Alexander’s Marvin McGhee III knocked in five three-pointers enroute to a game-high 17 points as Alexander (2-1) handed Archer (3-1) its first lost of the 53-50.
Jaylon Brown scored 12 while Bryce Robinson and Xavier Thornton each put in 8 points as Alexander capitalized off of several Archer turnovers in the second half and held the Tigers 42 points below their season average.
Brent Smith scored 16 and Areyon Johnson had 14 off the bench while CJ Hines finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal for Archer.
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.
Oconee County (4-0) won its fourth straight game with a 28-10 victory over previously undefeated Cedar Shoals (3-1). Sam Middlebrooks hit Roques Dowty on a 52-yard touchdown pass on the Warriors opening possession for a 7-0 lead which held to halftime. Trent Harris got Cedar Shoals on the board in the third quarter with a field goal to pull the Jaguars to within 7-3. In the fourth quarter Oconee County put the game away with touchdown runs from Champ Hall, Jared Hood and Christian Casey. Jaivanni McDavid returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown for the Jaguars only touchdown of the game. Cedar Shoals’ three-game win streak, it’s longest since 2007, was snapped with the loss.
Camden County (1-3) won its first game of the season getting a 7-6 decision over Brunswick (2-2). Mickey Packard scored for Camden County while Brunswick quarterback Jamarius Stevens scored for the Pirates. Stevens missed the PAT to leave the score 7-6 which held for the final margin. Former Camden County Wildcat running back Brandon McMaster- now at Brunswick, finished with over 100 all-purpose yards for the Pirates against his former mates. Brunswick’s two losses have came by a combined two points-both off missed extra points.
Greater Atlanta Christian broke open a 9-7 halftime game in the third quarter with two touchdown passes from quarterback Davis Mills to Harrison Sloan and Trey Morrison. Mills finished with three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown as GAC (3-1) defeated St. Pius (0-4) 37-7.
Lovejoy (2-3) improved to 2-0 in region play with a 28-27 victory over Stephenson (1-3). Lovejoy quarterback John Seter- a transfer from The Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut, was 15-of-24 for 301 yards, three touchdowns with one interception passing. Through five games (four games played) Seter has passed for 933 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.
Grayson (2-1) defeated Deerfield Beach (FL) (1-2) 39-14. DeAngelo Gibbs caught two touchdown passes and Jamyest Williams returned an interception for a touchdown in the Rams second straight victory. Grayson is now 1-1 in interstate games this season with interstate games against Ramsay (AL) and Hoover (AL) remaining this season.
Quarterback Patrick Ferris passed for three touchdowns and Tyray Devezin rushed for another as Etowah (4-1) defeated Milton (2-2) 28-10. Blake Jones continued his stellar play with two touchdown receptions. Jones had interceptions in the previous two games against Spartanburg (SC) and East Coweta late in the fourth quarter to seal Etowah victories. Jackson Sisk also caught a touchdown pass for Etowah.
Other Games Of Interest:
Mays (3-1) routed New Manchester (0-4) 51-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Raiders have won three consecutive games and the lone loss to Stockbridge, was by one point.
Colquitt County (1-4) won its first game of the season 52-14 over Brookwood (2-2). Colquitt chalked up its first-ever victory over Brookwood in the fourth all-time meeting in the series. Brookwood has lost two straight since opening the season with wins over North Gwinnett and Walton but have a favorable schedule upcoming in the next few weeks as region play opens. The Packers hit the road to face undefeated Valdosta (5-0) next.
Dwayne Davis picked his first victory as head coach of Mundy’s Mill (1-3) with a 33-13 victory over M.L. King (2-2).
Norcross defeated Archer 34-16 behind three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown from quarterback Baron Radcliff. Tyler Ranel returned a kickoff 99 yard for a touchdown for Archer .
Lowndes (4-1) defeated Newton 42-34 for its fourth straight win. The Vikings have scored 35 or more points in all four victories this season after being held to only 13 points in the season opener against Valdosta (5-0)
Clarke Central (2-2) snapped its two-game losing streak with a 45-21 victory over North Oconee (0-4). Jonathan Swelled rushed for over 175 yards and two touchdowns for the Gladiators. Clarke Central is at rival Cedar Shoals this Friday in the region opener for both.
Tucker (3-1) won its region opener 58-0 region over Jonesboro. Jonesboro (0-5) has only scored nine points through its first five games and have been outscored 149-0 the last three weeks against Spalding (3-1), McEachern (3-1) and Tucker. Jonesboro went 11-2 last season and have several transfers this season.
