The second week of the full slate of high school football games did not disappoint. Chattahoochee looked to get their season off on the right foot, but Lambert spoiled their season opener with a convincing win on the Cougars' home turf.
Lassiter won its annual backyard brawl with Sprayberry thanks to the leadership of quarterback Eddie Printz. And in a rematch from the 2006 Class 5A State Championship game, Peachtree Ridge got the better of Roswell with the help of wide receiver Joe Horn.
Morgan County 49, Clarkston 0: Running back Nick Simmons scored four rushing touchdowns and Marquis Ross caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Trent Hawk as the host Bulldogs built a huge first-quarter lead. Marquis Benton also scored twice and kicker Campbell Harrison connected on all seven PATs.
Holy Innocents’ 37, Washington-Wilkes 19: Andy Nichols returned an interception 25 yards for one defensive score and Lee Davis—who recorded a sack and two fumble recoveries—added another as the host Golden Bears toppled the Tigers, who racked up 264 total yards of offense.
Duluth 55, Northview 21: Miles Campbell ran for one touchdown, caught two more, and returned a punt 77 yards for another to push the Wildcats record to 2-0. Quarterback Anfornee Stewart also tossed four touchdown passes against the visiting Titans who were led by quarterback Evan Jacks 140 rushing yards.
Lassiter 42, Sprayberry 14: Host Lassiter sprinted to a 28-6 halftime lead after Robert Dowling opened the scoring with a 66-yard interception return for touchdown in the first quarter. Quarterback Eddie Printz threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Willie Police caught four balls for 130 yards and touchdowns of 73 and 10 yards. The Trojans rolled up 423 total yards.
Pace Academy 25, Whitefield Academy 7: Knights quarterback Kevin Johnson threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were caught by Robert Jones, while Denzel Patterson rushed for 95 yards on 13 carries. Visiting Pace Academy held a 12-0 halftime lead.
Lambert 24, Chattahoochee 7: Defending their Class AAAA championship at home, the Cougars could never get their offense moving. Lambert opened the scoring on a 28-yard field goal by Tyler Covault. The Longhorns added a touchdown on a 40-yard run by Brock Maxwell, the son of Lambert head coach Sid Maxwell. Maxwell scored again in the second half when he recovered a ball in his end zone. Will Johnson then took a pass in the flats and went 80 yards to get his team within 10.
Landmark Christian 69, Athens Christian 28: The War Eagles thrashed host Athens Christian in this lopsided affair. Josh Nobles led Landmark with five catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns while they passed for 223 yards.
Luella 27, Eagle’s Landing 14: Luella and Eagles Landing took a 14-14 score entering the fourth before Luella pulled away in the fourth. Eagles Landing recovered a fumble for a score and got an eight-yard run for a score from Tyler Teknipp, who was 10-25 passing for 126 yards for the home team. Luella’s Jared Hendricks threw two second half touchdowns.
ELCA 23, Henry County 14: John Tatum rushed for 225 yards on 16 carries for the host Chargers while quarterback Aaron Spratlin threw only five times but completed four of them, including one touchdown. Scott Barlow caught the 25-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to break a 14-14 tie. Kicker Cole Dellinger closed out the scoring with a 23-yard field goal.
Langton Hughes 33, Campbell 18: Langston Hughes withstood a Campbell rushing attack before pulling away for the win. Campbell received scores from Austin Green and Ricky James, from four yards and two yards respectively, while Arvil Jenkins scored on an 85-yard play for the visiting Spartans.
East Paulding 49, Paulding County 9: The Raiders received several long touchdown runs in the first half from Terrell Hannah as the two teams combined for 49 points in first half. The home East Paulding Raiders improved to 3-0 on the year.
South Atlanta 20, Decatur 6: The visiting Hornets stung Decatur by forcing four turnovers, three fumbles and one interception, in a sloppy affair. They also rushed for 102 yards and passed for 75 yards on ten attempts.
Miller Grove 12, Dunwoody 7: Dunwoody scored first in its matchup with the visiting Miller Grove Wolverines. Quarterback Joseph Farrar sneaked into the endzone for an early 7-0 score. Miller Grove would respond with six before the intermission and would add six more in the second half to win. Chris Stark 36-yard TD reception in fourth DeVonte Parks 70-yard PR to set up a one-yard touchdown.
Hillgrove 48, Marietta 8: Kenyon Drake put on quite a show for the home crowd, scoring five touchdowns, including a 93-yard kick return. Drake caught rushed it just five times for thirty-three yards but caught four passes for 155 yards and 3 scores.
Woodland-Bartow 55, South Forsyth 23: Quarterback R.J. Williams led the way for the host Wildcats with five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing). Antoine Terrell caught and rushed for a touchdown in the win over the visiting South Forsyth War Eagles.
Stephenson 41, Cedar Grove 12: Hallford Stadium was rocking when Stephenson turned two Cedar Grove turnovers into 13 points in less than 25 seconds early in the first. DeMarcus Sweat scored twice, including a 70-yard reception in the second, and Raphael Kirby returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown. Mike Davis found the endzone for the Jags as did TJ Moon and Brandon Washington.
