North Oconee’s Bryant continues to post record numbers

Kawon Bryant may not only be the best running back in Class AAA, the junior may be the best in the state.

The North Oconee tailback ran for 372 yards and scored eight touchdowns for the Titans in a 62-27 win over Jackson County. Bryant has now rushed for 1,108 yards and scored 21 touchdowns in four games.

The eight touchdowns did not set a record; that was established in 1948 by Kenneth Moore of Calhoun. Bryant is the third player to score eight touchdowns, joining Thomas Flowers of Pebblebrook (2001) and Don Calloway of Miller County (1999).

The No. 10-ranked Titans were in a battle for three quarters and actually trailed 27-26 with 2:52 left in the third period. North then scored the next 36 points to settle the matter.

Saints end Decatur’s unbeaten run

Maybe Cedar Grove should start getting a closer look as far as being a title contender in Region 6-AAA. The Saints past their prerequisite exam on Friday night against Decatur and have enough ability to scare the big dogs in the league.

The Saints (4-1) turned back previously unbeaten Decatur 27-3 on Friday night, as “Neon” Deion Sellers carried 22 times for 194 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown run on the last play of the first half. Cedar Grove showed more of that quick-strike ability when it scored on a big 47-yard pass from James Hartsfield to Brandon Norwood.

More will be known about Cedar Grove after plays Towers this week. The Saints close the season against the region’s Big Three: St. Pius, Woodward Academy and Blessed Trinity.

Here’s what else we learned on Friday night:

Region 6 is going to be a bear: In addition to the Cedar Grove win, Blessed Trinity took down No. 10 Woodward Academy, and No. 8 St. Pius clobbered previously unbeaten Towers.

Blessed Trinity’s 27-17 win over Woodward was led by sophomore Milton Shelton’s 126 yards of rushing, which included an 80-yard touchdown. But the Titans (3-2) didn’t wrap things up until Carter McManes broke loose for a 39-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left.

St. Pius (4-1) rebounded from last week’s loss to defeat Towers 45-7. The Titans had allowed only seven points going into the game, but couldn’t slow the St. Pius option. The Golden Lions got two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown from Joey Conners and two rushing scores from Dalton Wilson.

Buford still playing “Name That Score:” The No. 1 ranked Wolves took pity on Banks County to the tune of 63-0. Joshua Thomas scored two of Buford’s nine touchdowns.

No. 6 Jefferson County struggles: The Warriors (5-0) have been winning on defense and had to do it again on the road against Wesleyan. Jefferson County scored its only points with a minute left on a Kobe Jackson run.

White County steps forward: The Warriors virtually eliminated East Hall from the Region 7 playoff picture with its 6-0 win. White was led by Dalton Whitfield, who got the game’s only touchdown on a 15-yard run in the second quarter. Whitfield rushed for 122 yards on 12 carries. The White defense held East Hall’s Devon Watson to six yards, a week after he’d scored six touchdowns.

North Hall keeps running: The No. 4 Trojans ran for 402 yards before calling off the dogs in a 51-6 win over Dawson County. North Hall has scored 188 points in four games. Zac Little rushed for 199 yards and quarterback Andrew Smith scored four touchdowns.

12 comments Add your comment

Son Of Waco

September 28th, 2013
1:34 am

Buford can be nationally ranked playing 2 schools back to back who haven’t hosted a playoff game in a decade…

Son Of Waco

September 28th, 2013
1:38 am

Towers went 0-10 last year “0-10″ They are what they suppose to be….


September 28th, 2013
7:42 am

Son of Washington County, blah, blah blah. I didn’t know and don’t care whether Buford is Nationally ranked or not. Those type polls are purely subjective anyway. The goal is to win a State Championship, period. Win some playoffs games if you want some later.

Congrats to Towers on showing a lot of improvement since last year. It may not mean anything to most people, but I’m sure it means a lot to the Towers players.

Classic City Fan

September 28th, 2013
5:06 pm

The show Kawon Bryant put on last night was one for the ages! I know there are many good backs in this state, but in my opinion he is at the top of the list!


September 29th, 2013
9:12 am

Son of Waco has been whining for years, but knows nothing about hard work, preparation, great coaching and execution. Do you really think Buford wants to play teams that do not prepare or execute on the field?
The cool thing is that Buford has a tradition of working hard, spending a lot of time preparing for a game and the coaching staff leads them on the field and the whole team executes!

The Truth

September 29th, 2013
7:18 pm

It didn’t hurt that Jackson County turned the ball over 7 times in North Oconee territory to help Bryant score 8 TDs…if he they had a longer field to play on he probably would have rushed for 500 yards. North’s head coach is a real d bag for keeping Bryant in the game that late. If he gets hurt, N Oconee becomes a sub par team with all white kids and will lose in the 1st round of the playoffs as opposed to their traditional 2nd round exit.


September 29th, 2013
9:50 pm

Washington County Is The Best Team IN 3A

Big Fan

September 30th, 2013
5:36 am

They may bump into the best team in AA Friday night in WACO!


September 30th, 2013
6:37 am

North Oconee was losing at the end of the 3rd qtr! Not like it was a blowout till Bryant’s explosion. LATE And that’s exactly what it was.

Hardhat 53

September 30th, 2013
9:18 am

Hardhat 53

September 30th, 2013
9:19 am


October 1st, 2013
7:51 am

Hey Son of Waco!!! I believe your at Lovett this week. That ought to be interesting. Watch Out!!!!