Top performances from Week 2: Creekview WR breaks out in a big way

BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Creekview WR Tanner McCrary entered the state record books last week with his 296 yards receiving in a 41-28 victory over Cambridge.

The yardage total is the second-highest recorded figure in state history behind a 322-yard effort by Decatur’s Terryon Robinson in 2011, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

Creekview coach Terry Crowder called it a break-out game for his 6-foot, 170-pound senior.

“He started last year but had a season-ending hamstring injury,” Crowder said. “We knew he was going to be special. I imagine the recruiting will begin for him soon with another couple of those performances. Very good baseball player as well.”

McCrary wasn’t the only Grizzly with a big game. Chandler Gant was 23-of-33 passing for 337 yards and four touchdowns, and Cade Radam rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries and threw a 34-yard pass.

McCrary’s performance was one of the week’s best.

Top five

*Cartersville QB Trevor Lawrence was 18-of-23 passing for 403 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-45 victory over Bartram Trail of Florida.

*Creekview WR Tanner McCrary had 12 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-28 victory over Cambridge.

*Jefferson RB/DB Colby Wood rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 50-13 victory over Riverwood. Wood also intercepted a pass.

*North Forsyth QB Ben Bales was 25-of-43 passing for a school-record 408 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-6 victory over Johns Creek.

*Rome DT Quon Griffin had four sacks, 10 tackles overall, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown in a 33-21 victory over Harrison.

Best of the rest

*Brookstone RB/DB Clark Smith rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries, intercepted two passes and was 4-of-5 on extra points in a 56-14 victory over Central of Talbotton.

*Calhoun LB Bailey Lester had four sacks in a 24-0 victory over Dalton, which had not been shut out in 77 games.

*Campbell ATH Cody Deprill rushed for 120 yards on 13 carries and caught a 10-yard pass in a 28-22 victory over South Cobb. The win was the first regular-season victory for Campbell since Aug. 28, 2015.

*Cedar Grove DL Roderic Forts had seven tackles, three sacks, 3.5 other tackles for losses, and two forced fumbles in a 37-7 victory over Southwest DeKalb. The win avenged a 2016 loss.

*Central (Carrollton) RB Malcolm Brown rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries in a 42-7 victory over Landmark Christian.

*Central Gwinnett QB Jarren Williams was 21-of-32 passing for 344 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-33 victory over Dacula. WR Khamari Thompsonhad nine catches for 136 yards and 130 kickoff-return yards.

*Crisp County DB/WR Tubby Spivey intercepted three passes and returned one 67 yards for a touchdown in a 20-18 victory over Americus-Sumter. Spivey had two receptions for 72 yards, one a 58-yarder to the 1-yard line.

*Dade County RB Malaki Webb rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries in a 28-27 loss to North Sand Mountain of Alabama.

*Darlington Tijai Whatley rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns on five carries and returned a punt for a touchdown in a 50-0 victory over Gaston of Alabama.

*Duluth WR Travion Hampton had five catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown and ran back a kickoff 44 yards in a 44-0 victory over Berkmar. He had 200 all-purpose yards for the second consecutive game.

*Eagle’s Landing Christian RB Josh Mays rushed for 206 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 35-7 victory over Jonesboro.

*Hapeville Charter QB Hajj-Malik Williams was 23-for-33 passing for 329 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-20 loss to Thompson, a Class 7A Alabama school. Hapeville WR Kivante Johnson had nine catches for 155 yards.

*Harlem RB A.J. Brown rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns, one from 96 yards, on just four carries in a 70-0 victory over Glascock County. Freshman Cameron Garnett rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns on five carries.

*Houston County RB Wesley Steiner rushed for 223 yards and a touchdown in a 44-14 loss to Peach County.

*Hughes RB Chris Royalston rushed for 110 yards and scored both Hughes touchdowns, one a 95-yard kickoff return, in a 16-13 victory over Westlake.

*Jones County DB Jake Lanford returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and a fumble 46 yards for a score in a 48-19 victory over Washington County.

*Lakeview Academy QB Alec Bornhorst was 14-of-22 passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on eight carries – all in the first half – in a 42-13 victory over East Jackson. Dylan Knepp had 104 yards from scrimmage, six tackles and an interception return for a touchdown.

*Macon County QB Jadarrius Hicks, the successor to record-setting QB K’hari Lane, was 9-of-12 passing for 173 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in a 44-36 victory over Dooly County.

*McIntosh RB Bradley Ector rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in a 28-7 victory over Mount Zion of Jonesboro.

*Meadowcreek RB Chauncey Williams rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries in a 32-13 victory over Alcovy. It was Meadowcreek’s first opening-game win since 2001.

*Mount Zion of Jonesboro NG Raymon Hill had 10 solo tackles, eight assists, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in a 28-7 loss to McIntosh.

*Newton DL Darnell Jefferies had nine tackles, five for losses and 3.5 sacks, in a 40-0 victory over Eastside. RB Nuru Tinch had 201 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns.

