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Poll Talk: North Gwinnett ascends to No. 1; Sandy Creek holds top spot despite tie

- North Gwinnett is the new No. 1 team in Class AAAAAA, jumping Colquitt County (24-10 loser to Hoover) and Lovejoy (blowout winner over Munday’s Mill).

- This is North Gwinnett’s first No. 1 ranking by the AJC since the 9-0 start in 2006. North Gwinnett was upended that season in Game 10 by Norcross, which is North’s next opponent on Sept. 13.

- Don’t like to let a  No. 3 jump a No. 2 (Lovejoy), but it’s hard to ignore North’s impressive wins – blowouts of Camden County and Grayson.

- No. 2 Lovejoy plays at No. 4 Colquitt County on Friday. Was Colquitt’s ‘punished’ enough for losing to Hoover?

- Speaking of little punishment, Sandy Creek remained No. 1 in AAAA despite the 27-27 tie to Plant of Tampa. Two reasons – SC was a dominant state champ last  year, with solid wins over No. 2 Carrollton and No. 3 Burke County, and is thoroughly loaded again. Plant is the No. 3 team in Florida’s preseason Class 8A rankings. (Plant’s loss to Godby was a preseason game, btw.) Plant would …

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Stephenson 29, Norland 12

By Mark Brock

DeKalb County Schools Athletics

Dallas Rivers rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns to lead Stephenson to a 29-12 victory over Norland of Miami on Saturday at Hallford Stadium in theBattle of the Borders Showdown.
Most of the first half was a defensive struggle with neither team able to
advance much past midfield until the final 2:31 of the half.

Stephenson struck first as sophomore Khalil Ladler returned a punt 20
yards to the Norland 19 after Stephenson had pinned the Vikings
inside their 10.

Two plays later Rivers, who was named the game MVP, went 10 yards for the touchdown and Wisdom Nzidee hit the first of three extra points for a 7-0 Jaguar lead with 1:42 left
in the half.

Norland answered with a special teams return of its own as Cede Miller
returned the kickoff to the Stephenson 9-yard line to put the Vikings
in scoring position just before the half. Quarterback Taron James hit the
first of his two touchdown passes on the first play after the return …

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M.L. King 41, Ely 15

By Mark Brock

DeKalb County Schools Athletics

Wesley Green had a pair of interceptions and a 48-yard punt return and was named game MVP
in leading M.L. King to a 41-15 victory over Blanche Ely in the opening game of the Battle of the
Borders Showdown on Saturday at Hallford Stadium.

Stephenson beat Norland 29-12 in the second game.

MLK’s Jamel Smith, who had two touchdowns in the game, had a one-yard touchdown
run with 3:27 left in the first quarter to put the Lions up 7-0 following
Dwane Taylor’s point after went through the uprights.

Green, a South Carolina commit, then struck as the Lions’ defense forced
Ely (1-1) to punt for the third consecutive time and second time from
inside their own 15. Green fielded the punt at the Ely 48-yard-line, broke
a pair of initial tackle attempts and raced down the left side for the
touchdown and a 14-0 Lions lead with 1:33 to play in the first quarter.

Ely’s LaDerrick Smith got outside on the ensuing kickoff and returned it
83 …

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McEachern 42, Lassiter 28

Quarterback Ty Clemons ran for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead McEachern to a 42-28 victory over Lassiter in the second game of the Battle of the Big Chicken doubleheader Friday at McEachern.

McEachern (2-0) scored on its first two possessions of the third quarter to take control of a game that was tied 21-21 at halftime. Clemons scored on an 18-yard run with 8:46 to play in the quarter, and Ryan Sherman had a 12-yard touchdown run a little less than two minutes later.

McEachern led 21-7 early in the second quarter, but Lassiter (0-1) scored two touchdowns in the final 6:08 of the half. Will Anderson threw a touchdown pass to Lane Jackman on the first play after an interception by Clay Roelle set the Trojans up at the McEachern, and John Corley tied it with a 3-yard run with seven seconds to play in the half.

Clemons scored on a 42-yard run and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Artise Clark in the first half.

Lassiter – 7-14-0-7 – 28

McEachern – 14-7-14-7 …

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Carver-Atlanta 20, Mays 19

When Corey Jarvis took the helm as Mays head coach, his first goal was to return the Raiders to its place among Atlanta’s winningest programs.

The program had not slipped much, but a 5-5 regular season and no playoffs in 2012 was enough for a change at the top. Carver-Atlanta provided a proper measuring stick before the Raiders begin play in Region 6-AAAAA, regarded by some as the state’s best league.

The Raiders showed some work is needed to compete against DeKalb powers Tucker, Stephenson and M.L. King. Mays struggled offensively and Carver took advantage of special teams mistakes to win 20-19 at Lakewood Stadium Friday night.

“We can’t play the way we played tonight and expect to win football games,” Jarvis said. “This is not the brand of football we teach.”