Northgate (4-0) defeated Creekside (3-1) in a 61-48 region game shootout. Both teams figure to fight with Mays (3-1), Douglas County (3-1), Alexander (3-0) and Langston Hughes (3-1) for playoff spots in the underrated yet extremely tough region 5-6A.
McEachern (3-1) scored a season-low six points in a 6-2 victory at Westlake (1-3). McEachern has not scored an offensive touchdown in two of its last three games against Grayson (scored touchdowns on punt and interception returns), Jonesboro (won 69-0) and Westlake (scored on two field goals). Westlake under first-year head coach Kareem Reid- who previously was a head coach in Florida, face Lithonia (1-3; defeated Meadowcreek for its first win this season last week) this Friday before opening region play against East Coweta (3-1) in two weeks. East Coweta’s lone loss came to North Cobb (3-1) who handed Etowah (3-1) its only loss this season so far 24-20.
The Jonesboro Cardinals went to South Carolina and came back with the first place trophy after going 3-0 in the Denny’s bracket of the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic at Dorman high school in Roebuck, SC this week. Jonesboro defeated host Dorman 69-47 in the championship game. The defeated Class 4A champs were lead by James Walker Jr’s 27 pts while Tracy Hector Jr scored 11 and Jyair Mincy finished with 10.
Jonesboro (13-1) defeated Keenan (SC) 91-32 and Bartow (FL) 61-59 to advance to the first place game in the Denny’s bracket. Bartow was lead by highly recruited junior Tony Bradley who scored 33 points in the loss.
Deantre Mack- 13 made three-pointers in the tournament, lead all Cardinals in scoring during the tournament with 16.6 points per game followed by Walker with 16.0. mack and Walker both earned spots on the all-tournament team.
Jonesboro will return to action Tuesday January 6th against region opponent Riverdale (3-9).
Other Notes from Farm Bureau Insurance Classic:
Peachtree Ridge (GA) finished second in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket losing to Byrnes (SC) in the first place game. Sophomore Jay Estime lead the Lions in scoring with 19.0ppg in the tournament.
Douglas County (GA) finished fourth in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket losing to Shaker Heights (OH) in the third place game.
Central Gwinnett (GA) finished sixth in the Denny’s bracket with a 1-2 record losing to Spartanburg (SC) in the fifth place game
Buford (GA) finished seventh in the Founders Federal Credit Union bracket with a 1-2 record. 50 points from Tre Hansbrough were not enough for the Wolves in a double overtime loss to Byrnes (SC) 106-97 in their first game of the tournament. They defeated Chesnee (SC) in the seventh place game.
Bartow (FL) finished third in the Denny’s bracket after defeating St. Stephens & St. Agnes (VA) in the third place game.
McEachern (26-2) continued to roll through the state playoffs defeating Douglas County 81-52 to advance to the semifinals for the second time in three seasons. The Lady Indians did not take long to put Douglas County away jumping out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter and led by 26 at halftime 45-19.
Leading scorer T’ea Cooper paced McEachern with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. Cooper is averaging 23.3 points during the state playoffs. Caliya Robinson fell one block shy of a triple double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 9 blocks. Taylor Gordon finished with 13 points and 7 steals, Jada Lewis tallied 10 points and 8 assist while Aunesha Williams finished with 6 points and 7 steals.
Maya Benham led Douglas County (23-5) with 17 points and Santasia Faust added 12.
McEachern, the tournaments highest scoring team averaging 93 points, will play South Forsyth (27-5) in the semifinals Saturday at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. South Forsyth averages 59 points-per-game in the state tournament including victories over storied programs Norcross and Parkview in the previous two rounds.
It was a regular season tune up listed on both teams schedule as a scrimmage between two of Georgia’s nationally known boys basketball programs. The respect was shown by both teams especially from host Norcross. Prior to the game there was a moment of silence for Terrell Coleman the Miller Grove freshmen who suddenly lost his life during a playing basketball game in late October. The Blue Devils continued to extend their hospitality and thoughts by having a donation box set up at the entrance for the Coleman family the entire evening.
Once the game started you never knew it was a scrimmage as both teams dived on the floor for loose ball, hustled until the whistle and took the game as though it counted in the standings. Gameplay was disjointed at times and there were a number of whistles that either side didn’t agree with preventing the game from developing a rhythm. There were close to 50 fouls called in the game and both teams combined for 40 free throw attempts in the first half.
