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The Milton Eagles and their home-and-home series with St. John’s College (D.C.) has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Milton has scheduled Johns Creek (GA) in place of the St. Johns College (D.C.) game. The GHSA pushed back the start of the regular season by two weeks in Georgia during a vote last week by the board of trustees. The regular season will now begin September 4th.
The Milton Eagles went 8-4 during the 2019 football season losing to eventual state champ Marietta in the second round of the Georgia state playoffs. The season included a 17-14 loss to JSerra Catholic (CA) as Milton became the first team from Georgia to play a high school game against a team from California in California.
Milton is back at it scheduling another national opponent as the Eagles have agreed to a home-and-home series against St. John’s College (D.C.) during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Milton will play at St. John’s College on September 12th, 2020 and St. John’s College will come to Milton in 2021.
St. John’s College went 7-5 this past season, losing in the WCAC Championship to Good Counsel 16-14. St. John’s College last won the WCAC Championship in 2017 defeating Gonzaga and finished 9-2. St. John’s College last played a team from Georgia during the 2018 season when they defeated Marietta 21-14.
The 2020 and 2021 seasons will mark the third and fourth consecutive seasons that Milton has scheduled a top flight out-of-state opponent. In 2018 Milton defeated Cardinal Gibbons (FL) on their way to winning the 7A state championship over Colquitt County.
The 2020 Georgia vs The USA doubleheader powered by Prep Gridiron Logistics has announced the participants and games for this years event. Tom Riden Stadium in Buford, GA will be the site for the doubleheader on August 21st, 2020.
Life Christian Academy (VA) will take on Cedar Grove (GA) in the first game of the doubleheader. Cedar Grove finished 13-2 last season en route to winning its third GHSA (Georgia High School Association) class 3A state championships in the last four years. The Saints went 1-1 in OOS games with a loss to Central-Phenix City (AL) and a victory over Valor Christian (CO) last year.
Life Christian Academy out of Chester, VA will be entering its third season of football. The Eagles have compiled a 6-12 record playing a heavy national schedule as an VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association) school in its first two years.
In the night cap host Buford (GA) will take on Manatee (FL). Buford (GA) went 15-1 and won its 12th state championship in its fifth different GHSA classification by winning the 2019 5A state championship. Buford defeated Life Christian Academy (VA) last season 33-22 in their only game against a non-Georgia team.
Manatee is rich in football history with five state championships, the latest coming in 2011, in the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association). Manatee finished 8-5 last season losing in the regional finals of the class 7A state playoffs to Venice (FL).
Marietta showed on the national stage just how good they are and how good Georgia high school football is. Less than a week removed from winning the Georgia 7A state title, the Blue Devils defeated Washington 3A State Champion Eastside Catholic 53-14 in Las Vegas as a part of the Geico State Champions Bowl Series. Even the field the game was played on at Bishop Gorman high school had a big G as the midfield logo. On this night that G clearly stood for Georgia.
Harrison Bailey (Tennessee) got the Blue Devils going early and often by scoring on the first play of the game and after 10 plays they had four touchdowns. By halftime Bailey had racked up 410 yards, six touchdowns and an interception on 14-of-18 passing as Marietta led 46-7 without running a single play in the red zone. Bailey was named the games MVP.
By the time the second half started Bailey’s night was done and the running clock was in order for the second half. The massacre was so severe Marietta only had one possession in the second half which ended on a touchdown pass by backup quarterback Tyler Hughes to Taji Johnson in the third quarter.
Marietta completes their first championship season since 1967 14-2 overall including 3-0 against OOS teams St Joseph Prep (PA)(12-2; PIAA 6A State Champs), Edgewater (FL) (13-2; FHSA 7A State Finalist) and Eastside Catholic (WA) (13-2).
Grayson and McEachern- both lost in the quarterfinals of the 7A state playoffs, were the only teams to defeat Marietta this season, combined the two teams held Marietta to 26 points. In the 7A state championship game Marietta defeated Lowndes while being held to 17 points and were shutout in the second half.
Marietta’s dismantling of Eastside Catholic (WA) not only showed the nation how good they are but how good, tough and rugged Georgia high school football is, most notably in the highest classification.
The eight GHSA (Georgia High School Association) classifications crowned the 2019 football champions this past weekend. Georgia State Stadium hosted the championships for the first time ever as the GHSA made the decision to move the championship games from Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Georgia State Stadium prior to the season beginning due to cost. Prior to Mercedes-Benz Stadium the GHSA held the state championships at the now demolished Georgia Dome.