Carver capitalized on an early Mays miscue when junior tailback Charlie Patrick scored on a 6-yard run with 5:14 left in the first quarter. Three plays before, Mays lost a fumble at its own 23 and Patrick scored on …

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Class A football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Fellowship Christian 41, Lakeview Academy 14: On the first play from scrimmage, tailback Travis Kinney recovered a fumble in the end zone that gave host Fellowship Christian a 7-0 lead. Kinney also contributed on offense by scoring two touchdowns on the ground. Fellowship wide receiver Alex Edmonds caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hunter Bryant that gave the Paladins a 21-0 halftime lead.

Holy Innocents’ 17, Wesleyan 14: Visiting Holy Innocents’ overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit to defeat Wesleyan. Running back Conner Dolan of Holy Innocents’ scored two rushing touchdowns on eight carries while rushing for 39 yards. Kicker Walker Thomas nailed a 40-yarder in the second quarter for the visiting team.

King’s Ridge 34, Pinecrest Academy 10: Austin Hennings and Connor Henderson each scored two touchdowns for visiting King’s Ridge. Hennings caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Henry Jones and returned a fumble for a score. Henderson …

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Class AAAAA football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Allatoona 50, Woodland-Bartow: Allatoona quarterback Conner Larson connected with D.J. Ezell on two touchdown passes and Conner ended the game with 65 total yards. Allatoona running backs Josh Bettistea and Ryan Halimon combined for 229 yards and four touchdowns. Bettistea led the team with 144 yards rushing.

Gainesville 58, West Forsyth 28: Record-setting quarterback Deshaun Watson had another big night for visiting Gainesville. Watson threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Watson also added 70 yards and a score on the ground. Wide receiver Jay Gaudlock caught 10 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown.

Heritage-Conyers 14, Northgate 7: Visiting Heritage-Conyers beat Northgate in a closely contested game Friday night. Heritage scored off a 20-yard C.J. Stone rushing touchdown, and the game remained tied up until the final seconds of the game. Heritage’s Ryan Sutton had a quarterback sneak in the last 15 seconds for the game-winning score.

McIntosh 55, …

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Milton 31, Alpharetta 24 (OT)

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Treyvon Paulk scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift Milton past Alpharetta, 31-24, Friday at the Eagles’ field.

Paulk scored on a 7-yard touchdown run on the first possession of overtime, and Michael Collins recovered a fumble on Alpharetta’s first play of its overtime possession to seal the win for Milton.

The first half was full of big plays. Paulk has 208 of his 233 yards in the first half. The senior, who is committed to Tennessee, scored on Milton’s first play from scrimmage, an 85-yard sprint down the sideline.

Alpharetta answered with long touchdown passes from Austin King. King, a junior making his first varsity start, threw a 72-yard touchdown to Daniel Clements and an 80-yard touchdown to Andre Harton with a minute left before halftime.

But that was enough time for Paulk to break off another long run, this time racing for 45 yards to put the Eagles up 24-13 at the half.

It’s the second win in a …

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Peachtree Ridge 28 Parkview 14

By Robert Haddocks

Peachtree Ridge returned two fourth-quarter interceptions for touchdowns to beat Parkview 28-14 in the Lions’ home opener.

The game was tied 14-14 entering the final quarter, but within a three-minute span, Travis Bowers and Nick Glass took overthrown passes and raced into the end zone. From there, the Lions simply handed the ball to Jordan Ellis, who ran out the clock. Ellis finished with a game-high 123 yards rushing.

Peachtree Ridge, which beat Walton last week, improves to 2-0. The Lions were 4-6 last season.  Parkview, which advanced to the state quarterfinals last year, is 0-1.

The Lions forced three turnovers on the night and that was the difference. Their second touchdown of the game came after they recovered a fumble by Parkview’s Laronn Veal. One play later, Ellis burst up the middle 35 yards for the touchdown and a 14-7 lead.

Entering the contest with one game already under its belt, Peachtree Ridge was a bit sharper than Parkview. Justin …

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North Gwinnett 35, Grayson 0

LOGANVILLE – Two things were confirmed Friday at Britt-Moody Field with the North Gwinnett Falcons’ 35-0 victory over the Grayson Rams. First, North Gwinnett – ranked No. 3 in AAAAAA – is a legit contender for a state title. Second, Grayson has fallen from the ranks of elite status, a luxury it has enjoyed the past six seasons.

The Bulldogs (2-0) jumped out to an early 16-0 lead thanks to three scores in a 1-minute span in the first quarter, highlighted by an Avery Elford safety, a 28-yard touchdown pass by Hayden Sphire to Nate Brown and a 52-yard interception return by Jaye Stackhouse.

The Bulldogs led 19-0 at halftime and 35-0 after three quarters, which led to a running clock in the fourth quarter.

