Week 7 Friday Night Roundups

A year after his five-touchdown performance against Region 1-6A opponent Houston County, Lee County junior Ousmane Kromah broke through a mess of defenders for the go-ahead rushing score — his fourth of the night — in the Trojans’ 44-35 road victory over the third-ranked Bears.

No. 3-ranked Lee County, which entered the matchup ranked for the 100th straight week, took a quick lead on the first play of the game with a 63-yard trip to the end zone by Kromah. Bears quarterback Antwann Hill Jr answered with a 16-yard touchdown run later in the opening frame for the first of five ties, but Kromah stretched out for a second score shortly after. Hill tied it up again on the following Bears drive, throwing a sidearm pass to Kale Woodburn, who broke free for a 49-yard touchdown just before the second quarter.

Braxton Honer capped off Lee County’s next possession with a 6-yard TD run, and the Trojans nearly got the ball back on the Bears’ ensuing return with Corey McDowell punched the ball free from Ryan Taleb’s hands. Houston County recovered it, however, and Hill’s pass to Gavin Kurpis again knotted the game. After a 56-yard TD from Kromah, Kurpis scored again, bringing the score to 28-28 at the break.

After a Lee County punt to start the third quarter, Hill was intercepted at the goal line. The Trojans were unsuccessful on their next drive, however, and a failed punt fake gave Houston County the ball in Lee County Territory. Kurpis converted on 4th down for the third time to extend the drive, and the Bears took their first lead of the game on a 17-yarder from Hill to Ricky Johnson. Darius Patterson’s tackle-for-loss led to another failed punt fake for Lee County, but the Trojans got a big stop on 4th-and-1 to take over at their own 16-yard line early in the fourth. The final tie of the night came moments later, when a 71-yard run by Kromah set up another Honer touchdown. The Bears converted on 4th-and-8 on the next drive, but Jaydon Cory’s strip sack and Justyn Tanksley’s recovery gave the ball back to the Trojans. The teams traded punts, and Houston County’s was returned deep into Bears territory by Devin Collier. After converting on 4th-and-2 with 1:38 remaining, Kromah broke free for the go-ahead touchdown.

Hill got the ball back for one last drive, but back-to-back sacks by Leroy Jackson and Collier, the latter of which resulted in a safety, sealed the win for the Trojans. Lee County is now 10-0 all-time against Houston County and 5-1 on the season, with its only loss coming against Colquitt County in Week 4. Both teams will continue region play next week, with Lee County hosting Veterans and Houston County facing Northside-Warner Robins.

The AJC has writers at North Paulding at Walton, Newton at Grayson and Roswell at Blessed Trinity. See the Friday night recaps below, the Thursday night recaps at the bottom of the file or check out Todd Holcomb’s Friday night wrap.

See the Friday night recaps below.

Class 7A

Parkview 34, South Gwinnett 20

The No. 8-ranked Panthers won their Region 4 opener over host South Gwinnett behind five touchdown passes by Cooper Frank. Frank found Carson Wilson twice for touchdowns of 14 and 30 yards, and Michael Matthews hauled in touchdown passes of 71, 40 and 20 yards. For South Gwinnett, Jared Echols and Jamarcus Petite connected for a 55-yard score, Jayshawn Appling ran it in from 19 yards out, and Kace Sherman hit Nuriel Junious for the game’s final points.

Archer 34, Brookwood 6

Archer opened Region 4 play with an emphatic victory over visiting Brookwood. Sophomore Jordan Do threw a touchdown pass to Jonathan Stafford Jr and also scored on the ground from 38 yards out in the win. The Tigers also got touchdown runs from Stafford, Colby Alexander and Emmanuel McCrae.

Mill Creek 47, Central Gwinnett 7

Second-ranked Mill Creek opened Region 8 play with a comfortable win over host Central Gwinnett. Quarterback Shane Throgmartin threw touchdown completions to Trey Walker and Shane Cummings, Brady Lane hit a pair of 39-yard field goals, and the Hawks got two touchdown runs from Cameron Robinson and another from Gabe Hatchell-Van Drie. On defense, Jaiden Patterson provided a interception returned for a touchdown.

