Looks like No. 3 Washington County settled the matter of supremacy in Region 3-AAA win its 40-0 win over No. 6 Jefferson County on Friday. The dominance continued until the score required a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Washington County’s defense produced two quick scores in the first quarter on a blocked punt and an interception return. The Hawks also converted a fake punt and fell on an onside kick.
Melvin Hill led the Washington County offense with 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Here’s what else we learned Friday night:
Peach County may be back: It’s about time Peach County got back in the game. The Trojans have fought past a 1-2 start against a difficult schedule and Friday improved their record to 4-2 by whipping Jackson 51-16. The Region 2-AAA title could again come down to a showdown between Peach County and Carver. Nick Searcy and Keshawn Lowe combined to run for 186 yards for Peach. Searcy ran for three touchdowns. Quarterback Greg Williams threw for a touchdown and ran for another.
Peach must still content with surging Pike County, which blasted Southwest Macon 48-0. The Pirates got 103 yards passing and two touchdowns from quarterback Tyler Gregory and improved to 3-4.
Region 6 is a mess: No. 10 Blessed Trinity lost 31-28 in overtime to Decatur. Woodward Academy smacked Towers 43-7, and Cedar Grove crushed McNair 48-21. Region-leading St. Pius was idle.
Decatur (5-2) got the signature win it has needed when Nathan Tumperi kicked a 33-yard field goal to win the game in double overtime. Decatur tied the score at 21 with 1:56 on the clock when Devontae Carter hit Dennis Bell for an 85-yard touchdown pass. The win puts the Bulldogs back in the playoff picture. The loss means Blessed Trinity (3-3) may need to run the table, which includes games against No. 8 St. Pius and Cedar Grove to end the season.
Cedar Grove (6-1) beat neighbor rival McNair for its sixth straight win. But the Saints close the season with powerhouse teams St. Pius, Woodward and Blessed Trinity. The Saints hold the tiebreaker over Decatur.
Woodward Academy (5-2) won its second straight. Marcus Hyatt gained 77 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries to lead the War Eagles. Terry Googer rushed for a 10-yard score and threw a touchdown pass to Jacob Robertson.
No. 1 Buford takes it easy: After three straight 63-0 wins, the Wolves only beat White County 42-6. Thomas Wilson had touchdown runs of 13 and 41 yards and caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Montgomery VanGorder, who also threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Korie Rogers. The Wolves led 35-0 at halftime and 42-0 after three quarters before White County scored with 1:32 remaining.
More points for North Hall: The No. 4 Trojans (6-0) beat Fannin County 62-7 and has now scored at least 50 points in four of their last five games. Quarterback Andrew Smith threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Brannon Dyer ran for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass. Zac Little led North’s 443-yard rushing attack with 85 yards.