Friday football roundup

Jim Weaver

Mill Creek rolled past Duluth, Shiloh beat Parkview for the first time since 1991, Creekside edged Whitewater and Cook upset Jefferson County in Friday night football action. See these and many more recaps below.



Alpharetta 34, Chattahoochee 17: Austin King completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Andre Harton and ran in a first-half score for visiting Alpharetta. Raiders kicker Thomas Waller added 35- and 41-yard field goals in the first half to give Alpharetta a 20-17 advantage and King tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Harton to open the second half.


Archer 37, Berkmar 7: Archer scored three times on defense and special teams as it raced to a 37-0 lead at the end of the third quarter. K.J. Parmer caught two first-quarter touchdown passes from Gabe Tiller and also returned the second-half kickoff 75 yards for a score. The visiting Tigers added touchdowns on an interception return by Duane Lee and a blocked punt return by Kenny Muraoka.


Brookwood 23, Central Gwinnett 14: Sophomore running Jesse Brown set career records by rushing 41 times for 264 yards and also scored three touchdowns to lead Brookwood over Central Gwinnett. The visiting Broncos led 3-0 at the half and continued to blank their opponents before Central Gwinnett scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Matt Price had two interceptions and Tyler Harp added a fumble recovery for Brookwood.


Cherokee 28, Etowah 21: Blake Johnson gave host Cherokee an early 7-0 lead and Warriors quarterback Spencer Ashley found Jordan Freeman for a 5-yard touchdown pass and Blace Brown for a 27-yard score to give the Warriors a 21-7 advantage in the second quarter. Etowah’s Raidshod Devezin answered with a 74-yard touchown run and Keith Gordon found the endzone for his second time of the game to knot it at 21-21 at the half. Ashley broke the tie after a scoreless third quarter with 2:05 remaining in the game on a 4th-and-5 completion to Brown that went for a 36-yard game-winning touchdown. Cherokee’s defense held Etowah scoreless in the second half and handed the Eagles their first loss of the season. The Warriors move to 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in Region 5-AAAAAA.


Collins Hill 68, Meadowcreek 0: Collins Hill quarterback Tyler Herman threw touchdowns to four different receivers. Tyler Henderson scored on a 21-yard run and had a touchdown reception, and Grant McDonald caught a 48-yard touchdown and had an interception return for a score. Host Collins Hill had three defensive scores in total, and scored all its points before halftime.


Hillgrove 47, Kennesaw Mountain 18: Visiting Hillgrove gained 517 yards of total offense, and Hawks quarterback Elijah Ironside was 21-for-38 passing with four touchdown passes and completions to eight different receivers. Justin Denton caught two touchdowns and finished with eight receptions for 75 yards. Sonny Harris rushed 13 times for 148 yards and a touchdown.


Lambert 21, Johns Creek 10: Visiting Johns Creek took an early lead with Chase Solomon’s 8-yard rushing touchdown and Lambert’s Kameron Pickett answered with an 8-yard score to tie it up before the half. Austin Ruoff added a 21-yard field goal for the Gladiators, but Lambert’s Hayden McLeod’s touchdown passes to Chris Laye (23 yards) and Houston Earnest (30 yards) iced the victory.


Lassiter 31, Milton 3: Will Anderson completed 26 of 35 passes for 402 yards and four touchdowns to lead Lassiter past Milton. The host Trojans led 17-3 at halftime and could not pull away in a scoreless third quarter, but they wrapped up the game with a pair of touchdowns in the final 12 minutes.


Quincy Perdue hauled in three passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns for Lassiter. Oris Lawhorn caught Anderson’s other scoring strike.


A stout Lassiter defense held Milton to 231 total yards, compared to 467 for the Trojans. Lassiter committed no turnovers while snagging two takeaways of their own—an interception from Kory Gildea and a forced fumble by John Branks that was recovered by Austin Cheatum. Corey John led the defensive attack with nine tackles and two sacks.


“Our defense played great,” said Lassiter head coach Jep Irwin. “Milton has a high-powered offense and we kept them out of the endzone, so I’m really proud of that.”


