Some may have expected top-ranked Sandy Creek to roll over Shaw of Columbus, but the Patriots’ 51-26 win Friday was very much in doubt early in the fourth quarter, when the Raiders pulled within 31-26. According to published reports, a pair of touchdowns from Eric Swinney and an interception return by Khari Lane allowed Sandy Creek to pull away for its 35th straight regular-season win. Swinney finished with three touchdowns.
Burke County can play defense too: The No. 3-ranked Bears held Richmond Academy under 150 yards of total offense in a 38-7 win. Burke quarterback Donquell Green outdid that by himself, rushing for 153 yards and passing for 31 according to the Augusta Chronicle.
Monroe Area can win in a nail-biter: The No. 7 Hurricanes trailed Stephens County 17-7 at halftime, but quarterback Stanton Truitt had a big second half and the Monroe Area, scoring one of his two touchdowns and gaining 83 of his 121 rushing yards after intermission, according to the Anderson Independent-Mail.
Donovahn Jones is a force: In a 55-22 win over Eagle’s Landing, the Dutchtown quarterback passed for 398 yards and six touchdowns, five in the first half, according to the Henry Herald. The win provided a needed bounce-back for Dutchtown, which squandered a big lead in an Oct. 5 loss to Locust Grove. The Bulldogs face Stockbridge next week for a share of the Region 4-AAAA Division A lead.
Region 7-AAAA continues to confound: Just when it looked like Dalton was about to slip to also-ran status, the Catamounts held on to beat county rival Northwest Whitfield 24-19. Meanwhile, the state’s leading rusher, Nick Chubb, isn’t enough for Cedartown. The Bulldogs fell 54-35 Friday to Pickens County, which scored 20 fourth-quarter points.
Cairo defense stays strong: The Syrupmakers recorded their third shutout and held their third straight opponent to a touchdown or less in beating Worth County 42-0.