Sphire, a first-year starting senior, completed 12 of his 26 passes for 115 yards and his main target, Brown, caught 6 passes for 72 yards. The Bulldogs relied almost solely on the passing game, gaining just 8 yards on three carries though the first three quarters. …

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St. Pius X 27, Westminster 13

For three quarters Friday night, St. Pius X dominated Westminster before things got dicey and the Golden Lions held on for a 27-13 win in which special teams were critical.

St. Pius (1-0) eased to a 24-0 halftime lead, and went up 27-0 in the third quarter on Thomas O’Leary’s second field goal. Then, Westminster sophomore utility man Rankin Woley scored two touchdowns in the final period to pull the visitors close.

Good thing the Golden Lions have O’Leary, a special teams plan and senior wingback/cornerback Jack Pelt.

St. Pius scored first when junior linebacker/fullback Forrest Whitlark blocked Westminster’s first punt, and then scooped it up to score on a 32-yard play. Add field goals of 22 and 47 yards by O’Leary, factor in a missed PAT after the Wildcats’ final score, and you have the margin – 14 points.

“Every [O'Leary] kickoff but one was in the end zone, we punted the ball well, we didn’t let them get any returns,” said St. Pius X coach Paul Standard, whose team …

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Cedar Grove 20, Columbia 12

It’s fitting it basically ended on a penalty.

In a game mired by 280 penalty yards, Antonio Holloway’s 15-yard touchdown catch at the final horn was called back for illegal touching, leaving Cedar Grove with a 20-12 win over Columbia.

The Eagles’ offense hadn’t moved the ball much all night until the final possession, starting at their own 39-yard line with 2:04 left and marching methodically toward what could have been a tying touchdown.

Ten plays later, Columbia quarterback Andre Brown spiked the ball to stop the clock with 2.4 seconds left at the Cedar Grove 15, setting up what figured to be the final play.

He threw a short outlet pass to Holloway on the right sideline, and Holloway sidestepped two defenders, then leaped into the end zone, seemingly setting up a two-point conversion play that could send the game to overtime.

But the side judge immediately threw a flag and called Holloway for illegal touching, as his right foot landed just out of bounds a step prior …

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Class AAAA football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carrollton 35, Oxford (Ala.) 14: Carrollton scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to break the game open as the Trojans led 28-7 at the half. Despite the lopsided score, Oxford actually outgained Carrollton 367-293, but was undone by three interceptions. Four Carrollton rushers scored touchdowns.

Carver-Atlanta 20, Mays 19: Carver defeated Mays thanks to strong special teams and timely defensive play in a game played at Lakewood Stadium. Carver’s special teams blocked two blocked extra points and the defense recorded a safety.

Eagle’s Landing 41, Ola 10: Host Eagle’s Landing outscored Ola 28-0 after its 13-10 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Corey Holloway scored a 15-yard touchdown, and the Eagles added a Bradley Dewberry interception return for a touchdown and two Sedrick Palmer rushing scores in the fourth.

Griffin 59, Dutchtown 35: Visiting Griffin scored 35 points in the opening half and added its final two scores in the third quarter. …

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Class AA football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Greater Atlanta Christian 41, Savannah 6: Visiting GAC used 375 total yards including 129 passing by quarterback Rafe Chapple. The Spartans led 27-0 at the half.

Lovett 14, Blessed Trinity 3: Lovett, from Class AA, defeated host Blessed Trinity, from Class AAA, to improve to 2-0 on the season despite trailing 3-0 at the half.

A 95-yard punt return for a touchdown by Grant Haley turned the tide in Lovett’s favor in the third quarter and put the Lions up 7-3. After losing the lead, Blessed Trinity fumbled on its first play from scrimmage on its own 29. Lovett capitalized on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Willie Candler to Jack McGranahan with 33 seconds left in the period.

The Lions rushed and passed for 105 yards. Jay Harris led the Lions with 91 rushing yards. Lovett held Blessed Trinity to 193 total yards. Candler completed six of 13 passes for 105 yards.

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Class AAA football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Class AAA

B.E.S.T. Academy 48, Cross Keys 0: Visiting B.E.S.T. Academy held Cross Keys scoreless in the first half with a 21-0 lead. The Eagles’ defense kept Cross Keys in check by holding the Indians to less than 50 yards on the ground.

Buford 46, Elbert County 7: Six different players found the endzone for host Buford. In the first quarter, Josh Thomas scored on a 13-yard score and Donte’ Gordon added a 5-yard touchdown run to close the first quarter. Thomas Wilson scored a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and the Wolves’ defense forced an Elbert County safety. Matthew Bonadies added a 28-yard field goal to make it 26-0. Sophomore Isaac Notta caught a 15-yard pass from Taylor Mitchell and Steven Reece caught a 45-yard pass from Montgomery VanGorder. Evan Cooper scored Buford’s final touchdown on a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Jackson-Atlanta 40, Therrell 6: Quarterback Keenan Moore connected with wide receiver Quintavious Monday on …

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