By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
There were some interesting outcomes Friday night:
Johnson County makes a statement. The Trojans, ranked No. 9, went to Savannah and out-muscled one of the most physical programs in the state, 2011 state champion Savannah Christian, ranked No. 4, 14-7. JoCo, held the Raiders out of the end zone in the game’s final two minutes, after Savannah Christian had a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. The Trojan defense held Savannah Christian to just 58 yards rushing, according to the Savannah Morning News. JoCo is now 5-0 for the first time since 2010, while the Raiders (2-1-1) suffered their first loss of the season.
Lincoln County rebounds. After losing two games in a row and falling from No. 2 in the state at the beginning of the season to No. 10, Lincoln County (2-2, 1-0) got back on track with a 21-20 win over First Presbyterian Day (1-3, 0-1). The Red Devils jumped out to a 21-7 lead and hung on, as their defense stopped Viking QB Will McCormick’s two-point conversion run – which would have given FPD a 22-21 lead – with just under five minutes left in the game, according to the Macon Telegraph.
St. Anne-Pacelli 4-0 again. For the second consecutive season, St. Anne-Pacelli is 4-0 after the Vikings drubbed Central-Talbotton, 55-14. QB Wyatt Peterson and RB DeAndre Bowman scored two touchdowns apiece for St. Anne-Pacelli, which has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 194-40 so far this season. The Columbus-based Vikings are out to prove they are not a fluke this season, as the combined record of their opponents is just 1-17. Also, St. Anne-Pacelli began last season 4-0, before dropping its final six games in a row.
Three others stay unbeaten. No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (4-0, 1-0) and No. 3 Aquinas (4-0, 1-0) stayed perfect with wins over Holy Innocents (34-14) and Twiggs County (52-21), respectively, in their region openers. That was expected. But the surprise unbeaten team in Class A is Mt. Pisgah Christian School (4-0), which is off to its best start since 2010, after downing Wilson (Ala.) 26-7.
Commerce, Clinch County pull upsets. Commerce and Clinch County are two traditionally strong programs trying to erase the memory of uncharacteristically poor seasons a year ago. Both took another step in that direction with upset wins on Friday. Clinch County (2-3, 1-0) knocked off Telfair County (3-2, 0-1), 27-7, in their Region 2 opener, while Commerce (3-2, 1-0) downed No. 5 George Walton Academy (3-2, 1-0), 31-21, in Region 8. With the score tied at 21-21 in the third quarter, Commerce scored 10 unanswered points to seal the win, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Other results of note:
No. 6 Prince Avenue Christian (4-1) raced to a 43-0 halftime lead en route to a 50-10 demolition of Athens Christian (2-2) … Darlington (4-1, 1-0) went up 14-0 early, held Trion (3-2, 0-1) out of the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line, then drove 98 yards for another score and a 21-0 lead in the first half, as the Tigers gave the Trojans their second loss in as many weeks … Whitefield Academy (2-2, 0-1) knocked Gordon Lee (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten, with an 18-0 shutout.