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Poll Talk: Lamar County is new No. 1 in AA

Highlights/observations of the latest rankings –

- North Gwinnett’s victory last week, over Norcross, was the first by a No. 1 team in the highest class this season. That’s really just two losses (Norcross, Colquitt County), although Lovejoy was the highest-ranked team on the schedule the week before at No. 2 when the Wildcats lost to Colquitt County.

- Norcross, nationally ranked in preseason, is unranked in September, at 1-2.

- Four teams from Region 1 are ranked in AAAAAA. None is Lowndes.

- M.L. King, formerly No. 4 in AAAAA, is out of the rankings after losing to Mays. Creekside joins the Top 10. Creekside is very talented with the Berry twins and others, but from a human-interest perspective, it’s nice to see the Seminoles start 3-0 (avenging two 2012 losses) in the wake of the tragic death of De’Antre Turman before the opener. Kudos to first-year coach Olten Downs, who did great work at Riverdale before coming to Creekside.

-Marist is out of the Top 10 after the …

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Saturday football scores

By Score Atlanta

Cedar Grove 39, Redan 7

Douglass 26, McNair 14

Druid Hills 34, Therrell 28

Jordan 14, Temple 13

Mays 36, M.L. King 28

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Mays upsets No. 4 M.L. King 36-28, ends MLK’s 19-game region win streak

Region 6-AAAAA isn’t the three-horse race that some thought.

Mays, a team that lost its opener to Carver, shocked fourth-ranked M.L. King, the defending region champion, 36-28 on Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in Class AAAAA – Tucker and Stephenson – remained unbeaten in region play.

Mays’ Kessely Tyler scored three touchdowns, and his last one gave Mays a 21-6 lead in the second quarter. Tyshawn Brown caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Ayinde Russell midway in the fourth quarter for a 36-20 lead.

M.L. King got within 36-28 but didn’t mount a serious threat after that.

‘’It was bittersweet,’’ said Mays coach Corey Jarvis, who was M.L. King’s coach from 2005, when the school opened, to 2009 and compiled a record of 49-11. “I saw a lot of kids that I knew on that team. A couple of them were ball boys and I used to work out with them in the seventh grade. It was different beating them. But our kids played well. We played as a team.’’

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North Gwinnett 36, Norcross 17

NORCROSS – The No. 1-ranked North Gwinnett Bulldogs needed something extra if they were going to get past their rival, No. 6-ranked Norcross. They found it in receiver Nate Brown.

Brown caught four touchdowns and 10 passes for 179 yards as the Bulldogs dominated the second half en route to a 36-17 victory in a crucial Region 7-AAAAAA game.

Brown used his speed to create separation for wide open touchdown catches for the Bulldogs (3-0), and the Blue Devils (1-2) never adjusted, oftentimes leaving him in single coverage. North Gwinnett quarterback Hayden Sphire finished 19 of 30 with 271 yards and the four touchdowns to Brown.

Norcross opened the game on a 14-0 run and led 17-10 at halftime. As effective as Brown was, the Bulldogs defense also played a big role, shutting out the Blue Devils in the second half. The Bulldogs defense – led by top recruit Dante Sawyer – effectively pressured Blue Devils quarterback A.J. Bush, forcing him out of the pocket to make ill-advised passes. …

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Hillgrove 21, Marietta 13

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Hillgrove erased a 13-7 third-quarter deficit and scored the game’s final 14 points to get past visiting Marietta 21-13 in a Region 4-AAAAAA battle. The victorious Hawks were led by Richardre Bagley, who scored bookend rushing touchdowns—a 3-yarder in the first quarter to put his team ahead 7-0 and the game-winner from five yards out with 4:01 remaining. Bagley finished the night with 19 carries for 62 yards and three touchdowns.

KirVonte Benson helped Marietta to a mid-game surge that started with 10 unanswered points in the second quarter. Benson rushed for a 39-yard touchdown and ended up with 89 yards on 14 carries. Ian Shannon kicked a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 29-yarder in the third for the Blue Devils.

Hillgrove’s defensive effort included interceptions by Justin Denton and Eric Jackson. Denton halted a Marietta second-quarter drive by picking off quarterback Brenton Martin in the endzone. Martin completed 12 of 27 …

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Lovett 41, Marist 38

Willie Candler’s 2-yard score in the second overtime led visiting Lovett over Marist 41-38 at Hughes Spalding Stadium Friday night in Atlanta.

