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AAAAAA roundup

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Alpharetta 41, Centennial 23: It was a shootout between quarterbacks as Alpharetta’s Joshua Dobbs threw four touchdown passes in the Raiders’ fifth straight win. Centennial’s Chase Rosenberg was able to get the Knights within 11 on two long touchdown throws in the third quarter, but Dobbs hit his fourth on an 81-yarder to Blake Rowlinson late in the third. The Knights lost for the first time in four games.

Central Gwinnett 37, Dacula 20: Visiting Central Gwinnett held 15-14 lead at the half until pulling away in the second half. Eman Westmoreland threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns to lead Central Gwinnett. Justin Brownlee had eight receptions for 160 yards, two scores and also added an 18-yard touchdown run. Nate Hartford carried the ball three times for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

Chattahoochee 48, Lambert 14: Travis Marshall threw for 277 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown pass to Avery Ward, and ran for a 6-yard touchdown. C.J. Leggett had scoring …

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Allatoona 56, North Paulding 21: Visiting Allatoona ran its way past North Paulding. Josh Bautista had 28 carries for 344 yards and two scores. T.J. Herron added three touchdowns on 16 carries for 123 yards. Quarterback Jeremy Uzee threw for 174 yards and a touchdown while also scoring two touchdowns with his legs.

Kell 31, Pope 3: Host Kell scored the game’s first 17 points in a battle of East Cobb rivals. Quarterback Matthew McGuigan was nearly perfect, connecting on 15 of 22 passes for 225 yards and a 35-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Langley. Langley also scored on a 9-yard run. Khalil Bell and Jamari Moore also ran for Kell touchdowns.

Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 31, Forest Park 17: Visiting Forest Park held the game close in the first half with a halftime score of 13-7. Mt. Zion-Jonesboro pulled away in the second half with two touchdowns from Montel Buchanan. Chris Hudley added two touchdowns, one receiving and one on a punt return. Deon Dawson also rushed for a …

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Lithonia 8, Redan 6: Frank Turner threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Micah Stewart in the third quarter for host Lithonia’s only touchdown. On the 2-point conversion, Clark Jones Jr. ran it in to take an 8-0 lead. Redan threatened to tie in the fourth quarter with a 2-point try of its own, but defensive end David Johnson, a South Carolina commit who also had two sacks, made a tackle for loss to preserve the lead.

Marist 24, Chamblee 0: Visiting Marist controlled the pace of the game against previously unbeaten Chamblee, led by a 19-yard score from Griffin King. Marist also got touchdowns from Patrick Anhut, on a 15-yard pass from Myles Willis, and Steven Wallace on a 2-yard run. With the win, Marist takes over sole possession of first place in Region 6-AAAA from Chamblee.

Stockbridge 35, Locust Grove 0: Stockbridge jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and coasted from there to defeat Locust Grove. Trenton Earl rushed for two touchdowns, Malik …

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AAA roundup

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Buford 49, East Hall 6: Host East Hall managed just 171 total yards of offense in the loss. Zavior Hoxie rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and caught a 26-yard score from Montgomery VanGorder. Quinn Davis led Buford’s ground attack with two rushing touchdowns. The visitors also scored on defense when Donte Gordon recovered an East Hall fumble in the end zone.

Cedar Grove 47, Woodward Academy 14: Joknathon McCrary threw three touchdowns and rushed for two more to lead Cedar Grove past Woodward. McCrary scored each of the victors’ first two touchdowns on the ground before a Daletavius McGhee 74-yard fumble return made it 20-7. Deion Sellers had a receiving touchdown and an 81-yard rushing score for host Cedar Grove.

Jackson-Atlanta 22, Haralson County 20: Jackson quarterback Shadricus Ferguson rushed 15 times for 170 yards and two scores and also threw for a touchdown. Host Jackson totaled 275 total yards, including 204 on the ground. Quintavious Monday clinched the …

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AA roundup

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Greater Atlanta Christian 42, Wesleyan 14: Quarterback Rafe Chapple led host Greater Atlanta Christian with his arm and his legs. Chapple threw a pair of touchdown passes, one each to Chris Williams and Peter Whiteneck. Chapple also ran for a pair of scores. Touchdown runs by Micah Abernathy and Corey Stevenson rounded out the scoring for Greater Atlanta Christian.

Lovett 10, Westminster 7: Visiting Lovett held Westminster to just 122 total yards. Willie Candler threw for 177 yards, including the game-winning 30-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Siegel in the fourth period. Also for Lovett, kicker Brendan McGowan nailed a 34-yrd field goal at the end of the first half. Westminster scored its only points on a 1-yard run by Cameron Seward in the first quarter.

