Things we learned in Class AAAA Friday night;
Dutchtown is legit: The unranked Bulldogs fell apart in the second half of the season opener, a 42-16” loss to Griffin. Since then, though, the Dogs have outscored three opponents 108-16, including Friday’s 38-0 shellacking of No. 9 Riverdale. “Riverdale’s a good football team, but we were able to get some breaks early. Everything went right,” said Dutchtown coach Jason Galt, whose team scored on offense, defense and special teams Friday. “This was a solid, all-around win for us.”
Griffin has a lot of weapons: Friday night, it was Devonta Freeman, who scored two rushing touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in a blowout win over Woodland-Stockbridge. The Bears, ranked No. 3, are averaging 40.8 points per game. Can anybody slow them down? “Somebody will,” said Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney. “But right now we’re playing pretty good.”
So does Stephens County: Standout running back Chaz Thornton scored a pair of touchdowns for Stephens in its 61-20 win over Walnut Grove, but his night was overshadowed by T’omas Colbert, who caught touchdown passes of 80, 70 and 55 yards and returned a punt 60 yards for another score according to the Walton Tribune. The Indians have scored 183 points in four games.
Donquell don’t scare: In a game reminiscent of their AAA final win over Peach County last year, Burke County fell behind early and then roared back to a win over Statesboro Friday. Donquell Green rushed for 245 yards and three touchdowns and added 97 yards passing, according to the Augusta Chronicle.
Gut checks are no problem for Mary Persons: Under first-year head coach Brian Nelson, the Bulldogs have now won three straight after turning back Perry 14-7 Friday night. Mary Persons needed two late defensive stands to seal the win, which opened 2-AAAA play on a positive note.