Another Friday is in the books, and metro Atlanta was immersed in high school football action. As always, there were a bunch of great individual and team efforts this evening, and we’ve highlighted several of them in our weekly recaps.
Walton’s Tyren Jones continued his early-season assault on opposing defenses while Westminster needed a complete team effort to hang on against Providence (Fla). Ranked powers Tucker, Wesleyan and Carrollton rolled to easy wins, while Banneker and Lambert edged their opponents. Stephenson and Westlake traveled to South Georgia, but only the Jaguars came back victorious.
Check out our recaps to see the best and brightest from Friday night …
Lassiter 56, North Cobb 35: Lassiter went on the road to defeat North Cobb 56-35 in a wild non-region contest between Cobb County programs. The Trojans (3-0) were led by junior quarterback Eddie Printz, who was 28-of-35 passing for 396 yards and four touchdowns, two to receiver Willie Police. Charlie Hegedus was the team’s leading pass-catcher with 118 yards and a score while Isiah Willis added 103 yards and a score. Jalen Williams had 120 yards receiving and three scores for North Cobb (1-2).
Carrollton 48, Centennial 0: Carrollton running back Telvin Brown scored the first three touchdowns of the game on runs of 71, 34 and 11 yards. Trojans quarterback Dallas Dickey then hit Josh Barge on throws of 42 and nine yards to give Carrollton a 34-0 halftime lead.
Peachtree Ridge 28, Newnan 16: Lions running back Diandre Atwater ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns while quarterback Billy Best had a near perfect night, completing 15-of-20 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. Peachtree Ridge took a quick 14-0 lead but the Cougars fought back to cut it to four points before Deante Brabham recovered a fumble late in the third quarter for the Lions which set up another Atwater score and put the game away.
Westminster 27, Providence (Fla.) 21: Blake Ashley returned an interception for a touchdown and added a 19-yard touchdown run to lead the host Wildcats to victory. Westminster quarterback Danny Catan connected with Michael Russell for a 50-yard scoring strike, while Harrison Butker booted field goals of 41 and 46 yards.
Wesleyan 54, Twiggs County 6: The visiting Wolves raced out to a 33-6 halftime lead on the strength of two rushing touchdowns by Zander Yost. Four different backs combined to rush for 253 yards and seven scores. Brandon Gilliam had three touchdowns.
Woodward Academy 42, Central-Carroll 14: Quarterback Terry Googer accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, one rushing, one receiving) for the host War Eagles. Conner Pilch caught and ran for a touchdown in the win over the Lions.
Banneker 29, Riverdale 22: Banneker QB Justin Henderson rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns and passed for a score, and running back Tyrell Brown ran for 136 yards on 18 carries for the host Trojans.
Tri-Cities 35, Creekside 12: The Bulldogs jumped on the visiting Seminoles early to take a 21-0 halftime lead. Anthony Mathis returned an interception for a touchdown for Tri-Cities. Jalan Price also scored for the Bulldogs, who rushed for 339 yards as a team.
Johns Creek 35, Cass 13: Matthew Gorst returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to break open the game for John’s Creek. Skye Overton added two rushing scores as the host Gladiators churned out 282 yards on the ground.
Mountain View 34, Lanier 17: The host Bears defeated Lanier behind a vengeful rushing attack. Marvin Elam rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns while Eddie West added another 87 yards and a touchdown. Mountain View ran for a total of 257 yards.
Central Gwinnett 49, Berkmar 6: Emanuel Westmoreland was 17-of-25 passing for 255 yards and four touchdowns, two to receiver Daniel Louis. Running back George Morris rushed for three TDs and 160 yards on 12 carries for the visiting Black Knights.
Norcross 49, Roswell 14: Blue Devils quarterback Jason Croom passed for two touchdowns to help defeat visiting Roswell, which was down 35-0 at halftime. Norcross sophomore Myles Autry had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Senior Anthony Autry caught a 31-yard touchdown pass.
Druid Hills 63, Cross Keys 6: The Red Devils scored two defensive touchdowns, including an interception return by Sean Favors, to overwhelm Cross Keys. Noah Thomas hit Damian Whitaker with a scoring strike and Via Andrews added a 55-yard touchdown run for the visiting Red Devils.
