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Georgia Week 5 Notes and Scores

Surprise, We’re 5-0!

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.

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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






Georgia HSFB Week 4 Notes and Scores

South Pointe (SC) Tops Buford

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.

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Other Games:

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.

Other Scores Of Interest:

Mays defeated 49-7 New Manchester

Miller Grove defeated Lakeside-Dekalb 18-16

Cedar Grove defeated Lovett 41-14

Tift defeated Parkview 50-37

Dutchtown 10-7 over Heritage-Conyers

McEachern 28-9 over Westlake

Langston Hughes defeated Tri-Cities 20-12

Stockbridge 33-3 over Ola






Georgia HSFB Update Sept. 16th

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 QB John Seter (17) attempts a pass against Stockbridge

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.





Georgia High School Football Week 3 Update

The Mays Raiders (2-1) won their first game without former head coach Corey Jarvis 47-28 over region foe Langston Hughes (2-1). The Raiders jumped out to a 27-7 lead and never looked back defeating Hughes 47-28. It was the first game between the two schools as region opponents. Mays leads the all-time series 2-1.

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars improved to  3-0 for the first time to begin a season since 2007 with a 40-7 victory over North Oconee. Osiris Walker and Jerphari Colbert rushed for two touchdowns apiece while quarterback Akeem Glenn passed for touchdowns to Stavion Stevenson and Snipe Hall. The current three-game winning streak for Cedar Shoals is their first since 2013. Cedar Shoals hosts Oconee County next week before hosting Clarke Central in the 50th meeting of the two rival schools.

Kell jumped out to a 30-7 lead on Rome yet needed a 23-yard field goal from Connor Mendelson in the final minute to hold off Rome 33-30. Rome took a brief 7-0 lead in the first quarter before Kell ripped off 30 unanswered points. Josh Blancato kick return for a touchdown, John Lampley connected with Michael Luckie for a 29-yard touchdown pass and Kendall Bailey returned an interception for a touchdown putting Kell up 21-7 through a quarter of play. Lampley hooked up with Jared Hill for another touchdown and the Longhorns added a safety for a 30-7 halftime lead. In the Second half Rome came roaring back with a Tyrish Martin 27 pass from Knox Kadum to Tyrish Martin touchdown in the third quarter and two touchdown runs by Jamious Griffin. Griffin finished with three rushing touchdowns on the evening

Quarterback Davis Mills made a surprise start for Greater Atlanta Christian (2-1) for their cross country trip to face Valor Christian (CO). The Spartans fell 21-17 to Valor Christian (1-2) despite Mills’ surprise start. Mills suffered a non-disclosed, non-football related injury to his knee the day after a scrimmage game in mid-August and had been ruled out for 3-4 months. Mills finished 5-of-17 for 44 yards in the loss.

Glynn Academy (3-1) defeated Camden County 56-7 for its third consecutive victory. Camden County is 0-3 for the first time since 1988 (two wins were forfeited) and since 1969 in games with out forfeits. Camden will face Brunswick (2-1) next week. Former Camden County running back Brandon McMaster is now at Brunswick. McMaster rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns Friday as Brunswick defeated Wayne County 33-17.

Other games of interest:

Newton downed Peachtree Ridge in a thriller 34-32 at Sharp Stadium in Covington. Myron Middlebrooks passed for the game-winning touchdown in the final minute for Newton.

Blake Jones intercepted a pass in the final seconds to seal Etowah’s 28-20 victory over Newnan. It was the second week in a row Jones intercepted a pass to seal an Eagles victory.

Roswell (3-0) dropped Colquitt County to 0-4 with a 34-3 win, avenging last seasons loss in the Georgia 6A championship game.

Stephenson (1-2) picked up its first win of the season by handing Southwest Dekalb (2-2) its second straight loss 21-0. The Jaguars are still without head coach Ron Gartrell who is still recovering from hip surgery.

Stephenson Holds Off Mays, Wins Region Title

The excitement was in the air Friday night at Lakewood Stadium as Stephenson and Mays squared off for the Region 6-5A championship. Each team couldn’t wait to kick the game off as matters escalated during pregame warmups as both teams exchanged words, smack talk and noise in advance of the opening kickoff.

