HSFB Season In Full Swing; Scores And Notes

Week Zero is filled with a lot of classics and high-profile games to open the season with a splash. Week one is when just about everybody hits the field. Here are some scores and notes from the Week 1 action in our area.

In Georgia…
Ware County used two pick six touchdowns to defeat Manatee (FL) 23-7.

North Cobb’s Tyler Queen rushed in for the game-winning touchdown with under 40 seconds to play as the Warriors outscored North Gwinnett 23-7 in the second half to win 36-29

Camden County defeated Dutchtown 42-6. Camden put together multiple long drives and wore down a Dutchtown team that is finding its way under a new head coach.

Isaiah Green earned his first victory as a starter as Langston Hughes defeated Creekside 21-20 in the “Fairburn Fiasco”. Green tossed a touchdown pass to Montavious Atkinson while Demetrius Whitmore and DeFunda McCrary rushed for touchdowns as Langston Hughes held off 20-unanswered points by Creekside in the second half for the win. Julian Gibbs caught a touchdown pass and rushed for one to make it 20-14. Brice Terry scored late in the 4th quarter to make it 21-20. Creekside missed the extra point after being hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty making the extra-point a 35-yard attempt. It was the first time Creekside was held under 27 points since Langston Hughes held them to 16 last season. The last two meeting between these teams has been decided by three total points.

Mays lead Glenn Hills 40-0 at halftime. Mays used its entire JV team in the second half to close out the 40-0 win.

Lovejoy showed Mundy’s Mill they were still the bug dogs in Clayton County. They Wildcats gave Edgar Carson his first win as a head coach 47-13. Preston Williams caught a touchdown pass and over 150 yards receiving. Lovejoy rushed for over 300 yards as a team.

Peachtree Ridge downed Archer 14-10. Archer-which opened as the No.1 team in some local polls is now 0-2. The Tigers won their first 11-games last season. Peachtree Ridge’s standout DeAngelo Gibbs caught 135 yards and a touchdown worth of receiving yards from Chance Thrasher in the victory. Archer’s only score came on a block punt returned for a touchdown.

Sihiem King had a big night rushing for 170 yards and three touchdowns as Colquitt County defeated Hoover 35-14. Hoover only had one first down mid-way through the third quarter. Bull Barge recorded an interception in the victory. Kings’s 60-odd yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter sealed the Packers’ 35-14 win over the Hoover Buccaneers.

Hart County won on the road at Clarke Central 34-14. Cameron Fouch to Anthony Turner for a 77-yard touchdown pas to put Hart County up 27-0 in the third quarter. Hart County head coach William DeVane was also the head coach at Clarke Central from 2002-2005.

Elbert County broke open a 7-7 tie to win 42-20 over Cedar Shoals. It was the first game for Cedar Shoals head coach Scott Wilkins since leaving the school six seasons away.

Norcross improved to 2-0 with a 21-10 win over Brookwood. Norcross continues to seek those looking to fill the shoes of over 60+ seniors lost while Brookwood has some talent but fall to 0-2.

Ed Godfree won his first game as the head coach of the Parkview Panthers with a 45-21 victory over Mountain View. Godfree came over from Loganville and is replacing Cecil Flowe at Parkview. Flowe retired at the end of last season and is now the defensive coordinator for Kings Ridge Christian.

Kell defeated Lassiter on a late 4th quarter touchdown and added the two-point conversion to come away with the 42-35 win.

Stephenson’s Dewan Ford cashed in a Miami Central turnover scoring on a one yard sneak to give the Jaguars a 6-0 lead. Points off of turnovers continued to be the theme. Following a Stephenson turnover Malik Atkins scored from 7 yards out to put Miami Central (FL) up 7-6 with 10:14 left in the second quarter. In the third quarter Jerrod Thomas scored on a quarterback sneak to put Miami Central up 14-6. Stephenson scored late in the third when Ford hits Dexter Neal on a 10-yard touchdown pass, the two-point conversion was no good leaving it 14-12 Miami Central. In the fourth, Atkins rushed in from a yard out giving the Rockets a 21-12 lead. Stephenson fought back as Ivonte Patterson one-yard touchdown run, Ford hit Neal for the two-point conversion to bring Stephenson within 21-20.

In Florida…

Mother nature wrecked havoc on the opening of the season as multiple games were delayed, cancelled or rescheduled throughout the Florida Week 1 weekend.

