By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are some things we learned Friday night:
FPD shocks Pace. No. 10 Pace Academy (3-1) looked nearly unstoppable in its three wins this season, averaging more than 40 points per game. But a First Presbyterian Day (1-2) team that had been outscored 66-10 in its first two games this season found its groove Friday night at home in Macon, and the Vikings upset the Knights 28-18. FPD used big plays and clutch defense to secure the win. QB Will McCormick threw touchdown passes of 56 and 74 yards to Reggie Gantt and O’Showen Williams, respectively, while Jam Morris added touchdown runs of 90 and 35 yards. Will Black had an interception for the Vikings, who forced three Pace turnovers. Denzel Franklin had a 44-yard touchdown run for the Knights, while Malik Staples added a 4-yarder.
Mount Paran back on track. After dropping a close game at No. 2 Landmark Christian (14-7) last week, Mt. Paran (3-1) returned to its winning ways big time on Friday night with a convincing 31-12 win over previously unbeaten Trion (3-1). QB Jake Allen and WR Emoni Williams hooked up for a 40-yard touchdown, and the Eagles got rushing touchdowns from Williams, Taylor Trammell and Dorian Walker while Dallas Kippler added a 37-yard field goal. Mt. Paran rolled up more than 400 yards of offense in the Region 6 crossover win. Jared Wigley (11-yard run) and Bradley Womack (1-yard run) provided the points for Trion.
Seminole County keeps rolling. No. 8 Seminole County (4-0) and its option attack rolled up 250 yards rushing en route to a 42-12 win over previously unbeaten Class AA Pelham (3-1). RB Robert Speight and QB Alex Fudge ran for two touchdowns apiece, and Fudge’s only pass attempt of the night was good for a 32-yard touchdown to Jabius Glenn.
Aquinas makes a statement. The Irish (3-0) got four touchdown passes from QB Liam Welch in a 49-0 win over Class AA Josey (0-4). Welch connected with Ruben Garnett (54 yards), Antonio Clark (33 yards), Christ Lambert (14 yards) and Justin Gibbs (4 yards) for the scoring strikes. Garnett (1 yard), Daniel Lindsey (1 yard) and John Morris (3 yards) added touchdown runs.
Terrell County pulls off stunning comeback. Down 30-6 at halftime to Schley County (0-3), Terrell County (2-2) scored 38-unanswered points in the second half to win 44-30. After falling behind by 24 points, Greenwave head coach William Huff pulled most of his starters and went with backups, who ignited the comeback with a 4-play goal line stand in the closing seconds of the first half, according to the Albany Herald.