Friday football roundup

Sonny Kennedy

Archer and Milton each improved to 5-0 with region wins, while Lambert handed North Forsyth its first loss of the season. St. Pius X recovered from a loss to Lovett by ending Towers’ unbeaten run.

Read about these games and more below.


Archer 31, Dacula 14: Dylan Singleton had three touchdown runs to help host Archer beat Dacula in a Region 8-AAAAAA showdown. Singleton scored on a pair of three-yard runs in the first half. Dacula tied the game at 7-7 in the second quarter and at 14-14 just prior to halftime before Archer pulled away.

Singleton plunged in from two yards out late in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 21-14 advantage, setting the stage for Chad Bird’s heroics in the fourth. Bird returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown, then forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff which was recovered by Archer. That led to a 26-yard field goal by Michael Frye, which provided for the final margin of victory. Bird had two interceptions to go along with seven tackles. Archer running back Randy Nails carried 18 times for 106 yards and Gabe Tiller completed 12 of 20 passes for 128 yards.

Central Gwinnett 41, South Gwinnett 7: Eric Forrest threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to pace visiting Central Gwinnett to a 35-7 halftime lead. South Gwinnett’s Dominique Jackson scored on a 95-yard kickoff return. Central Gwinnett’s Morris Mitchell added a 1-yard rushing score in the final quarter to make it a 41-7 advantage.

Collins Hill 42, Mountain View 13: Host Mountain View answered an early 14-0 Collins Hill lead with a Mark Adams touchdown and a pair of field goals to make it 14-13, but after that it was all Eagles. Collins Hill scored 28 unanswered and were paced by a four-touchdown performance by Tyler Henderson (three rushing and one receiving).

Colquitt County 37, Lowndes 7: Colquitt County racked up 430 yards of total offense in its dominant win while limiting Lowndes to just 137 yards from scrimmage. Quintin Hampton had an incredible six sacks for the Packers. Colquitt County quarterback Daniel Mobley completed 13 of 23 passes for 212 yards and one touchdown. He also gained 76 yards on the ground and scored once from 31 yards out. Backup quarterback Chase Parrish provided the exclamation point with a 38-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

Duluth 34, Meadowcreek 7: Junior quarterback Thad Bell threw four touchdown passes, with two going to Devin Terry and one each to Khalil Newton and Tyler Davis. Nyles Preston also rushed for a touchdown for visiting Duluth. The Duluth defense also got interceptions by cornerback Bryant Pinkney and safety Sam McNair.

Etowah 38, Roswell 36: Etowah led 17-7 going into the fourth quarter and held off visiting Roswell as the teams combined for 40 points in the final period. Etowah quarterback John Oliver rushed for 131 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown to make the score 38-29, and was 7 of 8 passing for 151 yards. Etowah’s Raishod Devezin and Keith Gordon each rushed for two scores, and Edwin Alfaro connected on a 47-yard field goal before the half.

Grayson 44, Shiloh 3: Mohamed Berry ran in two touchdowns and caught a 3-yard touchdown pass to give host Grayson a 24-3 lead at the half. The Rams added three more rushing scores in the second half including 1-yard scores by Cameryn Brent and junior Kiminzki Flint.

Hillgrove 63, Campbell 28: Elijah Ironside passed for 390 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns as Hillgrove’s offense overwhelmed Campbell. Ironside threw five of his scoring strikes in the first half en route to a 42-20 lead at the intermission. Omar Black had six receptions for 113 yards and four touchdowns for the Hawks. Campbell was paced by Mike Rogers’ 168 yards three rushing scores.

Lambert 14, North Forsyth 13: Visiting Lambert jumped out to a 14-0 halftime then held on as North Forsyth scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but missed a potential game-winning two-point conversion try with 1.6 seconds left. Lambert quarterback Tucker Maxwell was 8-of-13 passing with a touchdown pass to Tanner Hall in the first quarter, and Kameron Pickett rushed for a touchdown in the first.

Langston Hughes 44, Newton 7: Running back Keion Davis rushed for two scores and caught a touchdown pass to lead the Panthers in their rout over visiting Newton. Since dropping the season opener to Creekside, Langston Hughes has reeled off four wins in a row, scoring 35 or more in each contest.

Marietta 38, Pebblebrook 6: KirVonte Benson rushed nine times for 102 yards and two touchdowns as host Marietta trounced Pebblebrook. One of Benson’s scoring runs came after the Blue Devils blocked a punt and recovered it on the Pebblebrook 1-yard line. Marietta quarterback Brenton Martin completed six of 11 passes for 77 yards and two scores, one of which went to Jordan Mathis. Ian Shannon converted all five of his extra points and added a field goal.

