Week 7 Football Round Up

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The No. 2 ranked AA Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans made their way down to Grady Stadium to take on the KIPP Atlanta Warriors in hopes of keeping their perfect region record intact. The Spartans scored touchdowns on their first five possessions en route to a 51-14 win.

Star quarterback Davis Mills completed 11-of-13 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Mills completed five passes of 20 yards or more with his longest coming on a 34-yard strike to wide receiver Malcolm Cunningham.

Alex Rowe led the Spartans (5-1, 3-0 6-AA) in rushing with 88 yards and scored on runs of 34, 4 and 2 yards respectively. Rowe also caught one pass for 25 yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Spartans rushed for 160 yards on the night.

“He [Mills] is a great quarterback,” Rowe said. “He is very young but leads the team in every way. It’s a lot of fun to play with someone like that.”

GAC head coach Tim Hardy added “It was a good team effort for our teamtonight. Our defense played really well tonight and gave us a lot of short fields. Davis was really efficient tonight and we took advantage of it.”

The GAC defense held the Warriors to 160 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers. Outside linebacker Joshua Pickens sacked Warriors’ quarterback Octavious Arnold twice and helped the defense hold Arnold to just 7-of-24 passing for 75 yards.

GAC hosts region foe PACE Academy (5-1, 2-0 6-AA) next Friday.


Peachtree Ridge 56, Duluth 0

How the game was won: Peachtree Ridge, which led 49-0 at the half, had two interceptions for touchdowns, one each by Avante Ross (30 yards) and Zane Ashley (44 yards). Fred Payton threw two touchdown passes to Christian Sutton and one to Connor Heyward.

Top performers: Payton finished 9-of-11 passing for 187 yards and three touchdowns. … Bubba Hickson threw one pass attempt, a 46-yard touchdown to Malik Murray. … Marquez Jackson led the host Lions in rushing with 70 yards and a 45-yard touchdown. … Chad Clay had a 38-yard punt return for a score. … Heyward led the Lions in receiving with three catches for 64 yards, including the touchdown of 33 yards.

Lassiter 21, Woodstock 14

How the game was won: Kyle Syvarth intercepted Woodstock with less than :20 seconds left in the game and ran it back for a touchdown to seal a 21-14 victory for the Trojans. This came after Lassiter kicked a field goal with :21 seconds remaining to go ahead 15-14.

Top Performers: Mason Waters found the end zone for the Trojans on a five yard run that pulled the team within two points in the fourth quarter. …Cole Taylor caught a touchdown pass from Bradley Riopelle for the team’s first score in the second quarter.

Brookwood 14, Shiloh 7 (OT)

How the game was won: Brookwood held a 7-0 lead until the third quarter when Shiloh tied it up. A scoreless fourth quarter would lead to overtime, where Jesse Brown gave Brookwood the win on a 15-yard run. The score would remain tied through regulation, forcing overtime. The first play of overtime would give the Broncos a 14-7 lead and the win after Shiloh was failed to score.

Top Performers: Angelo DiSpigna and Dorian Miles connected for a touchdown pass in the first half… Jesse Brown gave Brookwood the win in overtime with his 15-yard touchdown run.

Newnan 49, Douglas County 21

How the game was one: Newnan scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 42-7 lead at the half.

Top Performers: Darryel Hines had a great night on the ground, picking up two rushing touchdowns in the first half… Marquis Hill matched Hines with two touchdowns of his own, both on the ground… Randall Arnold found the end zone on a 78 yard touchdown pass from Chancellor Johnson… Malik Ball would wrap up the night after he picked off Douglas County for a 80 yard interception return touchdown.

Grayson 34, South Gwinnett 0

How the game was won: Cameryn Brent scored on two short runs in the third quarter to help Grayson pull away from a 13-0 halftime lead. Grayson held South Gwinnett to just 86 total yards.

Top performers: Brent finished with 171 yards and had touchdown runs of two and three yards in the third quarter. … Chase Brice rushed for a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Austin Nash in the second quarter. … Ernest Tiller had a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap scoring; Tiller finished with 72 yards rushing.

