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.