Here is a brief look at the eight championship games and the 2019 champs beginning with the 7A Classification which featured two teams currently ranked in the Max Preps Xcellent Top 25 as 9th ranked Lowndes took on 18th ranked Marietta.
18th Marietta (13-2) jumped out a to 17-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs by Kimani Vidal and a field goal from Cooper Kipp in the first half that held up for a 17-9 victory over ninth-ranked Lowndes. Harrison Bailey passed for 271 yards and Arik Gilbert had 146 yards receiving on 11 receptions for Marietta. Ferringhetti Brown caught a touchdown pass and Jose Palcios had a field goal for Lowndes. Marietta won it’s first state championship in football since 1967 and did it in Richard Morgan’s fourth season as head coach.
Marietta will play Eastside Catholic (WA) as a part in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series this weekend in Las Vegas. Eastside Catholic went 12-1 this season and won the 3A WIAA state championship this season.
Georgia teams are 0-2 in the event since its inception in 2016. Lee County lost to St. Frances Acacemy (MD) in 2018 and Valdosta lost to Chandler (AZ) in 2016.
Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (13-1) defeated Wesleyan (12-3) 33-13 to win a state record fifth consecutive state championship. Wesleyan led 6-0 at the half after a pair of Javy Martinez field goals. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy scored 27 unanswered points in the third quarter on three rushing touchdowns from Keaton Mitchell and one by Josh Rogers to take command of the game. Mitchell finished with 192 yards on 19 carries and 4 touchdowns. Rogers had 132 yards on none carries and a touchdown while Gabe Wright rushed for 113 yards on eight carries.
Dublin (14-1) and Brooks County (10-5) exchanged heavyweight blow after blow in the second half of a thrilling championship game. Brooks County, who lost to Dublin in the regular season, led 14-9 at halftime after a stellar goal line stand at the end of the second quarter. In the second half however Dublin outscored Brooks County 33-18 on it’s way to victory. Mark Mitchell scored the go-ahead touchdown for Dublin on a two-yard run for a 21-20 lead with 2:07 left in the third.
Dublin never trailed again however had to pull away from Brooks County twice. Brooks County pulled to within 28-26 on a 65-yard touchdown run by Omari Arnold. Mitchell answered with a 55-yard touchdown run to extend Dublin’s lead to 35-26. After another Arnold rushing touchdown run from Brooks County made it 35-32, Zion Kemp scored the game-sealing touchdown with 1:51 remaining for the final 42-32 Dublin win.
Dublin rushed for 437 yards and did not attempt a pass in the contest. Jaques Evans led the Fighting Irish rushing attack with 188 yards an a touchdown while Mitchell (94 yards) and Kemp (86 yards) each rushed for two touchdowns. Omari Arnold finished with 103 yards rushing on 10 carries and three touchdowns for Brooks County.
No matter who won, a 16th state championship between the two school was going to be won. Until the closing moments it looked as though Warner Robins (13-2) would claim it however Buford had other plans. Trailing 14-7 with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter, Buford capped a 14-play 78-yard drive with an Ashton Daniels to Jamarius Issac 22-yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds to tie it up. Warner Robins would get a chance to win the game in regulation but Cary Payne missed a 50-yard field goal as time expired.
In overtime and Issac came up big again intercepting Warner Robins’ Jalen Addie’s pass on their opening possession. Moments later Hayden Olsen hit the game-winning field goal from 24 yards out for the 17-14 Buford (14-1) win. Buford head coach Bryant Appling wins the schools 12th title in his first season as the head coach. Buford has now won state titles in five different classifications (A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA). Buford moves up to class 6A next season.
Addie rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Ahmad Walker added a rushing touchdown for Warner Robins. Gabe Ervin finished with 73 yards and a touchdown rushing for Buford.
Harrison (15-0) swept the season series against region foe Allatoona (11-3-1) with a 20-7 victory to win it’s first state championship in school history. Leading 13-7 in the third quarter Harrison’s Brandon Carter returned an interception 31 yards to the Allatoona two. On the next play Gavin Hall scored on a two-yard touchdown run for the final 20-7 margin.