Etowah 56, Pope 13

How the game was won: Etowah scored 21 second quarter points to bust open a 35-6 halftime lead, highlighted by a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown by Mohammad Salame.

Top Performers: Quorealus Smith was the leading rusher for Etowah, carrying the ball four times for 76 yards and a touchdown. …Patrick Ferris had two rushing touchdowns for Etowah and 47 yards. …In total, five different Eagles scored a touchdown.

Langston Hughes 49, Campbell 14

How the game was won: Demetrius Whitmore scored three times on the ground for the visiting Panthers. Langston Hughes jumped out to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter and a 42-6 lead at halftime.

Top performers: Hughes quarterback Isaiah Green was 10-for-18 passing for 217 yards and a touchdown pass to Tony Jones. Greene also rushed for a 12-yard score. … Jeffrey Allison took a direct snap as an up man on a fake punt and rushed 73 yards for a touchdown. … The Panthers covered three fumbles, including one by Karam Puckett for a touchdown after a botched Campbell punt snap. Jamarcus Whitmore and Charles Thomas had the other fumble recoveries for Hughes.

Cherokee 31, Wheeler 28

How the game was won: After Wheeler pulled within three points late in the fourth quarter (31-28), Cherokee recovered an onside kick to seal the game. This came after Cherokee led 31-14 with three minutes to play and Wheeler fought back with two quick scores.

Top Performers: Montrell Washington had a huge game with 12 receptions for 128 yards for Cherokee. …Brittian Brown led the ground attack for Cherokee, rushing for 170 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. …Nolan Donelly was efficient at the quarterback position for Cherokee going 21-of-36 for 198 yards.

North Cobb 19, Hillgrove 7

How the game was won: North Cobb gained 186 of its 290 total yards of offense on the ground and controlled the clock with 30:25 minutes of possession compared to Hillgrove’s 17:35 to grind out a home victory.

Top Performers: Jai Erwin rushed 29 times for 77 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown. …Quannie Green raced 45 yards for a touchdown at the 10:47 mark of the second quarter to make the score 13-0. Green finished with 46 yards on four carries. …CJ Cole added 54 yards on 14 attempts. Cole’s 17-yard touchdown run with 7:42 remaining closed the game out. …Will Lovett finished 9-of-16 for 104 yards and an interception for the Warriors. …For Hillgrove, Hunter Arters completed 15-of-30 passes for 221 yards one touchdown and one interception. …Matt Wilson stepped in and went 0-of-2 with an interception. …Jeremiah Bridges caught seven balls for 101 yards while Chigoziem Okonkowo caught a 34-yard touchdown pass with just over five minutes to play in the second quarter.

Collins Hill 24, Mountain View 7

How the game was won: Monty Horn led Collins Hill out the gates with touchdown passes to Justin Macaulay and Braxton Curry to take a 14-0 lead. Mountain View got on the board with a 67-yard reception by track-star Jalen Virgil before the Eagles went into the half up 17-7.

Top performers: Monty Horn threw two first half touchdown passes for Collins Hill. … Mountain View’s Jalen Virgil scored on a 67-yard touchdown reception.

Mill Creek 52, Meadowcreek 0

How the game was won: Kishawn Miller returned an interception 22-yards in the opening moments of the first quarter to set the tone for the dominating Hawks defense. Mill Creek led 35-0 after the first quarter and held the Mustangs to -24 yards of total offense on the night. Mill Creek has now pitched three straight shutouts and has not allowed a point in region play.

Top Performers: Daniel Leconte rushed eight times for 41 yards and scored on a 5-yard run. …Joe Thomas carried six times for 62 yards and two touchdowns. …Tyson Morgan found the end zone on a 67-yard run and finished with 75 yards on six totes. …Cameron Turley completed 3-of-5 passes for 48 yards and a 22-yard touchdown strike to Preston Norwood. …Jordan Clark carried 13 times for 52 yards.

Norcross 38, North Gwinnett 10

How the game was won: Terrion Dangerfield scored on a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to break open the game and push the Norcross lead to 31-10.

