushed for two scores and 71 yards while Delvin Weems added 97 yards on the ground. The defense allowed only 48 more yards following the initial touchdown drive.


Stockbridge 34, Locust Grove 0: In the third quarter, Stockbridge’s Lorenzo Trammel rumbled with an interception to the 1-yard line. The turnover led to six points on a 1-yard plunge by Malik Bryan. Stockbridge quarterback Brandon Jones ran for two scores, adding up to 17 yards.


Woodland-Henry 23, Dutchtown 21: All of Woodland’s scoring came through quarterback Taylor Poff, who had three touchdowns including a 10-yard rushing score. He threw for 258 yards on the night. Poff hooked up with Justin Strozier for nine catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns in the win.



Blessed Trinity 21, St. Pius X 20: Conor Davis threw for 113 yards and tossed a pair of scoring strikes to Colin Bradley as Blessed Trinity edged St. Pius. Milton Shelton added 142 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for the host Titans. St. Pius appeared to have notched a game-tying touchdown in the third quarter, but missed the extra point.


Buford 70, East Hall 6: Buford amassed 497 total yards in their win over visiting East Hall. The Wolves led 35-0 at the half. Junior Evan Cooper rushed for 86 yards in third quarter including two scores. Buford moved to 9-0 on the season headed into their game against White County next week.


Callaway 48, Douglass 7: The visiting Cavaliers wrapped up the Region 4 title in dominating fashion running out to a 41-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Tez Parks blocked the first punt of the game and Keshun Freeman returned it for a 15-yard touchdown. Dre Martin recovered a fumble and took it 40 yards for the score. Terry Godwin scored the first offensive touchdown on a leaping 44-yard bomb from Parks.


Cartersville 53, Sonoraville 9: In the opening quarter, Brooks Barden threw three of his five touchdown passes and Tiamon Pennymoon ran in the first of his two scores to pace host Cartersville a 30-0 lead. Gordon Gray and TL Ford each caught a pair of touchdown passes and Kalin Heath added a 58-yard touchdown reception.


Decatur 42, McNair 0: Decatur’s all-state linebacker Kyle Kitchens had nine tackles, including three sacks of McNair quarterback Mickey Ridley. Decatur held McNair’s normally potent attack to 144 yards total offense. Decatur quarterback Devontae Carter completed six of eight passes for 194 yards, including two touchdowns to freshman sensation Dennis Bell. Bell’s TD receptions went for 32 yards and a stunning over-the-shoulder grab that went for 73.


Jackson-Atlanta 42, Haralson County 27: The visiting Jaguars moved over .500 with their win as Keenan Moore threw for 206 yards on 11 of 17 passing with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also rushed for 158 yards and two scores. Orenzo Smith had six catches for 175 yards and two scores while coming down with an interception on defense. Also on the defensive side of the ball, Santwan Harris and Leonard Guffie each tallied 10 tackles.


Woodward Academy 17, Cedar Grove 14: Woodward Academy won its fifth game in a row by battling past visiting Cedar Grove. In a matchup between South Carolina commitments Terry Googer of Woodward and Bryson Allen-Williams of Cedar Grove, Allen-Williams forced a Googer fumble in the first half. However, the War Eagles’ quarterback threw a touchdown pass to Jacob Robertson before Elijah Holyfield scored the go-ahead rushing touchdown.



Greater Atlanta Christian 42, Wesleyan 7: Micah Abernathy rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns as visiting Greater Atlanta Christian remained undefeated (9-0, 3-0 Region 6-AA). Abernathy began the trend of long scoring plays with a 40-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. Rafe Chapple also threw scoring strikes of 56 yards to Darius Slayton and 26 yards to David Elrod in the opening half. Ross Wood scored on a 61-yard run for the Spartans to give them a 35-7 halftime lead. Greater Atlanta Christian added a second-half touchdown when Chapple hit Elrod from 19 yards out.


Lovett 20, Westminster 0: Lovett quarterback Willie Candler threw for two scores and rushed for another in the Battle of Buckhead. The host Lions scored in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by Candler before the junior quarterback tossed a 27-yard scoring pass to Will Geraghty with 45 seconds left in the first half. to give Lovett a 13-0 half-time edge. The Candler-to-Geraghty connection struck again in the third, this time from 32 yards out, to close out the scoring.


Candler finished with 155 passing yards and 47 rushing yards while running back Grant Haley rushed for 100 yards and Jay Harris added 87 on the ground. Westminster back Isaiah Malcome had 83 rushing yards and Rankin Woley ran for 60.


Lovett totaled 408 yards of offense to Westminster’s 175.


Class A

Mount Pisgah 50, Fellowship Christian 21: Browning Dunn rushed for three touchdowns, two in the first quarter and one in the second. In the second quarter, Quarterback Aaron Messenger threw a 66-yard strike to Oz Dixon to help Mount Pisgah motor away from Fellowship. The largest lead for Mount Pisgah was at 50-14 in the third quarter.


Stephen Black, Alex Ewalt, Jay Underwood, Joe Deighton, Craig Sager II, Chris Schutter, Patrick Tighe and Ricky Dimon contributed to this report.


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