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AA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Wesleyan 37, Hapeville Charter 20: Will Anderson threw four touchdown passes — three to Jahmai Jones and one to Charles Mack — to lead visiting Wesleyan to a win in its Region 6-AA opener. The Wolves led 34-6 late in the third quarter, and a Rhett Delk field goal capped Wesleyan’s scoring. Miles Smith had a 1-yard rushing score.

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AAAAAA roundup

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Alpharetta 55, North Forsyth 21: The host Raiders had an interception by Michael Downing on North Forsyth’s first drive. Josh Dobbs led the offense with five passing touchdowns. His top targets were Carlos Burse, who caught three touchdowns, and Rodney Morris and Daniel Clements, who each had one. Julian Macon, Sefohn Perry and Lem Cobbs added a rushing touchdown each.

Archer 23, Central Gwinnett 8: Sean Fowler scored a touchdown and led the visiting Tigers with 130 yards rushing. K.J. Parmer added 106 rushing yards for Archer and kicker Zach Wacholz finished out the scoring with three field goals. Eman Westmoreland scored on a 32-yard run and J.B. Ezzell added a safety for the Black Knights.

Brookwood 30, Shiloh 24: Brookwood built a 21-3 advantage then survived a furious second-half Shiloh rally to hang on for victory. Zach Moon threw touchdown passes of 60 yards to Colin Cotter and 25 yards to Jamaal Cole for the visiting Broncos. They also got a six-yard …

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AAAAA roundup

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Creekview 56, Northview 42: Hayden Hall threw four touchdown passes to help visiting Creekview improve to 5-1. Hall had three scoring passes in the first quarter, two to Hunter Udall for 88 and 30 yards and one to Will Kirby for 49 yards. Kirby caught a second touchdown pass from Chandler Wold on a halfback pass. Wold also had a 28-yard touchdown run.

Forsyth Central 42, Cambridge 13: Michael Branigan and C.J. Cochran each had two rushing touchdowns against visiting Cambridge. Branigan scored on runs of 69 and 1 yards, and Cochran found the end zone from 43 and 13. Shay Hollis and Jake Gorczyca also rushed for touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Heritage-Conyers 23, Clarke Central 20 (OT): The Patriots erased a 10-0 halftime deficit to defeat the visiting Gladiators. The Patriots tied the game with 3:20 to play on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Spencer to Ryan Phillips. Heritage held Clarke Central to a field goal in overtime and won it on a Myron Fears …

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AAAA roundup

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Banneker 36, South Atlanta 22: James White completed 13 of 17 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns to lead Banneker past South Atlanta. Quandarius Lee, Jahmmir Taylor and Antonio Todd hauled in the scoring strikes. The visiting Trojans also got 178 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries from running back Jalen White.

Marist 40, Lithonia 14: The host War Eagles sprinted away from Lithonia in the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs 19-0. Grey King had touchdown runs of 71 and 18 and Griffin King, Myles Willis, Steven Wallace and Matt Perez also scored touchdowns for the War Eagles. Lithonia quarterback Franco Turner ran and passed for touchdowns.

North Clayton 19, Upson-Lee 14: The visiting Eagles trailed 14-13 late in the fourth quarter until running back La’Darrius Mathis scored on a touchdown run to give North Clayton its first win of the season. Upson-Lee kept North Clayton off the scoreboard early by intercepting a pass for a touchback, but was …

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AAA roundup

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Blessed Trinity 28, Decatur 14: The host Titans rolled up a 21-0 halftime edge behind touchdown runs from quarterback Spencer McManus (1 yard), Milton Shelton (40) and Tim Mertz (9). McManus completed 7-of-12 passes for 112 yards and tacked on another rushing score in the second half. The Blessed Trinity defense intercepted three Decatur passes.

Buford 49, White County 14: The visiting Wolves carved up the White County defense for 358 rushing yards and 443 yards of total offense in a runaway victory. Running back Dontravious Wilson scored two touchdowns in the first half for Buford. Quarterback Will Brock scored two touchdowns on carries of four and 31 yards for the Warriors.

Woodward Academy 62, Towers 6: The host War Eagles got eight touchdowns from eight different players in rolling past Towers. Quarterback Terry Googer threw two touchdown passes, and Benji Russell and Marcus Hyatt both had interception returns for scores. Alex Robinson connected on field …

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Class A roundup

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Athens Christian 41, Hebron Christian 14: The host Eagles were led to victory by Taylor Hardigree. The sophomore had four touchdowns and 170 rushing yards including runs of 80 and 60 yards for scores. The Eagles’ defense also performed well with four interceptions.

