Thomas Williams rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries to lead Morehouse to a 28-26 over Edward Waters in the Maroon Tigers’ home opener on Saturday.
Williams set a career high by scoring on runs of 15, 34 and 54 yards as Morehouse (2-2) built a 28-5 halftime lead and then had to hold off Edward Waters (0-5) in the second half.
Morehouse has won two consecutive games since an 0-2 start.
Winston Bodrick (Mays) added 94 yards rushing as the Maroon Tigers rushed for 266 yards.
Joshua Harris threw for 76 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Devon Mann (Newton). Joshua Anderson (McNair) had two interceptions.
Georgia Southern 23, Chattanooga 21: Younghoe Koo kicked three field goals, including the game-winning 26-yarder with 1:56 remaining, to lift Georgia Southern to a 23-21 victory over visiting Chattanooga.
Jerick McKinnon (Sprayberry) rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown and William Banks (Augusta Christian) added 86 yards for the Eagles (3-1, 1-1 Southern Conference).
Koo kicked a 40-yard field goal with 13:35 left in the game to cut Chattanooga’s lead to 21-20. He also had a 32-yarder in the second quarter.
Georgia Southern scored two first-quarter touchdowns on McKinnon’s run and a 10-yard run from Montay Crockett.
The Eagles rushed for 376 yards on 62 carries and didn’t complete either of their two pass attempts.
Jacob Huesman led Chattanooga (2-2, 0-1) with 148 yards rushing, including a 51-yard touchdown run.
Mercer 31, Drake 17: John Russ accounted for three touchdowns and host Mercer forced seven turnovers to win its inaugural Pioneer Football League game.
Russ (Mill Creek) scored on runs of 44 yards and 1 yard and threw for 172 yards as the Bears (4-0, 1-0) defeated Drake, the two-time defending conference co-champion.
“It was just a wonderful effort by our kids,” Mercer coach Bobby Lamb said. “They’re learning every day, and the amazing thing is they think they can beat anybody.”
Mercer had four interceptions, recovered three fumbles and had three sacks.
Russ’ 62-yard touchdown pass to Josh Jones (Thomson) gave the Bears a 31-17 lead with 7:18 remaining.
Payton Usher (Northgate) rushed for 90 yards and Jones finished with three catches for 68 yards.
West Georgia 31, Shorter 14: Seth Hinsley (Norcross) rushed for a career-high 134 yards and a touchdown to lead the visiting Wolves, who scored the final 24 points.
Hinsley scored on a 72-yard run, Eric Bridges (Troup) returned a fumble 58 yards for score and Austin Trainor threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Joey Eliezer (North Paulding) for West Georgia (3-1, 1-0 Gulf South Conference).
Carlos Hutton (Carrollton) intercepted two passes and the Wolves recovered two fumbles. Thomas Dover had two of West Georgia’s six sacks.
Bradley Moon (Salem) rushed for 67 yards for Shorter (0-4, 0-2).
Reinhardt 41, Bethel (Tenn.) 36
Mercer 31, Drake 17
Georgia Military 48, Iowa Western 38
LaGrange 35, Greensboro 21
West Georgia 31, Shorter 14
Rhodes 36, Berry 24
Fort Valley State 35, Benedict 30 (at Augusta)
Georgia Southern 23, Chattanooga 21
Delaware State 24, Savannah State 22
Gardner-Webb 55, Point 7
Miles 22, Albany State 14
Morehouse 28, Edward Waters 26
Valdosta State 37, Angelo State 3