Hall passed for 122 yards and a touchdown and an interception to go with 28 yards rushing and a touchdown. James Ziglor finished with 88 yard receiving including a 49-yard touchdown reception that gave Harrison a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
Alex Wilson rushed for 122 yards for Allatoona. Marshall rushed for 45 yards and passed for 39 yards a touchdown and an interception. Receiver Ashante Das had all 39 yards and a touchdown receiving. Allatoona was denied of it’s second state title in history and first since 2015.
Class 1A Public:
Marion County (11-3) vs Irwin County (13-0) won its first stat title since 1975 with a 56-14 victory over Marion County (11-3). Irwin County outscored Marion County 28-0 in the second half but it was the 21-0 unanswered points, all off of Marion County turnovers, in the third quarter that blew open the game.
DJ Lundy rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, Gabriel Benyard rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and Jamorri Colston rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown for Irwin County. Irwin County quarterback Zack Smith tallied a rushing and passing touchdown for the Indians in the victory.
Marion County quarterback Trice McCannon rushed for 135 yards and touchdown and passed for 92 yards and touchdown before leaving the game early due to injury.
Cedar Grove (13-2) won its third state title in four years with a 21-14 victory over Crisp County. The Saints win the title under first-year head coach Miguel Patrick. Chavon Wright rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns while Austin Smith passed for 64 yards and touchdown for Cedar Grove. Cedar grove led by 14 points on two different times in the contest. Crisp County’s final touchdown came on a blocked punt return by Latravious Walker. in the closing minutes for the final 21-14 margin. Crisp County was held to 161 yards of total offense. Marquise Palmer finished with 64 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Cougars.
Blessed Trinity (14-1) won it;s third consecutive championship with a 17-14 victory over Oconee County (13-2). Elijah Green rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead Blessed Trinity’s attack. Blessed Trinity trailed 7-3 late in the second quarter when Green ripped off back-to-back touchdown runs of 30 and 66 yards to give Blessed Trinity the 17-7 advantage at halftime.
Max Johnson passed for 97 yards and two touchdowns for Oconee County who was seeking it’s first state title since 1999.
The Johns Creek Gladiator football program is doing what few from the state of Georgia have done, go north and play a football game and take on northern powerhouse at the same time.
The Gladiators have reached an agreement to play Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ) during the 2020 season. The contest will be played on Friday, September 4th.
Johns Creek just completed its 11th season of football and were region champions for the second consecutive season, finished 10-2 overall and lost in the second round of the GHSA AAAAAA playoffs to Valdosta.
Don Bosco Prep, an all boys private school, has won 15 NJSIAA Non-Public state championships- eight since 2002, and two mythical national championships (2009 and 2011).
The 2018 High School football season begins this week across Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Total Sports Coverage will stream live audio broadcast of select high school football games for the 2018 season. Games in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina are being considered for broadcasting.
In addition to live streaming audio game broadcasts, a news and notes feature entitled “Games Of Interest” will begin this week and post on Sunday evenings. Games Of Interest will provide results, news, notes and score results from select games from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina from the weekend.
Meadowcreek improved to 5-0 with a 42-28 victory over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-4). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 300 yards and five touchdowns for the Mustangs. The victory assures the Mustangs their first non-losing season since 1997. Meadowcreek is now 1-0 in region play and will face Berkmar (0-5) next week and with a victory would clinch the first winning season in school history since 1990 (the schools fifth year of football). Through five games Williams has amassed over 1200 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.
Douglas County (5-0) defeated region and family feud foe Langston Hughes (3-2) 30-27 in a back and forth affair featuring a pair of solid running backs showcasing their talents. Douglas County jumped out to a 10-0 lead after a pick six touchdown by Xavier Hopson and a field goal. Langston Hughes then took a 14-10 lead after a Caleb Vaughn to Nae’Saan Dickerson touchdown pass and a Christian Roylaston touchdown run in the second quarter which held until halftime. After another Royalston touchdown run put Langston Hughes up 20-10, Uriah West rushed for a pair of touchdowns for a 23-20 Tigers lead. Royalston and the Panthers was not done as Royalston ripped off a 70-yard touchdown to for a 27-23 lead. Douglas County would get the last word when Marquise Collins connected with Dariyan Wiley for a 75-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes remaining for the go-ahead and eventual game-winning touchdown. The win marked the first 5-0 start for Douglas County since 2002.
One-Sided Clash In Classic City!