Top Performers: Necholas Sermons led the Norcross offense, scoring on runs of 41 and 11 yards. …Devin Wallace caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Baron Radcliff. …Kendrew Wynn nailed down a wonderful defensive performance by Norcross with a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

East Coweta 7, Westlake 0

How the game was won: After being shutout in a 35-0 loss last season at Westlake, the Indians turned the tables in Sharpsburg. Defense ruled, but it was East Coweta’s special teams that was the difference maker. A punt with 3:37 remaining in the fourth was botched by a Westlake return man and was recovered in the end zone by East Coweta for the only score of the game.

Top Performers: Junior cornerback Reggie Jones fell on the fumble in the end zone to lift the Indians over the Lions.

Lee County 42, Tift County 14

How the game was won: Tift County committed five first half turnovers and trailed Lee County 14-7 at the half. Lee County quarterback Garet Morrell found Tray Eaford on a 93-yard touchdown pass to open the second half before the duo found the end zone for the third time of the game on a 23-yard pass to make it 35-7. Demerious Milton opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run and added Lee County’s final touchdown on a 1-yard plunge with 30 seconds left.

Top performers: Lee County quarterback Garet Morrell ran in a 93-yard touchdown and threw three touchdown passes to Tray Eaford (11, 90, 23 yards). … Demerious Milton ran in two Lee County touchdowns from 1-yard out.


Gainesville 34, Salem 6

How the game was won: Messiah Dorsey connected with Chris Byrd for a Red Elephant touchdown to give Gainesville an early 10-0 lead. Dorsey added a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter, one rushing and a pass to Martavius Davis, to build a 24-6 lead at the half. KD Smith capped off the scoring with a late rushing touchdown that followed Chandler Staton’s second field.

Top Performers: Messiah Dorsey totaled three touchdowns, two passing and one on the ground… Martavius Davis and Chris Byrd each picked up a touchdown through the air… Defensively, Chris Lyles and Kamden Young both had interceptions of their own.

Stockbridge 12, Dutchtown 0

How the game was won: Stockbridge led just 6-0 at halftime but scored on a 4th-and-goal attempt with 6:02 remaining in the third quarter to give the Tigers the road win.

Top performers: Jalen Holston scored Stockbridge’s first touchdown with 5:32 remaining in the first half, rushing for a 40-yard score. Holston led all rushers with 171 yards.

Starr’s Mill 43, Drew 25

How the game was won: Rico Frye ran in a 4-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to extend the Starr’s Mill lead to 43-25 and give the Panthers their first 5-0 start since 2010.

Top Performers: Fryer scored three touchdowns, all of which came in the second half and finished with 208 rushing yards…Dion Munerlyn had two first half touchdown runs for Starr’s Mill and finished with 176 yards on 18 carries…Drew’s Quarderman Sloan had 173 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in the first half and finished the game with 204 yards on the ground.

Woodland-Stockbridge 36, Ola 14

How the game was won: After Ola fought back from a 20-0 deficit at halftime to pull within six points in the third, De’Angelo Albert scored twice to seal the victory for Woodland.

Top Performers: Albert had an outstanding game, rushing for 231 yards and five touchdowns. …Yusuf Corker intercepted a pass in the second quarter and ran it back to the three yard line to set up an Albert score. …The Woodland-Stockbridge defense totaled eight sacks.

Kell 35, North Springs 6

How the game was won: Trey Weathers scored the only touchdown of the third quarter for either team to give Kell a 21-6 lead that the Longhorns did not give up.

Top Performers: Weathers led Kell in scoring with two rushing touchdowns, scoring on a 16-yard run and a 13-yard run. …Ivan Walls, Solon Page, and Dre Houston each rushed Longhorn touchdowns. … Walls scored on a one-yard run, Page on a 33-yard run, and Houston on a 23-yarder.

Dalton 28, Creekview 21

How the game was won: Drake McGowan found the end zone for the third time of the night with 55 seconds left to play on a 10-yard run to give the Catamounts a 28-21 lead that would be preserved.

Top Performers: Drake McGowan scored on runs of 4, 2 and 10 yards to lead the Dalton run game. …Quarterback JP Tighe added a 38-yard scamper with 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter to tie the game at 14. …Kyle Wilkie of Creekview night was highlighted by a 26-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Kolb with 1:12 left in the first quarter.

