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Class AAA football roundup

Decatur 47, Therrell 12: At Grady Stadium, the Bulldogs earned their first 2-0 start since 2010. On Decatur’s very first play senior fullback/linebacker Nick Bentley dashed 86 yards for a touchdown, the Bulldogs eventually building a 40-0 halftime lead. Bentley finished with 103 yards total on five carries, all in the first half, scoring three touchdowns, two rushing and another on defense after a recovering a fumble. The loss was Therrell’s 17th in row dating to Sept. 29, 2011.

By Bill Banks, for Score Atlanta/AJC

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MLK 49, Southwest DeKalb 10

M.L. King quarterback Roland Rivers threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers and ran for another in the Class AAAAA No. 5 Lions’ 49-10 win over Southwest DeKalb on Friday.

Passing-wise, the senior was a model of efficiency, putting up the big scoring numbers with just 195 yards on 13-of-16 passing, meaning more than one third of his completions finished in the end zone.

He also posted 50 yards on the ground, most of those coming on a 41-yard touchdown run on which Rivers broke several tackles and was nearly stopped at one point before breaking free and scampering in for the score.

At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, his size is a factor in the passing game, but it was very much on display during the long touchdown run, when tacklers were hanging off him, trying to bring him to the ground.

They’re not the only ones trying in vain to get Rivers to go to the ground, but he doesn’t have it in him to give up on the play.

“My coaches, they always tell me they want me to …

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Lassiter 41, Sprayberry 23

By Rory Sharrock

Lassiter backup quarterback Russ Aarons left his fingerprints and footprints all over the field versus visiting Sprayberry, throwing for one score and rushing for three to lead the Trojans to a 41-23 rout over the Yellow Jackets.

With the win, Lassiter evens its record at 1-1. Sprayberry’s loss drops it to 0-3.

Aarons was superb filling in for injured signal-caller Will Anderson, who was sidelined due to a concussion he suffered in the opener last week against McEachern.

“I came out and wanted to show the coaches what I could do,” said Aarons. “I’m comfortable with our system and the guys. The offensive line did a great job of blocking and the receivers got open for me.”

The Trojans dominated their neighborhood foe in all phases of the game. On offense, they mixed an assortment punishing runs with precision passing to eat up chunks of yardage. On defense, they took advantage of Sprayberry’s one-dimensional running attack by flooding the line and …

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Class AAAAAA football roundup

Mill Creek blasted visiting Brookwood 44-10 in an inter-region Class AAAAAA battle in Gwinnett County. The Hawks (2-0) exploded in the first quarter to a 20-0 lead. By halftime, the lead had ballooned to 34-3.

Mill Creek benefitted from 340 rushing yards while holding Brookwood to just 14 on the ground. The Broncos (0-2) were missing running back Josh Brown, who tore his ACL mid-week and will be out the remainder of the season. The Hawks piled up 470 total yards while limiting Brookwood to 116.

Carter Governale led Mill Creek with 91 rushing yards and touchdown runs of 10 and 26 while DeVozea Felton had 82 yards and an 8-yard score. Quarterback Daniel David completed five of seven passes for 120 yards and a 37-yard touchdown pass.

Alpharetta 36, Harrison 7: Visiting Harrison trailed 9-7 at halftime, and could not stop the Alpharetta passing attack in the second half. Quarterback Vito Priore threw scoring passes to Daniel Clements of eight and 63 yards and one each to James …

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Class AAAAA football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Allatoona 39, Paulding County 0: After holding a 9-0 halftime lead, the visiting Buccaneers pulled away in the second half led by Josh Bettistea. Bettistea had 189 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns. Russell Halimon also added two touchdowns on the ground. The Buccaneers’ defense recorded two safeties and Scott Roembke had an interception in a shutout effort.

Lakeside-DeKalb 30, Dunwoody 12: Host Lakeside-DeKalb used a strong running game to rally past Dunwoody. Kellyen Walker rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns and Brad Earnest added 98 yards for the Vikings. Quarterback Nicholas Alexander completed six of 11 passes for 74 yards including a touchdown throw to Daniel Harper for Lakeside-DeKalb. Defensive back Javarus Wesley intercepted two Dunwoody passes.

Salem 26, Wesleyan 0: Salem limited the Wolves to fewer than 100 yards of total offense to preserve the shutout. The host Seminoles were led on offense by quarterback Licash Lackey, who ran …

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Class AAAA football roundup

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Griffin 35, Northgate 0: The host Bears held a 14-0 lead at the half and ran away with the game in the second half. Miller had two rushing touchdowns and was also the leading rusher. Trey Willis had a long touchdown reception for another score. The Bears held Northgate out of the end zone with a goal-line stand to end the game.

