Top performances from Week 5: North Oconee’s Bryant closes on Chubb in rushing race

Don’t concede the state’s rushing title to Nick Chubb just yet.

North Oconee junior Kawon Bryant is gaining ground after a school-record 368 yards last week against Athens Christian. That doubled his rushing output for the season, putting him a 736. That’s 245.3 yards per game.

Chubb, the senior from Cedartown, has 989 overall, but in four games for an average of 247.3.

Both made GHSF Daily’s Top Performances this week.

Top five

*Cherokee junior QB Spencer Ashley was 23-of-32 passing for 455 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-41 loss to Lassiter. WR Blace Brown had 12 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown.

*B.E.S.T. Academy RB Deshawn Waller rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries and intercepted a pass in a 62-7 victory over McNair.

*Clarkston PK Santino Jerke made a 55-yard field goal in a 42-10 loss to Decatur. Jerke made a 52-yarder last season.

*Locust Grove FS Emilio Conde scored two touchdowns, intercepted two passes and had eight solo tackles in a 27-21 overtime victory against Spalding. Conde had his spleen removed three months ago after being injured in a seven-on-seven event.

*North Oconee RB Kawon Bryant rushed for 368 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries in a 56-0 victory over Athens Christian.

Best of the rest

*Arabia Mountain LB Kayton Samuels had two sacks, three other tackles for losses and forced three fumbles in a 26-20 overtime victory over Miller Grove.

*Baldwin QB Tajhea Chambers passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards in a 41-7 victory over Howard.

*B.E.S.T. Academy RB/LB Rontavious Belcher rushed for 94 yards and had two sacks on defense in a 62-7 victory over McNair.

*Calhoun DE Austin Byrd had four sacks for 25 yards in losses in a 38-0 victory over Dade County.

*Cartersville QB Brooks Barden was 14-of-16 passing for 312 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for two scores in a 55-15 victory over North Murray.

*Cedartown RB Nick Chubb rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries in a 36-14 victory over Ridgeland.

*Christian Heritage QB Trevor Brown threw five touchdowns passes in a 41-0 victory over Fellowship Christian. He was 15-of-24 passing for 310 yards.

*Eagle’s Landing QB Bradley Dewberry was 14-of-23 passing for 206 yards and a touchdown in a 36-19 victory over Jonesboro. Dewberry also rushed for 54 yards, scored two touchdowns, made five tackles and intercepted a pass, returning it 40 yards.

*Etowah RB Brandon Engle rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown in a 31-14 victory over Wheeler.

*Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson passed for 372 yards in a 49-6 victory over Apalachee. WR Jay Gaudlock had nine catches for 149 yards.

*Liberty County freshman DB/ATH Richard LeCounte scored touchdowns on a 37-yard reception (his only play on offense), 53-yard interception return and 45-yard fumble return in a 49-0 victory over Cross Creek. He had 5.5 tackles.

*Johnson County QB Michael Taylor rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and passed for 67 yards and a touchdown in a 26-6 victory against Savannah Country Day.

*Lovett DB/RB Grant Haley had a team-leading six tackles, forced a fumble, rushed for 87 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns in a 28-7 victory over St. Pius. RB Jay Harris rushed for 160 yards.

*Luella OLB Steve Osondu had nine total tackles, a school-record 4.5 for losses, broke up a pass and made a game-sealing interception in a 24-21 victory over Henry County. Osondu has 22.5 career tackles for losses, which breaks a school record held by Georgia State DL Tevin Jones.

*Macon County LB/WR Roquan Smith had 16 tackles, two for losses, and caught eight passes for 121 yards and scored a touchdown in a 17-14 loss to Peach County.

*McEachern QB Ty Clemons rushed for 135 yards on nine carries and was 9-of-12 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-30 victory over Marietta.

*Model LB Justin Nelson had 15 tackles, three for losses, and a fumble recovery in a 15-7 victory over Chattooga.

*Monroe Area RB Kwan Brooks rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in a 49-0 victory over Lumpkin County.

*Mundy’s Mill RB Rodney Smith rushed for 157 yards on 22 carries in an 18-14 loss to Coffee.

*North Gwinnett QB Hayden Sphire threw six TD passes in a 63-0 victory over Meadowcreek. Sphire completed 12 of 15 passes for 201 yards in two quarters.

*Peachtree Ridge RB Jordan Ellis rushed for 143 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 31-30 victory over Mill Creek.

*Rabun County WR Alden Wight had 12 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown in a 28-0 victory over Commerce.

*Shiloh RB Charles Shavers rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 21-14 victory over South Gwinnett.

*Sonoraville QB Cody Long rushed for 188 yards on 23 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 41-16 victory over Coahulla Creek.