In other 7A games – Top-ranked Buford improved to 6-0 with a 43-0 win over Collins Hill in the Region 8 opener. The Wolves will have their bye week to prepare for a trip to No. 2-ranked Mill Creek. … Berkmar got its second win of the season — and its first in Region 7 — against visiting Discovery. The Patriots led by as much as 22-0 before Discovery finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter. … No. 4-ranked Colquitt County capped off non-region play with a 56-16 rout of Lincoln (F.L.) and will travel to Camden County following next week’s bye. … After a scoreless first half, Mountain View outscored host Dacula 9-0 in the third quarter and 14-6 in the fourth to win its Region 8 opener. … North Gwinnett improved to 5-2 on the season and 3-0 in Region 7 following a 49-14 win over host Meadowcreek. The Bulldogs led 22-6 after the opening frame and 43-6 at the break and will continue region play against Peachtree Ridge in two weeks.

Class 6A

Brunswick 42, Grovetown 0

The Brunswick Pirates got their first Region 2 win with a 42-0 shutout of Grovetown. William Heck capped off an 82-yard opening drive with a short touchdown run, and quarterback JR Elkins connected with Terry Mitchell for passing touchdowns of 35 and 12 yards before Heck added another score just before the break. The Pirates are now 3-2 on the season and will travel to Lakeside next week.

Effingham County 49, Glynn Academy 3

The Rebels improved to 2-0 in Region 2 with a 42-3 victory over visiting Glynn Academy. Already leading 14-0 after the opening frame, Effingham County got a pair of second-quarter scores from Nate Hayes and an 82-yard touchdown run by AJ Butts for a 35-0 halftime advantage. The Rebels will travel to Grovetown next week.

Alpharetta 48, Sprayberry 23

The Alpharetta Raiders improved to 2-0 in Region 7 play (and 3-3 overall) with a comfortable win over host Sprayberry (3-3, 0-2). The Yellow Jackets cut Alpharetta’s lead to 14-10 early in the second, but Jrue Keeling’s 75-yard return provided the first of three straight touchdowns for the Raiders, who will host Lassiter following their bye week.

Northside-Warner Robins 35, Tift County 34 (OT)

The visiting Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak with an overtime victory over Tift County in the Region 1 opener. The teams traded touchdowns and punts throughout regulation. Tift County quarterback Christopher Martin threw touchdown passes to Tanner Fechner (32 yards) and Vandorian Simmons (66 yards) to go with rushing scores from Matthew Layfield and Damion Moate, while both Da’Veon Latimore and Jarris Coney scored twice for Northside. Both Coney and Moate found the end zone in overtime, but the Blue Devils attempted a two-point conversion following Moate’s run, and the Eagles stopped it to secure the win.

Thomas County Central 52, Veterans 0

The No. 2-ranked Yellow Jackets capitalized on a myriad of miscues by host Veterans to dominate the Region 1 opener and improve to 6-0 on the season. After Trey Brenton’s 20-yard touchdown for the game’s first points, both Ahmad Ponder (20 yards) and quarterback Jaylen Johnson each added rushing scores after a Warhawks turnover. Devin Ross added a pick-six for a 28-0 lead after the opening frame, and Johnson found Dee Reddick for a touchdown completion in the second. Cam Brooks added a scoop-and-score on the following Veterans punt return before Brenton scored again, and a 40-yard field goal early in the fourth brought the score to its final tally.

Gainesville 35, Lanier 0

Top-ranked Gainesville’s offense was on the field for only about 10 minutes, but a pair of defensive scores and eight sacks by the Red Elephants defense kept the home team in control throughout its matchup against Lanier. Gainesville improves to 6-0 on the season and 2-0 in Region 8 with the 35-0 victory.

Habersham Central 34, Jackson County 27 (2OT)

The Habersham Central Raiders got their first Region 8 win of the season in double overtime against visiting Jackson County. Somdee Satiphone’s 95-yard return put the home team on the board on the first play of the game, and quarterback DJ Pass found Carter Barrett for a 70-yard touchdown in the second. The 14-0 score stood until early in the fourth, when MJ Spurlin found the end zone for the Panthers.
Jackson County scored again with 0:51 remaining and attempted an onside kick after a missed PAT left the Panthers trailing by a point. The Raiders recovered and got a 51-yard score by Antonio Cantrell on the next play (the PAT was no good). RJ Knapp added a touchdown pass as time expired to knot the game at 20-20 and send it to overtime. The Panthers scored on the first play of their drive, and Cantrell tied it up for the Raiders, who then took the lead on a keeper from Pass before Hayden Gailey sealed the win with an interception.