Clarke Central (4-1) jumped on Cedar Shoals (3-1) early and often in a 48-7 rout of their crosstown rivals in the region opener for both. The Gladiators scored three defensive touchdowns (pick six, scoop and score, and a fumble recovery in the end zone). Jack Mangel connected with Jacob Dula on a touchdown pass for a 7-0 Clarke Central lead, Mangel passed for two touchdowns in the game. Cedar Shoals responded with a drive that stalled deep in Gladiator territory and missed a field goal, the contest was never close again. Clarke Central came one point shy of tying the all-time series record for points scored by one team (49) while posting all 48 points in the first half. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock. Jonathan Sewell and O’Brien Bryant rushed for touchdowns for Clarke Central.
Other Games/Scores Of Interest
Ira Henderson returned his second kickoff return for a touchdown this season as Stephenson (3-2) defeated Mundy’s Mill (0-5) 38-14. Javier Morton returned an interception for a touchdown for Stephenson.
Taurean Taylor rushed for three touchdowns while Travon Ford hooked up with Josh Vann on a pair of touchdown passes as Tucker (4-1) shutout ML King (2-3) 44-0. David Davis rushed for a touchdown and Jalen Jefferson recorded a safety for the Tigers.
Tift (6-0) defeated Coffee (3-1) 33-31 on a game-winning field goal by Fernando Ramirez with five seconds remaining. Coffee overcame an early 21-0 hole to take a 31-30 lead with a Wade Sumner to Dalrone Donaldson touchdown pass with just over four minutes remaining. Tift quarterback Griffin Collier finished with over 300 yards passing, four touchdowns, two of them to standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Dalrone Donaldson caught two touchdowns for Coffee. Tift improved to 6-0, it’s best start since 1993.
Carterville (5-0) won it’s 35th consecutive game with a 41-7 victory over Cedartown. Trevor Lawrence passed for three touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for and caught a touchdown for Cartersville. Cartersville had held its last three opponents (Calhoun, Westlake and Cedartown) to 18 total points.
Tri-Cities (1-3) won its first game of the season to snap a 13-game losing streak with a 41-6 win over Creekside (0-5). Tarez Huddleston passed for four touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Creekside has only scored 22 total points this season.
McEachern (3-2) trailed 13-9 at halftime to Camden County (2-3) before scoring 29 unanswered points in the second half to win 38-13. Jaron Hall returned a punt for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass for the Indians. Malik Evans rushed for two touchdowns and Ali Scott had a rushing touchdown for McEachern. Logan Berryhill caught a touchdown for Camden County.
Colquitt County (5-1) used four field goals from Ryan Fitzgerald to defeat Valdosta (2-4) 27-0. Ty Leggett scored the only offensive touchdown of the game with a four-yard run late in the second quarter.
Grayson (4-0) 74-0 over International School of Broward (FL) (1-2). DJ Irons passed for four touchdowns while J’Kori Jones passed for three touchdowns for the Rams. Grayson is now 3-0 this season in out-of-state games and will play their final non-Georgia opponent this Friday when they host Ramsay (AL) (4-1). Ramsay has won three straight games and is currently ranked in the Alabama Class 6A Top 5.
Lovejoy (3-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-33 victory over Drew (1-4). Zion Custis rushed for three touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Cedar Grove (5-0) won their 15th straight game by defeating the last team to beat them, Westminster (1-4) 41-10. The 15-game winning streak is a new school record.
Rome (4-0) defeated Paulding County (1-4) 62-0. Rome will host Carrollton (4-0) in a class 5A top 10 matchup this week. Carrollton defeated Woodland-Cartersville (2-3) 41-6.
East Coweta (4-1) defeated Arabia Mountain (3-2) 48-14; East Coweta has won four in a row since their season opening loss to Lovejoy. Arabia Mountain has dropped two in a row since a 3-0 start.
Winder-Barrow (5-0) defeated North Oconee (1-4) 17-14
North Gwinnett (4-1) defeated Mountain View (4-1) 27-14
Westlake (2-3) defeated Lithonia (1-4) 45-12
Hapeville Charter (5-0) defeated South Atlanta (2-4) 42-7
Buford (2-1) suffers its first-ever out-of-state loss falling 33-27 to South Pointe (SC) (4-0). South Pointe quarterback Derion Kendrick powered the Stallions victory rushing for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns while passing for a pair of touchdowns. Buford entered the game allowing only 110 yards rushing through two games, Kendrick rushed for 110 in the first half.
