Fitzgerald 40, Brooks County 7
How the game was won: In a matchup of 6-1 teams, host Fitzgerald ran away from Brooks County after Brooks tied the game with a kickoff return in the first quarter. The Purple Hurricane held Brooks to 153 total yards and just 16 in the second half while racking up 393 of their own.
Top performers: JD King scored four times, three times in the second quarter. King caught scoring passes of 57 and 13 yards from James Graham and had rushing touchdowns of 6 and 11 yards, finishing with 120 yards rushing on 19 attempts and 86 yards receiving on three catches. Graham was 7-of-14 passing for 149 yards with three TD passes, also hitting Montrell Harris for a 44-yard score. Ethan Gordon had a 5-yard rushing TD, and Marlon Jackson three sacks for Fitzgerald.
Rabun County 42, Elbert County 10
How the game was won: In the battle for first place in Region 8-AA, Rabun County ran away with the victory after a slow start. The game went scoreless through one quarter and Elbert County took its only lead of the game with a second quarter field goal before Rabun County answered with a 42-7 scoring run.
Top Performers: Cal Drummond ran for two touchdowns tonight in the 1st half. The 2nd half was all about Bailey Fisher, who four touchdowns in the half, two on the ground and two through the air.
Northside-Warner Robins 17, Coffee 14
How the game was won: Northside running back Desean Dinkins scored on an 8-yard pass from Tobias Oliver to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead with 1:48 remaining in the half. Alex Gelter converted a 30-yard field goal with 4:23 left in the third quarter to push the lead to 17-7.
Top Performers: Dinkins finished the game with 82 yards rushing on 18 touches. Marcus Jolly rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown on seven attempts. Jaylan Sandifer led Northside in receiving with 67 yards on three catches. Quarterback Tobias Oliver went 8-for-11 passing for 113 yards and a touchdown. Tae Daley blocked a field goal and Alijah McGhee grabbed an interception to anchor the Eagle defense. Coffee found scores from Tywone Brewton and Demetrius Davis on short rushes.
Cartersville 48, Chapel Hill 7
How the game was won: Cartersville raced out to a 24-0 lead and ran up a 41-7 halftime lead. Four different receivers caught touchdowns in the Hurricane victory.
Top Performers: Trevor Lawrence finished 15-of-28 for 258 yards and four touchdown passes. Trey Creamer rushed in scored of six and two yards. Jonathan Cruz sank field goals of 27 and 33 yards. Both Trase Fezzia and EJ Turner scored on screen passes; Fezzia’s going for 14 yards while Turner dashed 54 yards. Antoine Jefferson caught a 20-yard touchdown and Avery Showell hauled in a 46-yard strike. Chapel Hill’s lone score came on a Jadon Walker 39-yard quarterback keeper.
Mary Persons 14, West Laurens 2
How the game was won: Mary Persons running back Zach Harvey scored on a short run to put the game out of reach with 4:52 remaining. It should be noted that, in the first quarter, the Mary Persons special teams did everything it could to help West Laurens as two punts did not make it past mid-field. However, the Bulldog defense forced two fumbles on those drives and took back momentum.
Top Performers: At the start of the second quarter, Malik Herring put on a show as he got away from a defender and stiff-armed another before rumbling 56 yards for the score. Harvey added the final score on a 3-yard run.
Veterans 30, Harris County 7
How the game was won: Veterans did not waste any time as its opening drive covered 72 yards in nine plays and was capped off by a short touchdown run from Landon Quarles. Quarterback Leyton Pickney was a very efficient 6-of-6 passing to open the game that set up another short touchdown run by Quarles. The Warhawks scored on 4 of 5 possessions and out-gained Harris County 225-166 in the first half that put the game out of reach.
Top Performers: Quarles scored on runs of two and six yards. Amarrian Brown finished off a 14 play drive with a 4-yard rushing touchdown. Kori Walker added a short touchdown run. Kicker James Tinney converted a 32-yard field goal in the win.
Stratford Academy 50, Wilkinson County 23
How the game was won: Russell Mole accounted for three touchdowns in the first half while Kasey Sanders powered in two fourth quarter scores as the Eagles overmatched Wilkinson County.
Top Performers: Russell Mole ran for two scores and caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Noah Hill. Tyler Jordan added a 35-yard touchdown run, one week removed from scoring four touchdowns on the ground. Kasey Sanders added a 70-yard rushing score and a 6-yarder. Deondre Duehart put the finishing touches on the victory with a late rushing touchdown.
Washington County 21, Southwest-Macon 0
How the game was won: Washington County took advantage of a strong rushing attack from back Cortevyas Mitchell as it put up 163 yards on the ground in the first half and held Westside to just 77 total yards. Westside committed two crucial turnovers with just before halftime that allowed the Golden Hawks to score two touchdowns within two minutes to take a 14-0 lead.
Top Performers: Mitchell scored on runs of 37 and 19 yards in the win. In the third quarter, quarterback Jake Helton found a seam and rushed for 56 yards that set up a short touchdown run by Darius Tucker. Kicker Cullen Collins was perfect on extra points for Washington County.
Calhoun 34, Sonoraville 0
How the game was won: The Yellow Jackets scored just six points in the second half, but their 28-0 halftime cushion was more than enough to cruise to a comfortable shutout victory. Baylon Spector set the tone with three first half touchdowns.
Top Performers: Baylon Spector scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and a 9-yard sprint while adding a three-yard receiving touchdown. Gavin Gray tossed two touchdowns, hitting Luke Jones from six yards out in the second quarter.
Thomas County Central 17, Bainbridge 6
How the game was won: Thomas County Central snapped a two-game losing streak in its all-time series with Bainbridge to improve to 19-13-2 all-time in the series. The Yellow Jackets built a 17-0 lead after a 37-yard Lauren Pearson field goal in the third quarter, and it wasn’t until the Bearcats pulled off a late trick play that they finally got on the board. Wide receiver Kerenski Williams took a quarterback lateral and completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Spive in the final frame to avoid the shutout. Thomas County Central’s first two scores were powered by quarterback Kelias Williams. Williams took a keeper 44-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and hit Quintavious Cooksey for a 92-yard touchdown two minutes into the second quarter.
Top performers: Thomas County Central quarterback Kelias Williams accounted for a 44-yard touchdown run and a 92-yard touchdown pass to Quintavious Cooksey in the first half to build a 14-0 lead. Lauren Person’s 37-yard field goal made it a three-possession game in the second half.
Stephens County 16, Oconee County 9
Tattnall Square 38, First Presbyterian Day 29
Gainesville 30, Winder-Barrow 16
Cherokee 50, Woodstock 42