North Marion opened the season with a 27-10 win over Forest. Stephen Fields picked up his first win as North Marion head coach. James Allen rushed for touchdowns of 20, 47 and 37 yard in the Colts victory. Allen finished with over 170 yard rushing in the game. Norland added a safety early in the fourth quarter to make it 23-0.

Marist (GA) kicker Joey Gogol made a 19-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining to knock off Tallahassee-Godby 17-14. PJ Simmions and Darius Bradwell each rushed for touchdowns for Godby.

Booker T Washington defeated Tucker (GA) 19-7. Maurice Alexander passed for two touchdowns and Antonio Callaway return a punt 53 yards for a touchdown. Tucker’s lone score came on 90-yard kickoff return by Yaquis Shelley with 6:59 remaining in the game to make it 19-7.

Raines defeated White 13-7.

Kion Holder returned an interception for a touchdown and Rodrick Robinson scored on a 26-yard touchdown run as Norland leads ML King (GA) 14-0 at halftime. Robinson hooked up with Steven McIntosh for a 22-yard touchdown pass for a 21-0 Norland lead after three quarters. After play resumed entering the fourth quarter after a weather delay, Norland added a safety and another touchdown for the 30-0 victory.

In South Carolina…

Byrnes improved to 2-0 with a 50-0 win over TL Hanna. Byrnes has outscored their first two opponents 80-22 so far. Byrnes will travel to California to take on De La Salle. The movies ‘When the Game Stands Tall” is a true story based off of DLS. DLS is a dynasty in Northern California, an area not known for power high school football minus the all-boys De La Salle.

North Augusta 44 Midland 21 Final

Dorman improved to 2-0 with a thrilling 49-45 victory over Gaffney falls to 0-2. Gaffney’s Ward went 22-of-42 for 260 yards passing. Minus not throwing a touchdown, Ward’s efforts opened up things for Gaffney but Dorman proved to be too much. The teams combined for nearly 900 yards of total offense.

Langston Hughes Names Green Starter

Sophomore quarterback Isaiah Green has been named the starting quarterback for Langston Hughes replacing the injured Kinan Humphrey. Green’s first career varsity start will be Friday August 29th at home against rival Creekside.

Green was ready when his number was called near the end of the second quarter in the season opener against Mays last Saturday. He showed poised in falling to complete a drive he began watching from the bench, without scoring as the Panthers trailed 7-6 at halftime.

He shook it off with a touchdown pass to Montavious Atkinson finishing a long drive on the opening possession of the second half. Later Green connected on a 33-yard pass to Rashard Burch setting up a short Joshua Brown touchdown run.

An Atkinson interception set up Green’s final touchdown pass of the day when he found Sean Nelson in the right corner as the Panthers won 27-7. By the end of the night Isaiah Green was 9-of-15 110 yards and two touchdowns in just over two quarters of work.

Humphrey has a partial tear in his ACL and could be ruled out for the season. He lead Langston Hughes to a 10-2 record and the second-round of the 6A playoffs last season. Humphrey- who plays defensive back as well- was 8-of-17 127 yards passing prior to the injury.

Green’s only previous action this season was a week earlier in a scrimmage against North Gwinnett. He capped a long scoring drive with a touchdown pass tying the scrimmage at 21-all at the end of the varsity portion.

3rd Annual Tri-Cities Classic Recap

The third installment of the Tri-Cities Labor Day Classic proved to offer a little bit of everything as six teams opened their 2014 high school football season.

In the opener Carver-Columbus (1-0) held of Carver-Atlanta (0-1) on the final play of the game to seal the 12-6 victory. The Panthers had one last shot from the Tigers 13 with 1 second left. Freshman quarterback Octavious Battle had to come in for starting quarterback Kentrell Barber after Barber was injured on the previous play. Carver-Atlanta was out of timeouts there they could get Barber back in the game. Battle hit Gregory Payton on a flare pass and look as though he was going to score however he stepped out-of-bounds at the four yard-line as time expired.

Jawon Pass put Carver-Columbus up 6-0 on a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Tigers would go up 12-0 on a 22-yard touchdown run by Isham Alexander on the first play of the second quarter. Alexander led the Tigers rushing attack with 13 totes for 93 yards and a touchdown on the day. Pass was 12-of-25 60 yards passing for Carver-Columbus.

