By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here’s a quick run down of how some of the top games went in Class A on Friday night.
It’s Lincoln County … again. As usual, No. 2 Lincoln County is in the hunt for a region championship. The Red Devils (5-1, 2-0) took a major step toward winning Region 7 with a 20-13 win over previously unbeaten No. 2 Aquinas, in Augusta on Thursday night.
Lincoln trailed 10-0 at halftime but went into the fourth quarter leading 13-10 after touchdowns by Mike McIntire (14-yard run) and Jamar Norman (fumble return). After a 38-yard field goal by the Irish’s Justin Thompson tied the game with just over 2 minutes remaining, the Red Devils went on a 77-yard drive that was capped by Zireycus Letman’s 14-yard touchdown reception from Ben Turner with :49 seconds left in the game.
Aquinas running back Brendan Douglas’ usual dominating performance wasn’t enough to save the Irish. He ran for 153 yards rushing on 28 carries and made several jarring tackles. But Lincoln cashed in on two Irish turnovers, converting them into 13 points to provide the margin of victory.
Heart of a champ. Defending state champion Savannah Christian (4-2, 2-0), ranked No. 9, is alive and well after a 21-20 win over No. 3 and previously unbeaten Calvary Day (5-1, 1-1). Jalen Myrick, who has committed to Minnesota, scored on fourth-and-8 from the Cavaliers’ 18-yard line, with a little over 3 minutes left in the game. The touchdown came on a pass out of the backfield to Myrick, who maneuvered his way through the Calvary Day defense for the winning score.
The Raiders won in spite of turning the ball over four times on three fumbles and an interception. Calvary Day quarterback Jake Clemons scored all three of his team’s touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, and 5 yards.
No hangover for Prince Avenue Christian. Prince Avenue Christian didn’t take much time feeling sorry for itself after a tough loss at home last week to city and Region 8 rival Athens Academy (14-7). The Wolverines jumped all over a reeling Commerce (4-3, 0-3) squad, winning 30-0.
Running back Bryce Huff led Prince Avenue’s offense with 12 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown, according to the Athens Banner Herald. Carl Mattox added 113 yards on 13 carries. Zack Graham and Conner Sibley each ran for a touchdown. Graham also threw a touchdown pass to Christian Payne. Sibley kicked a 27-yard field goal and recovered a fumble. The Wolverines outgained the Tigers 364-64.
Since starting the season 4-0, Commerce, which played for the second consecutive week without quarterback Drew Whitfield due to illness, has loss three in a row, all region games.
Marion County makes a statement. The Eagles thumped Pacelli, 35-0, to remain undefeated in Region 4. Marion won it’s third straight scoring all of its points in the first half. Quarterback Dustin Eckert threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, while James Taylor scored on runs of 39 and 1 yard, and Markeese Bridges caught touchdown passes of 35 and 15 yards.
The win for Marion (5-1, 3-0) sets up a huge game next week in Vienna against Dooly County, which is also undefeated in Region 4. After starting the season 4-0, Pacelli has lost two in a row, both region games, by a combined score of 76-14.
199 and holding for Mercy’s Earwood. Our Lady of Mercy (4-3, 1-2) failed to claim career win No. 200 for head coach Mike Earwood for the second consecutive week. The Bobcats turned the ball over three times in a 23-17 loss at Holy Innocents (4-3, 2-1), as Bears running back Clay Pfohl scored on runs of 38 and 80 yards. Things don’t get any easier next week for Mercy as they host No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy next week.