In the meantime the Class AA Lions snapped what may be the most unique streak in Georgia high school football. In 29 years as Marist coach Alan Chadwick had never lost consecutive regular-season games before the last two weeks. Marist lost at Thomas County Central last week, and the Lions put up five touchdowns after halftime to push the Class AAAA No. 5 War Eagles to 1-2.

“This is one you will remember for a long time,” Lovett coach Mike Muschamp told his players in the post-game huddle. “Five years from now, 10 years from now, you will still be talking about this one.”

After Joey Gogel hit a 31-yard field goal to give Marist a 38-35 lead. Candler, who finished the game 13-of-26 passing, 201 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, converted third down to force first-and-goal, then ran in on third down to secure the win.

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Kell 35, Lassiter 20

Jay Moxey provided Kell with the hot start and the strong finish and did a lot of the dirty work in between, leading the Longhorns to a 35-20 victory against east Cobb rival Lassiter at home on Friday.

Moxey’s interception and 21-yard return of a Will Anderson pass on the third play of the game set Kell up on the 19-yard line and led to a 40-yard field goal by Cameron Massung with 9:25 to play in the first quarter that gave the Longhorns a 3-0 lead they never relinquished.

Moxey’s second interception stopped Lassiter’s final drive at the Kell 15-yard line with 27 seconds remaining in the game.

The 5-foot-7, 165-pound senior also scored two of the Longhorns’ four touchdowns. His 1-yard run on the fourth play of the second quarter gave Kell a 13-3 lead, and his 17-yard scoring run with 1:41 to play provided the final score of the night and essentially put the game away.

Lassiter trailed 28-10 entering the fourth quarter and eventually cut the lead to 28-20, but the Trojans’ …

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Grayson 34 Parkview 10

By Robert Haddocks

After scoring a total of six points in its first two games, Grayson relied on a “relentless” running game and pounded Parkview 34-10 in the region opener for both teams.

Grayson (1-2) rolled up 365 yards rushing, led by Aares McCall with 174 and Cameryn Brent with 117. Mohamed Barry, pitched in with 89 yard and two touchdowns before leaving with a shoulder injury early in the second half.

“The offensive line definitely won the battles up front tonight,” said Grayson coach Mickey Conn. “The running backs were relentless the way they ran the football. The idea was to come in and run the football and that’s what our running backs and offensive line did.”

The win was a huge confidence boost for the Rams, who were determined to not start the season 0-3 after losses to two of the best teams in the state (Colquitt and North Gwinnett). Parkview, a playoff team last season, falls to 0-3, 0-1 in Region 8-AAAAAA. The Panthers previous losses were to ranked teams, …

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Class AAAAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Archer 25, Brookwood 20: Quarterback Gabe Tiller paced the Archer offense completing 26 of 40 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Connor Redmond caught nine passes for 104 yards and a score. Kyle Davis hauled in Tiller’s other touchdown throws. Duane Lee ran for Archer’s other score. Visiting Brookwood rallied late, but its final three drives were ended by Archer interceptions.

Berkmar 29, Shiloh 14: In a battle of two Gwinnett unbeatens, host Berkmar’s defense prevented another record-setting night for Shiloh quarterback Wil Larimore and running back Charles Shavers. Jaquan Morris threw two touchdown passes for Berkmar. Rashad Hall and Kaleb Catching added rushing touchdowns for the victorious Patriots.

Chattahoochee 37, Douglas County 26: The host Cougars used a trio of players and a balanced attack to improve to 2-1. Quarterback Taz Wilson completed 11 of 15 passes for 205 yards and three scores. All three of his touchdown passes went to …

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Class AAAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Allatoona 45, Rome 14: Josh Bettistea had more than 200 yards rushing and scored on a 55-yard touchdown in the opening moments of the third quarter to lead the visiting Buccaneers. Frank Griffin was equally as effective for Rome, scoring on an 80-yard run to keep the game close in the first half.

Clarke Central 27, Loganville 17: Jaqua Daniels ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including one with 3:50 left to play, to help Clarke Central hold off host Loganville. Gladiators quarterback Cameron Johnson was 9-of-16 passing for 111 yards and a 45-yard touchdown to Austin Johnson, and place kicker Matt Ward made field goals of 35 and 26 yards.

