Carver, Columbus 14, Buford 0: Another huge day from star running back Isaiah Crowell paced the Tigers, who ran for 184 yards on 20 carries. Among them was a 90-yard scamper two put the Tigers up two scores with 43 seconds left in the third quarter. Sophomore Marquis Hawkins put Carver on top in the second quarter, catching a deflected pass and racing 50 yards to paydirt. Quarterback Alexander Ross went 12-for-24 for 168 yards in a losing effort for the Wolves.
Columbia 20, Drew 6: The visiting Eagles scored late in the third quarter on a 32-yard pass from quarterback Derrick McQueen to Keethon Redding to seal their win over Drew. Kino Loyal accounted for two first-half touchdowns as Columbia took a 13-7 lead into the locker room. Loyal’s first touchdown was a 23-yard run in the first quarter while his second was a 37-yard reception in the second from McQueen. McQueen finished with 120 yards on 4-for-7 passing. Patrick Gavin had an interception for the Eagles.
Lovett 41, Towers 6: The Lions took a commanding 37-7 halftime lead on their way to an easy win over the visiting Titans. Lovett quarterback Hunter Budd completed 16-of-20 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns while also running for two more. Towers got on the board in the first quarter on a 13-yard pass from Donald Ross to Quincy Tiller to close to within 13-7. But Lovett stormed back with 24 second-quarter points and the rout was on. Towers fumbled six times and lost three.
Carrollton 35, Westminster 7: The visiting Trojans exploded for 22 second-half points after leading 13-7 at the half. Wildcat star running back Ralph David Abernathy IV was held to 18 rushes on five carries while Westminster as a team rushed for just 28 yards on 20 attempts. Trojan quarterback A.J. Barge was an efficient 5-for-8 passing for 104 yards and a 52-yard touchdown to Kelvin Brown. Kevin McCoy capped the scoring for Carrollton with a 35-yard fumble return with 9:45 left in the fourth quarter.
Blessed Trinity 17, Grady 14: The Titans held on for the victory when John Davis intercepted Treveon Albert on the Blessed Trinity 31 with under a minute to play. Grey Knights star Damian Swann had an interception to go with three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown in his team’s loss. Visiting Grady held a 14-7 halftime lead when Swann caught a 13-yard touchdown at the halftime buzzer. The Titans took the lead for good in the third quarter when Kevin Shulz rumbled 43 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Mill Creek 31, Alpharetta 12: John Russ lead the way in a resounding win for the host Hawks, amassing 204 total yards and two touchdowns, with one coming on the ground and the other on a 32-yard strike to Joey St. Clair-Everette. Tyler Cierski lead the way on the ground for Mill Creek with 77 yards on 15 carries. Keyshawn Bussey scored his second touchdown of the year, while DeVonte Lewis added 47 yards on 10 carries for the Hawks.
Norcross 14, Parkview 0: Seth Hinsley accounted for both touchdowns and Chris Bingham banged in two extra points for the host Blue Devils. The first of his two scores came with 3:02 to go in the second quarter, as Hinsley rumbled in to give the Blue Devils the lead heading into the break. He found the end zone once again late in the third on a 5-yard run and the defense did the rest to secure the win over the Panthers.
Kell 20, Etowah 10: The visiting Longhorns defeated the Eagles to pick up their second victory. Etowah’s Braden Nolan opened the scoring with a second-quarter touchdown, but Kell’s Brian Randolph ran the ensuing kickoff back to tie the game.
In the third, Kell’s Kyle Morris kicked a 47-yard field goal, and Etowah’s Kyle Riordan also split the uprights for a 10-10 score heading in the final quarter. Another Morris field goal and Kell touchdown sealed the deal for the Longhorns.
Chattahoochee 31, Lambert 7: The Cougars managed to shut out the host Longhorns for their first win of the season. The first quarter was eventful for Chattahoochee, as Timmy Byerly found Will Johnson for a 25-yard touchdown. With less than a minute remaining in the quarter, Byerly ran in for a 5-yard score, and Hunter Thomas recovered a fumble and took it 25 yards for a touchdown just 43 seconds later.
Right before halftime, Byerly tossed a 36-yard touchdown to Thomas and in the fourth, Ammon Lakip added a 45-yard field goal.
North Cobb 21, Centennial 14: The host Warriors opened the scoring on fourth-and-goal when Travis Hawkins found Jalen Williams for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Darius Conoway intercepted a pass and ran it back 68 yards to make it 13-0 at halftime. On their first possession of the second half, Centennial cut the lead when Sean Gilrain hit Tony Bradley with a 36-yard pass for the score. Hawkins threw a 32-yard touchdown to Nick Miller in the fourth, while the Knights’ Carlson Carty tallied the final score on a 12-yard run.
Woodstock 16, Harrison 6: Woodstock iced the game with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Kevin Bolak to tight end Dillon Thompson, who caught a short pass and ran 20 yards for the game’s final score. Visiting Harrison managed just two field goals, both in the first half, and Woodstock’s first touchdown of the night came right before halftime on a 30-yard Tanner Skogen rushing score. Woodstock’s Corey Santiago blocked a fourth-quarter Harrison field goal attempt, and Jonathan Wiener added a field goal in the first quarter.
Lassiter 27, Sprayberry 20: The Trojans picked up their first win of 2010 in a thriller over the host Yellow Jackets. Sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz came up big for Lassiter, recording a rushing touchdown and also completing a key touchdown pass to Charlie Hegedus in the fourth quarter.
For the Yellow Jackets, fullback P.J. Stone found the end zone on a 40-yard run. D.J. Funderburg also caught a 20-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Oran Davis in Sprayberry’s first home game of the season.
Contributors: Alex Ewalt, Tad Arapoglou, Josh Bagriansky