Friday Football Roundup

Terance Johnson

Class AA No. 1 Lovett stifled GAC’s potent passing offense while Gainesville beat Flowery Branch in an offensive explosion. See below for these recaps and more.



Alpharetta 31, Johns Creek 26: Andre Harton returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to give host Alpharetta an early lead, but Johns Creek answered and entered halftime with a 20-10 edge. In the third quarter, Alpharetta’s Lem Cobbs ran in a 30-yard touchdown and Austin King found Harton for a 58-yard touchdown reception. Miles Smith iced the game with a 43-yard touchdown run.


Brookwood 30, Grayson 27 (OT): Placekicker Brandon Morrow’s fifth field goal was the game-winner, as Brookwood kicked on the first play of its possession after stopping Grayson on a fourth down in overtime. The host Broncos scored two touchdowns, as tight end Keenan Sweeney caught a pass from Joey McLane and then caught a 2-point conversion, and Jesse Brown had a rushing score.


Camden County 22, Colquitt County 15: Antonio Wimbush started the scoring for host Camden County with a 15-yard rushing touchdown. Tyler Rauls added another with a 1-yard rushing touchdown later in the first quarter. Demetri Saulsberry recovered a fumble for a 33-yard touchdown before the half. Colquitt lost three fumbles and threw one interception in the loss.


Coffee 38, Valdosta 17: Lacarvius Sears ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the visiting Trojans. Quarterback Tyree Paulk threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns for Coffee. Jalen Wilkerson had two catches for 71 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans. Running back Jeremiah Ashley chipped in for 63 of Coffee’s 234 total rushing yards.


Collins Hill 45, Mill Creek 34: Senior running back Tyler Henderson rushed 18 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns for visiting Collins Hill, including a 74-yard scoring run. Rhyan England had two interceptions on defense and a touchdown catch from quarterback Tyler Herman, who finished 24-of-33 passing for 266 yards and three touchdowns.


Lambert 33, West Forsyth 14: Host West Forsyth struck first with an early 9-yard Trevor O’Brien touchdown run, but Lambert answered with a safety and the first of three Tanner Hall field goals to trail 7-5 at the half. Tucker Maxwell paced Lambert in the second half with a pair of rushing touchdowns and added a touchdown pass to Tanner Hall.


Langston Hughes 30, Westlake 0: D’Andre Walker helped the visiting Panthers defense pitch a shutout. Walker had three sacks and forced two fumbles and the defense as a whole intercepted three passes, one returned 65 yards for a touchdown by Jalen Turner. Kinan Humphrey threw two touchdown passes and Emile Sexton had a 65-yard touchdown run.


Lassiter 37, Etowah 20: The host Trojans scored four rushing touchdowns, three by Corey John and one by Derion Cannon. Quarterback Will Anderson threw a touchdown pass to Mason Waters, and Luke Hardin added a 42-yard field goal. Lassiter led just 10-7 at halftime.


Marietta 31, Harrison 27: With the final playoff spot in Region 4-AAAAAA on the line, Marietta defeated Harrison to earn a No. 4 seed.

Harrison (5-5, 4-3) took an early 14-0 lead, but visiting Marietta scored three quick touchdowns to go up 21-14 at halftime. Junior running back KirVonte’ Benson scored on a 45-yard run after picking up a fumble by his own quarterback, Brenton Martin, with 5:39 left in the half. With 2:53 remaining, Benson raced 68 yards for a punt-return touchdown. In the closing seconds of the first half, safety T.J. Bulock returned an interception 65 yards.

The Blue Devils held a 31-21 lead in the fourth quarter after a 30-yard Ian Shannon field goal and a 45-yard touchdown pass from Martin to Marcus Bennett. Harrison scored to make it 31-27, but the PAT try failed. Marietta’s defense was able to turn Harrison over on downs with under a minute to play.