Lovejoy 51, Luella 7: Backup quarterback Khaleel Rogers was 11-for-16 for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Also scoring for Lovejoy were Jeremiah Kirland (1-yard run), Derico Tilley (1-yard run), Darien Lee (1-yard run), Preston Williams (13-yard reception), Kevin Morris (47-yard reception), Brandon Williams (51-yard fumble return) and Aaron Davis (15-yard fumble return).


Lowndes 35, Coffee 10: The visiting Vikings outscored Coffee 28-0 in the second half. Lowndes intercepted Coffee quarterback Tyree Paulk three times including one that was returned for a touchdown by Eric Hart. Arvin Berry led Lowndes with 85 rushing yards as the Vikings rushed for 276 yards. Coffee was held to just 17 rushing yards.


Marietta 44, Campbell 24: Quarterback Brenton Martin scored twice on the ground, including a 44-yard run, and threw touchdown passes to Marlon Gober (37 yards) and Jordan Mathis (59 yards). Mathis also scored on a 49-yard rush on a counter play. Ian Shannon made field goals of 46, 40 and 34 yards for visiting Marietta.


Mill Creek 43, Duluth 3: DeVozea Felton scored on a 14-yard run and finished with 122 rushing yards for host Mill Creek. Carter Governale scored on a 99-yard kickoff return to open the second half and then on a 40-yard run to cap the Hawks’ scoring. Andrew Sciara and Johnathan Hawkins also had rushing scores, and Bryson King hit field goals of 24 and 32 yards.


Norcross 37, Mountain View 6: A.J. Bush threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more as Norcross overwhelmed Mountain View. Chris Herndon caught both scoring strikes from Bush and Norcross also had a 1-yard touchdown run by Josh Boyd. The visiting Blue Devils led 24-0 at halftime and 30-3 heading into the fourth quarter en route to their fifth consecutive win.


North Gwinnett 41, Habersham Central 0: North Gwinnett quarterback Hayden Sphire was 20-of-26 passing for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Receivers Caleb Scott (28 yards), Nate Brown (32 yards) and Almonzo Brown (81 yards) caught scoring passes from Sphire. C.J. Leggett and Wesley Edwards added rushing scores for visiting North Gwinnett. The Bulldogs’ defense forced three turnovers and held Habersham Central to 39 total yards.


Roswell 22, Woodstock 19: Mechane Slade had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs as Roswell held off Woodstock. James Whitaker also threw a 35-yard scoring strike to Colin McCauley for the host Hornets. They had a fourth-quarter touchdown called back on a holding penalty and that drive ultimately resulted in an interception return for a score by Woodstock’s Chris Mowery. Roswell recovered the ensuing onside kick, then punted before a final defensive stand.


Shiloh 23, Parkview 21: Adrian Lollar kicked a 37-yard field goal with 22 seconds left to give Shiloh its first victory over Parkview since 1991. The host Generals had leads of 14-0 in the second quarter and 20-7 in the third before Parkview scored consecutive touchdowns, the second with six minutes remaining. Jeremy McDuffie and James Mials had scoring runs of more than 40 yards for Shiloh.


South Forsyth 35, Centennial 24: South Forsyth forced five turnovers on Centennial’s first five possessions to seize control right away and take a 28-7 advantage into halftime. Matt Cira had two interceptions for the host War Eagles while Drew Witalis added an interception and a fumble recovery. On the other side of the ball, both Isaiah Williams and Brett Larkin rushed for two touchdowns. South Forsyth also had a 2-yard scoring run by Grant Umberger.


South Gwinnett 28, Grayson 21: Quarterback Josh Shim and wide receiver Coray Keel connected on three touchdowns passes (23, 62 and 7 yards) to pace the host Comets. South Gwinnett’s other score came on special teams as Gibson Ziah blocked a punt and then scooped up the ball for a 44-yard return.


West Forsyth 28, North Forsyth 7: Trevor O’Brien rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to give host West Forsyth a 7-0 lead at the half. Quarterback Hampton McConnell found Nathan Schmitz for touchdowns of 40 and 47 yards in the third quarter. Cody Gottberg ran in a 2-yard North Forsyth touchdown, but the Wolverines answered with a Grant Anderskow 21-yard touchdown run.


Westlake 25, Douglas County 14: Running back Jorden Thomas recorded two rushing touchdowns, a 4-yard run in the second quarter and a 30-yard dash in the third to help lead the Lions to victory on Homecoming night. Quarterback Julian Jones also added a touchdown on a 2-yard keeper.




