Week 3 Friday Football Roundup

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Cartersville rallied to score 20 fourth quarter points after trailing North Cobb 17-14 early in the fourth and held on for a 34-31 victory.  The host Purple Hurricanes received a huge effort from Tiamon Pennymon, who scored three of his four touchdowns in the final frame, one coming off of a pick-six with 4:11 left to give Cartersville a 27-17 lead. Pennymon got Cartersville on the board first with a 5-yard run in the first quarter. North Cobb would answer with an 11-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a 26-yard Jai Erwin touchdown run. Trevor Lawrence would find the end zone with his own legs on a 7-yard run to give the Canes a 14-7 lead with 4:24 left in the second quarter. Cartersville held a 14-10 lead heading into the fourth before Erwin struck for his second touchdown on a 2-yard plunge. The floodgates would soon open, with Lawrence hitting Pennymon on a 16-yard screen pass to cash in after the Canes recovered a fumble which set them up at the Warriors’ 21-yard-line. A minute after the score, Pennymon would return a pick-six to extend the lead to 27-17 with 4:11 remaining to play. Will Lovett tossed a 70-yard touchdown to close the gap at 27-24 with 3:50 left, but Pennymon would score on a 4-yard run at the 1:12 mark. Lovett drove the Warriors one last time and found Trey Coryell for a 3-yard score with 10 seconds remaining.


Norcross 14, Milton 3

How the game was won: With no scoring in the second half, a Necholas Sermons 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 63-yard run by Norcross quarterback Baron Radcliff put host Norcross ahead for good.

Top performers: Radcliff rushed 15 times for 136 yards and was 8-of-17 passing, while Sermons had 11 rushes for 61 yards. … Milton’s Ethan Suda hit a 43-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Westlake 35, Shiloh 0

How the game was won: After a scoreless first quarter, Josh Jones sparked the Westlake offense with touchdown passes of 44 and 17 yards to give the Lions a 14-0 lead heading into the half.

Top performers: Ronnie Blackmon caught a 44-yard touchdown pass and Marquez Louder hauled in a 17-yarder in the second quarter. …AJ Terrell returned the second half kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. …Maurice Peeks added a 7-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. …Kristen Griffin raced 36 yards for the Lions’ final score of the game with 9:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Tift County 46, Luella 6

How the game was won: Tift County’s Eric Atkins intercepted a pass and ran it back 16 yards for a touchdown to extend the Blue Devils’ lead to 21-0 in the first quarter. Tift County took a commanding 43-0 lead into the second half.

Top performers: Tift County running back Barry Bennett had 133 rushing yards on 11 carries and four touchdowns. …Tift quarterback Griffin Collier went 7-of-14 passing for 128 yards. …Darius Stubbs added a rushing touchdown for Tift from 13 yards.

South Gwinnett 20, Collins Hill 17 (OT):

How the game was won: South Gwinnett and Collins Hill traded touchdowns and entered overtime tied 14-14. The visiting Comets held Collins Hill to a field goal on the first possession of overtime and Christian Malloy ran in the game-winner from four yards out.

Top Performers: South Gwinnett’s Terrell Smith caught two passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. … Michael Stephens threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Bradford Evans and led the Comets with 15 carries for 112 yards. … Christian Malloy finished with 66 rushing yards and the game-winning overtime touchdown run. … Collins Hill quarterback Monty Horn threw touchdown passes to Canyon Slade and Des Howard.

South Forsyth 21, Centennial 6

How the game was won: South Forsyth scored 14 points in the second quarter to seal the win over Centennial. Toki Adeosun score first on a 3-yard run, and Davis Stanley threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Camp.

Top performers: Stanley had one touchdown through the air and a 7-yard touchdown run for South Forsyth. … The South Forsyth defense allowed 22 total yards in the first half and 91 yards overall.

Lowndes 34, Drew 27

How the game was won: The two teams were forced into a two-quarter game after a lightning storm disrupted play. In what turned out to be the final quarter, Lowndes scored twice and converted on both two point conversions after Drew took a 20-18 lead prior to the delay.