Norcross 59, Meadowcreek 14: A.J. Bush threw for a 32-yard touchdown to Chris Herndon and rushed for a 4-yard score for visiting Norcross. Josh Boyd rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, and KaDarius Garrett (105 rushing yards), Myles Autry (8-yard touchdown) and James Keeling (6-yard touchdown) also contributed on the ground. Norcross scored on two interception returns (Ridwan Issahaku and Brandon Garner).


North Forsyth 17, South Forsyth 12: Kicker Joseph Bailey put the host Raiders up 3-0 at the half. South Forsyth quarterback Matthew White drove the War Eagles down to the 14-yard line with a chance to win with 19 seconds left, but a holding penalty moved the ball back to the 24 and North Forsyth held.


Shiloh 31, Central Gwinnett 14: Shiloh running back James Mials had a 2-yard rushing  touchdown along with a 35-yard touchdown reception. Sophomore running back Jeremy McDuffie added a 3-yard touchdown run and a 58-yard touchdown run for the host Generals late to seal the victory. This is Shiloh’s first winning season in 10 years.


South Gwinnett 35, Parkview 21: Daivon Harris ran in a pair of first-half touchdowns and Malik Brown added a 6-yard rushing score eight seconds before halftime to give visiting South Gwinnett a 21-10 lead. In the second half, Craig Langston ran in an 11-yard touchdown and Brown tossed an 18-yard score to Elijah Shah.


Walton 33, Roswell 14: James Whitaker’s touchdown pass to Kendal Smith gave visiting Roswell a 7-3 halftime lead. Karekin Brooks initiated Walton’s 30-point second half with an 8-yard touchdown run and D.J. Smith added a 52-yard punt return touchdown. Chad Clay caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Price Wilson, Henry Rowling added a 1-yard score and Dreyon Williams recorded a safety.



Clarkston 40, North Cobb Christian 7: Running back Rooshambi Pacquette scored four touchdowns on the ground for the visiting Angoras. The score was not an indication of how this game went. Clarkston took a 19-7 halftime lead, but four Angoras touchdowns were called back because of holding penalties.


Gainesville 55, Flowery Branch 45: The host Red Elephants were led again by quarterback Deshaun Watson, who had over 200 yards rushing and six total touchdowns. Chastin Newman caught a 64-yard pass for a touchdown and finished with 101 yards for Gainesville. Orrin Ragland contributed with a 29-yard touchdown catch for the Red Elephants.


Kell 49, Cambridge 6: Cameron Rosendahl and Jay Moxey ran in second-quarter touchdowns to give host Kell a 28-0 halftime edge. In the opening minute of the second half, Rosendahl found Errol Breaux for a 9-yard touchdown. Itabari Mason added a 24-yard touchdown run and Julian Burris capped off the scoring with an 98-yard interception return for a touchdown.


McIntosh 77, Drew 56: The host Chiefs used a career night from Victor Nguyen to propel themselves into the playoffs. Nguyen finished the night with seven touchdowns including five rushing touchdowns of 4, 49, 51, 10 and 5 yards and receiving touchdowns of 56 and 33 yards. Quarterback Andrew Johnson threw for five scores and ran for a 3-yard touchdown.


Mundy’s Mill 27, Northgate 10: The visiting Vikings were tied at seven at the half against Mundy’s Mill. Rodney Smith scored on a 22-yard run and a 34-yard punt return to put the Tigers up for good. Ton Evans scored the only touchdown for Northgate on a 56-yard run.


Northside-Warner Robins 35, Evans 13: Host Northside’s Glenn Smith found Arlie Weber for the first score, followed by a 55-yard punt return by A.J. Booker. Yat Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. Marcus Ivory hooked up with Nathan Greene for a 15-yard score. Jamaal Joyner scored the last touchdown for the Eagles on a 13-yard rush.


Sequoyah 53, Pope 21: Lex Lauletta threw two touchdown passes, ran for a 25-yard score, and had a 65-yard interception return at defensive back for hot Sequoyah. Derrion Rakestraw caught a 65-yard touchdown pass and Adam Patterson, who also rushed for a 5-yard score, caught a 75-yarder. Trey Mitchell had touchdown runs of 3 and 21 yards, and D.J. Austin had a 3-yard run.


