The big news Friday was the performance of North Oconee’s Kawon Bryant, who posted his second five-touchdown game of the season in a 56-0 win over Athens Christian.
Bryant, a junior, rushed for 383 yards and five scores. He now has 751 yards and 13 touchdowns this season for the No. 10-ranked Titans.
North Oconee (2-1) also got 59 yards passing and one touchdown from quarterback Tate Adcock.
Big numbers for Washington County
No. 4 Washington County should move up in the rankings after a 38-0 win over Laney. Quarterback A.J. Gray completed 8 of 11 passes for 96 yards and ran for 68 yards. The Golden Hawks (4-0) also got 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Melvin Hill. It was Waco’s first shutout of the season.
Ranking scramble expected
Two of the state’s ranked teams were beaten on Friday night, which means there will be a scramble for position next week.
No. 2 St. Pius was overwhelmed 28-7 by Lovett, the No. 2 team in Class AA, is is bound to drop in the rankings. But Lovett is no paper Lion; coach Mike Muschamp’s team beat Class AAAA power Marist a week earlier. Still, St. Pius will likely drop into the middle or bottom half of the rankings.
The other loser was No. 7 Callaway, which was whipped 31-12 by Harris County. The Cavs are likely to be the team that falls out of the top 10.
So who’s most likely to move up into the top 10? Here are some educated guesses based on what happened on Friday night.
Woodward Academy beat Westminster 30-15 for its its third consecutive victory. The War Eagles (3-1) began the season the top 10, but dropped out after losing its opener to — who else? — Lovett. The War Eagles have a big-time difference maker in quarterback Terry Googer, the South Carolina committee. Googer ran 22 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 94 yards and another score.
Decatur improved to 4-0 by pounding Clarkston 42-14. The Bulldogs are off to their best start since 2005, when they won their first five games and finished 8-2.Demetrius Harris rushed for 128 yards and Nick Bentley rushed for 85 to pace the Dogs. But Decatur’s resume of wins probably isn’t impressive enough just yet. The truth about these Dogs will be told based on how they fare against 3-1 Cedar Grove next week.Decatur hasn’t been state-ranked since 2004.
Pierce County won its fourth straight on Friday by blasting Beach 42-6.The Bears have scored 42 or more in three of its four games behind quarterback Tyler Harris. They’ll face their biggest next week when they host Tattnall County’s Battle Creek Warriors.
Others who might be given consideration might include: