It looks like Region 8-AAA is going to be one of the more interesting leagues in the state this year. Three teams look like they’re ready for prime time: No. 9 Hart County, No. 10 North Oconee and undefeated Morgan County.
Hart County started last season 0-3, but has won its first three games of the season. The Bulldogs are in the second year of their second term with coach William DeVane and are shooting for their tenth playoff appearance over the last 11 years.
North Oconee got five touchdowns from junior Kawon Bryant and trounced Madison County. Tate Adcock threw for 153 yards in the win. The Titans learned that safety-running back Carter Warden will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Morgan dropped the hammer on rival Putnam County 26-7 last week and improved to 3-0 for the second straight year. Marquis Benton scored two touchdowns and Justice Chapman and Tyler Benford each scored once for the Bulldogs.
Bombs for Brooks: Cartersville quarterback Brooks Barden threw for 161 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-0 win over Rockmart. Brandon Long, who scored on a 46-yard run on the first play of the game, finished with 116 yards on four carries to notch his third straight game over 100 yards.
Look who’s 3-0: The Decatur Bulldogs are off to their first 3-0 start since 2005. They went on the road to beat Greenville 14-7 last week. Nick Bentley ran for 85 yards and scored the winning touchdown and Elijah Rachell rushed for 101 yards.
Speaking of 3-0 … The Towers Titans won their third straight game with a 26-7 victory over Clarkston. It was the first points allowed by Towers all season. The Titans are 3-0 for the first time since 1984, when they won their first seven under coach Frank Yancey.
Odds and ends: Adairsvile drew Pepperell into committing four consecutive offsides penalties on Friday night. The Tigers didn’t appear to be doing anything tricky, but the Pepperell defense jumped on four straight plays, giving Adairsville 20 free yards. Adairsville won the game 33-10. Sidnee Johnson carried 15 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns. He also had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, as Adairsville improved to 2-1.
Back on the horse: Blessed Trinity will try to get coach Tim McFarlin his 100th win again this week at White County. Oddly enough, White County coach Bill Ballard won his 100th game two weeks ago.
The Waco Kid: Quarterback A.J. Gray of Washington County continued his hot play last week against Baldwin. Gray threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 122 yards and one touchdown in the 56-7 win.
Pius machine rolls on: The No. 2 Golden Lions (3-0) whipped Thomson 41-14 behind Dalton Wilson’s 82 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Quarterback Joey Connors also had two scores on the ground while rushing 11 times for 80 yards. St. Pius ran for a total of 311 yards. Kevin O’Toole and Forrest Whitlark each recorded five tackles to lead the defense. The Golden Lions will travel to Lovett on Friday night at 7:30pm.