Carver-Atlanta would but together its best drive of the game mid-way through the fourth quarter. Kentrell Barber capped the 8-play 73-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to pull Carver-Atlanta within six, 12-6 with 4:36 remaining.

Carver-Columbus returns to action Friday against Spencer at Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Carver-Atlanta will face Washington-Atlanta Saturday August 30th at Lakewood Stadium.

Host Tri-Cities had yet to win a games in their classic. That changed this year. After fields goals of 35 and 25 yards by Alex Hernandez made it 6-0, the Bulldogs put away Hardaway in the second half.

Tri-Cities’ special teams set up the first two touchdowns in the second half. After a blocked punt, Antonio Wilcoxson rushed in from a yard out on the next play. Tri-Cities got pressure on the next punt resulting in a 4 yard net punt. Two plays later Lquan Wiltshire rushed from 24 yards out putting Tri-Cities up 20-0 with 5:05 left in the third quarter.

Following a fumble recovery reserve quarterback Dominique Francis hit Romello Floyd on a 12-yard touchdown pass on the next play putting Tri-Cities up 26-0 with 11:03 left in the fourth quarter.

Hardaway would bounce back with its most impressive drive of the game which was helped by 15-yard personal foul horse collar penalty on Tri-Cities at the end of a 50-yard completion from Tyler Raleigh to Ja’Kobe Ellerbee. Two plays later Raleigh hit Troy Monroe for a 6-yard touchdown capping the 5-play 70-yard drive for the 26-6 score.

The highlight of the game came as Tri-Cities was trying to run out the clock out but Lquan Wiltshire had other ideas. Wiltshire took the hand off, went left, broke off several tackles, spun out of another set of tackles and darted to the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown sealing the 33-6 victory with 1:03 remaining. Wiltshire finished with 9 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns rushing.

Tri-Cities (1-0) is off this week and will return to action Sept 6th against Southwest Dekalb. Hardaway (0-1) will line up against Chattahoochee County on August 29th.

6A Langston Hughes took on 5A Mays in the only inter-classification game of the classic. Langston Hughes took on Mays in the nightcap of the 3rd Annual Tri-Cities Labor Day Classic. Langston Hughes entered the game ranked in the preseason by the AP for the first time in school history. Mays entered ranked in the preseason by the AP for the first time since 1990.

It did not take long for either to pop fireworks. After forcing Mays to punt on its opening drive, Hughes struck first. Kinan Humphrey hit Kenyan Houston for a 72-yard completion setting up DeFunda McCrary’s 11-yard touchdown scamper on the next play. Hughes led 6-0 with 8:16 remaining in the first quarter.

Mays answered back two plays later as Rowmartis Bell burst through the gap and raced 72 yards for a touchdown. It was Bell’s second carry since returning from an ACL injury. Offensive lineman Keenan Anderson (6’7 370) added the extra point to put Mays up 7-6 with 7:18 remaining in the opening frame.

Hughes threatened on its ensuing drive but were turned over on downs at the Mays 34. Both defenses were flying to the ball and playing very physical football forcing them to exchange punts on seven consecutive possessions.

The tenor of the game changed after Langston Hughes failed to convert a fake punt giving Mays possession at the Hughes 33 late in the first half. On the next play Mays starting quarterback Asahnia Aderhold was injured and left the game. Aderhold came back briefly in the second half, left again and did not return.

Sophomore backup Jarian Varner replaced Aderhold on the drive and was intercepted in the end zone. Hughes started their drive with Humphrey hitting Houston for a 20-yard gain. On the next play Humphrey scrambled right and was pulling up to head out of bounds when he was hit late. Mays was penalized however Humphrey was down on the Mays bench. He left under his own power favoring his left side. Humphrey rode the bike and walked around on the sideline but did not return. Mays led 7-6 at halftime.

Sophomore quarterback Isaiah Green started and finished the second half for the Panthers. Green led Hughes on a 11-play 70-yard drive to open the half capping it with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Montavious Atkinson to put Langston Hughes up 13-7 with 7:18 remaining. It was the first of three straight plays Atkinson made to spark Hughes.