Creekview 23, Etowah 9

After giving up a 9-6 lead to host Etowah late in the third quarter, Creekview closed the night with 17 unanswered points to improve to 2-0 in Region 6 play. Quarterback Austin Guest found Michael Roach in the first quarter and Nathan Agyemang in the fourth, with Agyemang’s catch going for 52 yards and reclaiming the lead for Creekview.

East Paulding 36, Newnan 17

East Paulding improved to 3-0 in Region 5 with a comfortable win over host Newnan. Javen Parker had a pair of first-half touchdowns to put the Raiders up 20-0 at the break, and Newnan finally got on the board in the third with a 46-yard field goal by Ethan Devers. Newnan freshman Brodie Campbell also threw a 52-yard touchdown to senior Jeremiah George in the loss.

Evans 16, Lakeside-Evans 15

Jeremy Howard scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 27-yard run with 3:47 remaining in the game to lead Evans past visiting Lakeside-Evans. A back-and-forth affair saw Lakeside-Evans open the scoring with a touchdown run by Jack Thexton before the home team pulled within 7-6 in the second quarter on a 97-yard scamper by Rayshaun King. Tyler Wallace tacked on a 29-yard field goal to give the Knights a 9-7 advantage at halftime. The Panthers took a 15-9 lead midway through the third quarter when Thexton scored again and also added the two-point conversion. However, Howard’s TD late in the fourth quarter was the final lead change of the night to give Evans a come-from-behind victory.

In other 6A games – North Atlanta remains undefeated following a 31-8 road win over St Pius X in the Region 4 opener. The Warriors will travel to Riverwood next week, while the Golden Lions enter their bye week on a five-game losing streak. … No. 5-ranked Hughes got its season back on track following a region loss to Douglas County last week with a 64-0 rout of visiting Alexander. … Lassiter got its first win of the season (24-2) in its Region 7 opener against visiting Johns Creek. The Trojans will travel to Roswell next week. … No. 10 Woodward Academy improved to 3-0 in Region 3 with a 31-7 win over visiting Lovejoy and will have its bye week to prepare for Rockdale County. … No. 8 Marist won its Region 4 opener against Dunwoody 45-7 and is taking a five-game win streak into its bye.

Class 5A

Creekside 21, Mays 20

No. 2 Creekside fended off a challenge from visiting Mays in Region 5 play, as Creekside’s Dillyn Blakey came up with an interception in his team’s territory with 1:26 remaining to seal the win. Creekside led 14-6 at halftime after a 3-yard touchdown pass from Vinson Berry to Roderick McCrary and a 5-yard McCrary scoring rush. Mays fought back and took a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter with 9:40 remaining on a touchdown rush by Quintavius Johnson, but Creekside answered with a 68-yard touchdown pass from Berry to Eric Paul Jr. to take a 21-20 lead. Creekside improved to 5-1 and 3-0 in the region, and Mays dropped to 1-4 and 1-1.

Tucker 48, Decatur 39

Host Tucker defeated Decatur 48-39 at Adams Stadium in both teams’ Region 4 openers, as Tigers running back Jordan McCoy rushed for five touchdowns in the first three quarters, including scoring runs of 72 and 48 yards. Tucker led just 35-31 in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers then scored twice through the air to make the score 48-31 and put the game out of reach. Tucker improved to 3-3, and Decatur fell to 3-3.

Warner Robins 28, Ola 27

No. 10 Warner Robins outlasted No. 9 Ola at home in a Region 2 matchup thanks to a touchdown on a trick play with two seconds remaining and a successful two-point conversion. Receiver Isian Canion threw a touchdown pass back to quarterback Judd Anderson to pull Warner Robins to within a point, then David Dinkins rushed for the two-point attempt to give the Demons the win. Ola led 13-0 in the third quarter after a short touchdown run by quarterback Jake Holmes and two field goals by Carter Spence, but Warner Robins scored its first points on a touchdown pass from Anderson to Cam Flowers midway through the third. The Demons tied the game at 13-13 and then 20-20 in the fourth quarter on an Anderson pass to Canion and then a Dinkins scoring rush. Nigel Newkirk rushed for both of the Mustangs’ touchdowns in the second half. Warner Robins moved to 3-3 and 2-0 in region, and Ola fell to 4-1 and 0-1.