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Class A roundup

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Eagle’s Landing Christian 55, Pace Academy 0: Quarterback Dalton Etheridge went down early forcing Eagle’s Landing Christian to run the ball exclusively in its victory over host Pace Academy. Eagle’s Landing Christian rushed 44 times for 491 yards. Keyante Green led the way with 210 yards and three touchdowns. Bryson Durden and Davis Reynolds both returned Pace Academy interceptions for touchdowns.

Landmark Christian 36, Holy Innocents’ 3: Running back Jeremiah Kirkland continued his stellar season with 274 yards and three touchdowns rushing for visiting Landmark Christian. Quarterback Stockton McGuire completed seven of 14 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown to keep Landmark Christian undefeated in region play.

Mt. Pisgah 55, Fellowship Christian 0: Visiting Mt. Pisgah coasted to an easy win by dominating on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Aaron Winchester ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Winchester added a 20-yard scoring strike to Oz Dixon. Austin …

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Greater Atlanta Christian 42, Wesleyan 20

Greater Atlanta Christian broke open a tight game with 28 unanswered points in the second half and cruised to a 42-20 victory against Wesleyan. Led by the arm and legs of quarterback Rafe Chapple (four touchdowns) and a balanced running attack, GAC had too many weapons for its rival Norcross private school. The Spartans (7-2, 3-0 in Region 6-AA) clinched a home playoff game and can claim the region with a victory against Lovett next week.

GAC coach Tim Hardy praised the “grit, toughness and execution” of Chapple and the stingy defense that held the Wolves to 53 total yards rushing. Wesleyan tied the score at 14-14 on its first drive of the second half, but Chapple ran for a 7-yard score to start the scoring spree. Micah Abernathy followed that with an 18-yard touchdown jaunt, Chapple lofted a 43-yard touchdown pass to Peter Whiteneck and Corey Stevenson busted in the end zone for 13-yard score for a 42-14 lead with just four minutes remaining. After Chapple’s run, the defense …

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Union Grove 34, Drew 33

The Wolverines, after being shell-shocked during an explosive first half, roared back with 22 unanswered points to pick up a huge win in their quest for the postseason.

The Titans got off to a quick start and built a 21-3 lead in the first quarter. They capped off the game’s opening drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Jay Murray to Maurice Cash, followed by a two-point conversion.

Murray hit Kwamie Jackson for a 20-yard score on Drew’s next possession, and Union Grove got on the board with a Shawn Davis 29-yard field goal. Two plays later, Marquis Terry took the pitch on a sweep and raced around the left side for a 60-yard touchdown with 37 seconds left in the opening period.

The Wolverines got into the end zone for the first time midway through the second quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by Luke Parker. Jonathan Slade connected with Terry Gibbs for the two-point conversion.

The Titans picked up two scores on special teams late in the second quarter. A Drew defender hit …

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South Gwinnett 42, Brookwood 38

By Michael Alpert

For the AJC

The Brookwood and South Gwinnett football teams entered Friday night’s Region 8-AAAAAA showdown already qualified for the state playoffs with Parkview and Grayson.

Question was, which would be eliminated from contention for the region championship with a second region loss.

And ironically, on a night where passing dazzled, Nicholas Hylton’s interception with 46 seconds helped South survive 42-38 and remain alive for a shot at the title.

“Next week is only important if you take care of this week,” South coach John Small said of next week’s regular-season finale against Parkview. “You want to be at the party at the end. A region championship is what you want to be playing for.”

Jordan Ramey led South with 382 yards and four touchdowns passing, out-dueling Brookwood’s Zach Moon, who passed for 264 and four scores, too.

Ramey’s arm kept the Comets within striking distance of just their fifth win in 29 tries against Brookwood, but ultimately, his feet …

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Hillgrove 37, South Cobb 14

Hillgrove turned four South Cobb turnovers into 28 points in a game in which both offenses struggled early and went on to beat the Eagles 37-14 in what had the feel of a playoff game Friday at Hillgrove.

The victory moved Hillgrove (6-3, 5-2) into a tie for second place in Region 4-AAAAAA on a night when a loss could have eliminated the Hawks from the playoff race. The Hawks will finish the regular season against region champion McEachern next week and could still make the playoffs even with a loss to the Indians. South Cobb (6-3, 4-3), which at one point this season was in first place in the region, fell into fifth with the loss.

Two fumble recoveries by Cameron Kowalewski, an interception by DyKari Hickey and a fumble return for a touchdown by Justin Haney enabled Hillgrove to score 35 points in a 15-minute span late that began late in the second quarter.

