Top performances from Week 3: Newton LB makes name for himself vs. Lowndes

Newton junior A.J. Palomino doesn’t show up on many recruiting radars, but he was able to put together a nice highlight tape after making a team-leading 11 tackles in Friday’s game against Lowndes. (You can see it here on YouTube).

Newton held Lowndes to 208 yards of total offense in the 15-14 upset victory.

Here are some of Georgia’s top performers from last week.

Top five

*Baldwin RB Kentavious Thomas rushed for 252 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in a 35-21 victory over Peach County.

*Dutchtown RB Brandon Robertson rushed for 301 yards on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns (both school records) in a 53-33 victory over Henry County.

*Landmark Christian RB Stockton McGuire rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, threw a 16-yard TD pass and kicked a 36-yard field goal in a 37-18 victory over Wilkinson County.

*Newton MLB A.J. Palomino had 11 tackles – four for losses totaling 13 yards – in a 15-14 victory over Lowndes.

*Vidalia SS/TB Tra Hardy rushed for 185 yards on 15 carries, intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and had 89 yards in turnover returns in a 35-7 victory over McIntosh County Academy.

Best of the rest

*Aquinas RB Ruben Garrett rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries in a 19-16 overtime victory over George Walton Academy.

*Buford RB Joshua Thomas rushed for 139 yards on 13 carries, and his 77-yard TD run in the second quarter broke the game open in a 38-14 victory over Gainesville.

*Burke County QB Donquell Green scored five touchdowns and passed for another in a 55-0 victory over Hephzibah. He rushed for 187 yards on nine carries.

*Calhoun WR Tydus Curtis had seven receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-2 victory over Dalton.

*Camden County DB Darryle Israel had four tackles for losses, two sacks and a fumble recovery in a 55-0 victory over Johnson of Savannah.

*Campbell DB/RB Mike Rogers rushed for 219 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, made six solo tackles and intercepted a pass in a 37-19 victory over Osborne.

*Carrollton RB Trey Chivers rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on five carries and scored on a 53-yard pass in a 63-0 victory over Chapel Hill.

*Carver of Columbus sophomore QB Jawon Pass was 16-of-21 passing for 280 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-24 victory over Shaw. Pass also scored two touchdowns.

*Christian Heritage QB Trevor Brown was 12-of-20 passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-0 victory over Murray County. Brown has 568 yard passing for seven touchdowns on the season.

*Dunwoody RB/DB/QB Aaron Alexander rushed for 157 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown and made five tackles in a 30-12 loss to Lakeside of Atlanta.

*Elbert County sophomore QB Mecole Hardman rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, was 2-of-4 passing for 10 yards and caught one pass for a 34-yard touchdown in a 27-19 victory over Cedar Shoals. Elbert had been 0-7-1 against Cedar since last winning in 1972.

*Etowah RB Brandon Engle rushed for 277 yards – 203 in the third quarter – on eight carries in a 44-17 victory over Centennial. He had two touchdowns, on runs of 87 and 80 yards.

*Forest Park RB Dejuann Simms rushed for 209 yards on 32 carries and scored 20 points in a 36-28 victory over Morrow that ended an 11-game losing streak.

*Gilmer LB/TE Austin Cole had 11 tackles, two for losses, and had three receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in a 33-13 victory over Sonoraville.

*Harris County RB Esaias Chapman rushed for 217 yards and a touchdown in a 38-27 victory over LaGrange. Keith Jenkins rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Harris County trailed 27-10 in the fourth quarter.

*Hughes RB Keion Davis scored all five of his team’s touchdowns in a 35-0 victory over Luella. Three were runs, one a reception and the other a 95-yard kickoff return to open the game. He rushed for 130 yards on 17 carries.

*Kell RB Josh Bettistea rushed for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in a 39-0 victory over Paulding County. Bettistea has 336 rushing yards on 24 carries in Allatoona’s 2-0 start.

*Lakeside of Atlanta RB Kellyen Walker rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-12 victory over Dunwoody.

*Liberty County LB Jeremy Caldwell-Fabregas had 14 tackles, four for losses, a sack and an interception in a 19-16 victory over Appling County.

*Locust Grove LB Garrett Wallace had 20 solo tackles, and one for a loss, and eight assists in a 7-3 victory over Ola. Wallace has 34 tackles in two games.

*Madison County RB Garrison Harris rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 28-14 victory over Franklin County.

*Mary Persons RB/DB Akebren Ralls caught two TD passes totaling 99 yards and made a critical interception in a 21-3 victory over Jones County.

*Milton RB Treyvon Paulk scored four touchdowns and rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries In a 56-13 victory over Johns Creek. Paulk has 330 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in Milton’s 2-0 start. LB Charlie Fault had three tackles for losses in the Johns Creek game.

*M.L. King QB Roland Rivers threw five TD passes on 13-of-16 passing for 195 yards in a 48-10 victory over Southwest DeKalb.

*North Oconee RB Kawon Bryant rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in a 28-23 loss to No. 2 St. Pius. Bryant also had five receptions for 52 yards.