Top performers: Lowndes tight end Gabe Neighbors and receiver Xavier Jenkins each caught touchdown passes. …Drew running back Quarderman Sloan had two receiving touchdowns. …Drew’s Shemar Vance ran a kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown. … Drew quarterback Joseph Newman had a passing touchdown, while running back Kahari Richards rushed for a score.

Northview 54, Habersham Central 31

How the game was won: In what could have been a close game, tied at 14 after one quarter, Northview took a 40-24 lead going into the final quarter. Michael Babers fought back with a 74-yard Habersham Central touchdown but it was not enough.

Top Performers: Northview’s Emeka Nwanze scored three rushing touchdowns of 80, 15, and seven yards. … Nwanze finished the game with 281 yards on 29 carries. … Jair Anderson added one 71-yard touchdown reception from Colton Daniel and three rushing touchdowns (three, three, and two yards).

North Gwinnett 31, Hillgrove 19

How the game was won: A Cade Fortin to K.J. Hancock 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:32 left in the first half proved to put the Bulldogs up for good. North Gwinnett led 17-12 at the half.

Top performers: Cade Fortin finished 14-of-26 for 209 yards and three touchdown passes to go along with one interception. …Josh Imatorbhebhe caught a 60-yard score to give the Bulldogs an early 10-0 lead in the second quarter. He finished with two catches for 75 yards. …K.J. Hancock caught three passes for 42 yards and one score while Ricci Nuckles hauled in three balls for 27 yards and a score of his own. …Hillgrove was led by Hunter Arters, who threw for 412 yards and three scores on 34-of-59 passing. He also tossed two interceptions. …Jeremiah Bridges, Bingo Long and Jaylen McCollough all totaled seven catches apiece. Long gained 105 yards and one score, Bridges racked up 95 yards and one touchdown while McCollough finished with 83 yards.

Newnan 27, Marietta 7

How the game was won: Chancellor Johnson hit P.J. Harris for a 4-yard touchdown pass to put visiting Newnan up 14-0 at the half. Marietta fumbled on back-to-back possessions in the second half that resulted in 10 Newnan points and a 24-7 deficit.

Top Performers: Newnan freshman kicker Rad Wyrick connected on both attempts. … Chancellor Johnson threw a touchdown pass to P.J. Harris and Newnan teammate Marquis Hill ran in a 1-yard touchdown on a 4th and goal.

Etowah 36, Cherokee 21

How the game was won: Etowah’s Tyray Devezin rushed for a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 10-yard score in the fourth to keep the visiting Eagles on top. Each score extended Etowah’s lead to 15 points. After trailing 6-2 in the first quarter, Etowah scored 20 straight points in the second on the strength of a 27-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Ferris to Blake Jones and a 21-yard interception return for a score by Collin Mitchell.

Top performers: Devezin had a game-high 243 yards and two scores on 23 rushes. … Ferris was 9-for-14 passing for 190 yards and the touchdown to Jones, who also had an interception on defense. … Jackson Sisk led the Eagles with 96 yards receiving on three catches. … Etowah’s Cameron Allen was 2-for-3 on field goals, hitting from 42 and 28 in the second quarter.

Grayson 56, Hughes 21

How the game was won: The host Rams took a 21-0 lead into the half after quarterback Chase Brice found Tre Barbour for a 14-yard touchdown with just 35 seconds before the break. Grayson increased the lead to as much as 42-7 in the fourth quarter.

Top performers: Grayson quarterback Chase Brice threw touchdown passes to Tre Barbour and Cameryn Brent. … Brent scored through the air with a third quarter touchdown reception after rushing for a pair of touchdowns. … Earnest Tiller caught a 34-yard touchdown and scored on a 60-yard run in the first half.

East Coweta 24, Harrison 10

How the game was won: The host Indians stifled Harrison in the second half, allowing just one Hoya first down. The teams were tied 10-10 at halftime before East Coweta quarterback Will LaGaurdia ran in an 8-yard touchdown with 8:36 left in the third quarter. Devonte Brown iced the game with a rushing touchdown with 1:49 left.