Cass 42, Woodland-Bartow 12

Devin Henderson rushed for four touchdowns and had a touchdown reception for host Cass, which improved to 4-2 and 1-0 in Region 7. The Colonels led just 14-12 early in the third quarter after a Henderson rushing score and a Henderson touchdown catch from Brodie McWhorter, but Cass controlled the game over Woodland (2-4, 0-1) from there. Henderson rushed for two scores in the third and had a 65-yard touchdown run in the fourth to cap the scoring. McWhorter’s second passing touchdown went to Sacovie White in the third quarter.

Jefferson 44, Winder-Barrow 0

Visiting Jefferson, ranked No. 3, remained undefeated at 6-0 and 2-0 in Region 8 with a shutout win. Jefferson forced a safety on the game’s opening drive, with the tackle by Rett Hemphill, and led 9-0 after the first quarter after a 1-yard Gavin Markey QB sneak. The Dragons scored on defense again in the second quarter, as Aiden Jackson had a sack and forced fumble and Kelan Butler returned it for a touchdown. Later in the second, Sammy Brown blocked a punt and rushed for a score three plays later, and Markey found Talan Childress for an 18-yard touchdown pass to give Jefferson a 30-0 halftime lead. Zay Minish and Mickell Pittman rushed for touchdowns in the second half. Winder-Barrow fell to 4-2, 1-1 in region.

Greater Atlanta Christian 30, Cambridge 3

Greater Atlanta Christian, ranked No. 8, moved to 2-0 in Region 6 and 6-0 overall with the road win. Spartans quarterback Jack Stanton threw three touchdown passes, finding Kendrick McWilliams (39 yards), Braylon Burgess (33 yards) and Xavier Daisy (29 yards) for scores. Gianlucca Tiberia also rushed for a touchdown for GAC, and Brandon Beckham made a 34-yard field goal for the Spartans. Cambridge fell to 3-3 and 1-1 in region.

Hiram 49, Dalton 39

Host Dalton led Hiram 24-14 at halftime of both teams’ Region 7 opener, but a long touchdown run by Kaden Hamilton and a rushing score by Kendarious Brown in the third quarter gave No. 5 Hiram its first lead of the game. The contest was back-and-forth for a time, with Dalton pulling ahead 31-27, Hiram regaining a 33-31 lead and Dalton again taking a 37-33 advantage with 6:30 remaining in the game before Hiram put the game away. The Hornets moved to 6-0, and Dalton fell to 4-2.

Cartersville 21, Calhoun 17

Khristian Lando rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns for No. 4 Cartersville, including the go-ahead score from 2 yards out with 14 seconds remaining, to lead the Purple Hurricanes to a road win over No. 7 Calhoun. Cartersville trailed 17-0 at halftime and scored its first points in the third quarter on a Connor Brasfield rushing touchdown. Cartersville improved to 6-0 and moved to 1-0 in Region 7 with the win, and Calhoun dropped to 4-2 and 0-1.

In other 5A games – Jones County moved to 2-0 in Region 2, 3-3 overall, with a dominating 48-7 home win over Eagle’s Landing, which dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Greyhounds, who led 41-0 at halftime, keep pace with Warner Robins at 2-0 atop the region. … Dutchtown evened its Region 2 record at 1-1 and moved to 2-4 overall with a 27-3 home win over winless Union Grove.

Class 4A

Burke County 37, Wayne County 32

Burke County used a 23-0 second quarter to defeat visiting Wayne County. After being held scoreless in the first, the Bears got touchdowns from Sean Vandiver, Rashad Carter (on a fumble return) and A’merre Williams in addition to a Blake Burden field goal prior to halftime. Wayne County pulled to within 23-19 early in the fourth quarter, but additional scores by Vandiver and Williams gave Burke County enough cushion to hold on for victory.

Westminster 9, Holy Innocents’ 3

Holy Innocents’ entered this game undefeated but lost a defensive struggle against visiting Westminster. The two region rivals traded field goals early, with Will Simpson booting one in the first quarter for Westminster before Graham Forgey tied the game for Holy Innocents’ just before halftime. Simpson proved the go-ahead kick from 49 yards out with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Lawton Sodemann of the Wildcats promptly forced a fumble on the Golden Bears’ ensuing drive and Simpson tacked on another field goal with a minute left to provide for the final margin of victory.

Cairo 38, Shaw 0

Cairo scored 35 of its 38 points in the first half to sprint past visiting Shaw. Dmauri Wooden ran for a 38-yard touchdown on the second play of the game and the Syrupmakers were off to the races. Cairo also got a 29-yard scoring strike from Juderek Gee Simmons to Chris Stewart, a 13-yard touchdown run by Gee Simmons, a TD run by Keshen Spence and a 90-yard fumble return for a score from Melik Williams. A running clock throughout the entire second half resulted in a swift end to the game, with the only points scored following halftime coming in the form of a 37-yard field goal by Andrid Rojas Pereira with one minute remaining.