*Stephenson DE Chauncey Rivers had six tackles for losses, including two sacks, in a 42-0 victory over Lakeside of Atlanta.

*Upson-Lee DB/KR Toby Fuentes returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and intercepted two passes in a 34-13 victory over Central of Macon.

*Villa Rica LB Jarred Weaver had 24 tackles, five for losses, in a 20-17 overtime victory over Paulding County.

*Warner Robins RB Jaquan Burns rushed for 193 yards in a 34-14 victory over Douglas County.

*Washington-Wilkes sophomore RB Jaquavious “Quay” Blackburn, rushed for 230 yards on 12 carries, scored on runs of 74 and 75 yards and intercepted a pass in a 50-14 victory over Riverside Military.

*Woodward Academy FS Arrington Farrar had 19 tackles and an interception in a 30-15 victory over Westminster. QB Terry Googer rushed for 190 yards and passed for 94.

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12 comments Add your comment


September 24th, 2013
10:35 am

Imagine this, Kawon Bryant, grew up in Monroe and was there up until entering the ninth grade and lives with his new guardian that lives in the North Oconee area. That would be some backfield if he still attended Monroe Area, crowded, but talented.


September 24th, 2013
10:59 am

Imagine what Chubb would have if he would have played all 16 quarters of the four games played. He has nearly 1,000 yards in only 13 quarters.

I am glad the coach is thinking of his health and future instead of a record.



September 24th, 2013
12:02 pm

Still no Antavious Rowe RB Washington High … Every time this kid touches the ball he almost goes the distance. Come on ajc get out and cover high school football …

Classic City Fan

September 24th, 2013
4:45 pm

@Dawgfan – As a fellow Dawg fan, I hope the coach is thinking of Chubb’s health. I’m just confused how you consider 37 carries some sort of light load. I’ve been watching Chubb for a few years and he has TONS of carries over the last few seasons, even when the score is out of hand. Hope he stays healthy!
@PBJ – I live fairly near to North Oconee and I started hearing about Bryant when he was in the 7th grade in the North Oconee system. So, he may have grown up in Monroe but he’s been in the North Oconee system a while. I’ve seen him several times and he is a SPECIAL running back. He has ALL the tools. I hope UGA is staying close to him!

Purple Fan

September 24th, 2013
5:46 pm

I saw Bryant when he was a kid playing little league in Monroe. he was just as special then! One of the biggest blessing I’ve seen in my adult life is that kid getting with his little league coach. A life was changed forever. But you are right PBJ, he would be playing at Monroe Area if he’d stayed where he was when he was a kid (assuming he’d be in the life position he has been given) and that would be a backfield that would be unlike any other. The backs we have at Monroe are great. The overall team speed here at Monroe is hard to duplicate. BUT, if Bryant were playing at Monroe, it would be something few have ever seen. from what I’ve seen, he’s the best back in this state.

John Q

September 24th, 2013
5:51 pm

Georgia has some great high school backs. UGA has some work to do to sort all this out!

Todd Holcomb

September 24th, 2013
8:05 pm

To Chris and all — We can’t call all 412 high schools in Georgia asking for nominations each week. We depend on people providing official stats.


September 25th, 2013
1:11 am

@ Todd I never asked you to cover 412 schools. Last week The headline read Marist throttles Therrell. Was that supposed to be a close game or something, Therrell hasn’t won a game all year and I’m pretty sure no thought that game would be close. My point to that is, that game was played at Lakewood (5:30) . St. Mtn vs Washington was the second game being played that day a 2-1 vs 3-0 team what game would you pick to watch to see a more competitive game. At the very least try to cover a little of both games…

Just a Fan

September 25th, 2013
9:23 am

Classic City-You got it right-last year I noticed he had 38 carries against Southeast Whitfield-a weak team.Is there no one else on the team to share the ball? Not disputing that he is a great back-just that so much of the “record setting” yardage was gained against helpless teams. No real need for debate here-the playoffs will sort it out.

Just a Fan

September 25th, 2013
9:25 am

Todd-do you know of a published list of athletic transfers for this season like the one last season?


September 25th, 2013
3:15 pm

Classic City Fan- I am not sure who you are watching or what you are reading but Chubb has 95 carries in 4 games this year, an avg of 23.75 per game. He has only played 13 out of 16 quarters this year.
If you are referring to last year, well that was last year and yes he carried the entire load. My comments are about this year and the fewer carries and significant time out of the game.
Come watch him now or wait until the playoffs, but just come watch him play.


September 25th, 2013
3:25 pm

OOPs, I was just correct by a coach on the Cedartown team. Chubb has played in only 12 quarters out of 16 quarters and that was only by a couple of plays or it would only be 11 quarters he has been on the field running the ball this year.