Peachtree Ridge 23, Walton 17

By Stan Awtrey

For the AJC

It would have been easy for Peachtree Ridge to deviate from its game plan after falling behind early. Instead the Lions kept to the script, satisfied with handing the ball off and looked for the long-term rewards.

The result was a 23-17 win over Walton and a successful senior debut for Virginia-bound Jordan Ellis, who rushed 27 times – 19 in the second half – for 125 yards and one touchdown.

“We weren’t settled down,” Peachtree Ridge coach Mark Fleetwood said. “I thought if we would stick with what we were doing, we’d be OK. The offense was doing some things early and I thought it we didn’t get crazy we’d be OK.”

Giving the ball to Ellis wasn’t crazy at all. He had 103 yards in the second half and scored on a 6-yard run with 3:39 left in the third quarter that turned out to be the winning score.

“We had the jitters early,” Ellis said. “We just had to get it out of our system.”

Peachtree Ridge (1-0) was breaking in a new set of coordinators and trying to erase the memory of last year’s 42-0 loss to Camden County in the 2012 Corky Kell Kickoff Classic. Quarterback Chance Thrasher completed 10 of 23 passes for 216 yards and one touchdown. He also got a critical first down on third-and-9 keeper that was instrumental in helping the Lions nearly run out the final six minutes of the clock.

Walton (0-1) was led by tailback K.K. Brooks, who ran 22 times for 120 yards. Quarterback Price Wilson completed 14 of 27 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

Peachtree Ridge used the big play to stay in the game in the first half. Myron Burton returned the opening kickoff 77 yards, but the Lions had to settle for a 29-yard field goal from Evan Pantels.

Wilson had a pair of touchdown passes in the first half to pace the Walton attack. He connected with Maurice Gibson for a 14-yard score and executed a play-action pass to Jordan McCray for a 35-yard touchdown and a 14-3 lead.

That’s when Burton struck again. He easily beat his defender on a plain dropback pass from Thrasher and hauled in a 63-yard touchdown.

A Peachtree Ridge mistake set up the next Walton score. Thrasher’s pass to Jordan Ellis was ruled a lateral and Walton’s Zach Williams picked up the loose ball. That set up a 32-yard field goal by Christian Lucas.

The Ridge followed with two field goals. Pantels kicked a 35-yarder and added a 53-yarder at the end of the second half, a score set up by Dru Moody’s interception with 16 seconds left.

“That field goal at the end of the half was big for us,” Fleetwood said.

Peachtree Ridge –10-6- 7-0–23

Walton – 14-3-0-0–17

PR – FG Evan Pantels 29

W – Maurice Gibson 14 pass from Price Wilson (Christian Lucas kick)

W – Jordan McCray 35 pass from Price Wilson (Lucas kick)

PR – Myron Burton 63 pass from Chance Thrasher (Pantels kick)

W – FG Lucas 32

PR – FG Pantels 35

PR – FG Pantels 53

PR – Jordan Ellis 6 run (Pantels kick)

21 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
5:00 pm

# 3 Myron Burton….Oh yeah.

Teddy Okiedawg

August 24th, 2013
6:08 pm

Oklahoma says: Go Fleetwood!

Camden74

August 24th, 2013
6:35 pm

Walton has coaching issues! :-)

Max Sizemore

August 24th, 2013
7:03 pm

Don’t forget that Fleetwood was an excellent kicker for the Lakeside Vikings some 30-plus years ago.

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
7:47 pm

Played against him at Clarkston.

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
7:47 pm

Correct you are 74.

athleticsupporter

August 24th, 2013
7:58 pm

Not a bad first game for these two teams. Walton has much work to do on special teams giving up big yardage on most every punt and kick off. Peachtree Ridge has a really good place kicker. A busted play on defense ended up being the difference in the score. I don’t know of any coach who has an answer for 6 foot 8 inch Orlando Brown who has gone from 450 pounds to 345. Would any grown man on this site be willing to stand across the line from him? The Lions backs simply had to stand behind him and run in his wake. I will be curious to see the penalties stat but I believe the final count on holding calls was six against Walton and zero against Peachtree Ridge. I was anxious to see how good DJ Smith was and am guessing that nerves got the best of him because he didn’t seem to do much on either side of the ball.

Sportsnut

August 24th, 2013
8:15 pm

@ AS == We gave him fits. Enough to put the starter out of the scrimmage. He is huge though. What has become of Grayson? Camden has no D. I bet they surrendered 700 yards of offense. North Gwinnett looked good. Colquitt has a problem on the offensive line, they are to small. South Gwinnett’s lines are huge. Lot’s to talk about.

