By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Friday night produced some interesting outcomes:
Shockers in north, south Georgia. In the biggest stunner of the night, Claxton (3-2, 1-0) scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to stun Savannah Christian (2-2-1, 0-1), 28-21, and ruin the Raiders’ homecoming. Trailing 14-13 after three quarters, the Tigers got two fourth quarter touchdown runs from QB Cornelius Taylor (16, and 1-yard), and hung on for their first victory over Savannah Christian since 1999. The win ended a seven-game losing streak in the series for Claxton, which now is in the driver’s seat for the Region 3-Division A crown. At the other end of the state, Christian Heritage(5-1, 2-0) won its fifth game in a row in impressive fashion, 35-0 over Gordon Lee (3-2, 0-1). The win for the Dalton-based Lions, in just their third season of competition, sets up a showdown with Darlington next week for the Region 6-Division A lead.
Mt. Pisgah, Mt. Paran on collision course. The two “Mounts” in Region 6-Division B, Mount Paran Christian (5-1, 2-0) and Mount Pisgah Christian (5-0, 1-0), appear to be headed for a huge showdown for the subregion crown when they meet Oct. 25 at Mt. Paran. Mt. Paran kept King’s Ridge Christian (2-4, 1-2) reeling after a 45-3 thumping sent the Tigers to their third loss in a row. The Eagles were led by WR Emoni Williams. The junior had five carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns, two receptions for 68 yards and a score, and had a 38-yard interception return for another touchdown, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. Meanwhile, Mt. Pisgah remained undefeated and improved to 5-0 for the first time in school history with a 47-0 trouncing of Walker, last season’s region champs. The Patriots were led by QB Aaron Winchester, who completed 10-of-13 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.
Hard knock life continues for Mercy. Perhaps no team in the state has had it as tough as Our Lady of Mercy (1-4, 1-1). The combined record of the four teams that have beaten the Bobcats is 23-5. Friday, Mercy led 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter at No. 2 Landmark Christian (6-0, 2-0), but couldn’t hold on as the War Eagles prevailed 17-13.
Pacelli stays unbeaten, flips script in Brookstone rivalry. St. Anne-Pacelli (5-0, 2-0) is 5-0 for the first time since 2007 and got some sweet revenge in the process. The Vikings edged their Columbus private school rivals, Brookstone, 14-7 on Friday behind the efforts of senior QB Wyatt Peterson, who ran 19 times for 124 yards and two scores, including the game winner from 8 yards out with about 3 minutes left in regulation, according to the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer. In a series that dates back to 1972, Pacelli had lost the last eight to Brookstone. The Cougars still lead the series 27-15-1.
Aquinas, Prince Avenue, Seminole County keep rolling. Three teams with state title aspirations kept on chugging Friday. No. 3 Aquinas (5-0, 2-0) stayed undefeated with a 24-0 shutout over Hancock Central (3-2, 1-1), in a tune-up for Thursday’s showdown at Lincoln County (3-1, 2-0) that will go a long way toward deciding the Region 7 champion. No. 7 Prince Avenue Christian (5-1, 2-0) blasted last year’s Region 8 champ, Athens Academy, 41-7, setting up a big game for the Wolverines next week against Commerce (4-2, 2-0). No. 4 Seminole County (5-0, 1-0) looks poised to cruise to its second straight Region 1 title, after a 48-8 demolition of Terrell County (3-2, 1-0).