McEachern 41, Kennesaw Mountain 7: The Indians improved to 5-0 after blowing out the visiting Mustangs. Quarterback Ty Clemons accounted for three touchdowns: two by air, and one on a 75-yard dash. Clemons’ scoring strikes were to Elijah Van Dorn (32 yards) and T.J. Rahming (26 yards).

Walton 38, Cherokee 7: A Christian Lucas field goal and a pair of Karekin Brooks touchdown runs gave visiting Walton a 17-0 advantage at the half. Cherokee’s Spencer Ashley scored on a 1-yard run, but Brooks answered with 42- and 45-yard touchdown runs, totaling four on the night. Walton scored its fifth rushing touchdown on a 45-yard run by Ben Hood.



Drew 35, Starr’s Mill 34: Starr’s Mill recovered from a 21-0 halftime deficit to tie the game at 28 before scoring a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining to pull to within 35-34. The visiting Panthers went for a two-point conversion but fumbled a toss sweep to end their comeback chances. Drew quarterback Brandon Pearson threw touchdowns to three different receivers. Maurice Cash scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Titans on a kick return midway through the fourth quarter.

Dunwoody 20, Miller Grove 6: The host Wildcats notched their first win of the season as senior running back Aaron Alexander scored two rushing touchdowns for the Wildcats, one after an interception. After Tylor Scales intercepted the ball near midfield, Alexander scampered 37 yards for the score to push the lead to 14-0.

Gainesville 48, Heritage-Conyers 7: Gainesville scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions to make quick work of host Heritage-Conyers. DeShaun Watson threw five touchdown passes in the first half and six total as the Red Elephants built leads of 34-0 at halftime and 48-0 in the third quarter. Rodney Lackey caught two touchdowns and Jay Gaudlock had 110 receiving yards for Gainesville.

Kell 35, North Springs 0: Darian Harris scored rushing touchdowns of 40 and 10 yards for visiting Kell. Itabari Mason and Jay Moxey added rushing scores of 45 and 25 yards, respectively, and Taylor Henkel threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Armstrong. Michael McCain added an interception for the Kell defense.

McIntosh 28, Mundy’s Mill 27: The Chiefs rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to defeat the winless Tigers in Clayton County. McIntosh quarterback Andrew Johnson completed 15 of 25 for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 90 yards and reached the end zone twice in the victory. McIntosh is now 5-0.

Northgate 17, Union Grove 14: Vikings’ kicker James Skalski drilled a 22-yard field goal as time expired to give his team the win on the road. Running back T.J. Womack rushed for two touchdowns as Northgate improved to 3-2. After jumping out to a 3-0 mark, Union Grove has now lost two in a row.

South Paulding 48, Allatoona 45: Josh Bettistea scored two first half rushing touchdowns and Russell Hamilton returned a punt for a touchdown and also found the endzone on a 5-yard run to give Allatoona a 28-14 halftime advantage. South Paulding quarterback Chandler Burks led a furious comeback and finished with 395 yards passing, four touchdowns and a pair of rushing scores.



Carrollton 51, Columbus 0: The host Trojans rolled up 349 yards, including 297 on the ground, while limiting Columbus to 85. Malik Sheppard led a fleet of Carrollton rushers with 79 yards and a 43-yard score. Four other Trojans scored rushing touchdowns. Carrollton dominated the game throughout, leading 30-0 after one quarter and 44-0 at the half.

Monroe Area 56, Lanier 28: Stanton Truitt rushed for five of host Monroe Area’s eight rushing scores, including a 67-yard touchdown run. Lanier stayed in the ballgame with a brilliant performance from wideout Devin Valentine, who hauled in all four of the Longhorns’ touchdowns. Valentine found the endzone on 14-, 69-, 50- and 33-yard scores.



Blessed Trinity 27, Woodward Academy 17: Sophomore running back Milton Shelton rushed for 126 yards and an 80-yard touchdown run for host Blessed Trinity, and Carter McManes rushed for a 39-yard touchdown with :38 remaining in the game to seal the win. Marc Nolan of Blessed Trinity added field goals of 51 and 45 yards.

Buford 63, Banks County 0: The host Wolves took a 49-point lead at the half with 35 of those points coming in the opening quarter. Martin Mangram ran for a 45-yard touchdown and Isaac Nauta hauled in a 35-yard touchdown reception. This is the second consecutive shutout for the Wolves’ defense.

