By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here are some highlights from Week 10:
Surprise blowouts. Three games expected to be hotly contested ended in lopsided decisions. No. 5 Johnson County moved to 8-0, 2-0 in Region 3 – Division B, as the Trojans jumped all over No. 8 Emanuel County Institute (5-3, 2-1), 65-29. ECI had won eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 40-0 decision last season on the way to winning the Class A public school state championship. The 65 points tallied by the Trojans was the most points scored by one team in the history of the series, which dates by to 1978. ECI still leads 20-14. The win by Johnson County essentially gives the Trojans the sub region title.
Down in Homerville, No. 10 Clinch County (5-3, 4-0) continued its march back to prominence with an unexpectedly easy 34-7 win over rival Charlton County (5-2, 3-1), which had won nine of the previous 10 meetings between the two schools. Charlton still leads the series, which dates by to 1962, 27-24-1. The win by the Panthers will move them up in the Class A public school power rankings and makes them the odds-on favorite to win the Region 2 title with two games left in the regular season. Clinch County finished 4-6 last season, its worst mark in 27 years.
In Savannah, Calvary Day (6-2, 4-0) turned what was expected to be a tight battle for the Region 3 – Division A title into a 48-6 romp over Claxton (4-4, 2-2). The Cavaliers raced to t 34-0 lead by halftime, with quarterback Michael Peterson, running back Derek Kirkland and receiver Robert Heyward doing most of the damage, according to savannahnow.com. Kirkland had first half touchdown runs of 8, 11 and 16 yards, while Peterson and Heyward hooked up on touchdown passes of 53 and 5 yards.
As good as advertised. Three games were as good as advertised. Mount Pisgah (8-0, 4-0) scored 14 points in the game’s final seven minutes for a 28-24 comeback win over No. 9 Mount Paran (6-2, 3-1), stunning the homecoming crowd in Kennesaw. Leading the way for the Patriots was junior quarterback Aaron Winchester, who drove his team 56 yards in a little over one minute for the winning score, an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ben Miller with :28 seconds remaining in regulation. The win essentially gives the Patriots the Region 6 – Division B championship.
Holy Innocents (5-4, 3-2) bolstered its chances of making the 16-team private school playoff field with a dramatic 17-14 win over Pace Academy (4-4, 1-3). Walker Thomas drilled a 41-yard field goal with :07 seconds left in regulation for the win.
First Presbyterian Day (5-3, 4-1) raced to a 21-0 halftime lead and hung on to edged Wilkinson County (3-5, 2-2) 41-40. In a battle of running vs. passing, the ground game won out as the Vikings rolled up 306 rushing yards, led by quarterback Will McCormick’s 100 yards on 15 carries. Wilkinson County quarterback Devon Dilson completed 28 of 48 passes for 403 yards and three scores, but he also threw four interceptions, one of which was returned 34 yards for a touchdown by O’Showen Williams, late in the second quarter, all according to the Macon Telegraph.