Atkinson made a wonderful stop on the ensuing kickoff, then hit Bell for a 10-yard loss on the next play. D’Andre Walker sacked Aderhold on the next two plays as Mays went three-and-out with minus-16 yards on the drive. Green went back to work from the Mays 38 with a 33-yard strike to junior Rashard Burch. Mays held Hughes to a field goal but were flagged for roughing the kicker. Hughes elected to take the points off the board and Josh XXX scored from a yard out two plays later extending Hughes’ lead to 20-7.

Atkinson intercepted Varner on Mays next possession setting up Green and the offense at the Mays 18. Three plays later Green found sophomore Sean Nelson in the right corner for a 16-yard touchdown giving Hughes the 27-7 lead with 7 seconds left in the third quarter.

Walker (12 tackles) and Atkinson (11 tackles) led the Panther defense that continued giving Varver and the Mays offense fits in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Joshua Brown and senior Jaylan Turner each intercepted Varner in fourth quarter. Varner did not complete a pass, threw 4 interceptions and lost one fumble in relief of Aderhold.

Green went 9-of-15 110 yards and two touchdown in relief of Humphrey. Humphrey was 8-of-17 127 yards when he left the game late in the second quarter. Atkinson had 10+ total tackles, 2 sacks and caught 4 balls for 43 yards and a touchdown. D’Andre Walkers recorded 3 sacks as Hughes’ defense held Mays to 135 yards of total offense.

Things will not get easier for Langston Hughes (1-0) as they will seek to revenge a 16-14 loss last season to Creekside (1-0) on Friday followed by a game with Grayson before region play begins.

Mays (0-1) will look to get Aderhold healthy while addressing what is a serious issue at the quarterback spot heading in to their next game against Glenn Hills before a meeting with ML King.

Georgia Crush Win GDFL Playoff Opener

The Georgia Crush made their GDFL playoff debut a successful one in front of the home fans at Windsor Academy in Macon, Ga.

Adam Crump rushed for a touchdown, Cornelius Williams returned a kickoff for a touchdown and Marcus Brooks hooked up with his favorite target Lamontray Williams on a touchdown pass in the first half as the Crush led 21-12 at halftime.

In the second half Allen Davis added two rushing touchdowns as the Crush advanced with a 33-12 victory over the Carolina Chargers. Special teams again proved to be an issue for the Crush as they missed two extra point attempts in the second half.

Mario Ford rushed for a touchdown and Adrian McLean returned an interception for a touchdown for the Chargers.

The Crushes will travel to the East Alabama Predators in the second round. The Predators were the Heart of the South division champs and received a first-round bye. It will be the first meeting between the two teams in history.

Eastern Christian Tops Spartanburg In OT

Eastern Christian Academy quarterback David Sills had used his legs all night already rushing for two touchdowns. It was his third and final one that meant the most.

Spartanburg forced overtime with an Austin Scott to Xavier Young touchdown pass as time expired, Scott his Kez Gilliam for the two-point conversion to tie it at 50.

Sills and the Honey Badgers were on offense first and Sills scored on a 6-yard run. On the two-point conversion Sills ran right and went airborne for the successful conversion and a 58-50 lead.

It took the Vikings one play as Tavien Feaster scored from 10-yards out using an array of speed and agility to get inside the pylon. On the two-point conversion Spartanburg mishandled the snap giving ECA the 58-56 win.

Sills accounted for five passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns on the night. ECA amassed over 500 yards of total offense getting 160 yard rushing and 65 yard receiving junior Tra Washington and 120 yard rushing and two touchdowns doen fourteen year-old freshman Leddie Brown.

ECA head coach Dwayne Thomas talks about David Sills impact on the overtime victory.

The Honey Badgers had a considerable edge on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

“The guys didn’t give up they fought all night. We just didn’t make the play at the end. I thought our lines did ok considering what we were giving up upfront what 30-40 pounds, ” Spartantburg head coach Chris Miller said.

Feaster tallied 343 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns. He rushed 12 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns and caught three passes for 133 yards an a touchdown. Tavaris Scott snagged eight balls for 132 yards and two touchdowns for Spartaburg.

ECA’s Thomas had fine words about Feaster afterwards.

Both teams remained ranked nationally. ECA fell 18 spots in the NationalHSFootball HSFB100 to No. 88 while Spartanburg rose two spots to No. 90

Georgia Scrimmage Results

As the regular season nears, plenty of high school football teams were in action this week in the form of preseason scrimmages. Every scrimmage is set up differently and usually are the first time high school teams get to hit someone other than themselves.