After a scoreless first quarter, Stephenson opened the scoring with a 29-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead. Mays would drive right back down the field yet missed a 30-yard field goal attempt. Stephenson then marched 80 yards in 16 plays (14 rushing plays) capped by a Trestan Kinsler 4-yard touchdown run to put Stephenson up 10-0. That score held until halftime.

Mays' Randrecous Davis is held back by an official during pregame warmups. Davis caught a touchdown in the game
Mays’ Randrecous Davis is held back by an official during pregame warmups. Davis caught a touchdown pass in the game

Mays opened the second half with a 22-yard field by Trenton Jamison to pull the Raiders within 10-3. After forcing a three-and-out Stephenson’s punt went for minus-2 yards to their own 18. Two plays later BJ Phillips hit Randrecous Davis for an 18-yard touchdown pass however the extra point was blocked leaving the score 10-9 with just over seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The defensive battle continued the remainder of the game, fittingly it was the defense that won the game in the end for Stephenson. After Stephenson punter Justin Smith mishandled the snap, Mays took over with just over one minute remaining in the game at the Stephenson 25 with no timeouts. Mays was unable to use the miscue as the Stephenson defense, led by Michael Pitts, Aaron Sterling and Amari Andrews, recorded three of the Jaguars 10 sacks on Mays’ final possession including a fourth down sack by Amari Andrews on the games final play sealing the victory and first region championship since 2009. the 10 sacks were the most Mays allowed in a game this season.

Stephenson enters the playoffs 9-1 without a loss a Georgia opponent, as the Region 6-5A top seed and will host Rome in the first round. Mays (9-1) is the No.2 seed will host Creekview in the first round of the playoffs.

Video: Georgia High School Football

Spring football is underway in Georgia and spring games begin to pop up this week. Mays is an interesting team entering the spring. They return key players along with others rated by recruiting services.

Here is a look at Mays at Stephenson in Region 6-5A from 2013.

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Mays finished 2nd in the region, bowing out at Kell (GA) in the second of the state playoffs. Stephenson finished 3rd in the region, won a road playoff game and lost in the second round.

Region 6-5A winner Tucker (GA) completed their 2013 runner-up to Creekside (GA) in the 5A Finals. Creekside and Mays meet as region 6-5A opponents in 2014. Tucker moves up to 6A playing in region 2. Lovejoy is the defending region 2-6A champ.

Stephenson Defeats Allatoona; Punch Ticket To Final Four

Daniel Kinchen scored 12 straight points off the bench to end the first quarter giving Stephenson a 20-7 lead and the Jaguars never looked back defeating Allatoona 57-38 in the quarterfinals. Montez Sweat was the lone Stephenson starter in double-figures with 12 points but left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

Kinchen finished with a game-high 16 points, Delmont Walton put in 9 and Juwan Henderson chipped in 8.

Allatoona, led only once 1-0 and trailed by double digits most of the game, would get within nine points with just under two minutes to go in the third. Stephenson made another push ripping off an 8-0 run over the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter sealing the deal. Daniel Fowler was the lone Buccaneer in double-figures with 12 points, eight of those coming from the foul line. Rodney Brown was the next highest scorer with 9.

Allatoona finishes their season 30-2 and suffered their only loss of the season to a Georgia team.

Stephenson (25-7) will face Warner Robins (27-2) in the semifinals Saturday at Fort Valley State University. Warner Robins defeated Bainbridge 69-48 in the quarterfinals.

Brevet And Fowler Lead Allatoona Into Second Round

Bradley Brevet got Allatoona off to a fast start by scoring 9 of their first 11 points in their state tournament opener against Sequoyah. Brevet scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half as Allatoona led 38-22 at halftime. In the second half  Daniel Fowler put in 15 of his 17 points as the Buccaneers defeated Sequoyah 77-56.

Rodney Brown added 12 points while Ephraim Tshimanga and Drew Swanson each had 9 for Allatoona. Sequoyah (13-15) was led by Dalton Satterfield’s 21 points, Satterfield connected on four three’s in the contest.