JAB

August 24th, 2013
8:15 pm

@ Camden74, Region1 6A best in the state (hahaha) Camden Co. is a joke, if the rest of ya’ll region is as comical as ya’ll were tonight against NG, ya’ll will be the laughing stalk in Ga HS Football. We (Stephenson) scrimmage them (North Gwinnett) to a 9 – 0 finish, had a touchdown called back and was penalized to death, plus we were driving and had to turn it over to the JV. Camden, tonight was like a JV team going up against a varsity team.

GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS & REGION 6AAAAA THE SEC OF HS FOOTBALL BEST IN THE STATE…

Camden74

August 24th, 2013
9:11 pm

JAB……..Stephenson is and always will be what they are, LOSERS! :-)

Flyer

August 25th, 2013
6:22 pm

@Max Sizemore-Mark Fleetwood was a heck of a kicker and QB as well at Lakeside. In fact he was all state at QB his senior year.

@Sportsnut- Lakeside didn’t play Clarkston while Coach Fleetwood was there.

AngryWaltonFan

August 25th, 2013
6:25 pm

Walton has real coaching issues, your best athlete in Dj Smith has to be on the field on both sides, he isn’t doing much on defense because teams stay away from him, which was evident when they moved him back to CB to guard Myron Burton. He completely shut down Burton and that side of the field, Tyren is at Bama, Smith is your only home run threat and you guys put him in the game when you in trouble to be a savior. Use him equally if you wanna win,,,plain and simple,,,,,Stevie Wonder can see that,,,,Walton duznt have that 30-35 carry running back anymore

athleticsupporter

August 26th, 2013
8:55 am

To AngryWaltonFan, I’m sorry you missed the game. Either that or you’re a relative of 21. Did you watch it on TV like the rest of us? Your best athlete was never a factor in the game. In fact, he was trotting around on the field like he had other things to do. If you check out his Twitter account he apologized to his teammates for letting them down. I’m sure there are many angry Walton fans after that game because he didn’t look like he was trying very hard so maybe this opened his eyes. That kid KK Brooks is talented and the announcer said he’s just a sophomore. If that’s true, he already looks like he’s going to be better then Tyren. Walton actually looks like a good team and if they can fix their special teams, they’ll be really good. The offense was balanced with passing and rushing and defense played tough. The difference in the score was one busted play on defense. Officials seemed to favor Peachtree. I counted 6 or 7 holding calls for Walton and none for Peachtree. On replays you could see they were terrible calls.

Sportsnut

August 26th, 2013
1:17 pm

@ Flyer == Thank you for reminding me how old I am getting. That was my year at Shamrock. He could also play basketball. They were a DeKalb power at that time under Coach Creel. He was one of the best. Did he graduate from South Carolina? I know he went there and played but lost track until recognizing the name a year ago. You know, I think he played soccer too. My head hurts.

Flyer

August 26th, 2013
2:29 pm

@Sportsnut– Understand about the getting old stuff. He graduated from SC and I believe went on to the NFL Dallas Cowboys. You’re not saying you were a transfer even back in the day! I know all about Coach Creel and Lakeside. I played at Peachtree in the late 70’s and played both Clarkston and Lakeside. Never played Shamrock, but wrestled against them. My cousin was an all-state qb at Clarkston in the early 70’s. Mark Fleetwood played at Lakeside 75-78.

Sportsnut

August 26th, 2013
4:30 pm

@ Flyer == Not really a transfer. Our neighborhood went Clarkston, Shamrock, Avondale and Druid Hills. We had a heavyweight in Lee North back in the day that was pretty good. Who is your cousin? Rick Perry was there when I was there.

Sportsnut

August 26th, 2013
4:38 pm

@ Flyer == Lee was at Shamrock with me. Rick was at Clarkston. Rick’s dad was my science teacher and B-ball coach at Druid Hills.

Flyer

August 26th, 2013
4:39 pm

@Sportsnut– Just kidding about the transfer stuff! That seems to be such a big topic nowadays. You got the cousin right. He is actually my wife’s cousin, but we are all family! He is now retired living the good life in Jacksonville.

Sportsnut

August 26th, 2013
4:41 pm

I remember those day’s. Lakeside and P’tree were powers in that day. Ralph Kennemore was from my neighborhood. He was a wide out for the Patriots.

Sportsnut

August 26th, 2013
4:43 pm

The last time I saw Rick, he was working with Coca-Cola. Good to know he is well.

Flyer

August 26th, 2013
7:12 pm

@Sportsnut– Ralph was a senior when I was a freshman. We didn’t throw it much in those days running the veer. Lakeside was the big dogs, then Peachtree got T. Mcferrin as coach and we were really able to get something going. Dave Hunter was on the staff and even Mark Crews came on as a young coach my senior year. Yeah, Rick retired from Coke but his wife still works there. He spends his time playing golf and coaching his 12 year old son in baseball! I’ll make sure to tell him we were talking about him on the sports vent, Ha!