Buford used special teams to take an early lead and to stay in the game multiple times. Mick Reese recovered a high snap on a punt in the end zone for a touchdown to crack the scoring seal as Buford led 7-0.
South Pointe answered on the following possession going 77 yards capping the drive with a Kendrick to Scott Robinson Jr 38-yard touchdown pass to knot it 7-7. In the second quarter Kendrick danced around Buford’s defense capping another 77-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run while evading several Buford defenders before lowering his shoulder for the score and the 14-7 lead. Kendrick accounted for every yard on the drive.
Buford’s special teams got back in on the act again as Eli Turner raced of the right edge to block BT Potter’s 32-yard field goal attempt. Buford cashed it in 61 yards later with an Anthony Grant 3-yard touchdown run pulling even 14-14, which stood til halftime.
South Pointe’s defense led by Eli Adams and Deangelo Huskey gave Buford fits all night. On Buford’s opening second half possession, Jaylen Mahoney intercepted Aaron McLaughlin setting up a 36-yard touchdown pass from Kendrick to Robinson on the following play for a 21-14 South Pointe lead.
The team exchanged punts and again it was Buford’s special teams putting up points as Austin Turner returned a punt 70-yards for a touchdown to pull Buford to within 21-20 with just over six minutes remaining in the third quarter after the extra point attempt failed due to a bad snap and hold.
Potter added a field goal for South Pointe in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 24-20. Buford answered that score with Grant’s second touchdown run of the game early in the fourth quarter for a 27-24 Buford lead.
The lead was short lived as Kendrick engineered a Stallions drive that he finished with a 17-yard touchdown run for a 28-27 lead. BT Potter added his second field goal of the game to extend South Pointe’s lead to 31-27. After a South Pointe fumble, Buford’s McLaughlin was called for intentional grounding in the end zone for the final 33-27 margin.
Sharrod Frazier rushed for a pair of touchdowns as Brunswick (2-1) had five different players rush for a total of six touchdowns in a 43-27 victory over Camden County. Brooks Bryan passed for two touchdowns and Jeremiah Compton return an interception 99 yards for a touchdown for Camden County. Brunswick’s victory snapped an 11-game losing streak to Camden County.
Clarke Central’s O’Brien Barnett rushed for three touchdowns while Jonathan Sewell rushed for a 92 yard touchdown as the Gladiators (3-1) defeated North Oconee (1-3) 47-20. Gladiator quarterback Jack Mangel passed for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown. Kapre Forbes continued his excellent season in the punt return department with a 74-yard return that set up Barnett’s final touchdown run.
Brookwood (2-2) used a dominating rushing attack to upset Colquitt County (4-1) 45-25. Dante Brown rushed for over 250 yards and five touchdowns for the Broncos. Brookwood led 21-0 after the first quarter with all three touchdown coming via Brown. Daijun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns for Colquitt County.
Winder-Barrow (4-0) scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Loganville (0-4) 17-14. Brock Landis rushed for the go-ahead touchdown with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter for the Bulldoggs. Jamar Mack rushed for a touchdown for the Bulldoggs. Winder-Barrow is 4-0 for the first time since 2007.
Meadowcreek (4-0) won its fourth straight game and is 4-0 for the first-time ever after a 38-0 victory over Lithonia (1-3). Chauncey Williams rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Williams has rush for over 100 yards in every game so far this season.
Stephenson(2-2) handed Lovejoy (2-3) its third straight loss with a 14-7 win. Darren Parker and Deondre Jackson rushed for a touchdown for Stephenson. Love’s joys only score came on a late in the second quarter to give Stephenson a 14-0 lead. Jordan Huntington passed for a touchdown for Lovejoy, who wasted a number of scoring chances in the red zone most of the night.
Georgia Week 3 of high school football was played over the weekend with only a handful of games cancelled or postponed due the approaching Hurricane Irma. Most of those games were in the southeastern coastal portions of Georgia after mandatory evacuations were issued. Here is a look at some the games of interest from Week 3 in Georgia
Cartersville’s (4-0) Trevor Lawrence passed for over 280 yards and 3 touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as class 4A Cartersville defeated 7A Westlake (1-2) 38-5. EJ Turner caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Purple Hurricanes who won their 34th consecutive game.