Northside-Warner Robins 33, Richmond Academy 7

How the game was won: Northside-Warner Robins outscored the Musketeers 33-7 before a scoreless second half. Northside amassed 436 yards of offense, including 209 yards rushing and 227 yards passing. … Richmond Academy matched 221 yards with 197 rushing and only 24 passing. … The Musketeers committed three turnovers in the loss.

Top Performers: Tobias Oliver went 14-of-16 passing for 198 yards and one touchdown. … Oliver also rushed for a 2-yard touchdown… Desean Dinkins three touchdowns, including a 6-yarder and two from 5-yards out … Jaylan Sandifer added a 26 yard reception from Oliver. … Richmond Academy’s Justin Dears scored on a 23 yard reception from Jeff Jones.

Northgate 39, McIntosh 7

How the game was won: Northgate moved to 6-0 after holding its sixth consecutive opponent to seven points or less. The McIntosh offense produced zero points in this defeat as Matt Smith scooped up the Chiefs only score on an 80-yard fumble recovery.

Top Performers: Northgate quarterback Kyle Mclaren threw a pair of first half touchdowns and Ton Evans added a 65-yard touchdown run to give Northgate an 18-0 halftime lead. …Evans added a 3-yard touchdown to make it 25-7 after McIntosh got on the board and Kamari Ray iced the game with an 8-yard Northgate touchdown to give the Vikings a 32-7 lead in the third quarter.

Warner Robins 21, Evans 19

How the game was won: Evans put together a 57 yard touchdown drive after being down by 8 points late in the final quarter. Latravious Holliday found a crease and rushed into the end zone from 14 yards out to leave the Knights down by two points, but the Warner Robins defense would stop the conversion attempt to put away the game.

Top Performers: Javian Bradford-Jackson rushed in from 20 yards for a touchdown. … Marquez Callaway added a 63 yard touchdown run. … Michael Bradley scored on an 11 yard run. … Evans found scoring from Levin Lackey on a 1-yard run, Derrick Mims on a 10 yard run and Holliday on a 14-yard rush.

Mundy’s Mill 49, Morrow 0

How the game was won: Mundy’s Mill stopped Morrow on a 4th and 2 on the first possession and the Mustangs’ decided to punt the next possession, but a botched snap gave Mundy’s Mill’s Marqarious Crutchfield an easy 1-yard run into the end zone. Kaziah Hall extended the lead to 14-0 with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Dexter Manlor and a successful two-point conversion. Khalid Hylton opened the second half with a 9-yard touchdown run and Hall hit Kimani Donaldson for a 50-ard touchdown pass to grow the lead to 28-0. Crutchfield added his second score on a 56-yard run to start the final quarter.

Top Performers: Marquarious Crutchfield scored two touchdowns, including a 56-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. … Kaziah Hall threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Dexter Manlor and found Kimani Donaldson for a 50-yard score.

Jones County 38, Lakeside-Evans 7

How the game was won: Lakeside-Evans botched two punt attempts leaving Jones County with excellent field position on the first two possessions of the game. The Greyhounds opened a 21-0 lead after one quarter and pushed it to 31-0 at half to put the game away.

Top Performers: Bradley Hunnicutt finished the game 9-of-15 passing for 141 yards and one touchdown. … Chandler Ramage scored on runs of five and 35 yards. … Dan Curry rushed in a 1-yard touchdown. … Shareez Hamm caught a 20 yard pass for a touchdown. … Terrell Soloman scored on a goaline run. … Josh Skinner added a 26 yard field goal. … Lakeside-Evans quarterback Nick Patterson scored on a 1 yard rush. …Jones County amassed 252 yards of total offense. … Lakeside-Evans matched 101 yards of offense.

Houston County 44, Cross Creek 12

How the game was won: Houston County dominated both sides of the football and capitalized on Cross Creek’s first half miscues to build a 41-0 lead at intermission after Alex Sanders, Keshawn Johnson and Myron Jacobs each intercepted Cross Creek passes.