Creekside 27, Whitewater 23: In a crucial Region 4 contest, the visiting Seminoles led 14-3 at the half, but had to score with three minutes left in the game to avoid their first loss of the season. Creekside running backs Bryson Terry and Dexter Knox each rushed for two touchdowns.


Gainesville 56, Clarke Central 28: The visiting Red Elephants rumbled to a 35-7 halftime lead. Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson once again led the attack by accounting for six total touchdowns. He completed three touchdown passes, ran for two and caught one from Mikey Gonzalez. Gainesville’s Orrin Ragland returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.


Loganville 18, Winder-Barrow 0: The visiting Red Devils overcame three first-half turnovers to pull away late. Blake Salter converted on three field goals and provided all of the scoring until Winder-Barrow snapped a ball into the end zone for a safety. The first player to reach the end zone was Jerry Devert on a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.


Mays 19, Dunwoody 7: Mays defensive back Jerome Smith stopped a Dunwoody drive with an interception return for a touchdown with 2:06 remaining in the game at North DeKalb Stadium. Mays trailed 7-0 at halftime, but two Ayinde Russell touchdown passes to Deparis Carter, one in the third quarter and one in the fourth, pushed the Raiders ahead before Smith’s game-sealing defensive score.


Northview 42, North Springs 7: Led by a balanced offense, the host Titans got off to a 28-7 halftime lead. The 3-headed monster of Nathan Phillips, Jay Mays and Devan Johnson shared the load on the ground as Phillips had 15 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown, Mays had 62 yards on 11 carries and Johnson carried the ball 11 times for 59 yards and two touchdowns.


Sequoyah 35, Forsyth Central 14: With a heavy rushing attack, the visiting Chiefs controlled the time of possession and dictated the tempo. Lex Lauletta rushed for a 40-yard touchdown and Jake Garner rushed for two touchdowns, from five and six yards. The other two scores came from Blake Miller on a 65-yard touchdown run and B.J. Austin, who carried it three yards for a touchdown.


Stephenson 31, Miller Grove 7: Dallas Rivers rushed for two touchdowns and Dexter Neal caught two touchdown receptions for host Stephenson at Hallford Stadium. Jaguars kicker Wisdom Nzidee added a 37-yard field goal and was perfect on extra points. The victory gave Stephenson its 150th program win, all under head coach Ron Gartrell.


Tucker 60, Southwest DeKalb 14: Quarterback Joe Farrer threw for touchdowns to Akeem Peters and Yaquis Shelley and ran for one score in a Tigers’ home game at Adams Stadium. Elijah Sullivan rushed for two scores, and Dominick Sanders and Raquan Rush each scored rushing touchdowns. The Tucker defense also forced a safety.




Carrollton 52, Shaw 7: Carrollton rushed for 275 yards and five scores. Malik Sheppard rushed for 98 yards and two scores and Trey Chivers had 74 yards and two scores for the Trojans. Carrollton led 38-7 at the half. The Trojans held Shaw to just two third-down conversions in 10 attempts.


Chestatee 20, Lanier 17 (2OT): In a thrilling double-overtime game, the visiting War Eagles followed a Lanier field goal with a Wyatt Burgess 3-yard touchdown run. The War Eagles’ special teams sent the game to overtime when Will Fayson returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a touchdown with four minutes to play. Disaster was averted in the first overtime when Khalil Cantrell recovered a ball fumbled on the goal line for a touchdown.


Griffin 55, North Clayton 14: Jaquez Parks completed 11-of-14 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 108 yards with three scores. Running back Malik Miller rushed for 57 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns. The Bears led 27-0 at the end of the first quarter and 48-0 at the break.


Marist 47, Redan 6: The host War Eagles took a 37-0 halftime lead which forced a running clock for the entire second half. Five different Marist players rushed for touchdowns and quarterback Chase Martenson threw a 32-yard scoring pass to Trey Oates. Marist rushed for 297 yards and held Redan to 139 total yards.