Tucker 16, Mays 11: Dominick Sanders had three interceptions in Tucker’s win at Lakewood Stadium, the last of which allowed the Tigers to run out the clock for the victory. Junior running back Raquan Rush had two rushing scores for Tucker, and Eric Webber connected on a 37-yard field goal.


Winder-Barrow 27, Apalachee 20: CeCe Green gave the visiting Bulldoggs the victory, as he took a punt back 72-yards for the go-ahead score, late in the fourth quarter. Joey Junius scored on a 1-yard plunge to open the scoring for Winder-Barrow and Johnny Hester added another touchdown for the Bulldoggs. Jody Mathis scored two touchdowns for Apalachee.


Woodland-Bartow 36, Rome 34 (3OT): Clay Stocks deflect a pass in triple overtime on a 2-point conversion try to seal the victory for the host Wildcats. Stocks also had a touchdown reception. The game was tied 14-14 at the end of regulation when the Wildcats’ defense stopped the Wolves on fourth down inside the 20. Isaiah Ross scored the winning touchdown in the third overtime.


Class AAAA

Burke County 49, Wayne County 43: Burke County quarterback Keenan Parker had three touchdowns on the night including a 60-yard touchdown to Donquell Green to open the game. Green also had a 1-yard rushing touchdown. With this overtime win host Burke County is the winner of their region.


Carrollton 42, LaGrange 6: The Host Trojans rushed for 400 yards and quarterback Will Garrett accounted for four touchdowns (three rushing, one passing). Malik Sheppard led host Carrollton with 13 tackles and 117 rushing yards. LaGrange averted the shutout by scoring on the game’s last play on a 14-yard pass from Wynton Heard to Tavone Rivers.


Cedartown 41, Ridgeland 27: Host Cedartown had a huge game from running back Nick Chubb, who rushed for 305 yards on 28 carries with two touchdowns. The defense did its part as Darien Hargrove returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Harrison Barnett hooked up with Israel Battle for three touchdowns.


Marist 34, Carver-Atlanta 14: Marist running back Griffin King scored first with a 1-yard touchdown run and also sealed the victory with a 5-yard touchdown run late in the fourth. Chase Martenson had a pair of 1-yard rushing touchdown runs for the host War Eagles. Joey Gogel made two field goals including a 50-yard field goal right before halftime.


Monroe Area 47, Eastside 19: The visiting Eagles were no match for Monroe Area’s Kwan Brooks, who scored three times on runs of 24, 30 and five yards. Stanton Truitt scored on touchdowns from 36 and 33 yards for the Purple Hurricanes. Eastside’s Austin Holloway passed for two touchdown passes.


Statesboro 45, Glenn Hills 18: The host Spartans took a surprising 6-0 first quarter lead on Statesboro. The Blue Devils answered quickly with touchdown runs of 14 and six yards by Zach Grant. Michael Nordeoff had a key interception for Statesboro and the Blue Devils cruised to an easy victory.


Stockbridge 31, Upson-Lee 7: Stockbridge relied on running back Malik Bryant, who found the endzone twice tonight and carried the ball 17 times. Tyler Pritchard came up with an interception for host Stockbridge and returned it 40 yards to set up a Maetron Thomas rushing touchdown. Javon Brandon scored Stockbridge’s final touchdown on a 5-yard rush.


Stone Mountain 27, Therrell 0: The visiting Pirates ended their season on a high note with a shutout of Therrell. The Pirates built a comfortable 13-0 halftime lead, as freshman quarterback D’Vonn Gibbons threw two touchdown passes. Jahvez Mitchell, Robert Sims and Gaston Kangni each scored one touchdown for Stone Mountain.


