Top performances from Week 1: Alexander back rushes for 321 yards

Mikell Lands-Davis rushed for 970 yards in 10 games last season as a sophomore for Alexander, but holding him below 1,000 could be nearly impossible in 2013. The junior – who is 6 feet 1 inch and 215 pounds – is almost a third of the way there after his performance last week.

“Unique combination of speed and power, but what makes him really special is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield,” Alexander coach Matthew Combs said. Lands-Davis had more than 1,000 receiving and returning yards last season.

Here are some of the top individual performances from last week:

Top five

*Alexander RB Mikell Lands-Davis rushed for 321 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries and caught three passes in a 41-14 victory over Bremen.

*Campbell RB/DB Mike Rogers rushed for 228 yards and scored three touchdowns on 14 carries, made a two-point conversion, had four solo tackles, blocked a kick and intercepted a pass in a 36-6 victory over Morrow.

*Colquitt County DT Jamiyus Pittman had seven solo tackles, nine assists, four tackles for losses and two sacks in a 21-6 victory over Grayson.

*Marietta QB Brenton Martin, making his first start, passed for 248 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-21 victory over Newnan.

*Ringgold QB Slade Dale rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 33-27, three-overtime victory over Dalton. Slade has signed a baseball scholarship with Georgia.

Best of the rest

*Arabia Mountain DL Baridakara Sigalo had 10 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for losses and forced a fumble in a 40-7 victory over Clarkston.

*Athens Academy QB/FS/PK Michael Santamaria threw a 62-yard TD pass, ran for a 5-yard touchdown, broke up a pass, made five extra points and had three touchbacks in a 41-8 victory over Glascock County.

*Brunswick QB Cory Dixon rushed for 170 yards and one touchdown and was 11-of-20 passing for 137 yards in a 35-20 loss to Wayne County.

*Chapel Hill sophomore RB Quincey Shelton rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns in a 25-14 loss to Osborne.

*Greater Atlanta Christian RB Micah Abernathy rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-26 victory over Stone Mountain.

*Lincoln County RB Mike McIntire rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-0 victory over McCormick, S.C.

*Lovett RB Jay Harris rushed for 148 yards on 11 carries, outgaining all-state teammate Grant Haley (125 yards rushing on nine carries) in a 21-14 victory over Woodward Academy.

*McEachern RB Taj Griffin rushed for 154 yards and scored on a 90-yard touchdown run in a 31-10 victory over Brookwood.

*North Gwinnett DE Dante Sawyer had seven solo tackles, two for losses, in a 34-14 victory over Camden County.

*Peachtree Ridge LB Dru Moody had an interception, broke up a pass and had a tackle for a 5-yard loss in the fourth quarter that ruined Walton’s last threat in a 23-17 victory.

*Savannah Christian PK Logan Tovar made a 42-yard field goal with no time on the clock in a 6-6 tie with Jenkins.

*Swainsboro RB Startavius Harmon rushed for 210 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-13 loss to Worth County.

*Thomas County Central QB Adam Choice rushed for 164 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 78-yard run in a 38-0 victory over Thomasville.

*Tucker RB/DB Dominick Sanders scored three touchdowns, one on a 56-yard punt return, in a 51-12 victory over Cedar Grove.

*Vidalia RB/DB Tra Hardy rushed for 156 yards and scored three touchdowns on 14 carries and had an interception in a 27-3 victory over West Laurens.

*Walker sophomore DT Ben Snavely had eight tackles and 2.5 sacks in a 21-0 victory over Temple.

*Wayne County DL Taylor Heflin had 11 tackles, four for losses, in a 35-20 victory over Brunswick.

*Wheeler RB Devontae Jackson rushed for 217 yards and scored three touchdowns on three carries in a 44-14 victory over Sprayberry. He scored on runs of 97, 94 and 26 yards.

*Woodward Academy RB Elijah Holyfield rushed for 176 yards and QB Terry Googer rushed for 160 in a 21-14 loss to Lovett.

*Worth County QB Tay Curry rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in a 33-13 victory over Swainsboro.

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5 comments Add your comment

Scott B

August 27th, 2013
11:03 am

So Devontae Jackson from Wheeler who gained 217 yds on 3 carries and scored 3 touchdowns was not a top performer in week 1? WTF?

Todd Holcomb

August 27th, 2013
3:14 pm

Added. Most of the ones that we post come from information sent to us by coaches and stat people. It’s not ‘all’ the best, but ‘many’ of the best.

Wrecker

August 28th, 2013
7:30 am

Lands-Davis’ feat is impressive, but less so when you realize he was doing it against a school with half the enrollment and 2 classes below Alexander.

Wheeler

August 28th, 2013
2:22 pm

They must not have reported on the Wheeler game at all. They had a kid, Brown – that had 16 tackles.

Runner

August 29th, 2013
11:54 am

Wrecker, Over the years Bremen has been a tough Region and state playoff team and have beaten some really great larger class schools.

How bout a “shout out” to these kids who do well even if…. or a “shut up” of your trap. You ever run for 321 , enough said,