Westlake (30-0) won their second consecutive 7A state championship this past weekend in Macon with a 60-53 win over Collins Hill. Raven Johnson and Lydia Freeman each scored 16 points while Brianna Turnage scored 14 in the victory. The win put them in serious contention for a return visit to the GEICO Nationals in New York where the Lady Lions played last year and lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Central Valley (WA).
Westlake will not be return to GEICO Nationals according sources close to situation have confirmed they were not invited. St. Johns (MD) was selected after they made a petition to the state of Maryland.
The Lady Lions end the season on a 50-game winning streak and are 60-2 the past two seasons under head coach Hilda Hankerson. They are the first team to repeat as state champions in the highest classification since McEachern won four consecutive titles from 2014-2017.
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 High School football season cranked up with a full schedule in Georgia on the final Friday in September. Here are some notes and scores from around the state.
In a battle of state champions from the highest class in Georgia (Grayson) and Alabama (Hoover), host Grayson jumped out a 14-0 lead and held on late for a 35-26 victory over the Buccaneers. Hoover (0-1) pulled to within two points, 28-26 on Larry McCammon’s third rushing touchdown with just over seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Grayson answered quickly when DJ Irons hooked up with Keynon Jackson for 71-yard touchdown pass to give Grayson (1-0) the 35-26 cushion which they held for the victory. Ronald Thompkins rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns while DJ Irons passed for 200 yards and touchdown and rushed for a touchdown. Hoover falls to 2-4 all-time against Georgia opponents and 0-2 all-time to Grayson.
In Moultrie, GA the Colquitt County (2-0) Packers won their second straight game with a 26-7 victory over Vista Murrieta (CA). Daijun Edwards rushed for two touchdowns, Cam Singletary scored on a 46-yard touchdown reception and the Colquitt County defense held their second straight opponent under 150 yards of total offense. It was the Packers first-ever game against a team from California.
Lowndes (2-0) shutout its second opponent in a row with a 56-0 victory over International School Of Broward (FL). The Vikings have outscored their first two opponents 111-0 to open the season including a 45-0 victory over rival Valdosta in the season opener. Valdosta (1-1) defeated Woodland-Stockbridge (1-1) 26-0 to earn it’s first victory of the season while handing the Wolfpack it’s first loss.
Walton (2-0) under first-year head coach Daniel Brunner withstood Brookwood (0-2) 42-35. DJ Soyoye rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback Austin Kirksey passed for over 260 yards with a touchdown while highly-touted receiver Dominick Blaylock caught a touchdown pass for Walton. Brookwood was powered again by its rushing attack from Matthew Hill (rushing and receiving TD) and Dante Black (3 rushing TDs).
Defending 5A state champion Rome (1-0) defeated 6A Harrison (0-1) 33-21. Rome score the final 16 points of the contest after Harrison scored 14 unanswered points to take a 21-17 lead in the second half after trailing 17-7. Knox Kadum passed for a pair of touchdowns- both to Xavier Roberts, while Jamious Griffin rushed for a touchdown and defensive lineman JaQuon Griffin returned a fumble for a touchdown. Highly-touted Harrison quarterback Justin Fields passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another while finishing with over 300 yards of total offense.
Clarke Central (1-1) rebounded from a season opening loss to Winder-Barrow by defeating Oconee County (0-1) 27-11. Leading 14-3 in the third quarter, Jonathan Sewell caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jack Mangel. Kapres Forbes put the game away by returning a punt 51 yards for a touchdown giving Clarke Central a 27-3 lead later in the third quarter. Mangel and Nadarrius Smith each had rushing touchdowns against the Warriors.
Stockbridge (1-0) used a Gabe McKensize touchdown run, a short field goal and a stout defense to defeat Mays (0-1) 9-0 for the second consecutive season. It marked the first time Mays was shutout in 64 games.
Mill Creek (2-0) scored 31 unanswered points enroute to a 31-13 victory over class 6A Stephenson (0-2). The Hawks, who overcame a deficit for the second consecutive week (defeated McEachern in season opener after trailing), rushed for over 200 yards and four touchdowns as a team.
Cartersville (2-0) won their 32nd consecutive game with a 52-45 victory over Bartram Trail (FL) (0-1). Rico Frye rushed for a one-yard touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to break a 45-45 tie and give Cartersville the 52-45 lead. Bartram Trail moved to the Cartersville 11 yard line after a pass interference call in the end zone however on the next play Riley Smith’s pass was incomplete as time expired. Cartersville’s highly-touted quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for over 400 yards with three touchdowns while Rico Frye rushed for over 125 yards and two touchdowns. Bartram Trail rotated Smith and Gatewood at quarterback most of the day. Gatewood passed for over 160 yards and a touchdown while rushing for over 115 yards.
