The much anticipated opening to Region 1-6A play did not disappoint. South Georgia again flexed it’s muscles.
Lee County (6-0; 1-0) defeated Houston County 55-29. The Trojans jumped out to an earlier 15-0 lead only to see Houston County (6-1; 0-1) roar back behind three touchdowns passes by Jake Fromm to take a 22-15 lead early in the second quarter. That would be it for the Bears on this night.
By the time the end of the third quarter came Lee County had ripped off 40 unanswered points, picked off Fromm three times and led 55-22. Houston County managed a window dressing touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Lee County running back Mark Robinson lead a powerful ground attack by rushing for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. while Aubrey Solomon returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Fromm finished with four touchdown passes and four interceptions as Houston County finished with six turnovers on the night.
In the other region tilt Valdosta (6-1; 1-0) scored on a muffed punt and a Hunter Holt touchdown run while holding Northside-Warner Robins (6-1; 0-1) to a pair of field goals in a 14-6 victory. Northside had one final chance however an Antwon Kincade interception with less than two minutes remaining sealed the victory for Valdosta.
Westlake’s Trey Person returned a kickoff for a touchdown to stem the tide of East Coweta jumping out to a 14-0 early first quarter lead. AJ Terrell rushed for three touchdowns, and James Miller kicked a field goal in the final six minutes as Westlake (3-3; 1-0) outlasted East Coweta (4-2; 0-1) 37-34.
Person also added a rushing touchdown for the Lions.
East Coweta quarterback Christian Reid rushed for a touchdown and passed for another while running back Devonte Ford rushed for a touchdown. Jonah Steerman returned an interception for a touchdown and Wyatt Palmer added a pair of field goals for the Indians in defeat.
Paris Brown scored on a 64-yard touchdown run with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter to give McEachern (5-1; 1-0) a tough 17-10 come-from-behind win over North Cobb (4-2; 0-1). Despite the recent offensive struggles, the victory was McEachern’s fourth in a row and third straight against North Cobb in the all-time series. Will Lovett connected with Drew Tejchman on a 16-yard touchdown pass for North Cobb’s lone touchdown of the contest.
Stockbridge (6-0; 4-0) down Woodland-Stockbridge (5-2; 4-1) in the biggest game between two Henry County teams in recent memory 26-10. Jalen Holston, Jordan Brown and Kenderick Duncan rushed for touchdowns for while Brenton Cox returned a fumble for a touchdown for Stockbridge. Woodland recovered a fumble for a touchdown and Tommy Herman made a 28-yard field for their only points.
Etowah’s Stuart Head took a fake punt 60 yards for a touchdown to even the score 7-7 with Woodstock, which held to half time. After recess Woodstock (4-2; 1-0) outscored Etowah 28-0 to win 35-7 handing Etowah (4-3; 0-2) its second loss in the last three games.
Other games of interest:
Mays routed Douglas County 55-0 to remain in first place in region 5-6A. The Raiders lone loss was a 35-34 setback in the season opener to class 5A title contender Stockbridge.
Mill Creek shutout Discovery 62-0.
Loganville withstood Clarke Central 43-37 in overtime. Loganville lead 37-15 in the fourth quarter before Clarke Central forced overtime with a Jack Mangel touchdown run and a pair of Mangel to Rico Arnold touchdown passes.
Parkview navigated a pesky Lakeside-Dekalb team early before rolling to a 63-30 victory. Lakeside-Dekalb, the lone Dekalb County team in region 7-7A, is seeking to make the state playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Caleb Mitchell passed for seven touchdowns for Parkview. Demonte Pressley returned a kickoff for a touchdown for Lakeside-Dekalb.
Lincoln County defeated Hancock Central 34-20 for its second straight region win this season.
Grayson won for the fifth straight time since a season-opening loss to IMG Academy (FL) by handing Shiloh its fifth straight loss 70-6. The Generals have not won since a season-opening win over Collins Hill and faced Grayson coming off a rare double week bye.