Top Performers: Houston County quarterback Jake Fromm led the way, passing for 306 yards on 26 attempts in the first half. … Chris Brinson scored on a five yard pass, a 17 yard run, and ran in a goal line touchdown. … Eli Watson completed a 38 yard touchdown pass. … Myron Jacobs picked up a backwards pass that resulted in a 2-yard interception return. … Fromm connected with Jaylen Searcy on an 81 yard pass for a touchdown. … John David Ferraris kicked a 25 yard field goal. … Alex Sanders and Keyshawn Johnson both had inteceptions in the romp.

Class AAAA

Burke County 26 , Thomson 20

How the game was won: Aquavious Evans for Burke County got the game going when he broke an 82-yard run to put the Bears up early in the first quarter. A 12-0 lead was too big of a hole for the Bulldogs to climb out of. Thomson answered with a block extra point but could never gain the lead against the upset-minded Bears.

Top Performers: Keenan Parker for Burke County scored two rushing touchdowns to give the bears an early 12-0 lead against No. 6 Thomson. Caleeb Roberson found the end zone on the ground to make it 20-6 with 6:26 in the third and later added a 5-yard score with 1:04 to play in the quarter. … Billy Mance scored on a 66-yard touchdown run. .. Aquavious Evans scored on an 82-yard touchdown run. … For Thomson, Christian Tutt returned a kick to make it 12-6. …Trey Parker caught a touchdown from Rashad Sturgis with 11:15 to play in the fourth, bringing the score to 26-20.

West Laurens 33, Upson-Lee 28

How the game was won: West Laurens held off an Upson-Lee comeback attempt after being up 33-14 early in the third quarter.

Top Performers: Darius Bradford led the way for West Laurens, scoring three touchdowns. … Brandon Stuckey added a touchdown. … Bill Leroy scored two field goals. …. Upson-Lee found scoring from Quay Harris with two touchdowns. … Quay Reviere added a rushing touchdown. … Quay Battle also scored a touchdown. … Bo Cummings added an interception in the win.

Thomas County Central 20, Monroe 7

How the game was won: Kelias Williams scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Thomas County Central to break a 7-7 tie.

Top Performers: Nick Patterson scored from three yards out to give Thomas County Central its first score. …Tyrice Cloud had a 15-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Spalding 28, Griffin 6

How the game was won: Griffin led 6-0 at halftime, but Spalding quarterback Naricuss Driver scored three times on the ground in the second half to help the host Jaguars to 28 unanswered points and the win.

Top performers: Kelvin Johnson scored on a four-yard run to start scoring in the third quarter for Spalding; the drive was set up by a Deaundre Alford interception near midfield. … Defensive end Christian Cheeves had three sacks for Spalding, all in the second half.

Marist 41, Lithonia 8

How the game was won: The Bulldogs held an 8-7 advantage after one period of play but the War Eagles soared to 34 unanswered points to fly away with another Region 6 victory.

Top Performers: Jack Dinges tossed touchdown passes of 20 and 19 yards to Jack Uber and Will Toner respectively and added rushing touchdowns of 19 and 15 yards to lead the rout. …Cameron Pearson scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter while Michael Addicks added a 1-yard plunge. …Lithonia scored on a Robert Hatchett to Jordan Smith 45-yard touchdown pass.

Buford 56, Chestatee 0

How the game was won: Buford scored 28 points in each of the first two quarters. Joshua Blackwell and Christian Turner each scored on their only two offensive touches, and Martin Mangrum scored on two out of his three touches. Buford held Chestatee to seven total yards and one first down in the first half while gaining 328 yards.

Top performers: Turner scored on runs of 22 and 71 yards to lead Buford with 93 yards rushing, and Blackwell scored on a run of 35 yards and a 47-yard punt return. Mangrum had a four-yard run and a 36-yard run for touchdowns. … Wolves quarterback Mic Roof was 4-for-5 passing for 112 yards and a 14-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marsh. … Anthony Grant added a five-yard touchdown run for host Buford.

Cartersville 42, Heritage-Catoosa 6

How the game was won: The powerful offense of the Purple Hurricanes raced out to a 42-0 halftime lead. Tiamon Pennymon and Trevor Lawrence each found the end zone three times a piece in the first half.