*North Cobb QB Dillon Waye was 15-of-18 passing for 167 yards and rushed for 34 yards in a 38-35 victory over Etowah. He was 3-or-3 passing with a key scramble to the 15-yard line on the game-winning drive.

*North Paulding RB Lucas Mays rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown and had 54 yards receiving and a touchdown in a 43-0 victory over South Paulding.

*Northeast RB T.J. Miles rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 victory over Lamar County. Northeast had been 0-7 against Lamar.

*Peach County WR Kearis Jackson had two receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt 62 yards for a score in a 44-14 victory over Houston County.

*Rabun County PK Andrew Barnes made a 50-yard field goal, was 7-of-7 on extra points and made a tackle on kick coverage in a 62-21 victory over Mount Pisgah Christian.

*Richmond Hill WR Sam James had four catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-21 victory over Southeast Bulloch.

*River Ridge ATH Chris Long caught a 49-yard TD pass and intercepted two passes, one returned 35 yards for a touchdown, in a 54-13 victory over Apalachee.

*Rockmart RB Z.J. Whatley rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and had five tackles on defense in a 36-22 victory over Piedmont, the two-time defending Class 3A champion of Alabama.

*South Cobb QB Aeneas Dennis passed for 308 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards in a 28-22 loss to Campbell.

*Southeast Whitfield QB Porter Johnson was 17-of-31 passing for 331 yards and six touchdowns in a 47-28 victory over Gordon Central. WR/DB Oscar Gonzalez caught six passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns and returned a fumble 70 yards for a score. WR Landon Eaton caught six passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

*Tattnall Square RB Destin Mack rushed for 155 yards and six touchdowns on 10 carries in 49-28 victory over Wilcox County.

*Temple MLB Zacchaeus Sullivan had 13 tackles, one for a loss, and caused a fumble in a 42-10 victory over Haralson County.

*Thomasville PK Carl Blackmore kicked a school-record 57-yard field goal in a 41-7 victory over Thomas County Central. Blackmore also made a 45-yarder.

*Tift County QB Griffin Collier was 6-of-11 passing for 124 yards and three touchdowns in a weather-shortened 31-6 victory over Cook. Collier broke Worth Bowers’ career mark of 4,397 passing yards. The game was stopped as Bowers presented Collier with a football at midfield. Bowers is now an anesthesiologist in Valdosta.

*Upson-Lee RB Daymon Thomas rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown in a 33-6 victory over Shaw.

*Veterans RB Jeremy Horton had 114 yards rushing and 76 receiving in a 21-14 victory over Dublin.

*Wesleyan WR/DB Zach Peterson caught 13 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown and made 10 tackles in a 43-22 victory over B.E.S.T. Academy.

*Winder-Barrow QB Brock Landis was 17-of-24 passing for 276 yards and five touchdowns – each to a different receiver – in a 47-22 victory over Walnut Grove.

Lines of distinction

*Lovejoy’s offensive line of Myles Best, Lawrence Terrell, Solomon Lightfoot, Lorenzo Robinson and William Rogers led the way for 382 yards of total offense in a 33-14 victory over Mundy’s Mill. That was despite losing all-state RB Zion Custis (278 yards rushing in the opener) for all but one series because of injury. QB Jordan Huntington was 8-of-11 for 193 yards and a touchdown. Backup RB Brenden Williams rushed for 89 yards on 18 carries.

*Parkview’s offensive line of P.J. Weltch, Braelen Marshall, Sinan Virano, Jonathan Adams and Colin Taliaferro. They helped the Panthers to 504 yards of total offense – 320 rushing, 184 passing – in a 69-0 victory over Shiloh. Parkview scored on every possession of the game. The line has helped get Parkview into the top five of the rankings for the first time since 2005.
*Our Lady of Mercy‘s offensive line of Jalen Moore, Tim Summers, Brennan Schmitz, Adrian Andrews, Darren Jackson and Jerrell Smith opened holes for 329 yards rushing on 53 attempts in a 32-20 victory over Bulloch Academy. Caleb Pressley (23-162-1) and Javon Henderson (18-131-4) each rushed for more than 100 yards.

*Seminole County‘s offensive line of Cooper Bell, Marquis Wade, Gerardo Espinoza, Lee Martin, Peyton Bishop, Deandre Copeland and Tamichael Cunningham led the way for 333 yards rushing in a 42-6 victory over Stewart County. Travon Sims rushed for 155 yards on 28 carries.

*Trion‘s offensive line of Braxden Peace, Jackson Walters, Rylan Tomlin, Aiden Brock, Jake Hayes, Colton Duncan and Luke Westbrook paved the way for 429 yards rushing and 103 passing in a 49-21 victory over LaFayette. The line allowed no sacks and helped RB Logan Blevins rush for 103 yards and three touchdowns.

*Whitewater‘s offensive line of Jake Burns, Parker Pridgen, Grayson Bullard, Zach Outhavong and Miles Langston blocked for 100-yard rushers Maddox Mueller (112) and Miles Montgomery (178) in a 25-17 victory over Union Grove. Mueller passed for 126 yards. The Wildcats had 333 yards rushing and more than 450 in total offense.

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