Locust Grove 7, Ola 3: Visiting Locust Grove utilized a 3-yard touchdown run by Tre King to beat Ola in a low-scoring affair. Despite 208 yards of total offense to Ola’s 284, Locust Grove improved its record to 1-1 on the season, while Ola fell to 0-2. Justin Drake caught two passes for 64 yards and also had 28 rushing yards for the visitors.

Riverdale 29, Drew 26: Visiting Riverdale benefitted from a safety off of a blocked punt by Ryan Beasley and fought off a late Drew rally to improve to 2-0. Jordan Metts had two rushing touchdowns and Reshad Canty caught a long touchdown pass to contribute to the win. Isa Muhammed also returned …

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Class AA football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Greater Atlanta Christian 56, Apalachee 14: Greater Atlanta Christian’s rout of visiting Apalachee was led by Micah Abernathy, who rushed five times for 118 yards and a score while also returning a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. Rafe Chapple completed nine of 11 passes for 192 yards and threw touchdowns to Darius Slayton and Chris Williams. The Spartans, who led 49-14 at halftime, also got rushing scores from Ross Wood and Jaelen Venable.

Westminster 24, Laney 6: Rankin Woley rushed for two touchdowns before filling in for injured Jake Forte at quarterback as host Westminster beat Laney for its first win of the season. The Wildcats had a shutout going until Laney scored with four seconds remaining in the game. Nygel Edmonds recovered a blocked punt for another Westminster touchdown and Trey Blasingame added a 49-yard field goal.

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Class A football roundup

By Score Atlanta

Eagle’s Landing Christian 30, Clinch County 0: Eagle’s Landing Christian’s shutout was highlighted when the visitors stopped a Clinch County first-and-goal from the 1-yard line opportunity in the second quarter. The visiting Chargers promptly went 99 yards, a drive capped off by a touchdown pass from Dalton Etheridge to Davis Carrandi. Etheridge threw two scores to Carrandi and added a rushing touchdown. Running back Lane Timpson also scooped up a fumble and scored for the Chargers.

Fellowship Christian 49, Towns County 14: Hunter Bryant threw three touchdown passes, all to Alex Edmonds, to lead visiting Fellowship Christian to its second win of the season, equaling last season’s win total. Travis Kinney added two rushing touchdowns for Fellowship Christian, giving him five scores on the season. Towns County fell to 0-3.

King’s Ridge Christian 38, St. Francis 17: Quarterback Henry Jones completed 15 of 21 passes for 221 yards and threw a pair of …

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St. Pius X 28, North Oconee 23

BOGART – Second-ranked St. Pius beat No. 9 North Oconee 28-23 Friday night in quite a high school football game, but it was an even better matchup of former college teammates as the Golden Lions built a big lead and had to hang on desperately.

North Oconee head coach Terry Tuley played quarterback at Eastern Illinois in the late 1960s and early ’70s, when St. Pius defensive coordinator Jerry Stewart blocked for him as a guard.

Late Friday at North Oconee, they matched wits and the ol’ quarterback had the ol’ guard and his defenders on the run.

St. Pius junior quarterback Joey Connors ran for a score and passed for 139 yards and two touchdowns to Jack Pelt as the Golden Lions (2-0) built a 28-10 lead late in the third quarter.

But the visitors barely won, as Tuley started spreading his receivers out and rolling quarterback Tate Adcock. Only when St. Pius stopped the Titans (0-1) on five goal-to-go tries in the final minute were the Lions victorious.

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Buford 38, Gainesville 14

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Bad news for Class AAA – Defending champion Buford is bigger and better than ever. Just ask defending AAAAA champion Gainesville.

Buford physically dominated the top-ranked Red Elephants in a 38-14 rout on Friday at City Park Stadium.

The Wolves racked up more than 400 yards of offense, 344 coming on the ground. A bevy of talented backs enjoyed gaping holes opened by a mammoth offensive line.

Zavior Hoxie and Joshua Thomas ran for touchdowns, and Cameron Poole caught a touchdown pass from Taylor Mitchell to help Buford build a 24-7 lead at halftime. Thomas Wilson ran for two touchdowns in the second half to put game away, sending Buford to its 12 straight win. Five Buford backs had more than 35 yards rushing, led by Thomas, who finished with 137 yards.