Mays (2-1) won its second consecutive game since a season opening loss to Stockbridge with a 32-20 region 5-6A victory over Langston Hughes (2-1). Jaquez Milam connected with Christian Royalston on a 42-yard pass to give Langston Hughes an early 7-0 lead. Later Mays pulled to within 7-6 on a touchdown run by Tyree Nelson. Mays took a 12-7 into halftime after quarterback Jaquez Evans hooked up with Amir Abdur Rahman on a 56-yard touchdown pass. In the third quarter the team quickly exchanged touchdowns as Langston Hughes’ TJ Portress briefly gave the Panthers an 14-12 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff Ihbin Tophia returned it 80 yards for a touchdown for an 18-14 lead. The Raiders expanded the lead to 25-14 on Nelson’s second touchdown run of the game. Antoino Grier block a punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown and 32-14 Mays lead in the fourth quarter. Langston Hughes completed the scoring with a Tyrea Swanson 10-yard touchdown run for the final 32-20 margin.
Meadowcreek (3-0) improved to 3-0 for the first time in the programs 32-year history with a 29-27 win over Forsyth Central (0-3). Meadowcreek, located in Norcross, Ga in Gwinnett County, is 73% Hispanic. The Mustangs have one of the largest offensive lines in Georgia averaging around 320 pounds which paved the way for two rushing touchdowns by Chauncey Williams (180-plus yards rushing). Jeremiah Caldwell had a receiving touchdown while Alonzo Howard returned an interception for a touchdown. Meadowcreek led 26-6 at one point before Forsyth Central rallied. The Bulldogs closed to within 26-20 on a late third quarter touchdown run by Devron Orasn. Meadowcreek added its cushion early in the fourth quarter on a field goal by Christopher Linares to put the Mustangs up 29-20. Forsyth Central added another Orasn touchdown to make it 29-27 however on their next possession were unable to convert a fourth down which sealed the victory for Meadowcreek.
Cedar Shoals (3-0) defeated North Oconee (1-2) in dramatic fashion 13-6. Ken Johnson rushed for two touchdown but it was his 5-yard touchdown with 38 seconds remaining in the game that propelled the Jaguars to the victory. Cedar Shoals has won the last two meeting between the two schools.
Stephenson (1-2) defeated Southwest Dekalb (2-2) 31-18 in a sloppy game featured five fumbles between the two teams . Ira Henderson return the second half kickoff 86 yards fro a touchdown to jump start Stephenson after trailing 6-0 at the half. Stephenson’s Deshon Stoudemire caught a pair of touchdowns, one from Ga’von Wray another from Daren Parker. Justin Tomlin passed for three touchdowns for Southwest Dekalb.
Stockbridge (3-0) for the second consecutive week allowed their opponent to score on their opening possession and for the second consecutive week after that they did not allow their opponents to score again. Dutchtown (2-1) jumped out a 7-0 lead after Shanaan McKoy’s short touchdown run capped the Bulldogs opening drive. Stockbridge pulled to within 7-6 after a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown by Demaje Carter. Marquez Ezzard added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the final 13-7 margin. Dutchtown’s final drive ended with an interception to cap another stingy night of Stockbridge defense which has allowed only 14 points in three games this season. It was Stockbridge’s eight consecutive victory over county and region foe Dutchdown. Lovejoy (41.5), Dutchtown (41) and Mays (36.1) are all averaging 36-plus points in games this season when not including their game against Stockbridge in which all were held to single digits (Mays was shutout).
Grayson (3-0) defeated John Curtis (LA) (1-1) 22-9 on the strength of a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. Quarterback DJ Irons rushed for a touchdown then hooked up with Jalen Rivers an 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as the Rams overcame an early 9-3 deficit for the win. Grayson collected its second victory over an out-of-state opponent this season and have International School of Broward (FL) and Ramsay (AL) remaining on the schedule. Grayson has won 17 consecutive games, including two over Alabama power Hoover, since losing to IMG Academy (FL) in their 2016 season opener.
Colquitt County (4-0) shutout Roswell (1-2) 28-0 to win its third consecutive game. Ty Leggett rushed for two touchdowns in the second half while Nigel Hillery rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the final margin.
Dacula (1-2) picked up its first win of the season by snapping Arabia Mountain’s three-game win streak with a 9-0 shutout victory. Jalen Perry rushed for the lone touchdown of the game and Zachary Gerts connected on field goal for Dacula. Arabia Mountain (3-1) had a short touchdown run called back for holding in the first half and missed a field goal in the second half.