Creekside 33, Tri-Cities 17: Visiting Creekside started the scoring on its first offensive play with an 89-yard touchdown run by Evan Berry, his only carry of the game. Bricen Terry rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and Dexter Knox added a touchdown run. Jayson Stanley led Creekside with 51 receiving yards and a …

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Class AAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carrollton 42, Calhoun 7: The host Trojans rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead as Malik Sheppard returned an interception 37 yards for a score in the first quarter, then rushed for a 14-yard touchdown in the second. Carrollton racked up 211 total yards by intermission. The Trojans nabbed three interceptions and totaled 335 yards. Carrollton’s Trey Chivers rushed for 78 yards and two scores.

Griffin 38, Jonesboro 0: Griffin raced to a 31-0 lead as it put away host Jonesboro early. The Bears were led by quarterback Jaquez Parks, who rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns while also passing for 159 yards and another score. Christian Owens hauled in a 25-yard scoring strike from Parks. Devonta Freeman added a touchdown run and Noah Flowers had an interception in the shutout.

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Lovejoy 24, Alpharetta 23

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Jordan Collier returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and broke up a potential go-ahead two-point conversion with 27 seconds left, helping No. 4 Lovejoy escape with a 24-23 win at Alpharetta.

The Wildcats (2-1) forced eight turnovers, including two interceptions from Collier, to bounce back from last week’s loss to Colquitt County.

All five Alpharetta fumbles occurred in Lovejoy territory, with two of Vito Priorie’s three interceptions coming at the goal line. Priore, making his first varsity start, threw for 429 yards, but his last pass on the two-point conversion fell incomplete, ending a wild game.

Elijah Burnette scored two short touchdown runs in the second half, including a 1-yard plunge with 27 seconds to play. The Raiders converted two fourth downs on the drive, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Alpharetta (1-2) jumped out to a 7-3 lead on a 22-yard pass from Priorie to Lem Cobbs and was threatening at the Lovejoy 6. But …

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Sandy Creek 54, East Coweta 35

Returning to the scene of their last regular-season loss, the Sandy Creek Patriots quickly erased any thoughts of a repeat defeat.

The Patriots (2-0-1) won 54-35 after sprinting to a 28-0 first-quarter lead, extending their regular-season unbeaten streak to 42 games.

Fans and coaches on both sides sported gray shirts in memory of East Coweta cheerleader Madeline McTier, who died earlier this week after a battle with brain cancer. The fence surrounding the field was adorned with pink tributes, and the East Coweta students held a vigil after the game.

Sandy Creek rolled up 469 total yards behind quarterback Cole Garvin, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Delvin Weems rushed for 121 yards and Eric Swinney added 87 rushing yards while scoring four total touchdowns.

All of that offset a 208-yard passing performance by East Coweta quarterback Bryce Gemmel, who connected for three touchdowns. E.J. Ransom caught four passes for 119 yards and a pair of …

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Class AAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Buford 63, Hancock Central 0: Hancock Central completed a 68-yard pass on the first play from scrimmage, but that was basically all the visitors could muster. Despite the big play, Hancock Central netted just 43 yards of total offense. Montgomery VanGorder and Tre’ Neal each threw a touchdown pass, and Evyn Cooper returned a Hancock Central punt for a touchdown for the Wolves.

Cartersville 41, Rockmart 0: Visiting Cartersville scored on its first offensive possession with a 41-yard Brandon Long touchdown. Long added another touchdown in the opening quarter with a 68-yard run. Cartersville quarterback Brooks Barden threw two touchdowns to Gordon Gray and four total in the opening half to give the Hurricanes a 41-0 lead at the half.

Decatur 14, Greenville 7: At Greenville’s Coverson Stadium, fullback Nick Bentley spurted four yards untouched through a gaping left-side opening with 4:01 left to give Decatur its victory. Bentley’s touchdown culminated a 16-play, …

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Class AA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Class AA

Greater Atlanta Christian 45, Chamblee 0: Quarterback Rafe Chapple led host GAC with a 15-of-22 passing performance with 270 yards and three touchdowns, with one going to leading receiver Chris Williams (eight receptions for 100 yards). Running back Micah Abernathy rushed 18 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The GAC defense held Chamblee to 87 total yards of offense.

Westminster 24, Thomasville 14: Filling in at quarterback for the injured Jake Forte, Rankin Woley rushed for two second-half touchdowns and a two-point conversion to help visiting Westminster overcome Thomasville. The Wildcats mustered only a safety on a bad punt snap in the first half and trailed 7-2 at the break before scoring 17 unanswered points. Zay Malcome rushed for the first touchdown of his career, from nine yards out, in Westminster’s victory.

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