Benedictine 39, New Hampstead 31

Benedictine held off a second-half rally by visiting New Hampstead to remain undefeated. The Cadets led 29-12 at halftime but their advantage was cut to just one point at 32-31 with 4:48 left in the game before a one-yard touchdown run by Na’Seir Samuel with 2:46 left gave the home team some insurance. Although the final score made the contest look like an offensive shootout, the Cadets’ defense actually contributed in a major way. Each of their first two touchdowns came courtesy of the defense: a 60-yard interception return by Zach Maxwell and a 28-yard fumble return by Wilkes Albert. RaShawn Truell threw four touchdown passes for New Hampstead.

Bainbridge 42, Brooks County 0

Bainbridge led 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-0 at the half. The Bearcats pushed the lead to 35-0 entering the fourth quarter.

Whitewater 47, Fayette County 3

Whitewater scored the first 40 points of the game to overwhelm visiting Fayette County. The Wildcats led 7-0 after the first quarter, 21-0 at halftime and 40-0 going into the fourth quarter before Fayette County finally got on the scoreboard. Five different players had touchdown runs for Whitewater. Blake Battle rushed for two, while Chance Maddock, Corey Richardson, Jason Bryant and Tobias Fannin all
contributed one.

In other 4A games – Baldwin edged visiting Howard 20-19. Howard appeared to have the game tied up when Cameron Taylor scored with 11 seconds remaining, but an illegal procedure penalty moved the extra point five yards back and Howard’s chance to force overtime sailed wide left. The Braves got a touchdown run by Micah Welch and a scoring strike from Lamar Pounds to Jaylen King. … Perry went on the road to take care of Westside-Macon 55-14. The game was tied at 14-14 in the second quarter before the Panthers reeled off 41 consecutive points. Ahmad Gordon rushed for three touchdowns and Colter Ginn tossed TD passes to Khalid Miller and Kiel Sparks. Dakarai Anderson added a 73-yard kick return for a touchdown to lead Perry. … Southeast Bulloch cruised past Islands 30-7. The Yellow Jackets led 14-0 at halftime and 30-0 going into the fourth quarter. Kyon Taylor rushed for Southeast Bulloch’s first three touchdowns and then Will Nelson tossed a scoring strike to Zach Wells. … Troup County surged to a 49-0 lead at halftime and scored the first 56 points of the game to overwhelm host North Clayton 62-28. Ashton Williams delivered four touchdowns for the Tigers. … Pace Academy picked up a 27-6 road win over Hampton. The Knights got TDs from Zachary Logan, Jordan Burns, Cooper Williams and Terrence Kiel Jr. Williams’ score came on a 20-yard pass from Kiel.

Class 3A

Mary Persons 45, Prince Avenue Christian 28

Mary Persons hosted Class A Division I’s top-ranked program – including Georgia Tech-commit quarterback Aaron Philo – and Mary Persons running back Duke Watson, a Louisville-commit, welcomed them warmly. Watson scored on runs of 10, 10, 65, 24 and 84 yards to overwhelm the lower-classed defense. The Bulldogs led 14-0 after the first quarter and 35-21 at the half before holding Philo and the Wolverines to just a touchdown in the second half to secure the victory. Watson opened scoring for Mary Persons on a 10-yard run. Watson added another 10-yard run to extend the lead. Watson’s 65-yard run early in the second quarter extended the lead to 21-7 and his 24-yard run expanded the margin with five minutes left in the first half. With less than a minute remaining in the first half, Watson scored on an 84-yard run to give the home team a 35-14 lead.

Peach County 36, Carver-Atlanta 19

Peach County (2-4) outscored Carver-Atlanta 23-7 in the second quarter to take that lead at the half in a road victory against No. 10 Carver-Atlanta. The Trojans, in head coach Marquis Westbrook’s first season at Peach, held Carver at bay in the second half to secure Peach’s second victory of the season. The Trojans will travel to No. 5 Mary Persons on Oct. 13 to open Region 2 play.