Cedar Shoals (1-0) overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Discovery (0-2) for the second consecutive season 22-12. Trailing 12-7, Cedar Shoals’ Cameron Hudson returned a lateral for a touchdown for a 15-12 lead after a successful two-point conversion. The Jaguars sealed the deal with a 19-play drive capped by a Jephari Colbert 7-yard touchdown with just more than three minutes remaining in the game. Colbert rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Jaguars.
Other scores of interest:
Tucker (2-0) defeated Lakeside-Dekalb (0-2) 54-0; Tucker travels to Colquitt County this week.
Cedar Grove (2-0) defeated Southwest Dekalb (1-1) 37-7
North Gwinnett (1-1) defeated Milton (1-1) 31-28
Langston Hughes (2-0) defeated Westlake (0-1) 16-13; Langston Hughes is off this week before hosting Mays on Sept. 8th. Westlake will host Shiloh this week
Venice (FL) (1-0) defeated Camden County (1-1) 35-3; Camden County does not have a passing touchdown through two games this season in its new spread offense.
Redan (1-1) defeated Lithona (0-2) 18-9
Dutchtown (1-0) defeated Ola (1-1) 39-7
Central Gwinnett (2-0) defeated Dacula (0-1) 36-33
Valdosta (1-1) defeated Woodland-Stockbridge (1-1) 26-0; Woodland-Stockbridge travels to Tri-Cities this Saturday
Buford (2-0) defeated Melbourne Central Catholic (FL) (0-1) 34-17; Buford hosts International School of Broward (FL) this week
Lovejoy (2-0) defeated Mundy’s Mill (0-2) 33-14; Lovejoy faces Stockbridge this week at Tri-Cites on Saturday
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.
The Etowah (2-1) Eagles got a tremendous effort from its offensive line as running back Tyray Devezin rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over Spartanburg (SC). The Eagles scored 21 unanswered points after trialing 7-0. Etowah led 21-14 midway through the fourth period had a fourth down stop on the one yardline and a Blake Jones interception on the Vikings final two possession to seal the win. Safety/Tight End Stuart Head recorded and interception while linebacker Alan Michael Harris led Etowah in tackles. Ladarius Jones and Damyjai Foster each rushed for touchdowns for Spartanburg (2-1).
Will Van Pamelen kicked the game-winning field goal from 20 yards to push Grayson (1-1) past McEachern (2-1) 16-13 as time expired. After a Kurt Turner touchdown run put Grayson ahead 7-0, McEachern’s Tyler Smith returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown to even the game at 7-all in the second quarter. Van Pamelen connected on the first of his three field goals to give the Rams a 10-7 halftime lead. The Indians took a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter on another interception return when C.J. Miller raced 30 yards after picking off a ball that bounce off the chest of the intended receiver. Van Pamelen then tied the game at 13-all with a 28-yard field goal with 2:05 left before hitting the winner moments later. Bailey Hockman was a woeful 6-of-23 passing for 55 yards for the Indians.
Cedar Shoals (2-0) scored 29 unanswered points after trailing 17-6 to defeat Decatur 35-17. The Jaguars have won its first two games under first-year head coach Leroy Ryals and its first back-to-back wins since 2013. Osiris Walker rushed for two touchdowns and Tae Wright added a rushing touchdown for Cedar Shoals. Basketball players Snipe Hall and Javanni McDavid got in the scoring act for the Jaguars. Hall returned an interception for a touchdown while McDavid returned a punt for a touchdown for Cedar Shoals. Josh Creighton returned an interception for a touchdown and Brayton Reed rushed for a touchdown from one yard, which was set up by a 75-yard run by Terrill Hall for Decatur (1-1).
Armis Stokes scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 13 ticks left as Mays (1-1) defeated Peachtree Ridge on the road 36-31 after a fierce fourth quarter comeback. Peachtree Ridge led 31-21 with just over six minutes remaining in the game when Mays forced a safety and scored on a touchdown pass from B.J. Phillips to Kortez Daniel to pull within 31-29 after the failed two-point conversion. After forcing the Lions to punt, the Raiders used a fourth down conversion to keep the drive alive which Stokes capped with the touchdown run. Phillips passed for over 200 yards with two touchdowns while Stokes rushed for two touchdowns for Mays.
Other Games of Interest:
Westlake (1-1) handed Shiloh (1-2) its second straight loss 29-13. Westlake rebounded from a 10-9 setback to Langston Hughes in a game that was called in the third quarter last week. Shiloh lost it’s second straight game.
Tucker (2-1) defeated Colquitt County 21-20 as Colquitt County falls to 0-3 to begin the season. The last time Colquitt County was 0-3 was 2010, they lost to Brookwood in the state championship game. Tucker outscored Colquitt 18-3 in the second half after trailing 17-3 at halftime. Chris Broadwater was the leading rusher for Tucker with over 175 yards.
