No. 8 Blessed Trinity is looking more and more like the most likely candidate to challenge St. Pius for the Region 6-AAA championship. The Titans won their third straight game on Friday and inched closer to a showdown against the No. 5-ranked Golden Lions on Nov. 2.
Blessed Trinity (5-1) took down Decatur 28-14, as quarterback Spencer McManus completed 7 of 12 passes for 112 yards and scored on a 1-yard run. The Titans built a 21-0 halftime lead on the strength of touchdown runs from McManus, Milton Shelton (40 yards) and Tim Mertz (9 yards). The defense intercepted three passes to dash any hopes of a Decatur comeback.
St. Pius did not play on Friday. Coach Paul Standard’s team returns to action on Friday against Cedar Grove.
Here’s what else we learned on Friday night:
Robinson sparks Peach win: No. 1-ranked Peach County (6-0) needed a couple of fourth-quarter scores to put away pesky Jackson, 34-13. The Red Devils closed the lead to 21-13 in the fourth quarter. Peach County quarterback Greg Williams completed 11 of 22 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns, three of the scores going to all-state receiver DeMarcus Robinson on plays of 34, 4 and 16 yards. Williams also hooked up with Malcom Colvin for a 47-yard touchdown. Keyshawn Lowe was a workhorse, running 27 times for 199 yards. Jackson tailback Derrick Bell rushed for 113 yards and threw a 28-yard touchdown pass.
Buford’s shutout streak ends: No. 4-ranked Buford (5-1) had its three-game shutout streak end, but had little trouble with White County, winning 49-14 in Cleveland. Buford had 443 yards of offense, with 358 coming on the ground. Running back Dontravious Wilson scored two touchdowns in the first half for Buford; he rushed 18 times for 212 yards.
Quarterback Will Brock scored touchdowns on carries of 4 and 31 yards for the Warriors (4-2), who scored the second-most points against Buford this season.
No rust for Carver: Taking a week off didn’t slow Carver Columbus. The Tigers put a 47-0 thumping on Henry County on Friday, their third straight win and second shutout of the season. Brandon Thoms scored on runs of 23 and 17 yards and quarterback Torrance McGee threw a 34-yard TD pass to Dreilon Freeman and ran for a 39-yard score. Carver isn’t likely to be tested until its Nov. 2 game at Peach County
North Oconee perseveres in win: The No. 9 Titans outscored Franklin County 14-0 in the second half to break open a close game and score a 28-13 win. It was the fifth straight victory for North Oconee (5-1), which faces a showdown against No. 10 Elbert County next week.
Woodward is unleashed: Woodward Academy, ranked as high as ninth this season, piled it on hapless Towers 62-6. The War Eagles (5-2) got touchdowns from eight different players and a pair of field goals from Alex Robinson. Quarterback Terry Googer had a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Woodward offense and Benji Russell and Marcus Hyatt sparked the defense by returning an interception for a touchdown.
Callaway wins Region 4 showdown: The unranked Cavaliers came from behind to beat Central Carroll 14-10 and put themselves in the driver’s seat in Region 4-AAA. The winning score came on a 68-yard drive that was capped by a 1-yard scoring run by quarterback Tez Parks. Two defensive plays were crucial to Callaway’s win; Terry Godwin scored on a 65-yard interception return and Wilson Lindsey sealed the victory with an interception in the closing minutes.