North Gwinnett (3-1) won their third straight game defeating Norcross (2-2) 35-14. North Gwinnett’s Tyler Goodson rushed for over 240 yards and three touchdowns. Jimmy Urzua, who took over as quarterback for injured starter Cade Fortin in the first quarter of the Milton game, has led the Bulldogs to all three victories. Urzua and Devin Crosby each rushed for touchdowns as North Gwinnett amassed over 330 yards rushing as a team.
New Manchester (2-1) shutout Creekside 23-0. AJ Taylor rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns while Eddie Ellis caught a touchdown for New Manchester. Creekside (0-3) has been been shutout in all three games being outscored 89-0.
Other Scores/Notes of Interest:
Woodstock (2-1) became the fourth Georgia team to score 70-plus points this season in their 77-49 shootout victory over Kennesaw Mountain (2-1). Rockdale County (75 vs Berkmar), Habersham Central (72 vs East Hall) and Mountain View (71 vs Osborne) are the others.
Jenkins (3-0) defeated Liberty County (1-2) 43-41; Jenkins quarterback Javonte Middleton passed for three touchdowns.
Class 7A Tift (4-0) handed former region foe and defending 6A state champion Valdosta (1-3) its second straight loss with a 20-10 victory
Abbeville (SC) defeated Lincoln County (1-2) 28-24
Cedar Grove (3-0) shutout Columbia (1-2) 33-0
Peachtree Ridge (0-3) struggles to begin the season continued after losing 47-28 to Newton (3-0).
McEachern (1-2) defeated Jonesboro (2-1) 49-10
Douglas County (3-0) won it’s region opener on the road shutting out Northgate (2-1) 21-0
Hapeville Charter (3-1) shutout Wesleyan (3-1) 35-0
Games of interest postponed/cancelled due to Hurricane Irma:
Camden County at Glynn Academy
Grady at Ware County
Shiloh at Lowndes; The concern with this game was Shiloh having to travel back Gwinnett County after the game in heavy traffic due to Hurricane Irma evacuations from Florida.
The Florida high school football week 3 schedule was hit heavy by the approaching Hurricane Irma. Some games were moved up to Thursday, others were cancelled, some were postponed with uncertainty of if they will ever be played. Other games were played even out-of-state on Friday. Here are the games of interest that we followed this week.
Vanguard (3-0) handed rival North Marion (0-3) its third straight loss to open a season for the first time since 1994. The Knights jumped on the Colts early and often and ran away with a 45-0 victory. Vanguard is a heavy favorite in the Marion County area and has contender status in the 6A class under fourth-year head coach Edwin Farmer. Knights’ quarterback Marquez Glover passed for over 250 yards and three touchdowns passing.
The game was never in doubt as Vanguard raced to a 31-0 halftime lead and early in the third quarter enforced Florida’s running clock rule after going up 38-0. Vanguard capped the scoring when backup quarterback Trevonte Rucker hit Russell Tolbert for a 15-yard touchdown pass for the final 45-0 margin.
The shutout ended a 94-game streak for North Marion and the 45-point defeat was their worst shutout loss since 1983.
Miami Central (3-0) was able to leave south Florida on Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Irma for the pacific time zone. The Rockets had a nationally televised date with Nevada power and private school Bishop Gorman (1-2). Gorman is ranked higher than Miami Central in most every respectable national poll but were coming of their first loss last week to Mater Dei (CA).That loss snapped Gorman’s 55-game winning streak.
Miami Central was unfazed by the lore of Bishop Gorman and represented the state of Florida and southeastern high school well coming away with a 24-14 victory.
James Cook rushed for over 200 yards with rushing touchdowns of 83 and 87 yards. Cook’s 87-yard touchdown run came moments after an interception by Chris Metayer inside the Bishop Gorman five with less than four minutes remaining in the game. The Rockets win marked the first time Bishop Gorman had loss consecutive games since 2006.
Other scores of interest:
Bartram Trail defeated Clay 49-28
Lakeland defeated Apopka 42-35
Bolles defeated First Coast 34-26
Forest defeated Mount Dora 48-39
Fort White shutout Santa Fe 49-0
Wakulla defeated Taylor County 47-14
Belleview defeated Palaka 49-34
Dr. Phillips defeated West Orange 44-24
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