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 were at least a half-dozen major college prospects on the field Friday when Griffin and Union Grove did battle in the Channel 2 Sports Zone Friday Game of the Week. But one stood out more than any other.
Defensive end Xzavier Dickson was all over the place for the Class AAAA No. 5-ranked Bears. The AJC Super 11 selection had three sacks, batted down a pass and registered eight tackles in all as Griffin rolled to a 24-0 victory.
Meanwhile, coach Steve DeVoursney is utilizing Dickson a lot more on offense this season. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound athlete actually starts at wide receiver for Griffin. And while he didn’t catch a pass on this night — the Bears didn’t need to throw it very often — Dickson’s exceptional speed and athleticism were evident as he ran routes, cracked back on linebackers and blocked down field.
“I think I played pretty good,” Dickson said. “I could have played a little better but the important thing is we got the win.”
Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner was on the sidelines at Memorial Stadium for the game. On Saturday, Dickson was in Athens to take in the Bulldogs’ 43-0 Homecoming win over Vanderbilt.
“It was fun,” said Dickson, who attended the game with teammate Corey Moore, a UGA commitment. “I enjoyed it. Georgia played some good football and that was good to see.”
Dickson said he got to talk to head coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on the visit, his second to UGA this fall.
“They said they’d like to have me up there,” Dickson said.
Dickson said Alabama still leads in his recruitment. The Crimson Tide have been atop Dickson’s list since becoming the first team to offer him last year. Georgia is just behind in a group that includes Auburn and Florida.
Dickson is a long way away from making a decision. He plans to announce during the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 5 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
A.J. Johnson leads Gainesville past Monroe Area
Speaking of AJC Super 11 players, Gainesville linebacker A.J. Johnson had another monumental night as the Red Elephants steamrolled Monroe Area 49-17 in a big region mathcup.
Johnson wreaked his normal havoc with numerous tackles out of his inside linebacker position. But once once again he proved an unstoppable force on offense. Playing selected snaps in Gainesville’s “Wild Elephant” shotgun formation, usually in goal-line and short-yardage situations, Johnson rushed for 42 yards and three touchdowns against the Purple Hurricanes. Monroe Area, led by Notre Dame commitment Stephon Tuitt, came into the game allowing just 4.8 points per game.
Carver-Columbus continues to limit work of RB Isaiah Crowell
Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee continues to protect star tailback Isaiah Crowell, who is nursing toe and ankle injuries and other bumps and bruises. Playing less than one half of football, Crowell finished with 81 yards on nine carries in the Tigers’ 39-17 win over Callaway on Friday. Sixty-four of those yards came on one carry as Crowell busted loose for a touchdown on Carver’s second play from scrimmage. It’s unlikely Crowell will get a lot of work this week either. The Class AA No. 1-ranked Tigers (7-0) play 0-7 Kendrick on Thursday.
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It was more of the same from Westlake High graduate Cameron “War Cam Eagle” Newton for Auburn this week. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback continued his on-field Heisman Tropy campaign by accounting for 384 yards in the Tigers’ 65-43 win over Arkansas. Newton scored three touchdowns on 188 yards rushing and was 10-of-14 passing for another 140 yards and a touchdown. For the season, the junior college transfer is averaging 305 yards total offense, has rushed for 12 TDs and passed for 13. . . .
Stephenson High graduate Raymond Sanders is starting to get more work as a kick returner for Kentucky. The 5-foot-8, 185-pound freshman returned two kickoffs for 46 yards in the Wildcats’ stunning 31-28 victory over No. 10-ranked South Carolina on Saturday. He also had a 25-yard return the previous week against Auburn. As a tailback, Sanders has 88 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns heading into Saturday’s game against Georgia. . . .
Georgia Tech commitment Chris Milton threw three touchdowns on 13-of-22 passing for 196 yards and added three more TDs on 83 yards rushing in Charlton County’s 59-7 win over Telfair County. . . . WR/DB Malcolm Mitchell had eight catches for 102 yards, scored two touchdowns and recorded an interception in Valdosta’s 42-24 win over Coffee County. AJC Super 11 tight end Jay Rome also had a 22-yard TD catch in the game. . . . AJC Super 11 quarterback and UGA commitment Nick Marshall, had 141 yards passing, threw two TD passes and had a 48-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 49-0 win over Toombs. . . . Auburn commitment C.J. Uzomah was 5-of-5 passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 59 yards and had two receptions playing quarterback and wide receiver in North Gwinnett’s 56-10 win over Mountain View. . . . South Carolina commitment Martay Mattox had two touchdowns on 181 yards passing, rushed for 107 yards and recorded an interception in Clarke Central’s 42-21 win over Apalachee.