“We don’t know anything but one speed,” Miller Grove head coach Sharman White said. “We wanted to see where we were and what we need to work on and we got a great opportunity to see what we need to work on.”
After all it was the defending 6A and 5A champions on the floor. It was nip and tuck in the first quarter with Miller Grove leading 12-11 heading into the second quarter. The Wolverines extended their lead to 9 at halftime with pressure defense and offensive rebounding that lead to multiple second chance points for a 35-26 lead.
In the third quarter the Wolverines opened the flood gates racing out on a 7-2 run to open the quarter forcing Norcross to call time out with 5:56 remaining trailing 42-28. The Norcross timeout did not stop the bleeding as Miller Grove would not let up extending their lead to 21 points at one point in the third outscoring Norcross 20-11 in the quarter.
“We just started connecting plays,” White said about his teams third quarter push. “We didn’t make just one play and then not make another one for a couple of trips, defense, offense, we’d get a score we’d get a stop and then we’d get a score and that’s how you get runs and that’s what we did.”
Norcross’ Tim Cameron nailed a three-pointer as time expired for the 64-57 final, that would be as close as Norcross would get after the third quarter outburst by Miller Grove.
The Wolverines finished with three double figure scorers in Keith Pinckney (19), James Walker (12) and Deven Dorsett (11). 13 of Pinckney’s 19 came in the second half. Norcross was led by Justin Kornegay’s 10 while Cameron and Farrar-the only player to foul out, totaled 9 each.
Miller Grove will officially begins their trek for a sixth consecutive state championship when they take on Buford in the Jared Cook Classic at North Gwinnett on November 23rd. The Wolverines are ranked nationally by Max Preps in the preseason at No. 19.
Norcross begins official play when they travel to Florida to play in the Montverde Championship Series beginning on November 22nd against Osceola and Montverde Academy. Montverde is the top-ranked team in boys basketball poll by Max Preps.
Other Scrimmage Scores:
Norcross 56 Tucker 53 Final
McEachern 83 Douglas County 53 Final/Tuesday
The North Georgia Gladiators (4-3) were unable to hold off two fourth quarter drives by the Douglas County (GA) Riverdogs (3-3) as the Riverdogs defeated the Gladiators 20-17.
Mo Issak returned a punt 54 yards to the Riverdogs 9-yard line yet the Gladiators were unable to score a touchdown settling for a Billy Field 27-yard field goal and a 10-6 lead with 12:16 remaining. Douglas County would respond against all odds on their next possession. The Riverdogs were first-and-goal from the Gladiator eight when they were called for holding, had a procedure penalty and loss 22 yards on a bad snap which gave them second-and-goal from the Gladiators 47. Riverdogs quarterback Don Lawson hit Jamario Swinney for 32-yards and again for a touchdown from 15 yards out on the next two plays giving Douglas County their first lead of the game 13-10 with 7:07 in the fourth.
North Georgia would answer that score with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Mo Issak to Chris Crandall to cap an 8-play 70-yard drive by the Gladiators as they retook the lead 17-13 with 3:22 in the fourth. Carlos Ross had 37 yards rushing on the drive which was aided by a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Douglas County. Ross finished with 141 yards rushing on 23 carries leading the Gladiators rushing attack that piled up 264 yards.
Douglas County would not be intimidated. On their next possession Lawson connected with Swinney for 19 yards on a third down-and-thirteen to the Gladiators 45, keeping the drive alive. On the next play Lawson would hit Sean Coley for a 45-yard touchdown on a catch and run. Coley had excellent blocking and picked his way to the end zone over the last 30 yards with 1:27 left for the game-winning touchdown. North Georgia would get into field goal range but a holding penalty forced them to throw a depression heave as time expired on their final possession from the Riverdogs 46 that fell incomplete.
The Riverdogs had 284 yards of total offense mainly through the air as Don Lawson finished 10-20 177 yards 2TD 1INT adding 61 yards rushing. Ken Coley had 4 receptions 90 yards and two touchdowns and Demekus Carmon was 3-5 passing for 48 yards and one touchdown.
North Georgia starting quarterback Joey Vicary left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter and did not return. Vicary was 3-6 passing 44 yards and one touchdown prior to the injury. Mo Issak filled in for Vicary going 1-6 with one touchdown and two interceptions. Issak rushed for 77 yards and caught a 38-yard touchdown for the Gladiators.
The Gladiators have lost three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history (since 2009) losing to a team that was beaten 64-0 the previous week by the Georgia Bandits. North Georgia will host the Paulding Patriots next week looking to snap the losing streak.
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