Sandy Creek 52, Alexander 42: Isaac Zico’s second touchdown reception gave visiting Alexander a 42-38 lead with six minutes remaining. Alexander’s Mikell Lands-Davis ran in two touchdowns and threw a 51-yard touchdown. Sandy Creek’s Delvin Weems rushed for four touchdowns and Eric Sweeney found the endzone once. Patriots’ Cole Garvin tossed two touchdowns including a 69-yard pass to Demarre Kitt.



Blessed Trinity 42, Towers 13: Backup running back Chad Manthey rushed for six touchdowns and 324 yards for host Blessed Trinity. The senior broke two school records in just three quarters of play as the Titans improved to 3-3.


Cartersville 63, Gordon Central 16: Brooks Barden tossed five touchdowns in the first half to pace visiting Cartersville to a 56-8 halftime advantage. Kalin Heath and Devin Henderson added rushing scores and also found the endzone on defensive touchdowns. Gordon Gray and Mark Quattlebaum each hauled in a pair of touchdown passes from Barden, including a 53-yard reception by Quattlebaum.


Woodward Academy 42, McNair 6: Terry Googer had first-half touchdown runs of 10 and 25 yards and also threw a 27-yard scoring strike to Antone Williams for Woodward Academy. The host War Eagles raced to leads of 21-0 at the half and 42-0 after three quarters before McNair got on the scoreboard. Quincy Wolff added a 60-yard interception return for Woodward.



Cook 10, Jefferson County 6: Running back Jay Smith scored the Hornets’ lone touchdown on 30-yard run in the third quarter. Rocky Andres later kicked a 27-yard field goal to secure the win. Jefferson County has lost two in a row after starting the year 6-0.


Lovett 49, Hapeville Charter 0: Visiting Lovett leapt to leads of 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 35-0 at the half. Eleven Lions ballcarriers combined to rush for 302 yards and Lovett held Hapeville Charter to 74 total yards. The Lions had five different players rush for touchdowns, including quarterback Willie Candler who also threw for a score.


Westminster 35, Wesleyan 14: Zay Malcome rushed for a touchdown and returned a blocked punt for another score as the host Wildcats rolled to a Homecoming victory. Quarterback Rankin Woley added two touchdowns on the ground and threw a two-point conversion to Davis Houk. Avery Bass tacked on two field goals for Westminster, which led 35-0 before two late fourth-quarter scores by Wesleyan.



Eagle’s Landing Christian 32, Our Lady of Mercy 6: Quarterback Dalton Etheridge rushed for three touchdowns to lead the way for Eagle’s Landing Christian, which had advantages of 12-0 at halftime and 32-0 in the fourth quarter before Our Lady of Mercy found the endzone late. The host Chargers also had touchdown runs by Bryson Durden and Josh Shockley. Brad Moore had an interception on the defensive end for Eagle’s Landing Christian.


Holy Innocents’ 30, Strong Rock Christian 3: Owen Penn led the way for host Holy Innocents’ with 154 yards on nine carries. He also scored on a 44-yard touchdown run that was the longest play in the game. Quarterback Luke Wright complete 5-of-12 pass attempts for 68 yards and two touchdowns.


King’s Ridge Christian 41, Walker 27: The visiting Tigers took advantage of Walker’s four turnovers in a sloppy affair. Penny Hart turned in a standout performance hauling in six catches for 172 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Henry Jones went 12-of-27 for 210 yards and a touchdown. One the ground, Connor Henderson led the way with 82 yards on 18 carries and found the end zone three times.


Mount Paran 52, Fellowship Christian 21: The visiting Christian Eagles used a strong first half to pull away by converting all five of their possessions into points. As a team, Mount Paran rushed for 249 yards and amassed 435 total yards and 17 first downs. Quarterback Jake Allen completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for 186 yards and rushed for a score.


Mount Pisgah 39, Whitefield Academy 7: Quarterback Aaron Winchester led Mount Pisgah by completing 15 of 24 pass attempts for 210 yards and three total touchdowns. Two of his touchdown passes went to Oz Dixon, who also rushed for a 5-yard touchdown. Ian Ainsworth added a 77-yard interception returned for a touchdown.


Prince Avenue Christian 57, Hebron Christian 7: Prince Avenue Christian dominated from start to finish, leading 36-0 at halftime. Kevon Hutson had 11 carries for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Connor Sibley scored two touchdowns, one rushing, and the other on an interception return.

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