Class A football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Fellowship Christian 41, Lakeview Academy 14: On the first play from scrimmage, tailback Travis Kinney recovered a fumble in the end zone that gave host Fellowship Christian a 7-0 lead. Kinney also contributed on offense by scoring two touchdowns on the ground. Fellowship wide receiver Alex Edmonds caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hunter Bryant that gave the Paladins a 21-0 halftime lead.

Holy Innocents’ 17, Wesleyan 14: Visiting Holy Innocents’ overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit to defeat Wesleyan. Running back Conner Dolan of Holy Innocents’ scored two rushing touchdowns on eight carries while rushing for 39 yards. Kicker Walker Thomas nailed a 40-yarder in the second quarter for the visiting team.

King’s Ridge 34, Pinecrest Academy 10: Austin Hennings and Connor Henderson each scored two touchdowns for visiting King’s Ridge. Hennings caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Henry Jones and returned a fumble for a score. Henderson also scored on a fumble return and had a one-yard touchdown run.

Landmark Christian 26, Athens Christian 7: Running back Darius Smith of visiting Landmark Christian rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Stockton McGuire completed 5 of 7 passes for 71 yards while rushing for a touchdown to give the War Eagles a 14-7 halftime lead. Freshman Lofton Tidwell returned an interception for a touchdown to seal the victory.

Pace Academy 38, Whitefield Academy 23: Visiting Pace Academy cruised to a 38-0 halftime lead with the aid of quarterback Kevin Johnson, who passed for 245 yards and three touchdowns. All of Johnson’s touchdown passes were thrown in the first half, including a 45-yarder in the first quarter and a 56-yarder in the second.

28 comments Add your comment

JPS

August 31st, 2013
8:34 am

STC, I’m not a fan of either team, but it kind of shocked me to see how Mount Paran handled OLM. I thought OLM was supposed to be just as good as last year. Or is Paran really that good?

STC Fan

August 31st, 2013
9:04 am

Nope, OLM way down. Mt. Paran no better than last year.

Swamp Lizard

August 31st, 2013
9:35 am

@ JPS … I agree with you about the Mt Paran / OLM game …. that was a big shocker to me. Mt Paran winning 36-7 after losing to the same team last year 38-7 …. they got 60 points better over the off season? I tend to disagree with STC Fan ….. I know a little about the OLM program and felt like they were on track to be a playoff team for sure.

Swamp Lizard

August 31st, 2013
9:38 am

Congrats to George Walton and a big win over First Presbyterian Day 36-10. I have to agree that’s a statement game for them, saying they will be a contender. My apologies to all GWA fans for doubting.

Swamp Lizard

August 31st, 2013
9:48 am

Congrats to Clinch Co and their win over Mitchell Co 22-14. Looks like Coach Dickerson has the Panthers back on track after the win Friday night & playing Brooks Co tough last week ( 26-14 ). I’m looking forward to getting down there next week seeing family and that big battle with ELCA.

Swamp Lizard

August 31st, 2013
9:55 am

@ Bill Ryans ….. Looks like you were all over that call about Pace and to keep an eye on them ….. 38-23 win over Whitefield Academy …. what’s more impressive is that it wasn’t that close …. 38-0 at the half! But we all to keep an eye on Mt Paran …… 3-8 team last year that beat OLM 36-7. I’d love to get a take from someone that was at that game.

HSFootball

August 31st, 2013
10:35 am

Surprised to see Landmark Christian off to such a good start. They are very young. Most thought with their big back that grew up in the system transferring out, and with such a young defense that it would equate to few wins – especially early.

DS is athletic and a track guy. So this isn’t a total surprise, but wow – nice start. Just encourage the teams supporters not to get to excited. This team is still pretty darn young.

Great job by the coaching staff!

Proud of the War Eagles!

S. Thomas Coleman

August 31st, 2013
10:41 am

JPS, STC Fan, Swamp:

Mt. Paran sprung a surprise by running an offense no one had seen them run — the single wing. Their quarterback, Jake Allen, is good. He did a great job hiding the ball during misdirection plays and they have a couple of athletes that can get to the edge, and were able to turn the corner on us a few times due to blown assignments. Another thing to remember is that MP was a playoff team in 2010 and 2011. Those kids graduated so they were a young team last season. Hats off to Coach Jordan and his staff for the way they worked with those kids in the off season, getting them bigger, stronger and faster, and then teaching them a new offense.

Bottom line, MP is a better team than they were last season. Now that there is film out there on their new offense, we’ll see how they hold up the rest of the season. I definitely think they will be in the private school top 16 at season’s end. Dorian Walker, Taylor Trammell, Emoni Williams are good players.

As for OLM, there were a few bright spots. C Darryl Jackson had a few pancake blocks; LB Alex Horlak made plays all night; CB Delfayeo Matthews and DE Chris Hunt made some plays and QB/P Jameson Vest boomed some very good punts. And some kid named Christian Coleman returned a kickoff 100 yards for OLM’s lone touchdown;) I’m sure Coach Earwood will make a few adjustments, a couple of personnel changes and pull things together.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

August 31st, 2013
10:45 am

Swamp:

I’ll try to get with Coach Dickerson this week. It does look like Clinch is close to being Clinch again.

STC

JPS

August 31st, 2013
10:48 am

Considering OLM is in such a tough conference this year with ELCA, Landmark, Holy Innocents, and Pace (all of whom seem to have improved) it’ll be that much tougher for them to get into the playoffs now.