Lumpkin County 30, Wesleyan 21

Lumpkin County was tied with Wesleyan at 7 entering the second quarter but forced a safety early in the second quarter to take the lead. Mason Sullens scored on a 1-yard run with 8:15 left in the second quarter to give Lumpkin the 16-7 lead. Wesleyan scored on a pass with 4:07 left in the first half to cut into the lead 16-14. Cal Faulkner scored on a 26-yard run with seconds left in the half to give Lumpkin a 23-14 halftime lead. Wesleyan scored on a run with 6:31 left in the third quarter to cut into the lead but Lumpkin responded with a touchdown with 6:50 left in the game to bring the score to its final tally.

Oconee County 28, Hebron Christian 21

Mac Ricks had a hand in each of the Warriors’ four touchdowns to lead Oconee County past Hebron. Ricks made an impact on the defensive side, forcing a fumble and a recovery to keep Hebron at bay. Oconee County led 28-14 entering the fourth quarter.

Stephens County 38, Monroe Area 7

Stephens County led 7-0 after the first quarter and 21-0 at the half in a romp of Monroe Area to open Region 8 play. The Indians pushed the lead to 31-7 entering the fourth quarter.

Savannah Christian 42, Long County 32

Savannah Christian led 7-6 after the first quarter and 28-20 entering halftime before taking a 35-20 lead into the fourth quarter. The Raiders weathered a Long County comeback effort in the fourth quarter which fell short. Savannah Christian is tied for second in Region 3 play at 2-1 alongside Savannah Country and Liberty County.

In other 3A games – Calvary Day had no issues with Johnson-Savannah in at 56-0 victory, moving to 3-0 in Region 3 play. … Hart County led 20-7 at the half and pushed the lead to 34-14 entering the fourth quarter in a 40-14 victory over Franklin County. … Bremen led 10-3 after the first quarter and 30-20 at the half in a 37-20 victory over Ringgold. … Crisp County moved to 1-0 in Region 1 play after beating Dougherty 38-12 at home. … Thomasville moved to 1-0 in Region 1 play after a 34-14 victory over Monroe. … No. 8 Morgan County moved to 1-0 in Region 4 play after a 56-7 victory over Richmond Academy. …

Class 2A

Mt. Paran Christian 17, B.E.S.T. Academy 6

Gavin Steele scored two touchdowns to help Mt. Paran Christian rally past B.E.S.T. Academy in a Region 6 battle. Mt.Paran was trailing 6-0 at halftime, and Steele scored on a 21-yard run in the third quarter and a 62-yard run in the fourth. George Childs kicked a 39-yard field goal in the fourth to snap Mt. Paran’s three-time losing streak.

Redan 41, Towers, 16

Redan scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Towers and earn its second victory of the year. Jamir Brown is responsible for all of Redan’s scores, including the three rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Redan was up 15-8 at halftime, but Towers took the lead early in the third quarter when they scored on a touchdown pass and made the two-point conversion. The Raiders took the lead back when Brown scored on a rushing TD later in the third.

Thomson 56, Josey 7 

Thomson scored 28 points in the first quarter and went on to win its fifth game of the season. The Bulldogs recorded two defensive touchdowns in the first half and led 48-0 at halftime. Josey’s only score came late in the fourth quarter when Maurice Holmes recorded a rushing touchdown.

ACE Charter 49, Kendrick 0

ACE Charter jumped to a 35-0 lead at halftime and went on to improve to 5-1 on the year. The Gryphons recorded two touchdown passes in the third quarter to increase their lead to 49. Kendrick falls to 2-4 on the season.

Jeff Davis 29, Berrien 15 

Jeff Davis rushed for over 400 yards to defeat Berrien. The game was tied 7-7 early in the first quarter, but the Yellowjackets took control and led 22-7 at halftime. Jeff Davis improves to 3-3 on the season, while Berrien falls to 1-4.

Northeast 57, Central-Macon 0

Northeast led 22-0 after the first quarter and 45-0 at the half in a romp of crosstown rival Central-Macon.

Rockmart 45, Model 14

Rockmart had a 31-7 lead over Model at halftime and went on to win its third game of the year. The visiting Yellow Jackets recorded a 26-yard touchdown pass and a three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Rockmart added two 38-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter, and Model scored on a 52-yard run in the second and a one-yard run in the fourth.

North Murray 48, Murray County 6

Skyler Williams threw four touchdown passes and ran for another to lead North Murray over Murray County. The Mountaineers led 35-0 at halftime, and there was a running clock in the second half. North Murray has played Murray County 10 times and has won all 10 meetings.