Top Performers: East Coweta’s Devonte Brown rushed for a touchdown and recovered a bad snap by Harrison’s punt team for a touchdown in the first quarter. … East Coweta quarterback Will LaGuardia rushed for an 8-yard touchdown. … Harrison’s Darius Clark ran in a 2-yard touchdown.

Mill Creek 34, Dacula 7

How the game was won: Mill Creek scored 17 fourth quarter points to pull away from Dacula. Cameron Turley hit Edmond Graham on a screen pass and Daniel Leconte added a 6-yard touchdown run to put the game out of reach.

Top performers: Daniel Leconte scored twice for the Hawks on runs of five and six yards. …Brenton King booted a school-record 50-yard field goal to give Mill Creek a 10-7 lead at the half. He would also add a 22-yarder with 9:08 remaining in the fourth. …Joe Thomas added an 11-yard touchdown run at the 8:21 mark of the third quarter after Jamar Hall intercepted a pass. …Dacula’s lone touchdown came via a Jamie Arroyo 2-yard run.



Allatoona 57, North Paulding 29

How the game was won: Russell Halimon scored twice in the first quarter and Charles Anderson scored in the second quarter to give Allatoona the 21-0 lead over North Paulding.

Top performers: Halimon rushed for 150 yards on 15 carries. … Allatoona’s Brandon Rainey was 10-of-12 passing for 150 yards. … Allatoona’s Brian Mitchell caught seven passes for 97 yards, and he recorded two touchdowns. … Allatoona had 617 yards of total offense, including 430 yards on the ground.

Starr’s Mill 31, Fayette County 14

How the game was won: Visiting Fayette County answered a 10-0 deficit with Malek Bowe and Makenzie Stills touchdown runs to take a 14-10 lead before Starr’s Mill poured on a 21-0 run to close the game. Dion Munerlyn ran in two second half touchdowns, including the game’s final score that gave the Panthers the 31-14 lead.

Top Performers: Starr’s Mill’s Dion Munerlyn rushed for two touchdowns in the second half after hauling in a 72-yard touchdown pass from Joey DeLuca in the second quarter.

Alexander 43, Paulding County 21

How the game was won: Behind Daetrich Harrington’s legs and Justin Hall’s hands, the Cougars sprinted out to a 21-0 halftime lead which ballooned up to 36-7 halfway through the third quarter.

Top performers: Daetrich Harrington carried the ball 24 times for 201 yards and two touchdowns. …Baylor Whitfield connected on 17 of his 31 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns to go along with two interceptions. …Justin Hall was the main beneficiary, catching nine passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. …Jalen Thornton added 73 yards and a score on nine carries.

Lanier 36, Clarke Central 20

How the game was won: Lanier scored 19 points in the second quarter to hold off Clarke Central. Ashton Barnes, Marcella Baity and Marko Baity each had rushing touchdowns in the quarter for the host Longhorns.

Top performers: Lanier’s Marko Baity rushed for 37 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. … Lanier defensive lineman and top recruit Derrick Brown had four tackles and three tackles for loss. …  Clarke Central running back Jaqua Daniels rushed for 123 yards on 17 carries.

Dunwoody 3, Chamblee 0

How the game was won: Visiting Dunwoody broke a scoreless tie with a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter. The Bulldogs moved to 2-0 for the second time since 2008 with first-time head coach Mike Nash. This marks Dunwoody’s first shutout since Oct. 25, 2013.

Top Performers: Soccer star and senior kicker Josh Bronstorph booted a game-winning 50-yard field goal in the second quarter to lift Dunwoody past rival Chamblee.

Ola 41, Morrow 6

How the game was won: Ola dominated the first half outscoring Morrow 36-0 at the break. The Ola starters were removed at the half.