Here are some scores and notes from scrimmages around the state of Georgia this past week.

North Gwinnett won the overall scrimmage against Langston Hughes 28-21. Langston Hughes pulled its varsity late in the third quarter while North Gwinnett played their varsity through the entire third quarter. At the end of the third it was 21-all. North Gwinnett added a JV touchdown in the fourth quarter.

North Gwinnett entered the scrimmage with questions on their offensive line.

“I thought they took it to us pretty good,” North Gwinnett head coach Bob Sphire said about the offensive line. “We have a long way to go upfront. We really struggled in our pass protection and didn’t have time to do a whole lot. We struggled early running the football. I thought we got better as the game went along and they are a really good football team. We got a lot of work ahead us right now.

Langston Hughes went 10-2 last season and has posted back-to-back 10-wins seasons for the first time in the schools six-year history. Hughes scored 14 unanswered points after North Gwinnett scored on a pick six in the first quarter. DeFunda McCrary’s 11-yard touchdown run was followed up three plays later by Deonte Jackson’s pick six for a Panthers 14-7 lead.

“I was proud of the way we flew around, they had a chance to go against a team in a different color jersey,” Langston Hughes head coach Willie Cannon said. Cannon, a Miami native, is the only head coach in Langston Hughes history. “We made a lot of mistakes but I liked our effort. We showed that we are an up-and-coming team and we’ll continue to get better.

The Mays Raiders are filled with talent and top recruits up and down the roster yet are unranked in some local preseason polls. The Grady Grey Knights are looking to rebound after offseason turmoil resulted in the removal of head coach Ronnie Millen. Millen compiled a 107-42 record with three region titles in 13 seasons at Grady. In steps former Super Bowl champion Earthwind Moreland to lead the Knights. The Knights did not disappoint in the first game against another opponent with Moreland in charge.

Grady’s Marlon Character scooped up a fumble and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown with 2:26 left in the third quarter giving Grady their first and only lead of the three-quarter varsity scrimmage 21-20. Mays was unable to score on their next possession and Grady won the varsity scrimmage 21-20.

Mays scored on their first possession of the scrimmage on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Asahnia Aderhold to Tyshawn Brown for a 6-0 lead, the extra point was no good. Aderhold had outstanding pass protection when he and Brown hooked up again early in the second quarter on a 50-yard touchdown pass making it 13-0 after a successful extra point. Brown finished with 2 receptions for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns unofficially.

Grady answered back on their next possession with a 3-play 70-yard scoring drive. Caylin Newton hit Amyr Smith for a 44-yard touchdown pass for Grady’s first points making it 13-7 with 9:58 left in the half.

Aderhold added a 21-yard touchdown run late in the half as Mays led 20-7 at halftime. Aderhold unofficially finished 5-of-11 128 yards 2 TD 1 INT passing and rushed four times for 46 yards with a touchdown.

Grady was in business again in the third quarter after Jaheem Moorer recovered a Joe Turner fumble on Mays’ opening possession of the third quarter. Newton hit Character for a 27-yard gain to the Mays 13- his third straight completion to open the drive. Newton was 11-of-20 192 yards with a touchdown and an interception unofficially. Two plays later Jacquez Sloan scored on a 5-yard run pulling Grady within 20-14 with 6:09 left. Mays fumbled on the eighth play of their next drive with Character returning it for the game-clinching touchdown.

Moreland was unavailable for comment after the scrimmage.

“I felt like we played well at times but still made some mental errors but that’s to be expected in the first game,” Mays head coach Corey Jarvis said. “We were more physical than Grady and I felt like we played well enough to win the game if we played four quarters. Our (second string) didn’t come through, just boneheaded stuff that we have to fix and will get fixed.

Camden County defeated Richmond Hill 35-0 when the varsity was pulled after the 3rd quarter. Richmond Hill is a team with 6A enrollment numbers but were placed in 5A due to a territorial provision. Camden passed for touchdowns of 65 and 18 yards in the scrimmage. Ryan Johnson scored on a 6-yard touchdown run set up by a long run by quarterback Antonio Hamilton for the final varsity points. The overall final was 42-10 Camden County.

Lassiter defeated North Cobb 26-17 during varsity portion of scrimmage. Each varsity was pulled mid-way in the third quarter. The theme for the night for North Cobb was dropped passes. Unofficially North Cobb receiver dropped 15-plus passes.