East Jackson 41, Banks County 0

East Jackson remains undefeated after earning a road victory over Banks County. The Eagles led 20-0 at halftime and recorded three rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. East Jackson’s final score came on an interception returned for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Appling County 17, Pierce County 14

Appling County kicked a 44-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to give Pierce County its first loss of the year. The visiting Pirates jumped to a 14-6 lead over Pierce Count at the half. Jamarion Williams scored on a three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give Appling County the 7-0 lead. Pierce County got a touchdown pass late in the second quarter to cut the lead to one, but Appling answered with a five-yard TD run. Late in the third quarter, Pierce County tied the game with a four-yard touchdown run and Carson Sloan scoring on a two-point conversion.

Toombs County 42, Brantley County 0

Hayden Roy recorded two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and T.J. Stanley threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter to lead Toombs County to its sixth win of the season. Stanley had another touchdown pass in the third quarter, a 71-yard strike to Keshon Deloach. The Bulldogs led 35-0 at halftime.

Callaway 33, Columbia 29

DeShun Coleman threw a touchdown pass to Treyonn Tucker early in the fourth quarter to help Callaway get past Columbia in a Region 5 contest. Columbia took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, but Callaway answered when Coleman threw a touchdown pass to Camren Gunn early in the second quarter. Both teams would exchange scores throughout the quarter, and the game was tied 21-21 at halftime. The Cavaliers took the lead when Coleman scored on a five-year run early in the third quarter.

In other Class 2A games - Tattnall County shut out Windsor Forest 27-0 to win its second game of the year. … McNair defeated Landmark Christian 50-7 to improve its record to 3-3. … Haralson County beats Gordon Central 42-14 to win its first game of the season. Providence Christian improves to 5-0 after earning a 36-7 victory over King’s Ridge.

Class A Division I

Rabun County 42, Fellowship Christian 28

Sophomore quarterback Ty Truelove put the game away with a 1-yard run with 2:25 left, thwarting any chance of a comeback. Rabun opened scoring on a 64-yard run from Reid Giles with 9:29 in the first quarter. Fellowship’s Josh Milhollin scored on a punt return with 4:25 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7. Rabun took the lead on a 15-yarder from Truelove to Willie Goodwyn early in the second quarter. Giles scored on a 10-yard run to extend the lead to 21-14 late in the second quarter. A 1-yard run from Truelove put Rabun up 28-14. Sophomore Jonathan Granby scored on an 11-yard run to get Fellowship within a touchdown 28-21. Giles scored on a 51-yarder, his third of the game, to put Rabun up 35-21 early in the fourth quarter before Truelove’s dagger.

Swainsboro 26, Irwin County 0

After a scoreless first quarter, Swainsboro took a 6-0 lead at half and expanded the lead to 19-0 entering the fourth quarter.

Class A Division II

Schley County 56, Chattahoochee County 7

Quarterback Jay Kanazawa was 16-of-20 passing for 329 yards and three touchdowns to lead top-ranked Schley County past Chattahoochee County. He passed to Jalewis Soloman (2) and Zayden Walker (1) for touchdowns. Jeremiah Rogers scored two rushing touchdowns while Walker, Kyler Duprey and Kabreon Aldridge each had one touchdown run.

Johnson County 47, Georgia Military 16

The Trojans moved to 1-0 in Region 5 play after beating Georgia Military 47-16 and enjoying a 35-10 halftime lead. Both teams were scoreless in the third quarter before Johnson County secured the victory in the fourth quarter outscoring Georgia Military 12-6.

In other Class A games – Lamar County defeated Class 3A Pike County 46-0 after leading 14-0 entering the second quarter and 33-0 at the half. … No. 3 Manchester moved to 3-0 in Region 6 play after beating No. 4 Macon County 18-7. … After a scoreless first half, Dublin took a 12-7 lead entering the fourth quarter and outscored Charlton 29-0 to put the game away 41-7. … Bryan County led 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at the half in a 42-0 victory over Montgomery County. … Bowdon led 28-0 after the first quarter and 48-0 at the half in a 55-7 victory over St. Francis. …

