Elbert County was missing its star player, injured QB Mecole Hardman, for a game against Laney last week, but Rantious “Boochie” Reed took the stage by storm, scoring five touchdowns and assisting on the sixth.
“Boochie is a really good all-round football player, a throwback of two-way players,” Elbert County coach Sid Fritts said. “Not many of those left, and he has a great football IQ.”
Reed is 5 feet 9 inches and 185 pound, and he’s getting attention from some smaller Division I schools.
Here is a look at some of the top performances from last week.
Six of the players are featured with video highlights of their games. Make sure to click on the links, courtesy of the NFHS Network.
*Central Gwinnett QB Eric Forrest was 25-of-34 passing for 402 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-0 victory over Shiloh. His main target was Major Bellamy, who had seven catches for 163 yards.
*Elbert County RB/DB Rantious Reed scored five touchdowns and blocked a punt that was recovered by a teammate for a touchdown in Elbert County’s 40-20 victory over Laney. Reed rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries and had two receptions for 19 yards. He recovered two fumbles on defense, returning one 3 yards for a touchdown. He returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown.
*Grayson DE Justin Young had four sacks, seven solo tackles, two assists and four QB pressures in a 13-7 victory over Parkview. His fourth sack on a fourth-down play clinched the game. Young is committed to Georgia.
*Georgia Military RB T.J. Lowe rushed for 345 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in a 62-21 loss to First Presbyterian. Lowe has 874 yards rushing in four games. Lowe was the Class A champion in the 300-meter hurdles and runner-up in the long jump last spring.
*Washington County QB A.J. Gray rushed for 261 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 154 yards and two TDs in a 47-27 victory over Burke County. Gray is committed to Georgia Tech.
Lines of distinction
*Locust Grove’s offensive line of C Ethan Henning, G Schuyler Martin, G Andrew Moody, T Devonte Coleman and T Deshavius Swint paved the way for two running backs to go over 100 yards (sophomores Caleb Huntley and Demontea Smith) in a 52-46 triple-overtime victory over Mount Zion of Jonesboro. Locust Grove ran the ball 60 times and did not complete a pass.
*South Forsyth’s offensive line of G Griffin Landrum, T Dane Arnold, C Riley Street, G Caleb Lummus, T Toki Adeosun and TE Cameron Kline graded out 95 percent as a group and was credited with 38 pancake blocks in a 55-3 victory over North Forsyth. South Forsyth rushed for 243 yards (7.2 per carry) and four touchdowns and had 125 yards passing.
*Winder-Barrow’s offensive line of LT Tristen Swords, LG Brandon Reynolds, C Dylan Brown, RG Tanner Morton, RT Ahikam Griffin and RT Justin Simmons led the way for 438 yards in total offense – 176 rushing by Cece Green – in a 46-7 victory over Loganville. Green has 574 yards rushing and six touchdowns, and Winder-Barrow is off to its best start (2-2) since the 4-0 beginning to 2007.
Best of the rest
*Arabia Mountain RB Jeffrey Lowe rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 32-14 victory over Chamblee.
*Athens Academy QB Drew Richardson was 10-of-17 passing for 141 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 27-20 loss to Commerce. He also completed a pass for a two-point conversion.
*B.E.S.T. Academy RB/LB Deshawn Waller rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in a 42-28 loss to Lovett.
*Brunswick freshman QB Randon Jernigan was 7-of-11 passing for 94 yards and rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in a 40-19 victory over Effingham County.
*Camden County HB/DB Antonio Wimbush rushed for 54 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, made five tackles, one for a loss, broke up a pass and blocked a field-goal attempt in a 24-7 victory over Wayne County.
*Carver (Columbus) QB Jawon Pass was 13-of-14 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-41 victory over Troup.
*Central (Carrollton) DL Kirey Thompson had two sacks and another tackle for a loss in a 10-0 victory over Fayette County.
*Chattahoochee QB Chase Owens passed for 187 yards and rushed for 138 in a 45-31 loss to Centennial.
*Coffee QB Tyree Paulk was 16-of-21 passing for 204 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-7 victory over Glynn Academy.
*Columbia QB Andre Brown had 442 yards in total offense – 340 passing and 102 rushing – in a 48-13 victory over Redan. He scored two touchdowns and passed for four on just 13 attempts (10 completed).
*Creekside DB Joshua Moon had 16 tackles, two for losses, and returned two punts for 88 yards in a 28-14 victory over Stephenson.
*Darlington RB Trey Edge rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries and broke up a pass in a 24-19 victory over Bowdon.