Class AAA

Blessed Trinity 21 , Cedar Grove 14: The visiting Titans were able to force three fumbles to help preserve the victory. The leading rusher was Milton Shelton who carried the ball 31 times for 132 yards. Chad Matheny had a rushing touchdown for the Titans. Quarterback Conor Davis threw two touchdown passes, 41 yards to Colin Bradley and 16 yards to Pat Jasinski. (ONLY FOR OUR SITE)


Buford 42, North Hall 14: Buford went up 42-0 after its first possession of the second half. Quarterback Montgomery VanGorder started the visiting Wolves’ scoring on a 44-yard run, and Thomas Wilson scored on runs of 1 and 22 yards, both in the second quarter. Xavier Gantt and Josh Thomas also had rushing touchdowns, and Cameron Poole caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Mitchell.


Cartersville 33, Ringgold 16: Brooks Barden score on a 28-yard run and threw for three scores to pace visiting Cartersville. The Hurricanes took a 27-0 led into the half after Kalin Heath’s 40-yard touchdown run. Slade Davis rushed for two touchdowns for Ringgold in the second half and T.L. Ford, Mark Quattlebaum and Brandon Long each caught Barden touchdown passes.


St. Pius 41, Decatur 14: St. Pius narrowly outgained visiting Decatur 394 yards to 352 yards, but was able to capitalize on big plays. Fullback Dalton Wilson led the way with 154 yards on 15 carries and a 50-yard touchdown run. The other two big plays were a 75-yard touchdown pass from Reed Egan to Fred Dorsey and a 25-yard pass from Joey Connors to Brian Lentini.


Class AA

Calhoun 63, Chattooga 7: Host Calhoun needed the first nine minutes of the game to score 36 points. Cole Jackson had a 3-yard touchdown run as well as a 55-yard punt return for a score in the first quarter. The Yellow Jackets scored 63 in the first half before pulling their starters out in the second half.


Lovett 17, Greater Atlanta Christian 14: The Lions’ defense intercepted hot Greater Atlanta Christian quarterback Rafe Chapple four times and held the Spartans’ vaunted passing attack to just 101 yards. Grant Haley scored twice in the third quarter and rushed for 103 yards for Lovett. Micah Abernathy rushed for 119 yards for the Spartans.


Class A

Aquinas 33, First Presbyterian 32: The host Irish escaped with a 1-point victory that came down to a missed extra-point by First Presbyterian. Ruben Garnett scored on runs of 66 and 68 yards in the first half and added another touchdown run in the third quarter for Aquinas. Justin Thompson made field goals from 39 and 42 yards for Aquinas.


Calvary Day 40, Johnson County 14: Robert Heyward rushed for 263 yards with three touchdowns on 24 carries for the visiting Cavaliers. Heyward put the game away with a 70-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for Calvary. The Cavalier defense caused four Johnson County turnovers.


Eagle’s Landing Christian 35, Landmark Christian 0: The visiting Chargers led 28-0 at the half as quarterback Dalton Etheridge scored on an 80-yard run, a 3-yard run and tossed an 8-yard pass to Davis Carandi. Bryson Durden had an interception and a fumble recovery that set up the final touchdown for the Chargers.


King’s Ridge 21, Gordon Lee 7: Host King’s Ridge depended on their quarterback Henry Jones who had three passing touchdowns on the day. He found Penny Hart for two of those touchdowns before hitting Remy Lazarus with a touchdown before the half. Neither teams scored in the second half after an explosive first half.


Mt. Pisgah 41, Mt. Zion-Carroll 26: Host Mt. Pisgah’s quarterback Aaron Winchester led the Patriots as he connected with Browning Dunn, Ben Miller and Tommy Pease for touchdowns. Dunn also rushed for a 61-yard touchdown. Patrick Messinger had an interception and Noah West recovered a fumble in the win. Mt. Pisgah is the 2013 Region 6 champion.


Pace Academy 59, Mt. Vernon 0: The host Knights had three quarterbacks throw for touchdowns including Kevin Johnson, who was 8-of-12 for 93 yards. Justin Raymond and John King also had a touchdown pass each. Kameron Uter led Pace with three receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown, while Malik Staples had six carries for 88 yards and a touchdown.

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