THE MONDAY MORNING REWIND
Looking back at the players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. Let us know what you saw and heard.
There was a lot of talk among Walton players and fans about going out to celebrate their win over rival Lassiter Friday night. Kyle Vorster was thinking he’d probably take a pass.
“Pretty tired,” Vorster said after the game.
His exhaustion was understandable. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound senior tailback carried the football a staggering 37 times as the Raiders came from behind to beat Lassiter 31-27 Friday night in Marietta. Vorster turned those carries into 243 yards and two touchdowns as coach Rocky Hidalgo went to him off tackle again and again.
“I didn’t realize I was getting it that much,” Vorster said of all the carries. “They just kept calling my number and I kept taking it and was just following my blocking. I have to give it all to our blockers because I couldn’t have done anything without them.”
It’s the second straight week that a back went boffo in the Channel 2 Sports Zone Game of the Week. Buford’s Seon Jones got loose for 313 yards in the Wolves’ win over Lovett the previous week.
Like Jones, Vorster is still waiting for his recruitment to kick into overdrive. So far he doesn’t have any scholarship offers. But he is getting plenty of looks. Vorster said he has heard from Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, Coastal Carolina and Kentucky, among others.
“Hopefully I’ll start hearing a little more,” Vorster said.
Valdosta’s Rome, Mitchell, put on show against M.L. King
AJC Super 11 tight end Jay Rome of Valdosta lived up to his billing with a pair of touchdowns and five catches for 49 yards in the Wildcats’ 43-28 win over M.L. King Saturday night at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. Teammate Malcolm Mitchell added eight receptions for 163 yards and two more scores as Valdosta quarterback Ryan Whilden passed for 343 yards and five touchdowns.
The Lions were no pushover, however, trailing only 27-21 entering the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jonquel Dawson was 20-of-24 for 413 yards and three touchdowns. And wide receiver Demarco Robinson had a another big night, returning the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and finishing with seven catches for 106 yards on the night.
Stephenson prospects shine in 21-0 win over Luella
The Davis Boys had another huge night as a Stephenson rolled over Luella to remain undefeated. Tailback Willie Davis, a South Florida commitment, had 204 yards rushing for Jaguars (5-0), while backfield make Mike Davis (no relation), added 168. Meanwhile, defensive end Preston Smith celebrated his commitment to Mississippi State on Friday with two sacks and a batted down pass and Stephenson held Luella to just 68 rushing yards.
UGA commit Corey Moore takes turn under center
Georgia commitment Corey Moore, a safety from Griffin, started for the Bears at quarterback on Friday against Woodland. Lining up in the position for the first time in three years, Moore played solidly, finishing with 53 yards on 4-of-6 passing, an interception and a TD run. Moore had to fill in for starter Tyler Hamm, who was suspended for the game. Running back Wontavious Washington rushed 161 yards on 27 carries and scored 2 TDs for the Bears (6-0) .
Hiram’s Trey Wesley has big night versus North Paulding
Hiram rushed for 429 yards as a team against North Paulding this past Friday, but it was Trey Wesley that put the go in the offensive onslaught. The senior running back rushed for 263 yards on just 13 carries (20.2 yards per), which included a 98-yard touchdown run. It was one of two scores for the 5-11, 178-pound athlete. He also had an 18-yard catch for the Hornets (5-1), who won 45-31.
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AJC Super 11 running back Isaiah Crowell of Carver-Columbus had limited playing time due to an undisclosed injury but still finished with 144 yards on just seven carries in a 34-6 win over Heard County. Crowell’s total included a 73-yard touchdown run. . . . Troup’s Quan Bray, another one of the top running backs in the state, lost three fumbles and had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury as Carrollton rolled to a 48-7 win. Bray’s injury is not thought to be serious. . . . AJC Super 11 defensive back Brian Randolph continues to impress on offense. The Tennessee commitment scored three touchdowns and had 102 yards rushing in Kell’s win over Pope. . . . FSU wide receiver commitment Rashad Greene, who continues to be pursued by Georgia, had six catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns in St. Thomas Aquinas’ 42-28 win over Camden County Friday night. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, a Miami commitment from Aquinas, had 137 yards and two TDs on four receptions.