It was former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker who used to say, “The ball ain’t heavy.” But the most carries that Walker ever had in one game was 47.
So what about 56 carries?
Jamarcus Morrissette, a sophomore at Chapel Hill, hit that number last week – averaging 14 attempts per quarter – in a 38-28 victory over B.E.S.T Academy. Morrissette rushed for 385 yards and four touchdowns.
“I honestly had no clue that he had that many touches,” Chapel Hill coach Geoff Pastrick said. “It wasn’t until late Friday night after we got done doing stats that I realized that’s how many carries he had. We run no huddle and had good tempo throughout the game, running 72 offensive plays on the night. The 56 carries is not the norm, and we will definitely not make of habit of it.”
Pastrick said Morrissette has never come close to 50 carries before. He had 17 and 25 attempts the previous two games. Morrissette, who is 6 feet, 185 pounds, has 1,130 yards rushing on the season on 148 carries with 12 touchdowns. He missed the season opener with the flu.
He’s healthy now.
“It was just one of those nights that the offensive line was blocking very well, Jamarcus was running really well and that was what was working for us,” Pastrick said. “Jamarcus has the ability to make people miss and to outrun people once he gets past the linebacker level. He is young and hopefully he will add more power running to his skill set as he gets older and stronger.”
Here are some of the best individual performances from last week:
*Chapel Hill sophomore RB Jamarcus Morrissette rushed for 385 yards on 56 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 38-28 victory over B.E.S.T. Academy.
*Cherokee MLB Brandon Hrouda had 18 tackles, four for losses, one sack and one interception in a 28-21 victory over eighth-ranked Etowah.
*Jackson of Atlanta QB Keenan Moore was 26-of-45 passing for 450 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 35 yards and a touchdown in a 38-0 victory over Douglass.
*Lassiter QB Will Anderson was 26-of-36 passing for 406 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 31-3 victory over Milton. Anderson has thrown 12 TD passes in the past three games.
*Marion County PK/P A.J. Wells made field goals of 47 and 31 yards, kicked five touchbacks, was 3-of-3 on extra points, punted five times for a 43.0 average and put three punts inside the 20-yard line in a 27-25 victory over Dooly County. Two punts went inside the 10-yard line, one that Dooly muffed, leading to the winning touchdown.
Best of the rest
*Aquinas WR Daniel Lindsey had eight receptions for 217 yards and TD receptions of 36 and 53 yards in a 43-14 victory over Wilkinson County.
*Arabia Mountain LB Demetro Stephens had eight solo tackles, four assists, three tackles for losses and a fumble recovery in a 53-7 victory over North Atlanta.
*B.E.S.T. Academy RB Deshawn Waller rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in a 38-28 loss to Chapel Hill. Waller went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season (1,060).
*Blessed Trinity RB Chad Manley rushed for 325 yards and scored six touchdowns in a 42-13 victory over Towers.
*Brooks County QB Malkom Parrish was 11-of-22 passing for 249 yards and rushed for 139 yards on 10 carries and had a hand in four touchdowns in a 42-22 victory over Pelham.
*Cambridge QB Bryan Moore was 21-of-30 passing for 241 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 loss to Creekview.
*Cartersville QB Brooks Barden was 11-of-16 passing for 229 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-16 victory over Gordon Central.
*Colquitt County QB Daniel Mobley matched a career high with four TD passes in a 41-16 victory over Brunswick. He was 13-of-25 for 231 yards.
*Griffin QB Jaquez Parks was 11-of-14 passing for 272 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries in a 55-14 victory over North Clayton.
*Hart County DB/WR Sean Harper scored on an 80-yard punt return, had 149 all-purpose yards, made five tackles and broke up a pass in a 54-14 victory over Jackson County.
*Heard County RB Duranta Dunson scored four touchdowns and rushed for 175 yards on 11 carries in only two quarters of a 56-13 victory over Jordan. Dunson passed 1,000 yards rushing on the season (1,010).
*Irwin County RB Ryan Peterson rushed for 118 yards on five carries, had 110 yards receiving on three catches and scored three touchdowns in a 61-13 victory over Lanier County.
*Jackson of Atlanta WR Orenzo Smith had eight catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 victory over Douglass.
*Jenkins QB Brenden Carter passed for 271 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-40 loss to Effingham County. He had 31 passing attempts and 12 rushing attempts.
*M.L. King DE Arden Key had 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for losses in a 33-14 victory over Lakeside of Atlanta. QB Roland Rivers passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns, two to Romello Shumake, who had nine catches for 157 yards.
*Mary Persons WR Akebren Ralls had six catches for 133 yards and a touchdown, 73 yards rushing and a punt return for 28 yards – giving him 234 all-purpose yards for the game – in a 47-20 victory over Rutland. Ralls has 1,134 all-purpose yards on the season.
*McEachern QB Ty Clemons rushed for 164 yards on nine carries and scored on runs of 85 and 59 yards in a 28-26 loss to North Cobb. Clemons went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season (1,015) and passed for 140 yards.
*Newton CB Steven Montac had five tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery in a 28-21 loss to Rockdale County.
*North Cobb WR Torrance McGee had three receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a 28-26 victory over McEachern. QB Tyler Queen passed for 272 yards and rushed for 90, and RB J’Vonte Herrod had 225 yards from scrimmage.
*Prince Avenue Christian RB Kevon Hutson rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in a 57-7 victory over Hebron Christian.
*Riverside Military QB Colin Pettell was 10-of-10 passing for 338 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-14 victory over Social Circle. WR Raleigh Beougher had five receptions for 211 yards and three touchdowns.
*Savannah Country Day QB Hunter Hatley was 17-of-33 passing for 227 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-33 victory over Claxton. Country Day had lost to Claxton 54-0 and 41-10 the past two seasons.
*Shiloh RB Jeremy McDuffie rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown in a 23-21 victory over Parkview. It was Shiloh’s first victory over Parkview since 1991.
*Southeast Bulloch RB Tyler Epps rushed for 240 yards and scored five touchdowns in the first half in a 43-20 victory over Brantley County.
*South Effingham WR Tyler Hagan had eight receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown and threw a 22-yard pass in a 42-26 loss to Wayne County.
*South Forsyth DB Matt Cira had 11 tackles, seven solo, two interceptions and two pass breakups in a 35-24 victory over Centennial.
*South Paulding QB Chandler Burks passed for 195 yards, threw two TD passes and scored three touchdowns in a 42-13 victory over Hiram.
*St. Pius LB Daniel Crochet and DB Nick Ruffin each had eight solo tackles (16 of the team’s 39) in a 39-12 victory over Cedar Grove. Crochet had three sacks for 15 yards in losses, and Ruffin had one tackle for a loss, an interception that he returned 42 yards and a blocked kick. St. Pius held Cedar Grove to 162 yards of total offense.
*Toombs County RB Jamar Smith rushed for 325 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries in a 34-21 victory over Long County. Smith leads Class AA in rushing with 1,571 yards.
*Towns County RB Jackson Noblet rushed for 336 yards and scored five touchdowns on 12 carries in a 48-10 victory over North Cobb Christian.
*Troup RB/LB Daryl Dunlap rushed for 151 yards, scored three touchdowns and made eight tackles in a 49-6 victory over Columbus.
*Vidalia RB Tra Hardy rushed for 192 yards on 20 carries – pushing him over 1,000 yards for the season (1,081) – and returned a kickoff 75 yards in a 34-27 victory over Bryan County. He scored three touchdowns.
*Westside of Macon RB DeQavius Walker rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in a 20-9 victory over Baldwin.
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