On a night Class AA’s final region began region play, there were many compelling matchups and big performances. Two thirds through the season, playoff races are shaping up and superstars are distinguishing themselves.
Here are some things we learned Friday night:
Taylor Lamb’s arm remains dangerous: His 179 yards and two touchdowns passing in a 45-13 victory over Pepperell kept defending AA champion and No. 1-ranked Calhoun unbeaten (6-0, 3-0) and atop 7-AA, according to the Rome News-Tribune. Lamb’s 3,638 passing yards led the state last season.
Greater Atlanta Christian might be the team to beat in 6-AA: The No. 8 Spartans (5-2, 1-0) blew out Westminster 30-0. Kyle Scales ran for two touchdowns and 138 yards, and Rafe Chapple passed for 198 yards and a score, in addition to running for another, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Wesleyan might have found its footing: Just in time, as 6-AA began region play, Will Anderson helped stop the Wolves’ two-game slide with a 37-20 victory over Hapeville Charter. He passed for four touchdowns, including three to Jahmai Jones.
Don’t count Chattooga out: The 7-AA Indians (2-4, 2-1), who began the season 0-4, now have consecutive region wins with Friday’s 36-10 victory over Armuchee. The News-Tribune reported that the Indians’ three TDs in the fourth quarter were key.
Brad Stewart has Benedictine surging: His 98-yard interception return and scoring reception helped the Cadets (6-1, 5-1) beat Bacon County 33-26 and remain just behind unbeaten Vidalia in the 2-AA race, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Coosa can win: After starting 0-5 and suffering three shutouts, the 7-AA Eagles are celebrating a 27-16 victory over Dade County. The News-Tribune said Denver Penney ran for two TDs and passed for another.
Laney’s defense can be stiff: The Wildcats (3-3, 1-1) allowed Westside-Agusta only 104 yards rushing in a 32-3 victory in 3-AA, the Augusta Chronicle reported.
Model is making waves: The Blue Devils (4-2, 3-0) kept pace with Calhoun atop 7-AA by shellacking Murray County 57-7. Brothers Nakia Nakyle Watkins sparked things by combining with four touchdowns, according to the News-Tribune.