Top Performers: Ola quarterback Bryce Lawrence completed two touchdown passes, one of 40 yards to Larry Smith and one of 25 yards to Jake Hayes. … Trey Hill added a 5-yard touchdown run. … Cameron Corley added a 41-yard field goal. … Yarik Sherling completed a 37 yard field goal attempt. … Darius Osbie returned a blocked punt 40 yards for a touchdown.

Northside-Warner Robins 38, Evans 7

How the game was won: Northside-Warner Robins completely dominated, moving to a 31-0 halftime lead and using mainly backup players to finish the game.

Top performers: Northside QB Tobias Oliver started the scoring by completing a 54-yard touchdown pass to Jaylan Sandifer, then later scored on a 1-yard run. … DeSean Dinkins scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of 13 and four yards. … Justin Alonso added a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter. … Oliver went 5 for 10 passing for 130 yards and one touchdown. … Northside amassed 385 yards of offense, 148 passing and 237 rushing. … Evans amassed 155 yards of offense with 80 yards rushing and 75 yards passing. … Evans’ Jordan Dylan completed a 40 yard pass to Bradon Rosier for a touchdown.

Jones County 44, Cross Creek 6

How the game was won: Jones County dominated the first half and left Cross Creek stunned, scoring all seven touchdowns before the break.

Top Performers: Jones County quarterback Bradley Hunnicutt completed touchdown passes of eight and five yards to Chandler Ramage and ran in a 15-yard touchdown. … Drake Bolus scored on a 5 yard run. …. Jones County backup quarterback Keldrick Ross completed a 25 yard touchdown pass to Tory Johnson and also added a 30-yard touchdown run. …Jones County scored on its first seven possessions. … Jesse Marshall rushed for a 30-yard touchdown for Cross Creek.

Loganville 35, Flowery Branch 0

How the game was won: Host Loganville dominated from the start, building a 28-0 halftime lead. The Red Devils outgained Flowery Branch 209-to-27 in total yards entering the third quarter and quarterback Cam Perkins found Richard Fraser on a 50-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 35-0 on the third play of the second half.

Top Performers: Loganville quarterback Cam Perkins completed 10-of-12 passes for 139 and three touchdowns in the first half before adding his fourth and final touchdown pass in the third quarter. … Shy Kim (17 yards) and Leo Fratesi (10 yards) caught touchdown passes from Perkins and Darryl Giles caught a 3-yard touchdown from Perkins and ran in a 20-yard score. … The Loganville defense has given up six total points after two games.


Class AAAA

Woodward Academy 36, St. Pius 29 (2OT)

How the game was won: With the game tied 22-22 heading into overtime, St. Pius scored on the first possession but Elijah Holyfield forced a second overtime with a tying score. Holyfield scored on the first possession of the second OT, and Woodward got an interception to end the game. The game went into overtime after St. Pius hit a field goal with five seconds left. Pius had a chance to win the game after Woodward failed to cover the ensuing kickoff, but the field goal attempt as time expired missed from 37 yards.

Top performers: Holyfield, a Georgia commit, rushed 18 times for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Mary Persons 38, Washington County 14

How the game was won: After trailing 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, Mary Persons outscored Washington County 31-0 during the final three quarters for an easy victory. Zach Harvey was the difference, scoring two touchdowns on pass receptions and one rushing.

Top performers: Zach Harvey caught touchdown passes of 32 and 31 yards from quarterback Jake Johnston and also scored on a 5-yard run. … Mary Persons also got a defensive touchdown when Dan O’Neal returned a fumble recovery 22 yards in the third quarter. … Jaquavious Sims also had a 5-yard touchdown run. … Washington County got a 96-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown from Preston Daniel for a 14-7 lead, the last time the team would score. … Washington County quarterback Houston Channell completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Markevese Latimer in the first quarter.

Jonesboro 27, Westover 7

How the game was won: Montralius Mosley rushed for Jonesboro touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter, and linebacker Jason Sears picked up a fumble and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown in the third to break a 7-7 halftime time.

