If you want to run with the big dogs in Class AAA, you’d better be ready to score a lot of points. At least that was the case on Friday, where the state’s top three ranked teams each scored no fewer than 49 points.
No. 1 Peach County scored 49, No. 2 Thomson scored 49 and No. 3 Washington County scored 51. And big-scoring Buford, the No. 4 team, didn’t even play. There were other whippings, too: No. 6 Carver-Columbus put up 32 and No. 8 Cartersville scored 40. The big surprise was No. 7 Dodge, which had amassed 137 in its first three games, returned from an off week and got punked 15-8 by Bleckley County.
Peach County pours it on
Peach County (4-0) was able to enjoy a laugher after last week’s intense win over Warner Robins. The Trojans whipped Macon County 49-0, the sort of score that may be a trend for the state’s top-ranked team until it meets Carver on Nov. 2.
The Trojans compiled 414 yards of offense and averaged 8.2 yards on 23 rushing attempts. Keyshawn Lowe carried nine times for 169 yards and scored on runs of 18, 35 and 60 yards. Greg Williams completed 10 of 13 for 230 yards and three touchdowns and also scored on a 1-yard run. Mictavius Gibson caught two passes for 79 yards and one touchdown.
A big comeback for Thomson
Thomson (4-0), coming off last week’s big win over St. Pius, had its hands full with LaGrange. The Bulldogs allowed some big passing yards to LaGrange and got behind early, but came back from a 21-0 deficit. Thomson won the game 49-42 when William Bussey scored on a 19-yard run with less than five minutes remaining.
After getting behind by three scores, the Bulldogs fought back starting with an interception return by Dexter Jones, but trailed 28-7 after LaGrange got a touchdown on a fourth-and-1 run by Benny Gray. Thomson cut the lead with a 13-yard run by Chris Tutt and a 6-yard pass from Tutt to Gelyam Parker. Thomson also got a 25-yard run from Torrie Battle and a 56-yard run from Bussey.
The two clubs, both longtime state powers, had met only once, with LaGrange winning in the second round of the playoffs in 2008.
Washington County slams Laney
Washington County (5-0) put the hammer on Laney for a 51-28 win. The Golden Hawks scored on seven of their first eight possessions. Jukilo Johnson rushed 142 yards and four touchdowns to lead Waco. William Walker threw for 98 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 67 yards. Coach Joel Ingram’s team did all the damage against a Laney team that had allowed only five points per game.
McGee sparks Carver to win
Carver got ahead early and hung on to beat Tri-Cities 32-20. Torrance McGee threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jaquan Sanks and scored on a pair of 1-yard runs. Danny Ryles also ran for two touchdowns for the Tigers, a 18-yarder in the second period and a 4-yarder in the third period. Carver now faces the same issue as Peach: the lack of quality opposition until the two teams meet in Fort Valley. Carver’s opponents over the next four games have a combined 3-13 record.
Dodge done in by Bleckley
Dodge County was looking to open the season with four straight wins for the first time since 2005. But Bleckley, which plays in Class AAA, was able to prevail 15-8 when the Royals drove 92 yards in the final quarter for the winning points. Tavon Ross threw an 8-yard pass to D’Andre Pitts for the winning score. Bleckley limited Dodge to only 241 yards of offense, with quarterback Cole Honeycutt throwing for 102 yards and rushing for 29. Bleckley County has now beaten the Indians in the last three meetings, the first time it has accomplished that feat since 1972-74.