Allatoona (28-1) will host ML King (22-10) in the second round Tuesday evening. ML King defeated Apalachee 70-64 in the first round on Saturday. ML King’s region 6-5A went 4-0 in the first round of the state tournament, region 5-5A went 2-2.

Region 6-5A Scores: Miller Grove 66 Gainesville 23, Stephenson 80 Salem 46, Tucker 72 Clarke Central 53.

Region 5-5A Scores: Pope 60 South Paulding 52, Villa Rica 66 Sprayberry 63, Osbourne 64 Hiram 48.

Georgia 5A Football Second Round Brackets, Notes

The first round is complete in Georgia 5A. Below are the updated brackets and some notes from some of the games.

Georgia 5A Football Playoff Bracket
Georgia 5A Football Playoff Bracket

Deshaun Watson lead Gainesville past ML King with a 28-14 victory. Watson is Georgia’s all-time leading passer but was held to 23 yards passing in the game but rushed for two touchdowns. Quarterback Roland Rivers rushed for two touchdowns for ML King.

Harris County had touchdwons runs by TaQuon Marshall and Esias Chapman as well as an interception returned for a touchdown by AJ Howard.

Dallas Rivers scored two rushing touchdowns as Stephenson defeated Flowery Branch. Khalil Ladler returned an interception for a touchdown and Stephenson’s defense did not allow a Flowery Branch touchdown until it was 27-0 with under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Flowery Branch was held under 200 yards of total offense.

Mays blocked a field goal and standout recruit Natrez Patrick returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. Sophomore Randercous Davis scored on a short touchdown run in the fourth quarter to defeat Clarke Central. Clarke Central’s lone touchdown came via their Johnson & Johnson connection as Cameron Johnson hit Austin Johnson for a touchdown pass. The Mays defense held Clarke Central on a fourth down play inside the Mays five to seal the win.

Kell’s number two quarterback Cameron Rosendahl passed for two touchdowns. Julian Burris and Dyllen Reed added touchdown runs as Kell advanced. Allatoona star running back Joshua Bettistea was held without a touchdown.

Richmond Hill stopped Thomas County Central on a late fourth down and ran out the clock for the win.

Creekside trailed at the half against an improving Lakeside-Evans program but busted it open in the second half for the blowout victory. Creekside remains undefeated this season.

Northside-Warner Robins scored 17 unanswered points int he fourth quarter to pull out a 31-21 win over McIntosh. Wille Jordan rushed for two touchdowns, Marcus Ivory passed for a touchdown and Jurmon Weaver caught a touchdown pass from Glenn Smith on a double pass for Northside-Warner Robins.

Caden Johnson passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another as Warner Robins defeated Whitewater. Whitewater scored three of their four touchdowns on the ground.

Rodney Smith rushed for four touchdown to lead Mundy’s Mill past Houston County, three of his touchdowns came in the opening quarter.

Tucker scored on at least two touchdown passes in their win over Heritage-Conyers. ‘Duke’ Shelley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

Mays Shocks Stephenson With Defense; Sets Up Region 6-5A Title Game With Tucker In Georgia

The Mays Raiders knew what was in front of them if they wanted to play for a region championship, they had to find a way to beat region and state power Stephenson on the road Saturday night at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston, GA before they could think about Tucker next week.

“We’ve played Jarvis before and we know he’s got some tricks tonight,” veteran Stephenson head coach Ron Gartrell said prior to the game. Jarvis was 1-3 against Stephenson in his five seasons at ML King from 2005-2009 and was outscored 70-27 in those games with the only win in 2006.

After a rocky first possession that led to a punt and Stephenson scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run by Dallas Rivers for a 7-0 lead, they settled in and shutdown the Jaguars the remainder of the game. That run would be Rivers longest run of the game as he was bottled up by the Mays defense most of the night.

Mays would be forced to punt on their next possession but the punt hit a Jaguar in the back and Mays recovered at the Stephenson 44 and were in business. After five straight running plays the Raiders went to the air and Ayinde Russell found Tyshawn Brown for a 26-yard touchdown pass to pull within 7-6 after the missed extra point with 4:37 left in the opening frame.