Ware County knocked of Valdosta 21-0. The varsity was pulled after the third quarter. Ware County is in its first season under head coach Franklin Stephens. Stephens led Tucker to the 2008 and 2011 state championship and was a state runner-up with Lamar County last season.

Mill Creek had a 6-3 lead over Archer in a field goal affair when each varsity was pulled after the first quarter. Archer returns household-name talent from last season’s school record-setting 11-1 team that lost to North Gwinnett in the second round of the state playoffs. The Tigers are ranked No.1 in some local polls and as high as No.31 in some national polls but do not crack the top 25 of any national polls that only rank 25 teams.

Dacula bested Lanier 28-21. When the varsity was pulled after the first quarter it was 7-all. The squads swapped pick sixes late in the game and Dacula added a passing touchdown in non-varsity action for the final margin.

McEachern defeated Hiram 50-0. McEachern is nationally ranked in the top 25 by multiple polls and are the highest ranked team from Georgia nationally.

Lovejoy defeated Drew 35-14 in two quarters of varsity action. Lovejoy quarterback Quint Neely passed for nearly 300 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. Preston Williams, Tremaine Dillard, Malik Route, Josh Varner and Brandon Knight each caught touchdowns. Lovejoy added JV and 9th grade touchdowns in the second half for the overall 47-14 final. Lovejoy is in its first season under head coach Edgar Carson replacing Al Hughes. Hughes was 47-6 the last four seasons with two state runner-ups in 2011 (lost to Tucker) and 2012 (lost to Norcross). Hughes is Clayton County’s all-time wins leader with 119 wins. 104 of those wins came at Lovejoy during his 13 seasons prior to being forced out this past offseason.

Buford defeated South Gwinnett 35-0 when the varsity were pulled. Buford is considered the second best team in Georgia and crack multiple national rankings. Buford will be competing in Georgia’s class 4A. it will be the highest classification Buford has competed in in their history. Buford has won 10 state titles in the 3A class or lower.

Stephenson defeated Tucker 12-0. Stephenson led 6-0 when the varsity was pulled at the end of the third quarter. Stephenson is known for churning out multiple college talent since it opened in 1996 (its only losing season) yet are still seeking a state championship. Tucker moved up to Georgia’s highest classification (6A) for the first time since winning the 2011 state champion in class 5A (the highest classification at that time).

Other Scrimmage Scores: Note these are final scores that do not necessarily reflect varsity competition only.

Oconee County 24 Cedar Shoals 7
Berrien 48 Lanier Co 6
Mundy’s Mill 21 Tri-Cities 18
Callaway 39 Greenville 0
Peachtree Ridge 24 Northview 7
Carrollton 35 West Forsyth 10
Grayson 26 Lambert 0
Winder Barrow 29 South Forsyth 28
Alpharetta 30 ML King 6
Woodstock 37 Sequoyah 35
Cartersville 36 Woodland 0
Washington Co. 26 Dublin 12
Kell 28 Marietta 24
Central Gwinnett 27 Union Grove 10
Thomasville 33 Mitchell Co 14
Fitzgerald 37 Hawkinsville 0
Weselyan 24 Pinecrest Academy 21
Brookwood 28 Heritage-Conyers 0
Calhoun 42 Rome 17
Hart Co. 41 Washington-Wilkes 24
Cass 22 Adairsville 21
Cook 17 Brooks Co. 6
Lowndes 24 Norcross 20

The regular season officially starts Friday August 22nd in Georgia.

Peachtree Ridge Defeats Northview In Scrimmage

The Peachtree Ridge Lions and Northview Titans took part in a scrimmage that featured the varsity teams for two quarters of action.

Lion’s running back Na’ceem Antenor rushed for touchdowns of 33 and 7 yards. Antenor’s 33-yard scamper were the first of 14 unanswered points by the Lions. Malik Staples added a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left in the first quarter to give Peachtree Ridge a 14-0 lead.

Northview’s only points of the scrimmage came on a DJ Pearson to Issac Hart 17-yard touchdown pass with 8:55 left in the second quarter making it 14-7. Hart made the catch after the ball was deflected by a Peachtree Ridge defender around the goal line. Pearson finished 13-of-26 175 yards 1 TD.