“That’s two weeks in a row they’ve played really well,” Hillgrove coach Phil Ironside said of his defense. “We got the …

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Sandy Creek 30, Carrollton 7

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By Jay Stone

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Capitalizing on two first-half Carrollton mistakes in the punting game and getting a stellar defensive effort, Sandy Creek claimed its fifth straight region championship, beating the Trojans 30-7 Friday night at The Battlefield for the 5-AAAA title.

The loss ended Carrollton’s string of region titles at three straight.

Two of the top five teams in Class AAAA, No. 1 Sandy Creek and No. 4 Carrollton went into the game putting up big offensive numbers; Carrollton was averaging 38 points per game, Sandy Creek 45.5.

In a playoff-like atmosphere, Sandy Creek (9-0, 6-0 Region 5-AAAA) got 95 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Delvin Weems, but it was the defense that shone for the Patriots, who won their 38th straight regular-season game.

It was the most lop-sided defeat for Carrollton since a 49-7 loss to LaGrange in 2002 for the Trojans (6-3, 5-1) according to records on http://www.ghsfha.com. Sandy Creek held the Trojans to 107 total …

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Marist 24, Chamblee 0

By S. Thomas Coleman
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For a few moments early in its battle with Chamblee for the 6AAAA-Division A championship, Marist had trouble tasting its own medicine as the Bulldogs’ version of the triple option gave the War Eagles fits on the first drive of the game.

But the drive stalled. Marist blocked a field goal attempt and then did what they do best: play sound, fundamental defense, run the ball when they want to and throw when they have to. The formula that has worked for 27 years under head coach Alan Chadwick worked again Friday night, as Marist (8-1, 5-0), ranked No. 2, smothered Chamblee (8-1, 4-1) 24-0 at North DeKalb Stadium.

“We thought Chamblee was good enough to put a couple of scores on the board,” Chadwick said. “We had a little trouble with our assignments on the option at first, and they came out in some formations we hadn’t seen before. But our coaches did a terrific job of making the adjustments.”

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M.L. King 24, Tucker 17

In the end, the arm of Monquavious Johnson was too much.

The senior threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class AAAAA No. 2 M.L. King to a 24-17 win over No. 5 Tucker.

The victory clinches the Region 6 title for M.L. King (9-0, 8-0). It’s the Lions’ third consecutive region championship.

The Lions led by just a touchdown late in the third quarter, with Johnson scrambling behind the line and looking downfield.

Suddenly, Romello Shumake broke deep, and Johnson slung it toward the end zone, connecting with the junior for his only catch of the game, and it proved to be the difference.

It was Johnson’s third touchdown strike of the evening, and his second of 42-plus yards. The first of those went to Demarquis Polite-Bray, who finished with five catches for 77 yards and two scores.

On the next Tucker possession, it appeared the Tigers (7-2, 6-2) might go quietly after MLK took a two-touchdown lead.

Tucker was facing a second-and-22 on its own 34-yard line, with …

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Alpharetta 41, Centennial 23

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Alpharetta appears to be playing its best football heading into the final week of the season.

Josh Dobbs threw for 382 yards and four touchdown passes, and the Raiders’ defense had three interceptions in a 41-23 win over visiting Centennial on Friday.

Alpharetta (6-3, 5-1 6-AAAAAA) has locked up one of the four playoff spots from the region and has now won five straight heading into the giant regular-season finale at Johns Creek. The winner will clinch at least the No. 2 seed out of the region and a home playoff game.

Centennial could not overcome the turnovers and saw its three-game win streak snapped. The Knights (3-6, 3-3) still can sneak into the postseason with a win against Chattahoochee next week.

The Raiders scored 14 points in 12 seconds in the second quarter to break open a close game. First, Dobbs hit a streaking Daniel Clements for a 54-yard touchdown with 3:15 left before half. Clements finished with seven catches for 178 yards and …

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St. Pius X 24, Blessed Trinity 17

St. Pius X regained control of Region 6-AAA Friday night when the No. 9 Golden Lions beat No. 7 Blessed Trinity 24-17 on senior fullback Ryan Braswell’s 1-yard run with 1:21 left.

The Lions (7-2, 4-1 Region 6-AAA) won somewhat like they lost a week earlier at Woodward Academy – with a late, long drive (12 plays, 96 yards), and with the help of turnovers in front of a huge crowd at SPX’s George B. Maloof Stadium. The Titans (7-2, 4-1) held the ball most of the second half, but scored just a field goal after intermission.

“I’m going to say this: we’ve had some big-time drives in the 12 years that we’ve been here, but that might be, ‘The Drive,’ ” said SPX head coach Paul Standard. “Our tailback, Nick Ruffin, almost broke two or three and in retrospect I’m glad he didn’t because it helped us take time off the clock.”

The first play of the game-winning drive was nearly a disaster.

One week after Braswell fumbled into the end zone to trigger what became WA’s …

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