By Stephen Black, Chris Lionetti, Craig Sager, Jr., Travis Stigall, Patrick Tighe, Jay Underwood
Overlooked North Gwinnett played a near-perfect game in upsetting defending state champion Grayson tonight in Gwinnett County. Colquitt County, meanwhile, won another thriller over a metro Atlanta team, this time Newnan. See our recaps below for these and more.
Camden County 34, East Coweta 14: Visiting East Coweta could not contain Camden County’s J.J. Green, who scored two touchdowns to become school’s leading scorer. Camden County’s Antonio Wimbush scored on a 67-yard run in the third quarter. Quarterback Brice Ramsey threw a 25-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the hosts.
Colquitt County 26 Newnan 23: Visiting Newnan answered an early 12-0 lead with a Rodney Tennie 20-yard interception return for a touchdown and a Bailey Bryant touchdown pass to J.K. Britt. Colquitt County got a valuable late first half field goal to reclaim the lead. A John Boatwright 18-yard touchdown run would give Colquitt County just enough to edge Newnan.
Lovejoy 36, Marietta 15: Host Lovejoy fell behind 8-0 in the first quarter before scoring 29 unanswered points. Quarterback Alejandro Benefield threw for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Davis iced the victory when he intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 105 yards for a score.
Mill Creek 56, Brookwood 21: Host Mill Creek used four Brookwood turnovers to roll past the Broncos. Jacorey Lewis ran the ball 34 times for 252 yards and three scores. DeVonzea Felton added 78 yards on 11 carries and a score. Quarterback Daniel David found Michael Cheeks three times for 85 yards and a touchdown. David also rushed for three scores.
North Cobb 42, Langston Hughes 14: J’Vonte Herrod had four rushing touchdowns and one receiving for visiting North Cobb. Herrod opened the scoring with a first quarter rushing touchdown before teammate Nick Miller picked up a Langston Hughes fumble and found the end zone on the ensuing kickoff. Herrod extended the 21-14 halftime lead and the North Cobb defense forced a scoreless second half.
Visiting Parkview edged West Forsyth 23-20 in overtime, claiming its second road overtime playoff win in a row. Rob Youngblood found Mac Marshall for a 37-yard touchdown in the first quarter before West Forsyth quarterback A.J. Erdely answered with a rushing touchdown. Parkview’s Shaq Vareen scored the first of his two touchdowns before the half and after a blocked PAT the Panthers trailed 17-13. Vareen forced overtime with a game-tying 5-yard touchdown. In the overtime, West Forsyth was held to a field goal. Parkview then took over on the 15 and Justice Rosser took the first-down snap of overtime in for a game-winning touchdown run.
Gainesville 61, Kell 42: Visiting Gainesville overcame a 35-21 deficit at the half and outscored Kell by 33 points in the second half. Deshaun Watson carried the offense and accounted for eight touchdowns for Gainesville. T. K. Mize added the other score on an interception returned for a touchdown. Fred Payne also added an interception that led to a Watson touchdown.
Tucker 40, North Paulding 21: Host Tucker amassed 530 rushing yards rushing to dispatch North Paulding. Quarterback Juwaan Williams rushed nine times for 140 yards and three scores. Dallas Rivers had a 90-yard touchdown run and Dominik Sanders scored from 75 yards out. Elijah Sullivan carried the ball four times for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Ware County 20, Union Grove 13: Ware County weathered a late surge by visiting Union Grove late in the fourth quarter. Union Grove scored with six minutes to go on a 2-yard run to pull within a score, but Ware County was able to run out the clock. Xavier Tobler rushed for a 46-yard touchdown for Ware County in the second quarter to take the lead.
Monroe Area 21, Grady 20: The Purple Hurricanes overcame the turnover bug to defeat Grady in overtime. Grady’s first score came courtesy of an 80-yard defensive fumble return. Monroe Area fought back down by 14 and tied it up with an 80-yard scoring march in the third quarter. In overtime, Monroe Area quarterback Stanton Truitt plunged in from 1-yard out to give the Hurricanes the victory.
Ridgeland 41, LaGrange 34: Bill Bridges led host Ridgeland with 249 yards on 30 carries. Bridges also tallied three rushing touchdowns. The game was tied at 21 at the half and Ridgeland led 35-28 entering the fourth quarter. A Vonn Bell touchdown run of 21 yards with 9:50 remaining turned out to be the game-winning score.
Buford 13, North Oconee 0: Matthew Bonadies kicked 42- and 47-yard field goals for host Buford. A North Oconee fumble was caused by a merciless Buford defense, then Taylor Mitchell found Mikey Bart for a 20-yard touchdown before the half. Neither team scored in the second half.
Cartersville 24, Blessed Trinity 23: Host Cartersville used an interception by Brandon Wells with two seconds remaining on a fake field goal to seal the win. Kalin Heath scored from 20 yards out and Preston Slemp added a 30-yard field goal in the first half. Brandon Long put Cartersville ahead 17-7 on a 5-yard run. Quarterback Brooks Barden scored on a 1-yard run to put Lovejoy on top for good.
Greater Atlanta Christian 52, Heard County 21: Visiting Greater Atlanta Christian pitched a shut out in the second half to pull the upset of previously-unbeaten Heard County. Kyle Scales paced Greater Atlanta Christian by rushing for four scores of five, seven, five and six yards. Peter Whiteneck hauled in touchdown grabs of nine, 28 and 59 yards from quarterback Rafe Chapple.
Jefferson 35, Westminster 7: Jefferson senior quarterback Bryant Shirreffs ran for 248 yards and went 6-for-8 passing for 81 yards with a 12-yard touchdown strike to sophomore receiver Dalton Hill. Shirreffs bolted 56 yards in the fourth quarter to put the Wildcats away. On the defensive side of the ball, junior Hanon Price lead the Dragons with eight solo tackles.
Lovett 23, Manchester 0: Lovett quarterback Willie Candler totaled 179 total yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead the hosts. Lovett led 6-0 at the half after Candler’s 1-yard run and 9-0 after three quarters, but scored on runs by Candler and Jay Harris in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Athens Academy 17, Mt. Pisgah 13: Athens Academy fell into a 13-0 deficit in the first half but would score 17 unanswered points. Host Athens Academy’s Austin Schulte was responsible for the two touchdowns. Schulte rushed one yard for a score and threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Eric Williams for the other.
Landmark Christian 10, Calvary Day 7: Visiting Landmark Christian was propelled by 289 yards of offense and a stout defense. The Landmark Christian defense held Calvary Day scoreless until the last 13 seconds of the game. Jeremiah Kirkland rushed 31 times for 187 yards and a touchdown for the victors.
Savannah Christian 35, Holy Innocents’ 17: Host Savannah Christian was in control from the start, leading 28-3 at the half. Jalen Myrick rushed for a touchdown and also scored a defensive touchdown via a fumble. Savannah Christian rushed for 315 yards and did not attempt a pass for the duration of the contest.