Walton 42, Milton 16: Defensive touchdowns from Darron Blaylock and Justin Brooks, alongside three scores on the ground from Tyren Jones paced the Raiders (2-0) Jones finished with 96 yards rushing, and Parker McLoud threw for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Calvary Day 25, Walker 14: Calvary Day racked up 288 yards rushing, part of 470 total yards in the win. The home Calvary Day squad scored twice in fourth quarter to pull away. Walker got 117 yards from Evan Casian.
St. Pius 35, Benedictine 0: The visiting Golden Lions rolled to a 21-0 halftime lead behind by two rushing scores (two and seven yards) from Geno Smith. The Cadets were held to one first-half first down while St. Pius totaled more than 500 yards total offense.
Kell 26, Etowah 15: Kell received scores from four different players to best Etowah. Jordan Chambers, Chris Gaines each ran in a score while Michael Belero and Hunter Marshall also scored for the home Longhorns. Etowah’s Mike Lanier ran for a score and threw a TD pass.
Mill Creek 42, Alpharetta 14: Quarterback John Russ ran for 100 yards, scored two rushing touchdowns, and completed 11 of 14 passes for 121 yards to surge the visiting Hawks past the Raiders. Jacorey Lewis also rushed for two scores while the Mill Creek defense collected six turnovers.
Flowery Branch 64, Winder-Barrow 7: Senior wide receiver C.J. Curry caught five passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the first half for the visiting Falcons, as they took a commanding 30-7 halftime lead. The Bulldogs never recovered, as they dropped their second game on the season.
King’s Ridge Christian 13, Lakeview Academy 3: The host Tigers defeated Lakeview with the help of their rushing game. RB Tarez Miller rushed for 120 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Also, Devon Schmitt caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Peachtree Ridge 31, Roswell 2: Billy Best and Joe Horn hooked up for a 61-yard score and Ahmaad Harris returned a punt 42 yards for a score to pace the Lions (1-1). Diondre Atwater finished with 146 yards, with 55 of them coming on a long touchdown run.
South Cobb 29, Wheeler 28: A 41-yard field goal from Carlos Saldana with 17 seconds to play capped an incredible comeback for the hosts. Stephon Masha hooked up with Carlos Anderson for an important 43-yard reception on the winning drive. Anderson finished with 77 yards receiving.
Whitewater 23, Ola 7: Blake Barnes and Colton Clemons scored touchdowns for the Whitewater Wildcats. The game was tied at seven for most of the game, before Barnes and Clemons’ touchdowns buried the visiting Mustangs in the third quarter.
Norcross 35, Parkview 14: The Blue Devlls (2-0) scored touchdowns on their first three offensive possessions and the visitors (0-2) couldn’t recover. After the Panthers showed signs of life behind scoring runs from Patrick Flowe and Chris Carson, Joseph Wilber hit Anthony Autry for a 40-yard score to ice it in the third quarter.
Calhoun 38, Armuchee 7: Calhoun whipped the host Indians behind a balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Tyler Lamb passed for over 250 yards and had three total touchdowns while running back Darius Washington rushed for two scores.
East Coweta 27, Pebblebrook 13: A 41-yard run from Garrett Schrepfer finished off the home team (0-2). Schrepfer finished with 56 yards passing and threw for score. Michael Willis rushed for 68 yards for the Indians (2-0).
Northwest Whitfield 31, Creekview 21: A 25-yard touchdown scamper by Colter Cresswell and 35-yard scoring catch by Cliff Phillips helped lead Northwest Whitfield (1-1) to victory over Creekview. Nathan Sistrunk had 14 carries for 142 yards. Creswell was 5-for-7 passing for 65 yards.
Union Grove 27, Fayette County 19: Union Grove picked up the road win with a comeback victory. After trailing 19-10 in the fourth, Kyle Bullard kicked a 35-yard field goal with three minutes remaining to give the Wolverines the lead at 20-19.
Stockbridge 62, North Springs 0: Leon Prunty ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more for the visitors. Malik Brown scored on a 75-yard scamper and Tevin Curley also caught a 35-yard pass from Prunty to pace the victors (2-0).
North Paulding 40, Alexander 35: Senior quarterback Zach Cummings threw three touchdowns to senior wide receiver Joel Brooks for the host Wolfpack. Sophomore running back Cornelius Collins also added a touchdown in the defeat of the Cougars.
West Forsyth 33, Cherokee 9: The visiting Wolverines defensively shut down the Warriors. Conner Moore and Drew Robbins each had pick-6’s while running back Blake Roberts rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
John’s Creek 34, Sequoyah 0: The visitors (2-0) scored three touchdowns in the second quarter en route to the win. Sky Overton totaled four touchdowns on the ground, and also threw for 139 yards. Chase Solomon ran for 122 yards and a score, while Sam Arrington and Grant Brown combined for 16 tackles on defense.
Archer 18, Mountain View 7: The host Tigers defeated Mountain View with the rushing game. Running back Ernest Alexander rushed for two touchdowns while Zach Wachholz kicked two field goals to pin the victory.