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.
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.
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.