*Emanuel County Institute RB Michael Sutton rushed for 246 yards on 29 carries in a 29-23 loss to Claxton.
*Fitzgerald QB Gerald Morgan rushed for 254 yards on 35 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 41-34 victory over Macon County
*Harris County RB Tae Crowder rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns, helping rally his team from a 17-0 deficit in a 35-17 victory over Callaway.
*Houston County QB Jake Fromm was 29-of-38 passing for 282 yards and two touchdowns in a 62-30 victory over Warner Robins.
*Jones County DE Scott Rooks had 11 tackles, three sacks and three QB pressures in a 45-37 victory over Northside of Warner Robins.
*Landmark Christian RB/FS Lofton Tidwell had 202 yards from scrimmage – 82 rushing, 120 receiving – in a 55-20 victory over Josey.
*Lithonia ATH/LB Oral Varcciann rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown, passed for 34 yards, caught two passes for 22 yards, had two tackles on defense and kicked an extra point in a 30-17 loss to Grady.
*Macon County sophomore QB K’hari Lane was 14-of-22 passing for 330 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-34 loss to Fitzgerald. WR Devontae Hudson had 216 yards receiving on four catches, rushed for 26 yards and scored three touchdowns.
*Marion County RB/DB Lorenzo Smothers rushed for 215 yards on 11 carries and scored on runs of 72, 26 and 70 yards in a 34-31 victory over Columbus.
*Miller Grove RB Meco Jackson rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in a 30-0 victory over Banneker.
*Mount Zion (Jonesboro) QB Kirkland Varnado rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and was 12-of-24 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-46 loss to Locust Grove.
*Norcross LB Chris Allen had five tackles for losses and a sack in a 19-7 victory over Mountain View.
*North Gwinnett WR Joshua Imatorbhebhe had 10 catches for 177 yards in a 42-24 victory over Collins Hill.
*Northview DL Connor Owens had eight tackles – three for losses and two sacks – in a 50-7 victory over Johns Creek.
*Our Lady of Mercy QB Jameson Vest rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and was 8-of-13 passing for 144 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-35 victory over Lumpkin County. Vest also kicked six touchbacks.
*Parkview LB Stephen Moye had five tackles for losses in a 13-7 loss to Grayson. Moye had 12 tackles overall. He has 11 tackles for losses this season.
*Pickens RB Shannon Brooks rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries and threw a 43-yard TD pass in a 49-6 victory over Johnson of Gainesville.
*Roswell WR Mechane Slade had seven catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 25 seconds left, and drew three pass-interference penalties in a 33-31 victory over Milton, which had been allowing 5.0 points per game. Mechane has eight touchdowns in Roswell’s 3-1 start.
*Rutland QB Timori Northcutt was 10-of-17 passing for 306 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-14 victory over Kendrick.
*Seminole County RB Javon Wiggins rushed for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 44-20 victory over Miller County. Wiggins had a 68-yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage called back for a penalty.
*Sequoyah WR Derron Rakestraw had five receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-0 victory over River Ridge. It was Sequoyah’s first victory.
*Shaw QB B.J. Knight was 11-for-15 passing for 205 yards and five touchdowns – all in the first half – of a 38-14 victory over Northeast (Macon). The five TD passes went to five receivers. Knight also rushed for 42 yards on two carries.
*Starr’s Mill CB Satchel Goodrick intercepted three passes and returned two for touchdowns (33 and 71 yards) in a 56-6 victory over Forest Park.
*Tattnall Square FB/LB Jonathan Ward rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries and made 11 tackles and broke up a pass in a 28-8 victory over Hancock Central.
*Taylor County freshman QB Gunnar Watson was 16-of-20 passing for 293 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-27 loss to Schley County.
*Valdosta MLB Todd Bradley had 12 solo tackles and three assists – including three stops behind the line – and two QB pressures in a 34-0 victory over Veterans. It was Valdosta’s fourth shutout in five games.
*Vidalia QB Jordan Black scored three touchdowns on just four rushing attempts (for 65 yards) and a punt return (40 yards) in a 43-0 victory over McIntosh County Academy. Black has scored or passed for 10 touchdowns on just 52 “touches” this season.
*Washington-Wilkes MLB Quarterez “Two Cat” Williams had 21 tackles (15 solo, six assists), two for losses, in a 21-18 victory over Thomson.
*West Hall P Antony Lotti averaged 55.2 yards on five punts, including ones of 72 and 71 yards, in a 28-10 loss to North Oconee. Lott is averaging 51.0 yards on 10 punts on the season (45.8 net), with two downed inside the 20-yard line.
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