A lot was learned about the No. 2 Thomson Bulldogs on Friday night. Coach Milan Turner’s team proved itself as a worthy contender for the state title by going into Sandersville and beating No. 3 Washington County 28-14 at the House of Pain.
The biggest pain for the Golden Hawks turned out to be Thomson running back Chris Jordan. Playing on one good leg, Jordan rushed for 187 yards and scored four touchdowns. He now has 1,678 yards and 18 touchdowns.
But it was Thomson’s defense that saved the day. The Bulldogs forced Washington County into two costly turnovers in the second half. And Waco hurt itself with a penalty that negated a long kickoff return that would have been a touchdown.
Washington County’s William Walker lived up to his end of the deal. The quarterback rushed for 141 yards and threw for 194 yards, but had a very costly fumble.
The win secures the Region 3-AAA championship for Thomson, which has next week off before finishing against Jefferson County.
Woodward Academy 20, St. Pius 14: The No. 10 War Eagles will be moving up the rankings this week after beating the No. 5 Golden Lions. The game was tied at 14-14 and appeared to be heading for overtime when Woodward (7-2)drove for the winning score with less than two minutes remaining. Quarterback Terry Googer picked up a pair of key third-down conversions with a run and then connected with Conor Pilch for a 39-yard touchdown. Googer threw for 126 yards and rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown. St. Pius (6-2) gained 356 yards, but was unable to overcome five lost fumbles in the game.
The outcome throws Region 6-AAA into a tizzy. Woodward could clinch a share of first place next week if it beats Cedar Grove. The other key game matches No. 8 Blessed Trinity at St. Pius. If BT wins, it would take first place because of an earlier win over Woodward; however the Titans still have to play dangerous Cedar Grove. If Pius wins, the title would go to Woodward, if the War Eagles win their game.
Peach County 24, Pike County 14: No. 1 Peach (8-0) got all it could handle from Pike. Quarterback Greg Williams threw for 115 yards and one touchdowns and Nicholas Searcy carried 18 times for 100 yards and one touchdown.
Buford 51, Fannin County 0: The No. 4 Wolves took out a little forfeit frustration on the outmanned Rebels. Buford (5-3) scored on every possession of the first half in rolling to a 44-0 lead. Three times the Wolves scored on the first play of the drive.
North Hall 48, West Hall 10: North Hall improved to 7-1 and possible inclusion in the state rankings with a easy win. Zac Little ran for 146 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead an offense that generated 420 rushing yards.
North Oconee 57, East Jackson 0: The No. 9 Titans (7-1) got 111 yards passing and two touchdowns from Nick Colvin, who also caught a pair of TDs from Tate Adcock. Kawon Bryant rushed for 90 yards and one score on just five carries.
Hart County 6, Elbert County 0: The Bulldogs went to the Granite Bowl and blanked their old rivals. The win gives Hart County (5-3) a four-game winning streak and keeps the Dogs tied for first place in Region 8 with North Oconee, its opponent in the final game of the season.
Pierce County 35, Savannah 14: The victory enabled Pierce (8-1) to clinch the Region 1-AAA championship.
Southwest Macon 34, Henry County 6: Jadarious Meadows rushed for 121 yards and one touchdown and Darrell rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown to lead the Patriots (2-7), who broke a five-game losing streak.