Top Performers: Tiamon Pennymon scored three touchdowns and gained 98 yards in the first half to pace the Canes. …Trevor Lawrence threw for 211 yards and scored on two quarterback keepers and added a 33-yard screen pass to Tony Dean to account for his three touchdowns.

St. Pius 30, Columbia 15

How the game was won: After Columbia’s Will Tomlin hit Daniel Harris for a 3-yard touchdown pass with just over 8 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 23-15, the Golden Lions thwarted the upset minded Eagles with a Lawson Cooper 1-yard touchdown run, capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive that took 6:11 off the clock.

Top Performers: Lawson Cooper carried 22 times for 116 yards and two scores. …Reed Egan went 2-of-2 for 31 yards. …Grant Holloman rushed 10 times for 57 yards and one touchdown. …Ryan Walsh added a 1-yard touchdown plunge to open up the scoring at the 7:01 mark of the first quarter. …Columbia was led by Will Tomlin, who completed 6-of-12 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown while adding 35 yards rushing.

Class AAA

Laney 36 ,Washington County 29

How the Game was won: Washington County led 21-6 after the first quarter, but quarterback Houston Channell threw four interceptions in which two were ran back for scores, to spark a Laney comeback.

Top Performers: Tonight seemed to be the Vincente Thompkins show as the Laney star accounted for three interceptions, one in which he returned 88 yards for a touchdown. Thompkins also tossed a touchdown and added two rushing scores. … Markevese Latimer returned a punt 48 yards and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Houston Channell for Washington County. …Channell tacked on a 2-yard touchdown run.

North Murray 55 Lakeview- Fort Oglethorpe 28

How the game was won: Although Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe had some strong defensive series the Warriors were not able to contain Brady Harper and Blake Davis. Harper scored four times on the ground for the Mountaineers while Blake torched the defense with two passing touchdowns. This puts North Murray at 2-4 while Lakeview- Fort Oglethorpe is still seeking their first win of the season.

Top Performer: Brady Harper scored on runs of 9, 3, 34 and 53 yards. …Blake Davis tossed a 23-yard touchdown to Jordan Adams and found Adams again in second quarter for a 22-yard score. Davis also scored on a 30-yard QB keeper.

Eagles Landing 38, Hampton 2

How the game was won: The Golden Eagles used a strong defensive night to pick up the win at home.  Eagles Landing accounted for four touchdowns in the first half, giving them a 26-2 lead. After a scoreless third quarter, the Golden Eagles extended their demanding lead with two touchdowns.

Top Performers: Antonia Gibson stole the show as he had 227 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. Gibson rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for his 105 receiving yards and 40 yard touchdown pass from Cam Lewis. … Tyler Heflin threw for 87 yards and one touchdown. Heflin picked up another touchdown on the ground.

Veterans 27, Baldwin 7

How the game was won: Veterans picked up two touchdowns in first half to take a 17-0 lead at the half. Already with the big lead, the Warhawks extended it to 27-0 in the before sealing the victory.

Top Performers: Veterans’ Logan Byrd picked up two touchdowns, tucking the ball and rushed for both of them on quarterback keepers… Desjuan Harris broke loose before halftime for a 51 yard rushing touchdown.

Dawson County 35, East Hall 28

How the game was won: Dawson County scored three times in the first half, taking a 20-15 lead into halftime. With the only touchdown in the third quarter, Dawson County extended its lead to 27-15. East Hall scored in the fourth quarter to bring it within five points, but Dawson County pulled ahead with another touchdown that proved to be the winner as East hall came up short with a late touchdown.

Top Performers: Corey Watson threw for two touchdowns and gained another on the ground… Tucker Maxwell was on the receiving end of Watson, snagging both touchdowns, including a 51-yard score. … Hunter Mitchell ran in two touchdowns, the second which proved to be the game-winner from 23 yards.

