It was milestones and millstones for teams in Class AAAA on Friday night. Big coaching wins, big performances from a pair of running backs and a solid road win.
Things we learned Friday night:
Milestone reached: Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague notched his official 200th win Friday in a 42-12 win over Chapel Hill, thanks to 285 net team rushing yards and three interceptions from Malik Sheppard. Official, because when he was the coach at Swainsboro the school had to forfeit a handful of wins.
“It’s just a tribute to a lot of great young men I’ve worked with,” Teague said. t was his 107th win at the helm of the Trojans, placing him third among the school’s coaches behind Charles Grisham and Ben Scott.
Sports-drink shower afterward? “I try to stay ahead of that stuff. You don’t win 200 games by not paying attention,” Teague said.
Milestone 2: Mary Persons’ Brian Nelson notched his first career win, a 25-21 gut-check against Jones Nelson got a call from retired Mary Persons coach Rodney Walker afterward. “It’s good to get that zero out of the left column,” Walker told Nelson.
Said Nelson, “It’s not about me. It’s about Mary Persons football. This is good for the community and good for the school.”
The Bulldogs faced a similar situation in their season opener and lost.
“I hoped our kids would learn something from that,” Nelson said.
Milestone 300: Cedartown running back Nick Chubb topped 300 yards for the second straight week, putting up 393 and five touchdowns against Pepperell in a 35-28 home win. Chub has 756 yards in two games. He’s averaging 12.6 yards per carry. Next week, the Bulldogs face a LaFayette club that has allowed 30 points or more in five straight games dating back to last year.
Road no problem for Jonesboro: No. 9 Jonesboro seldom ventures outside the metro area for regular-season games, so Friday’s 34-12 win over Westover in Albany served as a primer for possible playoff trips later this fall. Jonesboro scored four touchdowns in the second half to overcome a 12-6 deficit
Air Bears: Griffin quarterbacks threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns Friday in a 35-6 win over Northgate, including a 15-for 25, 240-yard performance by Jaquez Parks. After going 9-3 in what some viewed as a rebuilding year last year, the Bears appear poised for another deep playoff run.
Turnovers are lethal: Dalton committed six turnovers and lost to Calhoun in what might have been a signature win. The Catamounts fell 55-41 despite six touchdowns and 205 rushing yards from sophomore Kelvis Rhodes, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen. The last time the Catamounts allowed 50 points in a game was in the 2001 Class AAA state championship game against Statesboro, a 51-13 loss. Friday’s loss was also likely the first time ever Dalton scored 40 points and lost.