Gainesville (2-1) bettered Clarke Central (1-1) 21-14
Creekside (2-0) broke open a close game against Southwest Dekalb (2-1) and won 47-14
Grayson jumped out to a 7-0 lead over IMG Academy on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Chase Brice to Jamyest Williams early in the second quarter. From there it was all IMG Academy. Ascenders quarterback Kellen Bond rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another while Cooper Graham connected on two field goals as the Ascenders scored 26 unanswered points to win 26-7. Grayson committed three turnovers. IMG Academy had more penalty yardage.
Langston Hughes led Westlake 10-9 when the intra-classification and non-region game was called in the third quarter due to weather. Isaiah Green passed for a touchdown for Hughes. Trey Dixon rushed for a touchdown for Westlake. No information was available on whether the game would be concluded at a later date.
Leroy Ryals won his first game as head coach at Cedar Shoals 42-6 over Discovery. Cedar Shoals (1-0) quarterback Akeem Glenn passed for four touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Stavion Stevenson and Altavious Wright each caught two touchdowns passes, Osiris Walker added a touchdown run, Trent Harris hit a field goal and the defense recorded two safeties. Cedar Shoals scored 40 or more points for the first time since 2011. The Jaguars travel to Decatur this week.
Etowah led North Cobb 20-17 after an Allen field goal in the fourth quarter. North Cobb (1-1)answered back with a touchdown by to go up 24-20 and eventually held on for that final score. Tyray Devezin scored on a 70-yard run for Etowah (1-1) who will host Spartanburg (SC) (2-0) next week. Spartanburg defeated T.L. Hanna 14-7 in overtime last week.
Other noteable games:
Tucker (1-1) raced out to a 35-3 halftime lead over Lakeside-Dekalb (1-1) and went on to win 48-10
Trailing 14-6 at halftime, backup quarterback Cori Pritchett replaced starter Xavier Dennis- who left with an injury late in the first half, in the second half to lead Redan (1-1) to its first win of the season 24-20 over Lithonia (0-2).
Glynn Academy knocked off Ware County 17-10
Southwest Dekalb (2-0) won its second consecutive game to open the season with a 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Cedar Grove (1-1) at Buck Godfrey Stadium. The Panthers Justin Tomlin connected with Michael Pace on a 20-yard touchdown pass and the extra point was successful with just over three minutes remaining to give Southwest Dekalb the victory.
Brookwood became the second straight opponent to score 40 or more points against Walton in their 40-13 victory. Brookwood (2-0) has posted 77 points through the first two games this season against North Gwinnett and Walton. Last season the Broncos scored 20 points in the first two games in losses to Mill Creek and Norcross. Walton (0-2) has been outscored 86-27 in two games this season.
Stockbridge (1-0) withstood Mays (0-1) 35-34 in the nightcap of the Inner City Classic at Lakewood Stadium. Mike Pierce returned an interception for a touchdown at the end of the first half to give Stockbridge a 14-13 halftime lead.. Tigers quarterback Kenderick Duncan rushed for a 15-yard touchdown with just over 2 two minutes remaining to give Stockbridge the 35-34 lead. Ryan Massey sealed the victory by intercepting Mays QB BJ Phillips with less than a minute remaining.
Venice (FL) handed Camden County its second consecutive loss 46-17. Camden County (0-2) will travel to Florida again next week to take on Columbia. Columbia defeated Gainesville (FL) 17-12 on Thursday.
Oconee County (1-0) handed David Perno his first loss at Clarke Central (1-1) 34-13.
Parkview (2-0) erased a 10-7 halftime margin to Shiloh (1-1) by outscoring the Generals 30-2 in the second half for the 37-12 victory.
Allatoona dropped to 0-2 on the season after a 21-13 loss to Alexander.
Venice (FL) handed Camden County its second consecutive loss 46-17. Camden County (0-2) will travel to Florida again next week to take on Columbia. Columbia defeated Gainesville (FL) 17-12 on Thursday.
McEachen did what it has done the past two seasons, end Archer’s season. The Lady Indians led Archer from start to finish in an 87-49 victory to advance to the girls 6A ELite Eight.
Chanel Wilson led McEachern with 25 points, hitting five three-pointers in the game.. Jada Lewis tallied 22 points and handed out seven assists again led McEachern with 27 points while Que Morrison and Lyndsey Whilby each finished with 12 points.
Archer was led by junior Linsey Marchese’s 20 points. Asia McCoy finished with 10 points while Autumn Newby stuffed the box score with 7 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks.
McEachern will take on Westlake Friday at West Georgia University. Westlake (25-5) defeated Norcross 39-37 in the second round to advance.
The “Return To Glory ” continues for the Westlake Lions as they are region champions for the first time in nine seasons. The Lions tallied three passing , two rushing, two special teams touchdowns and a defensive touchdown in their 53-27 victory over South Cobb to win the region 3-6A title. The ” Return To Glory” slogan was represented in acronym form (RTG) on the Lions region championship shirts that were worn proudly after the victory.