Holy Innocents’ 23, Our Lady of Mercy 17: With the host Bobcats driving to tie the game with less than a minute to play, safety Jason Grimes intercepted a pass to save the game for Holy Innocents’. Running back Clay Pfohl scored on runs of 38 and 80 yards for the Golden Bears.

Landmark Christian 49, Strong Rock Christian 0: The host War Eagles dominated the Patriots from start to finish. Landmark Christian had 420 total yards of offense, rushing for 259 yards and passing for 161. The War Eagles led by running back Jeremiah Kirkland, who rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns.

Mt. Pisgah 35, King’s Ridge Christian 26: Quarterback Aaron Winchester led the host Patriots by completing 8 of 14 …

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McEachern 42, South Cobb 28

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Somewhere there is a catchy nickname to be made – like Georgia’s “Gurshall” – out of McEachern’s three-headed running attack of Ty Clemons, Ty Griffin and Taj Griffin.

In the meantime, you can just call them “fast.”

They combined for more than 300 yards rushing and accounted for all of the Indians’ scores in a 42-28 win over their Cobb County and Region 4AAAAAA rivals, South Cobb. The win put McEachern (5-2, 5-0) in the driver’s seat in the race for the region title, while the loss was the first of the season for the Eagles (5-1, 3-1).

After dropping their first two games of the season to Grayson (31-12) and Walton (37-35), McEachern has won five in a row and is averaging 36 points per game during the streak.

“We’ve got a young team and we knew it was going to be hard for us to play the defending champions (Grayson) and the defending runners-up (Walton) in the first two games of the season,” McEachern head coach Kyle …

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Norcross 35, Collins Hill 23

By Robert Haddocks

For the AJC

The first time he touched the ball, Norcross’ Alvin Kamara raced 80 yards for a touchdown. It was going to be that kind of night for the senior running back.

Kamara ran for 295 yards and three touchdowns to pace Norcross in a 35-23 victory against Collins Hill. The Blue Devils gouged the Eagles for 347 yards rushing, and the defense, led by Lorenzo Carter, made plays when it had to. The Blue Devils remained unbeaten at 7-0, 5-0 in Region 7-AAAAAA. Collins Hill, which was riding a four-game winning streak, dropped to 4-2, 3-1.

Norcross, which scored 104 points in its two previous games, simply had too much firepower for the Eagles. With Kamara and equally dangerous Myles Autry lined up all over the field, defenses struggle to contend with the Blue Devils’ spread offense. Norcross finished with more than 430 yards of total offense for the second consecutive week.

Despite falling behind 14-0 four minutes into the game, the Eagles kept within …

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Parkview 26, Dacula 21

By Michael Alpert

For the AJC

Increasingly, it’s beginning to feel like the early 2000s for Parkview’s football team.

The latest step toward a potential state championship to match the Panthers’ three consecutive from 2000-02 was Friday’s 26-21 Region 8-AAAAAA victory at Dacula.

Parkview’s second win over Dacula in its last five tries not only tied South Gwinnett for the region lead at 4-0, but heightened Panthers coach Cecil Flowe’s belief this year’s team might rival Parkview’s best.

“We’ve had high expectations for this group,” Flowe said. “They’ve worked hard, and it’s paying off.

“I like our tempo,” Flowe added. “We’ve been flying around on defense, and we’ve really improved offensively.”

As usual, running back Chris Carson led Panthers, running for all four touchdowns and 169 yards. His six scores and 894 yards this season have the Panthers on a four-game win streak since their lone loss, 20-0, to Norcross in the season’s second …

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Creekside 20, Northgate 16

Newnan – It seemed that everyone at Northgate’s Henry Seldon Field spent the evening waiting for one of the Berry brothers to do something spectacular.

When the fourth quarter rolled around, Evan Berry didn’t disappoint.

The Creekside quarterback scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, capping scoring drives of 98 and 89 yards, to give the Seminoles (5-2, 2-0 Region 4-AAAAA Division B) a 20-16 win.

Afterward, he wanted to talk about physics.

“We had to make it become kinetic,” said Berry, who finished with 113 rushing yards and 127 yards passing. “Potential energy is stored energy. Kinetic energy is energy put to use.”

Here’s how he put it to use: Berry compiled 78 of his rushing yards, including touchdown runs of 47 and 21 yards, and 84 passing yards in the fourth quarter, which started with Northgate leading 16-7.

All that allowed Creekside to overcome five turnovers and a sputtering performance over the first three quarters.

