- Former Duluth star and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, to the Gwinnett Daily Post, on Duluth’s rivalry against Norcross when Rogers played. Rogers, the 1976 Class A back of the year, had his number retired before Friday’s game against Norcross, which won 35-0.
“We were due like an 11-month pregnant woman.”
- Benedictine coach Mark Stroud, to the Savannah Morning News, after his team defeated rival Savannah 12-8 and broke an eight-game losing streak. It was believed to be Benedictine’s 500th football victory. Savannah has lost 27 consecutive games.
“All I saw was daylight, and I saw my brother, who died in 2001 due to a brain tumor. He was just telling me, ‘Come on, you can do it. Come on, come on!’ And that’s what I did.”
- South Cobb quarterback Johntavious Mullins, to the Marietta Daily Journal, after scrambling for a 17-yard touchdown run in the final minutes that gave his team a 20-19 victory against Hillgrove. His brother was Johnny Lee Mullins Jr.
“There was no hesitation. He’s still learning things, but we knew he’s got the leg for it.”
- Marist coach Alan Chadwick, to the DeKalb Champion, on his decision to allow Austin Hardin, who had missed two earlier field goal attempts, try a 59-yarder in the final seconds. Hardin came through – making the longest game-winning field goal in state history – and Marist beat Southwest DeKalb 17-14.
“We had never sat on that side of the field before in Perry history. We wanted to show this is still our town.”
- Perry quarterback Brent Gentry, to the Macon Telegraph, after a 31-0 victory over Veterans, the newest school in Houston County. Veterans uses Perry’s stadium as its home field, and Perry was awkwardly on the visitors’ side of it for the first time.
“In my opinion, I’m pretty biased, I guess, that was two pretty good football teams that went at it. They went at it pretty good.”
- Cairo coach Tom Fallaw, to the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, after a 20-13 victory in overtime over Thomas County Central. Both were ranked in the Top 10.
“He’s a great athlete, a one-man show. He made us look bad.”
- Creekview coach Al Morrell, to the Cherokee Tribune, on Chattahoochee WR Kane Whitehurst, who had 198 yards receiving and scored four touchdowns, one a 90-yard kick return, in a 42-7 victory over Creekview.
“We have the toughest non-region schedule in Class AAA, and that was for a reason. We wanted to play the good teams and find out where we are to get better.”
- LaGrange coach Steve Pardue, to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, after his team lost 21-3 to Carver of Columbus, the No. 1-ranked team in Class AA. LaGrange’s other loss was to Newnan of Class AAAAA.
“I’ve never had a kid be directly involved in that many touchdowns in a single game and to be honest didn’t even realize right after the game exactly what all Nick had done.”
- Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford, to the Cordele Dispatch, after starting QB Nick Marshall threw for four touchdowns, rushed for two and ran back an interception for another.
“Tre is a game-changer. We had to watch him with his ankle and didn’t have him in there on a lot of plays. When he was in there, he made it count.”
- Dalton coach Matt Land, to the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, on all-state running back Tre Beck, who has been slowed by a sprained ankle this season. Beck rushed for 137 yards in a critical 21-17 Region 7-AAA victory over Allatoona.
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