Top performers: Mosley finished with three rushing scores for visiting Jonesboro, scoring his first in the second quarter. … The Jonesboro defense got three turnovers, including two fumbles and an interception by Kentucky commit Jordan Griffin. On the other fumble, Jordan Qualls stripped a receiver and Robert Smith picked up the turnover.

Howard 30, Central-Macon 29

How the game was won: Howard Quarterback Courvoisier King scored on a 1-yard run with 38 seconds remaining and passed to JaQwun Stinson for the 2-point conversion to secure the victory. The winning drive came after Central had taken a 29-22 lead with 4:21 remaining on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Derrick Evans to Denterius Hogan.

Top performers: King also had touchdown passes of 20 yards to Stinson and 19 yards to Alphonso Stephens. … Stinson added a 40-yard touchdown run and caught two 2-point conversion passes. … Central QB Derrick Evans completed touchdown passes to Ivory Childers for 53 yards, Qua Pennymon for 14 yards and Hogan. He also added a touchdown on a 15-yard run.

Cartersville 34, North Cobb 31

How the game was won: Cartersville rallied to score 20 fourth quarter points after trailing 17-14 early in the fourth. Tiamon Pennymon scored three of his four touchdowns in the final frame, one coming off of a pick-six with 4:11 left to give Cartersville a 27-17 lead.

Top performers: Tiamon Pennymon ran for touchdowns of five and four yards, he scored on a 16-yard screen pass from Trevor Lawrence after a Hurricanes’ fumble recovery and he also added an interception return in the fourth quarter. …Lawrence chipped in a 7-yard touchdown run in addition to his scoring pass. …Jai Erwin scored twice on the ground for North Cobb. He capped off an 11-play, 80-yard first quarter drive with a 26-yard touchdown run. Erwin would score again early in the fourth on a 2-yard run. …Will Lovett tossed a 70-yard touchdown with 3:50 remaining in the fourth to cut the Cartersville lead to 27-24. …Lovett threw his second touchdown of the night, a 3-yard strike, with 10 seconds left to Trey Coryell.

Class AAA

Blessed Trinity 28, Sequoyah 10

How the game was won: Conor Davis powered the Titans offense with four first half touchdowns, sparked by a QB sneak to open up the scoring. Blessed Trinity led 28-0 at the half before pulling its starters.

Top performers: Conor Davis accounted for four total touchdowns, with three coming through the air. …Freshman Ryan Davis caught touchdowns of 30 and 62 yards. …Logan Craighead scored on a 23-yard touchdown pass.

West Hall 42, Chestatee 3

How the game was won: Jacob Satterfield slung touchdown passes to Hykeem Bennett and Tyrese Osborne to give the Spartans a 14-3 lead heading into the second quarter. Bennett’s touchdown reception was for 25 yards while Osborne went 35 yards to the end zone.

Top performers: Jacob Satterfield finished with two touchdown passes. …Kwon Williams added a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 22-3 in the second quarter. …Israel Lopez nailed kicks of 29 and 24 yards. …Ashun Favorite returned an interception 92 yards. …Jamie Ortega knocked home Chestatee’s only three points with a 34-yard field goal.

Peach County 13, Perry 6

How the game was won: Quarterback Antonio Gilbert punched in a goal-line rushing touchdown in the third quarter to push the Trojans over Perry. The Trojans held Perry scoreless in the second half.

Top Performers: Peach County’s Otha Redding scored on a 3-yard run. … Perry’s Jay Watkins scored on a 1-yard run. … Peach County rushed for 162 yards and passed for 58 yards. … Gilbert passed for 158 yards on 12 attempts. … Perry rushed for 184 yards and passed for 11 yards.

Jefferson 35, North Hall 0

How the game was won: Jefferson started slow, leading 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, but pushed the lead to 21-0 to apply pressure and put away the game.

Top Performers: Colby Wood scored twice with runs of six and 51 yards and finished the game with 134 yards rushing on 13 attempts. … Darian Hill added touchdowns runs of one and two yards. … Joseph Randolph scored on a 2-yard pass from Bryce Moore.