Peachtree Ridge would add another touchdown run from Antenor (6 carries 79 yards 2 TD) and a 36-yard field goal in the final five minutes of the varsity portion for the 24-7 victory.

Lions quarterback Chance Thrasher was 14-of-23 166 yards with an interception while budding receiver De’Angelo Gibbs caught 6 balls for 76 yards.

Peachtree Ridge opens the regular season August 29th at home against Archer. Northview will open their regular season hosting Duluth on August 29th.

Kell Defeats Marietta In Scrimmage

Class 5A Kell and Class 6A Marietta finally got a chance to get their scrimmage game in after it was postponed due to weather last Friday. Once they hit the field the game was filled with a multitude of long rushing touchdowns.

Kell’s Itabari Mason got the party started with a 40-yard touchdown run on Kell’s opening drive for a 7-0 lead.

Marietta scored 14 unanswered points on the legs of stud running back KirVonte’ Benson. Benson tied the game on a 60-yard gallop then gave the Blue Devils the lead 14-7 on a 40-yard touchdown run.

Ivan Walls raced in from 60 yards out for Kell tying the game at 14 and would stay that way until halftime.

In the third quarter the rushing touchdowns kept coming as Marietta’s Nakia Berniard broke several tackles on a 54-yard touchdown on Marietta’s opening second half possession giving the Blue Devils a 21-14 lead.

Kell would put back-to-back impressive drives together to score 14 unanswered points. Cameron Rosenthal connected with Bryan Grant off a deflected pass for a 20 yard touchdown capping an 8-play 75-yard drive. On their next possession Langley racked up 72 yards rushing on the drive capping it with an impressive 28-yard touchdown run to put the Longhorns in front 28-21 with 3:07 remaining.

“Obviously there were a lot of things that I saw that I was pleased with. We flew around some and were physical. We ran the ball well at times and other times we didn’t,’ Kell head coach Derek Cook said on his team’s effort.

Marietta’s all-state place kicker Ian Shannon added a 26-yard field goal as time expired in the third pulling the Blue Devils within four, 28-24. Neither team scored in the final frame as Kell won the scrimmage 28-24.

“I’m glad to see we’re in pretty decent good game shape. We didn’t have guys on the offensive and defensive line throwing up and that’s a good sign. Obviously the weather was cooler than normal,” Cook added. “In a lot of ways we’re an inexperienced team and were young and even with some of our seniors were inexperienced. We have to overcome that right we’re not going to use that as an excuse because we gotta win right now, we gotta play well right now.

Brookwood Blanks Heritage-Conyers In Scrimmage

A rare mid-week scrimmage game between Georgia Class 6A Brookwood and Class 5A Heritage-Conyers was played with modified rules for three-quarters with the varsities.

Brookwood’s Jesse Brown rushed for touchdowns of 1 and 30 yards, wide receiver Dorian Miles caught touchdowns of 34 and 24 yards from quarterback William McCullough and the Broncos defense pitched a shutout in the 28-0 three-quarter victory. The fourth quarter was played in situational segments.

“We will look at the film tomorrow and it will be a good teaching tool for our kids,” Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. “I think we ran the ball pretty well, pass protected pretty well but we have to get a little more crisp at doing certain things at certain times.

The strength defensively for the Broncos defense is at the linebacker spots led by senior Chase Middleton and sophomore Leonard Warner. Middleton made several bone-jarring hits while Warner had an interception during the situation portion of the scrimmage.

“I think our linebackers are little bit more athletic than last year. I think we’re more athletic in the secondary than we have been the last couple of years. We have a lot of work to do and a lot of learning to do,” Crews said. “All in all a pretty good day of practice.

Brookwood will open the regular season against Valdosta in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic at McEachern on August 23rd. Heritage-Conyers under first-year head coach Wendell Early will open the regular season against rival Rockdale County on August 22nd.

Blasted In Oklahoma

The Memphis Blast paid a visit to the GDFL defending champion Oklahoma Thunder with an outside shot at the Midwest division championship.

The Thunder would have no part of it as they defeated the Blast in convincing fashion 52-14 to win the GDFL Midwest division crown.

Both teams are locks for the GDFL playoffs and will await their playoff opponents in the coming days.

Oklahoma finishes 10-0 overall, 4-0 in the division while the Blast three-game winning streak was snapped. Memphis finishes 7-4 overall, 3-2 in the division.