Recaps from Thursday

Class 5A

Chamblee 35, ML King 28 2OT

From Mark Brock: Chamblee’s William Tate recovered a Martin Luther King Jr. fumble on a third and goal play at the two-yard line in overtime to seal a 35-28 Region 4-5A win for the Bulldogs at Godfrey Stadium. The Bulldogs scored the go-ahead touchdown in the first part of the second overtime as quarterback Ashton Bolston snuck it in from a yard out. Alexander Dahkli hit the extra point to make it 35-28. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Chamblee’s touchdown pushed the Lions back to the 30-yard line to start their half of the second overtime period. A 16-yard run by Ramique Thomas and a three-yard run by Sa’Kaun Foster had the Lions knocking at the door at the Bulldog two-yard line. The Chamblee defense got penetration on the next play and the ball popped loose in the backfield from the Lions’ runner where Tate made the recovery to end the game. A back-and-forth game throughout seemed destined for overtime as Chamblee answered each score by the Lions in the second and fourth quarters where all six regulation scores happened. King took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter as a 47-yard pass down the middle of the field from Thomas to Aaron Parks to end the first quarter set up the first score of the night. The Lions had one fourth-down touchdown called back on a holding call, but thanks to two penalties on the Bulldogs got a third chance on fourth and goal from the two. Foster bulled his way into the end zone for the touchdown and Donald Whiting made it 7-0. Chamblee got the ball back with 2:05 to play in the first half and hit a 41-yard pass play from Bolston to Tristian Sizemore to set up a game-tying touchdown on the next play. Bolston went to running back Larry Harris on a swing pass with Harris taking it the final 10 yards for the touchdown. Dahkli’s PAT made it 7-7 at the half. Following a scoreless third quarter, the Lions were marching in Chamblee territory when Foster took the handoff around the left end, down the sideline and dove to the pylon to give his team the lead again. Whiting’s PAT made it 14-7 with 10:55 to play. Chamblee went right back down the field and a short pass from Bolston to Sizemore who slipped down the left sideline breaking a pair of tackles and 26 yards into the endzone for the touchdown. Dahkli knotted it at 14-14 with 10:18 to play. The Lions drove 83 yards in just five plays with a 49-yard run by Foster setting up a one-yard run by Thomas to put King up again. Whiting’s PAT made it 21-14 with 8:06 to play. Chamblee answered once again converting a big fourth and 10 at the King 19-yard line on an 11-yard pass from Bolston to Jake Fogel to set up the game-tying touchdown. Bolston ran a quarterback draw for eight yards and stuck the football across the goal line with 5:05 to play. Dahkli again hit the PAT to knot the game at 21-21. The defenses held in the final five minutes of the game to send it into overtime. King got the ball first and Foster gave his team the lead on a two-yard run. Whiting’s PAT made it 28-21 in favor of the Lions. Chamblee answered with Bolston sneaking into the line on third and goal for the touchdown. Dahkli tied it again at 28-28 to force the game-deciding second overtime. Bolston ran for two touchdowns and threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns as he hit on 14 of 28 attempts in the game to lead the Bulldogs. Larry Harris had two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, in the game. Sa’Kaun Foster finished the night with 158 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 29 carries to lead the Lions. Ramique Thomas had a rushing touchdown and 93 yards on 23 carries and threw for 139 yards on 11 of 14 through the air.

Class 4A

LaGrange 42, Riverdale 0

Four players rushed for a touchdown to lead LaGrange past Riverdale. Jonathan Keys, Malik Kemp, Caydin Thomas and Gavin Barlow each had one touchdown run. Kemp was 5-of-6 passing for 117 yards and a touchdown to Denorayon Reid.

Hapeville Charter 20, Stephenson 13

From Mark Brock: A late touchdown propelled the Hapeville Charter Hornets to a 20-13 win over the Stephenson Jaguars at Banneker High School. Hapeville stopped the Jaguars on a fourth and goal with the game tied 13-13 and marched back down the field and scored on a 60-yard pass with 30 seconds to play to pull out the Region 6-4A win.

Class 3A

Savannah Country Day 65, Beach 6

Junior quarterback Barton Mixon was 8-of-13 passing for 176 yards and three touchdowns while rushing seven times for 122 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Hornets past Beach. Hyers Holland had eight carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns and Joshua Washington had four carries for 35 yards and a touchdown. Brooks Kleinpeter had three receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns and Holland had one reception for 38 yards and a touchdown for Savannah Country Day.

Liberty County 41, Groves 0

Liberty County led 14-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at the half in a romp of Groves. Carlos Keverene Singleton scored on a 5-yard run and passed to Ron Golden (28 yards), Jaden Hurd (11 yards, 15 yards), and Jeramiah Payne (63 yards) for touchdowns. Xy’lanjen Dozier added a 2-yard touchdown run for Liberty.

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