*Riverwood QB Grant Drakeford rushed for 117 yards and was 6-for-11 passing for 138 yards and a touchdown in a 35-21 victory over Holy Innocents’. Izaiah Prouse-Lackey had 15 tackles, two for losses.

*Rutland QB Timori Northcutt passed for 257 yards, rushed for 80 yards and had a hand in three touchdowns in a 42-23 victory over Spalding. RB Montez Cheney rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. Rutland is 2-0 for the first time in its 11-year history.

*Shiloh QB Wil Larimore threw six TD passes in a 56-0 victory over Redan. Larimore was 19-of-24 for 291 yards and no interceptions. WR Cameron Stewart had six receptions for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

*St. Pius DB/RB Nick Ruffin had nine of his team’s 40 tackles and a sack and rushed for 72 yards on three carries in a 28-23 victory over North Oconee.

*Stephenson DE Chauncey Rivers had four sacks and another tackle for a loss in a 56-14 victory over Arabia Mountain.

*Tift County WR/KR Malik Henry scored three touchdowns on three touches in a 47-21 victory over Houston County. He scored on a 90-yard kickoff return, 70-yard punt return and 40-yard reverse from scrimmage.

*Toombs County RB Jamar Smith rushed for 208 yards on 34 carries and scored his team’s four touchdowns in a 34-27 overtime loss to Bryan County. Smith has rushed for 439 yard and seven touchdowns in two games.

*Union Grove QB Jonathan Slade was 10-of-13 passing for 267 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over Woodland of Stockbridge.

*Walker RB/LB Gaines LaHue rushed for 117 yards on 11 carries and scored on runs of 36 and 50 yards and made three tackles on defense in a 42-7 victory over North Cobb Christian.

*Washington County QB/S A.J. Gray rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries, was 6-of-8 passing for 183 yards and a touchdown, made six tackles and intercepted a pass in a 49-13 victory over Emanuel County Institute. Also surpassing 100 yards rushing were Denyale Wicker (130) and Melvin Hill (104).

*Westminster DE Ross Johnston had nine tackles, three for losses totaling 18 yards, in a 24-6 victory over Laney.

*Wheeler QB Elijah Staley passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 86 yards and two scores in less than three quarters of a 59-20 victory over Pope.

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12 comments Add your comment

Dawg4life

September 10th, 2013
8:52 am

Carver -Atlanta
LB`S -ED Curney 17 tackles 4 TFL 1 INT
Quint Bently- 15 TACKLES 1 SACKS
Carver GUYS ARE FOR REAL , If they Offense can score some points watch out AAAA. Defense is for real

Dosta Dawg

September 10th, 2013
11:11 am

Valdosta RB Malcolm Joseph has 157yd rushing 2 TD / 67yd punt return forTD.

head8

September 10th, 2013
12:06 pm

New Manchester Sophomore RB Brian Herrien had 215 yards rushing and 3 td vs North Paulding

Trojan94

September 10th, 2013
1:03 pm

What no nick chubb?

"THE CANNON RULES"

September 10th, 2013
2:04 pm

@ head8…

GOOD JOB so far for NEW MANCHESTER…VERY NICE win over NORTH PAULDING! You have an easier game at home this week against WOODLAND / BARTOW…and baring some odd occurrence (don’t sleep on them they beat you last year 13 to 12)…

Your first trip to “THE BONEYARD” on the 20th should have NEW MANCHESTER coming in as UNDEFEATED at 4 / 0 and sitting on top of Region 5AAAAA!!! WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

EAST hopefully will be 2 / 1 at that point depending on the outcome Friday night at PAULDING COUNTY…and could…crossing fingers, toes, everything…COULD have the starting Senior QB back. IF that happens and Mitchell can play, then in spite of EAST “DUMB AS A BOX OF ROCKS” Head Coach you will have a hard time leaving with a win!

On the other hand if EAST still has to play using the two back-ups we could see the unthinkable and NEW MANCHESTER could be sitting on top of Region 5AAAAA at 5 /0 and staring at it’s first playoff berth! Stay tuned after this Friday…

TICK…TICK…TICK…BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!
GO RAIDERS!!!

POOMAN

September 11th, 2013
2:53 am

GREAT JOB JOSHUA THOMAS……….Keep turning it up, people are starting to hear you.

Just a Fan

September 11th, 2013
9:19 am

It seems to me that the majority of the outstanding performances were against poor teams.

Sportsnut

September 11th, 2013
11:07 am

Wayne Grandy called Newton “lowly” after their win. I wonder what he thought of him before.

Sportsnut

September 11th, 2013
11:08 am

*thought of them.*

Sportsnut

September 11th, 2013
11:09 am

Grandy is the sports writer for the Moultrie Observer

Da Cat Fan

September 11th, 2013
3:03 pm

Malcolm Joseph also has a 98yd kick return for a TD.

redhot

September 11th, 2013
7:08 pm

kentavious thomas has not played a sorry team dis year Baldwin played Jefferson Co thats rank in da top 10 in aaa he had 129 yds and 2 TDs then they came back and played Peach Co and had 252 yds and 3 TDs now Friday Baldwin going 2 Washington Co lets see whats he do again them