Special teams often get overlooked when it comes time to pass out the credit for a big win. That won’t happen at North Hall. The special teams saved the day in Friday’s 41-34 win over Jefferson.
Nolan Tucker and Tristen Jackson each recovered an onside kick and the No. 5 Trojans were able to avenge last year’s lost to Jefferson, ranked No. 3 in Class AA.
North Hall (3-0) continued to run the ball effectively behind its triple-option attack, gaining 455 yards, but losing three fumbles. Quarterback Andrew Smith led the Trojans with 120 yards and two touchdowns.
Don’t poke the bear: This is the second time it’s happened this season and it’s still not a good idea. Opponents should avoid doing anything to anger Buford. This week Hancock Central completed a 68-yard pass on the first play of the game. That just riled the Wolves up. They held Hancock at the 2 and went on to administer a 63-0 beatdown. Nine different players scored touchdowns, including two on passes from Taylor Mitchell, for No. 1-ranked Buford (3-0).
Pius gets revenge: No. 2 St. Pius evened the score from last year’s loss at The Brickyard by whipping Thomson 41-14 at George Maloof Field. Dalton Wilson ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns and Joey Connors rushed for two touchdowns and threw for 56 yards for the Golden Lions (3-0).
Big night for Barden: Brooks Barden threw four touchdowns in the first half of No. 3-ranked Cartersville’s 41-0 win over Rockmart. Barden connected twice with Gordon Gray and once with Brandon Long, who also scored on a 68-yard run, as the Purple Hurricanes improved to 3-0.
Kawon KO’s Madison: Kawon Bryant ran for 188 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 10 North Oconee (1-1) to its 42-7 win over Madison County. Tate Adcock completed 13 of 21 passes for 153 yards.
Not so peachy for the Trojans: A young Peach County team lost its second straight game, this one 54-21 to Warner Robins. It was the most points ever allowed by a Peach County team. One bright spot for Peach was quarterback Greg Williams, who completed 16 of 38 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
Jeffco improves to 3-0: No 8 Jefferson County got a balanced rushing attack and clobbered Greenbrier 41-0. Car’Tabious Quarterman rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and Kobe Jackson ran for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Will Jordan also threw a touchdown pass.
No. 4 Carver slapped away: The Panthers mustered only 90 yards of offense in a 34-0 loss to Class AAAAAA No. 3 Colquitt County. Quarterback Jawon Pass completed 8 of 16 passes for 40 yards.
Towers wins again: Towers finally allowed some points, but the Titans won their third straight game, a 26-7 victory over Clarkston. Daemyon Hassell scored two touchdowns and Towers broke open close game in the second half.