“Somewhere along the line you’re going …

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Stephenson 13, Tucker 6

By Jeff Haws
For the AJC

Tucker came into Friday night averaging 48 points per game.
Stephenson was not impressed.
The Class AAAAA No. 4 Jaguars neutralized No. 2 Tucker’s vaunted speed and put together two long touchdown drives to secure a 13-6 win at Hallford Stadium. It was Tucker’s first loss since the 2010 state semifinal against Starr’s Mill.
This was a game played mostly on the ground between two teams that like to throw numerous backs at the defense, but two passing plays may have been the biggest ones of the game.
The first came on third-and-9 for Stephenson (5-0, 5-0 in Region 6-AAAAA), from its own 49-yard line. Leading by just a touchdown, the Jaguars were on the verge of giving the ball back after a Tucker punt.
But quarterback Justin Holman had spotted a vulnerability in the middle of the Tucker defense, and he was ready to make a play.
“They were going man all game,” Holman said. “So we just talked it over as an offense, and I told my coaches we …

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West Forsyth 37, Johns Creek 16

By David Purdum / For the AJC

No. 5 West Forsyth got a momentum-changing interception from Conner Vandenbos and a big performance from quarterback A.J. Erdely to come from behind and knock off Johns Creek in a battle of Region 6-AAAAAA unbeatens.

Erdely ran for two touchdowns and threw for another all in a dominating second half that saw the  host Wolverines pull away for a 37-16 victory.

The Gladiators led 16-3 late in the first half and had just put together a goal-line stand, before Vandenbos’ made a diving interception of an ill-advised pass from Johns Creek’s Skye Overton. Five plays later, Trever O’Brien scored from two yards out to cut the Gladiators’ lead to 16-10 at the half.

O’Brien’s touchdown jumpstarted a run of 34 unanswered points, as the Wolverines scored on their first four possessions of the second half and put the game away with a pair of Jake Wieczorek touchdowns.

With the win, West Forsyth takes control of the region and improves to 6-0 for the …

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Jackson-Atlanta 14, BEST Academy 12

The Jaguars overcome an early miscue to ground the Eagles in an afternoon matchup of Region 4-AAA teams at Lakewood Stadium.

While the Eagles’ first three possessions were three-and-out, they took the early lead behind their defense, stripping a Jackson ball carrier to cause a fumble that Deonta Hill scooped up and took 20 yards for a touchdown.

The Jaguars moved the ball on a few first-half drives, relying mostly on the legs of quarterback Shadricus Ferguson, who rushed for 105 yards in the game. He raced in from the left side for a 3-yard score with less than a minute to go before intermission to tie the game at 6.

Up to that point the Eagles did not have a single first down, but they mounted a furious drive that reached the Jackson 22, where a pass into the end zone fell incomplete as the halftime horn sounded.

The Jaguars had an opportunity late in the third quarter after recovering a fumble on the Eagles’ 20, but two plays later Deshawn Waller picked off a pass near …

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Projecting the playoff field: Week 8

This is what the first round of the state playoffs would look like, based on our updated projections of the final region standings. The fields for the Class A public- and private-school playoffs will be determined by the power rankings (see story below).


(R3 #4) East Coweta at (R2 #1) Lovejoy

(R4 #3) North Cobb at (R1 #2) Lowndes

(R5 #4) Etowah at (R8 #1) Parkview

(R6 #3) Chattahoochee at (R7 #2) North Gwinnett

(R2 #4) Luella at (R3 #1) Newnan

(R1 #3) Colquitt County at (R4 #2) South Cobb

(R8 #4) South Gwinnett at (R5 #1) Lassiter

(R7 #3) Mill Creek at (R6 #2) Johns Creek

(R4 #4) Marietta at (R1 #1) Camden County

(R3 #3) Hughes at (R2 #2) Newton

(R6 #4) Lambert at (R7 #1) Norcross

(R5 #3) Milton at (R8 #2) Grayson

(R1 #4) Valdosta at (R4 #1) McEachern

(R2 #3) Alcovy at (R3 #2) Tri-Cities

(R7 #4) Collins Hill at (R6 #1) West Forsyth

(R8 #3) Brookwood at (R5 #2) Walton


(R3 #4) Jenkins at (R2 #1) Northside-Warner Robins

(R4 #3) Creekside at (R1 #2) …

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ML King 40, Dunwoody 17

Demarquis Polite- Bray caught five passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns to lead M.L. King High School to a 40-17 win over Dunwoody on Thursday in high school football.

M.L. King trailed 14-13 at half but rallied for 27 points in the second half. M.L. King improves to 6-0, while Dunwoody drops to 0-6.

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