Calhoun 24, Carrollton 20

How the game was won:: The visiting Yellow Jackets scored 21 unanswered points to rally past Carrollton. The Trojans built a 20-3 lead after a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown by Keegan Hill with 8:33 left in the half. Calhoun answered with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Kaelen Riley to Ethan Woodward before the break to cut the deficit to 20-10. … The fourth quarter was more Riley as he rushed for an 8-yard touchdown on the opening snap and tossed a game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass to Landon Rice with 4:26 left in the game. Carrollton was flagged 16 times for 115 yards of penalties in the game.

Top Performers: Carrollton running back Jarvis Terrell rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown off of 15 carries. … Carrollton quarterback Demarcus Mitchell rushed for 65 yards and passed for 56 yards and a touchdown. … Carrollton receiver Dalton Benefield hauled in three passes for a team-high 53 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown reception. … Carrollton’s Keegan Hill returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown … Calhoun quarterback Kaelen Riley completed 20-of-27 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns while taking 14 carries for 129 yards and a score. Calhoun’s Ethan Woodard caught a touchdown pass and intercepted Carrollton’s final possession. … Landon Rice caught one pass for 14 yards, but it proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

Class AA

Pace Academy 38, Landmark Christian 30

How the game was won: Pace went up 38-23 on a 74-yard screen pass from Gunnor Faulk to Trey Blount in the fourth quarter. Pace recovered an onsides kick after Landmark’s final touchdown and ran out the clock.

Top performers: Faulk rushed for two touchdowns in addition to his long touchdown pass to Blount, who also had an interception on defense. … Pace also got rushing touchdowns from Jordan Payne and Deon Jackson. … Pace kicker Samuel Sloman had a field goal and had touchbacks on all of his kickoffs except one (6).

Wesleyan 48, Stratford Academy 21

How the game was won: Wesleyan raced out to a 20-7 first half lead behind two Banks Ramsey to Josh Garrard touchdown passes. The first score was a 30-yard toss while the second, which came at the 4:35 mark of the second quarter, was a 10-yard strike.

Top performers: Jordan Argilagos scored twice on the ground for the Wolves, including a 24-yarder for the first points of the game with 9:51 remaining in the first quarter. …Banks Ramsey threw for four touchdowns, hooking up with Josh Garrard twice and Harrison Cook and Tucker Cannon once. …Stratford Academy was led by Sim Patrick and Quintez Cephus. Patrick hit Cephus three times through the air for touchdowns, including twice in the fourth quarter.

Fitzgerald 35, Irwin County 14

How the game was won: Only leading 21-14 at the start of the third quarter, James Graham scored on a 31-yard touchdown run to give Fitzgerald a two-touchdown lead (28-14). J.D. King added to Fitzgerald’s lead, scoring on a 24-yard run.

Top performers: Fitzgerald’s James Graham rushed for 173 yards, threw for 68 yards and had four total touchdowns. … King also had 173 rushing yards and a touchdown. … Irwin County running back D.J. Pollard rushed for 180 yards on 20 carries, while tallying 12 tackles on defense.


Class A

Commerce 35, Hebron Christian 0

How the game was won: The Tigers’ stingy defense shutdown Steven Dubose and the rest of the Lions offense, holding them to just 122 yards of total offense.

Top performers: Will Thomas gained 79 yards on 13 carries for Commerce. …Caleb Brooks ran for 44 yards from the quarterback position and scored twice on the ground and once through the air. …J’varius Wood hauled in a 59-yard touchdown pass from Brooks. …Cole Chancey totaled 72 yards rushing.

 Walker 21, King’s Ridge 20

How the game was won: Lawson Ashby scored on a 6-yard run with 8:25 left to play to give Walker the winning touchdown. The five-play drive was set up by a Paul Grazzini interception near midfield and return to the King’s Ridge 20.

Top performers: Ashby scored his first of two rushing touchdowns with a six-yard run in the first quarter. … Quarterback Joseph Bose scored on a 13-yard run in the second quarter to give host Walker a 14-13 halftime lead.

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