Southeastern Football Recaps

David Sibley

Tucker (Ga.) 31, Stephenson (Ga.) 28: Nekyle Lundi scored the game-winning touchdown on a 40-yard with less than 20 seconds left to cap a thrilling finale. After Stephenson quarterback Giovanni Weekly completed a long touchdown pass to Ari Werts to take they lead, the Jaguars decided to squib the onside kick, giving the Tigers good field position to attempt their desperation heave. This allowed for Joseph Farrar to throw the ball into the end zone for the game winning score. Neither team reached its opponent’s 30-yard line until Tucker’s Duke Shelley returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown. The Jaguars immediately responded with Giovanni Weekly leading the offense down the field and finding Werts in the end zone to tie the game right before halftime. Tucker remains undefeated on the year, and the all-time series between the Tigers and Jaguars goes to 1-1.


Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) 39, McCallie (Tenn.) 16: Brentwood Academy took an early lead after Tyler Swafford found C.J. Sanders for a 20-yard touchdown strike. McCallie’s Andrew Busby answered with a 26-yard run, but Sanders regained the lead for Brentwood Academy with a 2-yard touchdown run. The teams traded field goals and the Eagles led McCallie 17-10 at the half. Derek Barnett opened the second half with a 1-yard touchdown run and Brandon Taylor extended the lead to 31-10 with a 74-yard punt return. Finally, Dawson Knox caught a 42-yard touchdown from Swafford to ice the game.


Immokalee (Fla.) 33, Naples (Fla.) 27: Carlin Fils-Aime got visiting Naples on the board with a highlight-reel 38-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter. Immokalee’s J.C. Jackson added a 69-yard touchdown pass to Louinelson Celian, but the Indians would miss the extra point. Naples’ Tyler Byrd returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown, but this time the Eagles missed the point after and the lead remained 13-6 into the second quarter. Max Joseph scored on a 13-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 20-6, but Immokalee’s Celian found D’Ernest Johnson for touchdown passes of 37 and 6 yards to cut the halftime deficit to 20-18. J.C. Jackson continued to pace the Indians in the second half and finished with five catches for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the win.


Smiths Station (Ala.) 3, Opelika (Ala.) 0: Smiths Station topped Opelika for the first time since 1994 and remain undefeated at (7-0). Devonte Marshall rushed for 165 yards in the game, and included a 53-yard run that set up the game’s only points. Smith Station’s Harrison Jones kicked a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter and the defense held up, allowing Opelika to just 147 total yards of offense in the ballgame.


Oak Grove (Miss.) 38, Meridian (Miss.) 10: Visiting Oak Grove gave Meridian heavy dose of its rushing attack and opened the scoring with a 68-yard touchdown run. Meridian returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but would only score again on Aaron Garrett’s second quarter field goal. Oak Grove added four more rushing touchdowns in the game and third quarter field goal for a dominating road win.

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