We’ve entered an era of pass-happy offenses, but Friday night belonged to the “plodding” ground game.
Exhibit A: Monroe Area, which got 290 rushing yards from Stanton Truitt and 275 from running back Kwan Brooks in a blowout win over Oconee County. The Hurricanes finished with 576 total rushing yards, according to the Walton Tribune.
Then there’s Cedartown’s Nick Chubb and Stephens County’s Chaz Thornton, who may have established themselves as the two top running backs in AAAA. Chubb, who topped 300 yards in each of the Bulldogs’s first two games, carried 24 times for 182 yards and four touchdowns in a win over LaFayette. Meanwhile, Thornton carried 33 times for 235 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Hart County, according to Anderson Independent-Mail. Chubb has 938 yards through three games.
Other things we learned in Class AAAA Friday night:
Griffin can win ugly: The No. 4-ranked Bears trailed in the first quarter and the fourth quarter, were flagged 10 times for 103 yards and as late as the third quarter had completed just two passes against Jonesboro Friday night. But while they were outgained 347-292 by the 9th-ranked Cardinals, the Bears were solid at crunch time, blocking an extra point and putting up a 13-play, 71-yard drive in the fourth quarter for the go-ahead touchdown.
Marist can rise to the occasion, too: The War Eagles put up a goal-line stand to fend off Lovett in the first meeting between the two Atlanta private schools. Meanwhile, Myles Willis showed great versatility for Marist, passing 133 yards and rushing for 139.
Cameron Sutton is for real: The Jonesboro receiver, who has committed to Tennessee, caught five passes for 95 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown and rushed for 57 yards in the Cards’ losing effort against Griffin, and he plaLayed a key role in field position, averaging 45.3 yards on six punts, including a 62-yarder. Including the punts, Sutton accounted for more than 400 yards in the game.
Burke County is not to be overlooked: The 2011 Class AAA champs got off to a rocky start in 2012, falling for former region foe Thomson in the first week, but now they’ve won two straight, and Friday night they went on the road and claimed a solid win over Class AAAAAA Coffee.