S. Thomas Coleman

August 31st, 2013
11:09 am

JPS:

And don’t forget about non-region games against Mt. Pisgah, Athens Academy and Darlington. OLM has one of the toughest schedules in any classification.

STC

GWparent

August 31st, 2013
11:15 am

STC, I totally missed yesterday’s article. Do you have a link to the article? It would be much appreciated. Greatly appreciate your coverage! Thanks to you and the AJC. Teams like GWA used to have to depend on scouring local papers. Props to ya. And if you ever plan on making it to a GWA game, let me know.

GWparent

August 31st, 2013
11:23 am

Swamp, thanks for stepping up and admitting mistakes. Don’t see that often on blogs. Williams’ 232 yards was quite impressive. But there was also some great blocking on the edge. FPD is strong up the middle. and has a decent running game. They will not be a cake walk for most teams they play. This coming week in Aquinas will be another nice test. GWA probably has the most difficult schedule in class A. By the way, there were a few returning starters on the line at GWA, including starting center (Inman) who will play somewhere on Saturdays in a couple of years and Patrick Stewart who has committed to Middle TN. LSU and others have been knocking on his door, though. Maybe not a lot of depth on the line, but then again, show a team in A that does….

S. Thomas Coleman

August 31st, 2013
11:48 am

GWparent:

Thanks for the love. Here’s the blog that went up Thursday:
http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-high-school-sports/2013/08/29/class-a-blog-things-to-look-for/

S. Thomas Coleman

August 31st, 2013
11:49 am

Class A Heads:

The new blog for Saturday is up. Thanks for reading and posting.

STC

Cobb fan

August 31st, 2013
12:03 pm

Mount Paran defense also shut them out only score was for OLM was great effort on 100 yard kick return. Pat lee #52 for MPC was constantly in OLM backfield forcing QB to throw early and sacking him couple times. Lee transfered from Marietta and was unblockable. MPC has alot of weapons that didnt play last year, or that did not get used correctly in triple option. Only 2 seniors on MPC team, I dont think they are state contenders but they are very good and very tough and Jake Allen is good QB and very smart OLM was overmatched it was not a fluke score they were never in game.

S. Thomas Coleman

August 31st, 2013
12:35 pm

Cobb Fan:

You are correct. MP’s front seven played very well.

STC

cobb fan 2

August 31st, 2013
8:26 pm

MPC will be good. They got some kids that were second stringers at bigger schools to transfer there and they will be very good in Class A private ball. While they did not play at bigger schools they will really help MPC, that is the advantage some of the private schools have of picking off good talent that is not exceling in bigger classes. This team will be good this year and next.

MPC is a lot better than last year. In addittion according to a few parents at game they also got more of their baseball and basketball players to play on team. Watch out for this team

southside fan

September 1st, 2013
8:42 am

Let’s not crown MPC state champs yet !!! This was one game. Let’s see how they do against stronger teams that are prepared for their new look. It appears their recruiting efforts have played off.

Eaglebacker

September 1st, 2013
9:23 am

MPC Actually has 4 seniors, 1 is a highly ranked kicker, 1 is a lineman and has played for 4 years, the other two are first year players. One at wide out and the other plays on the line but gets limited time.

We are looking for a 6 or 7 win season this year with our eyes on next year.

Eagles1

September 1st, 2013
9:55 am

MPC is a very young team, only one starting senior position player. There have been no recruiting efforts by the coaching staff, other than getting other sport athletes come out this year. There are 3 new transfers, 1 is a returning MPC student, 1 is the son of a newly hired basketball coach and the other isn’t starting yet. The team is dominated by a strong sophomore class and some excellent skill set juniors. No one is laying claim to the state title but we do hope to make a region run and return to the playoffs. Coach Jordan and his excellent staff should be commended. Also, don’t count OLM out. They are loaded with athletes.

Cobb fan

September 1st, 2013
11:59 am

Agree on this year and as I said dont think MPC are state contenders this year but they are much improved from last year and very well coached. Saw stats this morning in paper 84 yards allowed and only 6 first downs for OLM, MPC defense was solid and line played great.. But its only one game and they are teenagers, Ill be looking for someone to report on how they look next few weeks and if they can continue to improve going into region play..

WOW

September 1st, 2013
1:51 pm

Look out for Pace Academy. They have some good looking football players. Head Coach and Adminstration is handing out free tuition tickets like a Hosea Williams feed the hungry meal.

TK

September 1st, 2013
2:53 pm

WOW>>>>sounds like you are an angry Whitefield fan whose team had it put to them last Friday by Pace.

Swamp Lizard

September 1st, 2013
3:04 pm

Seminole Co ….. nice win Saturday over Early Co ( 14-13 ) ….. beat Turner & Clinch Co the next two weeks and I’ll get on the Larry Campbell bandwagon and “believe”.

WOW

September 1st, 2013
3:15 pm

No, not a Whitfield fan or parent. Saw coach in action at one of his recruiting combines. My kids go to a school in much larger classification. Have no problem with it as public schools do the same thing with this recruiting hype. Just saying.

Swamp Lizard

September 1st, 2013
3:18 pm

PACE yourself …. Pace Academy still has to play Athens Academy, FPD, Landmark, Holy Innocents and ELCA …… they end up 9-1 or 8-2 against that schedule …. we’ll all pitch in and hire us a Private Eye !!

Independent Pigskin

September 2nd, 2013
8:57 pm

Pace will go 8-2