Cartersville 41, Coahulla Creek 3: Irwin Rivera gave visiting Coahulla Creek an early 3-0 lead, but Cartersville responded with 41 unanswered points. Cartersville quarterback Brooks Barden threw four first half touchdowns, including two toTrase Fezzia, to give the Purple Hurricanes a 38-3 lead. In the fourth quarter, Zach Edwards kicked his second field goal of the game to make it 41-3.

Cedar Grove 27, Decatur 3: Cedar Grove tailback Deion Sellers scampered for 194 yards on 22 carries. Decatur ran 52 plays to Cedar Grove’s 38, but the visiting team broke Decatur with two dramatic plays: Sellers’ 48 yard touchdown run on the last play of the first half to give Cedar Grove 13-3 lead and a 47-yard pass from quarterback James Hartsfield to Brandon Norwood who made a sensational over-the-shoulder grab. Hartsfield threw only five times, but completed four for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Both teams are 4-1.

Jefferson County 7, Wesleyan 0: The host Wolves were held to 64 yards of offense, but nearly upset visiting Jefferson County. Wesleyan held the Warriors scoreless until Jefferson County’s Kobe Jackson scored with one minute left in the game. Wesleyan quarterback Drew Aspinwall was 4 of 18 passing for 38 yards and running back Josh Jarrard led the Wolves with 28 yards on the ground.

North Hall 51, Dawson County 6: Senior quarterback Andrew Smith led the host Trojans to a 37-0 halftime lead. Smith rushed for four first half touchdowns. As a team the Trojans had 296 rushing yards before the half. In the second half, Will Cape and Destin Bennett each added a rushing score.

St. Pius X 45, Towers 7: The visiting Golden Lions took a commanding 31-7 halftime lead. Dalton Wilson led the way on the ground with two touchdowns. Quarterback Joey Conners also added two rushing touchdowns while also throwing for another score. Towers’ only score came on an interception thrown by Conners that was returned 52 yards.



Greater Atlanta Christian 67, Howard School (Tenn.) 20: The host Spartans staked themselves a 28-0 lead in the first quarter behind Micah Abernathy’s two early scores. The defense and specials teams decided that they wanted to get in on the scoring action as well. Parker Pohill returned a punt 69 yards for for a touchdown and Ross Wood ran an interception back 90 yards for a score.

Lovett 35, Fort Payne (Ala.) 13: Lovett improved to 5-0 after roaring to a 21-0 halftime lead. The visiting Lions rushed for 348 yards while causing five turnovers. Running back Grant Haley rushed for 141 yards on just four carries including a 99-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Miles Henderson added 100 rushing yards and two scores for Lovett.

Westminster 30, Thomson 13: Westminster had four interceptions in its win over visiting Thomson, one each by Chase Williams, Luke Johnson, Nelson Douglas and Charlie Trense. Johnson returned his pick for the Wildcats’ second touchdown of the game. Quarterback Rankin Woley led the offensive charge with two touchdown passes and Trey Blasingame booted three field goals—all from more than 40 yards.


Class A

Mount Pisgah 26, Wilson (Ala.) 7: Aaron Winchester threw three touchdown passes to lead visiting Mount Pisgah. Ian Ainsworth contributed on both sides of the football and forced an early fumble that Jacob Delk recovered and ran in for a 40-yard Patriots touchdown. A missed PAT kept the score 6-0, but Winchester scrambled to find Ainsworth for the first of his three touchdown throws to increase the lead to 12-0. Patrick Messinger caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the second half.

Our Lady of Mercy 22, Pace Academy 14: Host Our Lady of Mercy never trailed in a game during which neither offense could get in a rhythm. The Bobcats fumbled twice, once leading to Pace’s first touchdown and the second leading to a touchdown of their own, after one of their players picked up the fumble and took it to the 1-yard line. On Pace Academy’s final drive, the Bobcats had two sacks to preserve the victory. Knights’ quarterback Kevin Johnson completed 11 of 24 passes for 84 yards and two scores. Trevor Cefalu led Pace Academy with seven receptions and he caught one of Johnson’s touchdowns.

Whitefield Academy 18, Gordon Lee 0: Quarterback Everett Pollard rushed for one score and Lawrence Waters returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown to lead the Wolfpack over the previously unbeaten Trojans. Whitefield Academy evens its mark at 2-2 and will play at Fellowship Christian next week.

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