Calhoun 45, Adairsville 13

How the game was won: Calhoun shook off a sluggish start in a battle of undefeateds on the road to beat Adairsville. The Tigers led 13-3 after the first period, but a 28-point outburst in the second quarter completely swung momentum in favor of the defending state champs. The Tigers had a chance to get on the scoreboard when they marched down to the Calhoun 2-yardline with seconds remaining in the second quarter, but Adairsville was unable to punch it in and did not have enough time to run out the field goal unit before time expired and the game went to the half 31-13 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.

Top Performers: Kaelan Riley completed 10-of-18 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Riley also added 16 carries for 134 yards and an 8-yard rushing touchdown. …Olico Dennis ran 16 times for 130 yards and two scores. …Rhett Abernathy caught an 11-yard touchdown and Malik Lawrence snagged a 36-yard touchdown pass. …Adairsville was led by Sidnee Johnson who ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

Dawson County 35, East Hall 28

How the game was won: Hunter Mitchell scored on a 23-yard run with 3:52 left in the game to give Dawson County a 35-22 lead following a successful two-point conversion.

Top Performers: Tucker Maxwell caught two touchdowns passes for Dawson County. The first was a 51-yard score, and the second was a 15-yarder. …Hunter Mitchell also found the end zone twice for Dawson County.

Jackson 31, Westside-Macon 29

How the game was won: Westside-Macon rallied to take a brief 29-25 lead, after a 3-yard Savion Knowlton touchdown before Jackson quarterback Shaderious Crowder connected with Ny’j Smith on a 30 yard game-winning touchdown minutes later.

Top Performers: Crowder tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to Smith from 30 yards after finding Smith for a70 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Smith also added an interception return for a touchdown in the opening quarter. … Jaylan Grier rushed in from 2 yards out for a Jackson touchdown. … Westside quarterback Savion Knowlton scored on runs of three, 14 and 18 yards. … Gerimie Mitchell adde a 25 yard rushing touchdown. … Blaine Halvorson kicked a 25 yard field goal.

Peach County 25, Central-Macon 14

How the game was won: Central-Macon had momentum driving against Peach County as the Trojans held the lead 13-7. Central stalled at 4th and 1 on the Peach County 21 yardline when Central bobbled the snap and Peach County recovered. The change in momentum favored the Trojans of Peach County as they held on to squeak past the Chargers.

Top Performers:Peach County quarterback Tyrique McGhee put the exclamation point on the game with a one yard touchdown run with 3:08 left in the game. … Kearis Jackson scored on a 42 yard pass play and rushed in from 45 yards. … James Jackson added a three yard rushing touchdown for the Trojans. … Central quarterback Derrick Evans connected with Saxon Keith for a 45 yard touchdown and Ivorie Childers for a 23 yard score.

Franklin County 29, Lumpkin County 8

How the game was won: Franklin County scored four rushing touchdowns to race past the Indians and remain undefeated in Region 7. Lumpkin County had its chance after cutting the lead to six points when Zach Matthews recovered a fumble on the Indians’ 37-yardline with 5:37 remaining in regulation, but at the 3:58 mark Lumpkin County would fumble the ball right back, leading to a Bud Woods touchdown run 51 seconds later to extend the lead to 22-8.

Top Performers: Eshun Hill and Conner Williams both scored on the ground to take a 14-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter. …Zach Matthews of Lumpkin County scored on a 4-yard run and Cal Thrailkill converted on a 2-point conversion to bring the lead to 14-8 with 6:34 left in the fourth. …Bud Woods scored at the 3:07 mark of the fourth and Tyrique David sprinted 81 yards for the dagger with 45 seconds left.

Jefferson 27, Elbert County 8

How the game was won: Colby Wood led Jefferson with a huge four-touchdown night, including a 1-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left in the first half that pushed the Dragons’ lead to 14-0. Wood closed out the third quarter with his third score and answered Elbert County’s Mecole Hardman touchdown in the fourth quarter with his final score.

Top Performers: Colby Wood carried the ball an incredible 45 times and racked up 285 yards to go with his four touchdowns. Wood also hauled in a 21 yard reception and an interception on defense.

Class AA

Rabun County 44, Social Circle 0

How the game was won: A 21-point first quarter highlighted by big plays left the Redskins in the dust. The Wildcats are now 4-0 all-time against Social Circle with wins prior of 49-23, 64-0 and 49-21.