The Wolves’ defense was equally impressive, frustrating Gainesville star quarterback Deshaun Watson with constant pressure up front and solid coverage in the secondary. Watson completed 22 of …

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Norcross 21 Parkview 7

By Robert Haddocks

Josh Boyd ran for two touchdowns and the Norcross defense returned to its familiar form as the Blue Devils beat Parkview 21-7.

The win was the first of the season for the Class AAAAAA defending champions, who were off last week after suffering an embarrassing loss to Booker T. Washington two weeks ago.

The Blue Devils (1-1) started out slowly, but found their offensive rhythm late in the second quarter. They took a 21-0 lead early in the fourth quarter on Boyd’s second touchdown, a 34-yard run that he bounced outside before outrunning defenders to the end zone. The Panthers contained Myles Autry for most of the night, but Boyd finished with 107 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback AJ Bush was proficient in the pocket, completing 11 of 18 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, a 34-yard toss in the third quarter to Clinton Lynch, who got behind the Parkview defense.

Norcross offense was far from scintillating, but it was more than enough as the defense shut down …

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Wheeler 59, Pope 20

Wheeler had almost all of the offense but only a 13-point lead in the first half of its non-region game at Pope on Friday.

Then the Wildcats got all the points in the second half and cruised to a 59-20 victory.

Two weeks after building an early 34-point lead in a 44-14 season-opening victory against Sprayberry, the Wildcats amassed 33 points and 404 yards of total offense in the first half against Pope.

Wheeler led 33-20 entering the third quarter but outscored the Greyhounds 26-0, leading to a running clock in the fourth quarter.

Devontae Jackson and Billy Polakowski scored on short runs, Antoneo West returned a fumble 2 yards for a touchdown and Victor Alves kicked a 42-yard field goal as the Wildcats pulled away.

Wildcats quarterback Elijah Staley finished with 277 yards and three touchdowns passing and rushed for 86 yards and two scores in less than three quarters. His two scoring runs late in the first half helped Wheeler (2-0) remain comfortably in front after the …

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Hughes 35, Luella 0

After a slow start, Langston Hughes found its offensive will and dominated visiting Luella to win its home opener 35-0 Friday night in Fairburn.

Senior running back Keion Davis scored five total touchdowns — three rushing scores in the second quarter and a fourth on special teams before most fans at Panther Stadium were seated. He streaked through a haze left from the pre-game ceremony for a 95-yard kickoff return to put his team ahead just 13 seconds in.

For his fifth score, Davis took a swing pass from quarterback Kinan Humphrey in from 25 yards out midway through the third quarter. By the Panthers’ final possession of the third quarter, Davis was watching from the sidelines.

Going back to the season opener against Creekside, the Marshall commitment has scored all of Hughes’ seven touchdowns so far this season.

“Davis has a lot of special traits,” Hughes head coach Willie Cannon said. “He has to understand that he needs to be patient. We are going to rely on him, and …

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Starr’s Mill 28, Fayette County 26

Starr’s Mill did just enough to survive Fayette County and continue its dominance in the cross-county rivalry.

The Panthers, coming off a blowout loss to North Cobb in their season opener, took a 28-26 win over their cross-county rival behind 122 rushing John Smith and a pair of first-quarter touchdowns from Seth White.

Fayette County missed a chance to steal the win in the final minute when Desmond Fletcher dropped a sure touchdown pass on third down. Starr’s Mill got a stop on fourth down and was able to run out the clock.

“You could say it was a gift,” said Starr’s Mill coach Chad Phillips, whose club amassed 321 total yards. “Just watching the game, they had a hard time stopping us.”

Fayette (0-2) suffered its 13th loss in 14 games against Starr’s Mill despite 193 yards passing from quarterback Daveion Nash, whose yardage included a 91-yard second-period touchdown pass to Ashton Jackson.

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Milton 56, Johns Creek 13

JOHNS CREEK – Though his services weren’t as much needed Friday night as the week before, Treyvon Paulk was more than happy to “volunteer” them.

The Milton Eagles senior running back and University of Tennessee commit had another monster night, but it was the Eagles’ defense that led them to a 56-13 win over Johns Creek in a battle of AAAAAA rivals.

Paulk rushed for 102 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries – including 76 yards and three scores in the first half – for the Eagles (2-0). This followed his performance from a week ago, when he rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner in an overtime victory against Alpharetta.

He didn’t need a clutch moment against Johns Creek though. The Milton defense helped to make sure of it in the first half, forcing two safeties and a fumble while holding the Gladiators to 12 yards of offense. With a 35-0 lead through two quarters, the game was all but decided by halftime and a running clock was …

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