Julian Jones got things started for Westlake when he blocked a punt and returned it two yards for a touchdown to give the Lions a 6-0 lead. South Cobb would take the lead briefly on a Kylil Carter to Michael Lapeyrolerie 5-yard touchdown pass one play after the Eagles recovered a Dakota Rocker fumble for a 7-6 lead. The Eagles only lead of the game lasted 14 seconds as Nigel Warrior returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown putting Westlake up for 13-7 with 28 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
From there Westlake never looked back as Rocker tossed touchdown passes to Tyshun Render and Marquez Louder in the second quarter extending the Lions lead to 27-7 which held until halftime.
Nigel Warrior returned the second half kickoff 71 yards to the South Cobb 27 and on the next play Render took an end around 27 yards for a touchdown as Westlake went up 34-7 28 seconds into the third quarter.
Defensively the Lions allowed a season-high 27 points to a South Cobb (4-5; 3-3) offense powered mainly by the legs and arm of Kylil Carter. Carter finished with 244 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions passing while rushing for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Entering the game Westlake had not allowed more than 14 points to an opponent and lead class 6A in average points-per-game allowed with 5.57. That average rose to 8.25 after South Cobb’s 27 were added to the equation. (note the 8 points allowed to Newton are not included as that game was suspended then cancelled and does not count in the standings)
Joshua Jones relieved Rocker (5-of-9 56 yards 2TD) at quarterback on the second possession of the second half and tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Hasaan Patterson, Ronnie Blackmon added a pick six touchdown of 22 yards and Justin Broughton added a 31-yard touchdown pass to round out the scoring for the Lions.
“Not that you want something to happen to your starter but we wanted (Jones) to get some meaningful game snaps,” Westlake head coach Bryan Love said. Jones finished 3-of-6 for 53 yards with a touchdown playing the bulk of the second half.
Nigel Warrior finished with 161 kick return yards, 28 punt return yards and returned his fourth interception of the season 30 yards. In total Warrior amassed 219 return yards.
For Westlake- a program that went 0-10 just two seasons ago, improves to 7-1; 6-0 and will conclude the regular season next week against Campbell (3-6; 1-5) before hosting a region 4-6A opponent in the first round of the state playoffs, most likely North Paulding.
Westlake is now 12-7 through 19 games under second-year head coach Bryan Love and are in the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
“We are in grind mode. It (winning the region title) hasn’t even sunk in yet…when it does I’ll still be in grind mode,” Love said.
Love along with several player dads took his team to the College Football Hall of Fame, toured Morehouse College and stayed in a hotel on Friday in an effort to continue to building a stronger bond for his team as the playoffs near.
“I told them this is what you work for and I need 6 more weeks out of them, we want to be playing on that championship weekend in December,” Love said.
Entering the contest the Westlake Lions defense had not yeiled more than 14 points in a game to an opponent while averaging only 5.5 point per game against. That total rose slightly to 5.57 as they held rival Langston Hughes to six in a 14-6 victory- thanks to the defense.
With less than a minute remaining, down by one Langston Hughes was on the move behind sophomore quarterback Isaiah Green. After a completion to Montravious Atkinson for 14 yards for a first down, Green scanned the field and fired down the middle complete to…Nigel Warrior of Westlake. Warrior returned the interception 65 yards for a touchdown to seal Westlake’s 14-6 win over Langston Hughes. Warrior record two interceptions on the day.
Westlake struck first on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Rocker to Marquez Louder with 1:21 left in the first quarter. 7-0 Westlake, that score held until halftime.
On their second possession of the third quarter, Langston Hughes marched 53-yards in 5 plays to pull within 7-6 on a 41-yard touchdown toss from Green to Kenyan Houston with 6:53 remaining in the quarter, the extra point sailed wide left and was no good.
In between the scores, Westlake and Langston Hughes defenses fought to keep the other squads offense off the board, each did.
In the end it was the No.1 defense in Georgia 6A by points-per-game average sealing the deal with Nigel Warrior’s pick six. Warrior-the son of former NFL star Dale Carter, is a highly touted recruit with multiple offers from Power 5 conference schools.
Westlake (6-1; 5-0) is in control of Region 3-6A and will win the region barring things that cannot be made up. Langston Hughes falls to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the region and should be the No.2 seed out of that region. The Lions will host South Cobb (4-4;3-2) Saturday at 2pm at Westlake High School.
Westlake earned the most wins in a season under second year head coach Bryan Love. In 2013 Westlake went 5-5 in the regular season, finishing 5-6 after a first round exit on the road to Camden County.
Langston Hughes will travel to Pebblebrook (2-6; 0-5) Friday night.
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