Brown would strike again for Mays after the defense forced Stephenson to go three-and-out, Brown returned the punt 72 yards to the Stephenson 7 setting up Mays’ next score. Russell hit Julius Whitehead for a touchdown however Whitehead was flagged for illegal touching moving the Raiders back to the 23. On the next play Russell zipped in a 23-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Randercous Davis and Mays took a 13-7 lead after the successful extra point with 2:02 left in the first quarter.

“Offensively when we had to make plays they made plays, I’m just proud of those guys, they showed the type of football we are capable of playing,” Mays head coach Corey Jarvis said. “After the Arabia Mountian game we had truly been stressing special teams, special teams for us if you change field position when you have explosive guys like we have doing it on our kickoff and punt return units.”

From there the Mays defense held the fort down with standout play led by Natrez Patrick (Jr), Marquez Daniels (So.), Shiheem Rutherford (Jr), Roderick Tyler (Sr), Brandon Bradley (Sr), Jerome Smith (Sr) and Henry Whitherspoon (Sr). Mays would stop Stephenson on fourth and short on the Mays nine and again at the end of the half at the one to end a 15-play 97-yard drive in which Mays had 26 penalty yards including pass interference on fourth and goal from the two.

“Defensively I gotta take my hat of to Coach [Lee] Hannah and my defensive staff and all the guys on defense because they played their butts off, they played lights out. We are young at certain positions but they actually are good ballplayers and they showed tonight they can shutdown a good team,” Jarvis said about his teams defensive performance.

Mays linebacker Natrez Patrick celebrates his teams win over Stephenson before boarding the team bus
Mays linebacker Natrez Patrick celebrates his teams win over Stephenson before boarding the team bus

The second half featured a display of the punting units as the teams traded punts much of the half. Stephenson would find a way to score after a 54-yard punt was downed at the Mays one on their opening possession of the half. One play later Mays running back Romartis Bell was tackled in the endzone for a safety pulling Stephenson within four at 13-9 with 9:57 remaining in the third quarter.

Mays pinned Stephenson at their own one after a punt in the fourth quarter under six minutes but three plays later Jaguar quarterback Dewann Ford scrambled, was hit and fumbled at the 21 and Mays recovered it. Again Stephenson would have another chance after Mays could not add points and were turned over on downs with 3:03 however Stephenson was turned over on downs with 1:37 to go and Mays would run the clock leaving Stephenson (7-2; 6-2) with only 15 seconds where they failed on two Hail Mary attempts from their own 35.

Mays’defense was clearly the story of the the game as they played at another level and held SEC-bound running back Dallas Rivers under 100 yards rushing while not giving up backbreaking plays via the air and stopping Stephenson on several fourth down attempts. Yet the monkey remains on Stephenson’s back, what if they could have kicked field goals? The same goes for Mays as they missed an extra point and didn’t try a field goal late in the fourth quarter to pad their margin yet punted well enough to win.

“Our kids took the gameplan and the motto that we were going to learn how to finish. They’ve fought to the end all year even in the two losses. Were young but were so talented and we showed our age by the little stupid mistakes we made but if we play our butts off we are going to stay in the ballgame,” Jarvis added.

Mays (7-2; 7-1) enters their meeting with Georgia 5A top-ranked Tucker (9-0; 8-0) on Friday on a three game winning streak having lost by a combined four points on the season. Tucker and Mays will battle at 8pm at Lakewood Stadium for the Region 6-5A championship, the game time was changed from 5:30pm to 8pm EDT. Northside-Warner Robins had been ranked number one over Tucker in some polls but fell 28-18 to Warner Robins on Friday night.

Mays should be ranked in the Top 10 come next week while Tucker should be nationally ranked no matter what rankings mean.

“Yes it is, next Friday is where I wanted to be,” Jarvis stated. “Tucker is a great ballclub, very opportunistic, they make plays on special teams and they are fast on offense and defense, their speed is scary fast. I’m just glad we get an opportunity to play them for a region championship.”

In the end all Jarvis and Mays did was use good old school defense, no “tricks” seen all night.