Top Performers: Eli Gipson scored on a 66-yard run and Charlie Woerner followed with a 68-yarder of his own to help the Wildcats jump out 14-0. …Bailey Fisher hit Cal Drummond on a 27-yard touchdown pass to close out the first quarter. …Drummond later added a 5-yard touchdown run while Fisher tossed touchdowns to Jack Johnson (59 yards) and Alden Wright (40 yards).

Jefferson County 20, Dublin 13

How the game was won: Jefferson County tied the game at 6-6 in the first half after a Tyler Williams 5-yard run. Ty Bell started the second half with a 34-yard rushing score. With the game locked at 13-13, Bell connected with Jakota Turner for a 16-yard touchdown pass, securing the win for Warriors.

Top Performers: Ty Bell rushed for one touchdown and threw for another, including the game-winner to Jakota Turner from 16 yards out… Tyler Williams ran in a 5-yard Warriors touchdown right before the half.

Screven County 41, Harlem 0

How the game was won: Screven County put up 35 points in the first half and cruised to a 41-point victory. In the first quarter, Screven’s defense held Harlem to negative seven yards of total offense.

Top Performers: Jermany Hawkins led the offensive charge for Screven County. In the first quarter, he scored on a 13-yard run before housing a 87-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He finished the night with 180 yards on 11 carries.

Wesleyan 13, Hapeville Charter 7

How the game was won: The low scoring contest was dominated by two defenses that were up to the task. The Wolves however, got slightly more to finish off the Hornets. Harrison Cook picked off Mack Green with 12 seconds left to hold on. Wesleyan picked off three Green passes after Green entered the game with only four interceptions all season.

Top Performers: Drew Aspinwall, Cole Mannion and Harrison Cook all came away with key interceptions for Wesleyan. ..Jordan Weaver added two field goals, one in the second quarter and one in the third quarter with 6:51 left to play. Weaver had a chance to extend the lead twice in the fourth quarter, but Hapeville blocked his first attempt and Weaver missed on his second. …Banks Ramsey scored on a keeper at the 6:30 mark of the first quarter.

Class A

Fellowship Christian 41, King’s Ridge 7

How the game was won: The Paladins snapped a 2-game losing streak and got back to their defensive ways to shut down the Tiger offense. King’s Ridge led 7-0 after one, but the rushing attack revved up and powered the Paladin offense past the Tigers. In Fellowship Christian’s now three wins this season, they have allowed 7, 0 and 7 points. In losses, they have given up 30 and 31 points.

Top Performers: Tyler Matthesen punched in a touchdown run to tie the score at 7 with 3:24 left in the second quarter. …Quarterback Jack Hardin scored on a 1-yard keeper. …Ryan Reid scored his first touchdown of the season on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter. …Andrew Minkert rumbled in 5-yards at the 5:41 mark of the fourth to make it 35-7.

Stratford Academy 41, First Presbyterian Day 21

How the game was won: Stratford Academy took a 34-7 lead into halftime thanks to a 40-yard touchdown run by Kasey Sanders.

Top Performers: O’Showen Williams rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns for Stratford Academy. Sanders had 144 rushing yards and Tyler Jordan had 102 yards on the ground. …In total, Stratford Academy had 432 yards rushing on 43 carries. …First Presbyterian quarterback Will McCormick was 17-of-29 for 320 yards passing and two touchdowns. …Daniel Weaver had 165 yards receiving on 11 catches for First Presbyterian Day.

Prince Avenue Christian 35, Commerce 14

How the game was won: The Wolverines rolled to 6-0 thanks to a stingy defense and tough running. The 14 points is the most points allowed this season by a stalwart defensive group. Noah Campbell and Jordan Ginnell both picked off passes in the win.

Top Performers: Kevon Hudson scored two touchdowns highlighted by a 47-yard scoring run at the end of the first half. …Noah Campbell scored on a 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. …Grant Roland found Jordan Hightower on a 36-yard touchdown passes with 8:32 to play in the fourth quarter to wrap up the scoring.


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