Class A: How the divided Top 5’s faired on Friday

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s a look at how our Top 5’s did Friday night.

PUBLIC
1. Wilcox County
beat Dooly County 28-14. In a game that was tightly contested, the difference was the Patriot duo of quarterback Mikail Grace and receiver Jonathan Howard. Grace was 22-of-35 for 319 yards, though he did throw two interceptions. Grace also ran for 29 yards and a touchdown. All but seven of his completions were to Howard, who caught 15 balls for 225 yards and two touchdowns, one of 17 yards and a 71-yarder in the fourth quarter that broke a 14-14 tie. Calling Paul Johnson and the Georgia Tech staff. Hello! Is anybody home? Is this thing on? The Patriot defense was solid as well, shutting out Dooly in the second half. The secondary, also led by Grace and Howard, held the Bobcats to just 11 yards passing. Wilcox moves to 2-1 and is off next week. (Note: Stats courtesy of the Macon Telegraph.)

2. Wilkinson County (1-1, No. 4 overall) was off this week. The Warriors will host Irwin County (1-2) on Friday.

3. Marion County (2-0, No. 7 overall) was off this week. The Eagles travel to Miller County  (2-1) on Friday.

4. Dooly County lost to Wilcox County, 28-14. The Bobcats fell behind 14-0 early but rallied to tie the score at 14-14 by halftime after touchdown runs by Mark Clark (2 yards) and Chanin Hamilton (74), who finished with 105 yards on seven carries. The Bobcats 2-1, No. 8 overall, may fall out of the Top 10. The Bobcats are off next week.

5. Lincoln County beat Ninety-Six, S.C., 41-21. The Red Devils led 24-0 at the half and were never pushed by the AA school from South Carolina. Junior Mike McIntyre had touchdown runs of three and 53 yards and Lakeith Lockhard returned an interception 95 yards for another score. Lincoln County, 2-1 and No. 9 overall, is off next week. (Note: Stats courtesy of the Lincoln County Red Devils website.)

Trending: Charlton County (2-1), No. 10 overall, beat AAAAA Bradwell Institute, 12-0 … Commerce (3-0) beat AAA Banks County, 28-14 … Emanuel County Institute was off this week.

PRIVATE
1. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy beat Hapeville Charter, 56-14. It was another laugher for No. 1 overall ELCA. The Chargers, who led 42-0 at the half, were led by quarterback Dalton Eldridge who ran for three touchdowns and threw for four more. On defense, Brad Moore and Chase Burdette had interceptions while Andrew Williams had a fumble recovery. All three turnovers resulted in ELCA touchdowns. The Chargers for the second consecutive week played the game without three of their best players – running back/linebacker Keyonte Green, lineman Isaac Rochelle and defensive back/receiver DJ Curl. They are off next week. (Note: Stats courtesy of the Clayton News-Daily.)

2. Prince Avenue Christian (3-0, No. 3 overall) was off this week. The Wolverines will host Glascock County next week.

3. Aquinas (2-0, No. 5 overall) was off this week. The Irish host AA Josey next week.

4. Calvary Day beat Montgomery County, 49-13. The Cavaliers (3-0, No. 6 overall) were paced by Jordan Walker’s two touchdown receptions (2 and 64 yards) and Luke Stroud’s two touchdown runs (1 and 14). Calvary Day hosts Truetlen (1-1) next week.  (Note: Stats courtesy of the Savannah Morning News.)

5. Athens Academy (2-0, unranked) was off this week. The Spartans host Our Lady of Mercy (3-0) next week.

Trending: Brookstone (2-0) was off this week. The Cougars are AA Wesleyan’s (2-1) homecoming guests next week … George Walton Academy (2-1) beat Holy Innocents (2-2) 45-14. The Bulldogs visit Warren County (1-1) next week … First Presbyterian Day (1-1) was off this week. The Vikings travel to Pace Academy (1-2) next week.

6 comments Add your comment

Swamp Lizard

September 15th, 2012
1:35 pm

2 BIG WINS – Wilcox Co over Dooly Co ( 28-14 ) & Charlton Co over AAAAA Badwell Institute ( 12-0 ).

2 GAMES to mark down for next Friday night – Marion Co / Greenville & OLM / Athens Academy

STC – thanks for the updates and keeping us up on all Class A football.

Swamp Lizard

September 15th, 2012
1:50 pm

TEAM OF INTREST – King’s Ridge … they are 3-0, averaging 47 points a game on offense and only giving up 9 per game on defense. First real “test” should be this coming Friday night against a good Darlinton team. Looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

jad

September 15th, 2012
7:48 pm

Marion will be at Miller County on the 21st, not at Greenville. Just a heads up!

S. Thomas Coleman

September 16th, 2012
11:54 pm

@Swamp: Good point on King’s Ridge. Still not sure how good they really are, but they have a very good shot at making the playoffs on the private school side. We’ll keep an eye on them for sure.

Thanks for reading and posting!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

September 16th, 2012
11:54 pm

@jad: Thanks for the heads up! The blog has been corrected.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

jad

September 17th, 2012
11:10 pm

Thomas, enjoy your blogs! keep up the good work!