St. Pius 38, North Hall 13: Quarterback Trey White led a high-powered St. Pius attack with 245 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Logan Rosborough, Nick Ruffin, and Jake DeLany added scoring runs for the host Golden Lions and Thomas O’Leary chipped in a field goal.
Landmark Christian 51, Riverside Military 0: The War Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 lead after one. Cantrell Frazier hooked up with Joshua Nobles for a 49-yard score, before hitting Jeremiah Kirkland for 31-yards soon after. Kirkland also ran for a score, and Cole Higbie scored on a 44-yard interception return.
South Cobb 35, Northview 28: Terrence Upshaw scored all four touchdowns for the visitors, with three of them on the ground and one through the air. But his efforts were cancelled out by Chris Beck, who scored the winning touchdown on an 11-yard run with two minutes remaining.
Hillgrove 45, North Forsyth 0: Kenyan Drake ran for 121 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as the Hawks blitzed the hosts from the outset. Elijah Ironside was 9-for-18 passing for 150 yards and score. Even offensive lineman Macen Howell got in on the action, throwing for a 19-yard touchdown.
Lambert 24, Creekview 21: Brock Maxwell and Daniel Myers had touchdown runs to put Lambert ahead before the home team came up with a clinching defensive stand. Zach Price intercepted a Creekview pass on the two yard line with eight seconds remaining.
Riverwood 31, Decatur 21: Bulldogs quarterback Vito Antinozzi passed for 390 yards and three touchdowns, but host Riverwood rushed for 132 yards.
Allatoona 42, SE Whitfield 7: The visiting Buccaneers pummeled Southeast Whitfield behind Jeremy Uzbe and the passing game; he passed for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Miles Jones rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
Our Lady of Mercy 42, St. Francis 14: Adam Rose took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown for the visiting Bobcats. Rose added three rushing touchdowns. Rashard Sant ran a punt back and scored on a rushing touchdown in the win over the Knights.
East Paulding 51, Douglas County 6: The Raiders won easily at home thanks to a balanced attack. Mitchell Wade threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns, while Thomas Wooley added 109 yards rushing and one score for East Paulding.
Cedar Shoals 28, Rockdale County 14: Running back Rodney Willingham led host Cedar Shoals with three rushing touchdowns. His longest score was on a 50-yard run. Jamario Calhoun caught a touchdown pass from Darius Jordan for the Jaguars’ other score.
Mt. Pisgah Christian 27, Southwest Atlanta Christian 24: Kyle Sloter threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another score in a comeback win for the Patriots. His final touchdown pass of 44 yards put Mt. Pisgah ahead for good in the fourth quarter.
Mill Creek 28, Cherokee 0: The host Hawks were led by Jacory Lewis, who scored once and led all rushers 59 yards on 10 carries. Alonzo Collins had two touchdowns on three carries for 51 yards.
Dacula 20, Brookwood 6: Safety Brandon Bartlett intercepted a Brookwood pass with less than two minutes on the clock to seal the Falcons’ victory. The Dacula defense held the visiting Broncos to just two field goals. Marcus Cox and and Alex Arma each ran for a score for Dacula.
Marist 28, Chamblee 3: Will Curran ran for a 22-yard score and Gray King added a 15-yard touchdown run for the visiting War Eagles. Jason Morris and Myles Willis also added scores. The Bulldogs managed a 27-yard field goal.
Walton 49, Campbell 7: Tyren Jones ran for 207 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries to lead Walton. The visiting Raiders also got a pair of touchdown passes from Parker McLeod and a 32-yard interception return for a score courtesy of D.J. Smith.
ML King 31, Collins Hill 14: The Lions jumped out to a 24-7 lead at halftime, with all scores coming off Eagles turnovers. Jonquel Dawson hit Blake Tibbs for two scores in the first quarter to pace the hosts. Collins Hill’s Jordan Parker was valiant in a losing effort, scoring on a 9-yard run in the third.
Haralson County, 14, Mt. Paran 7: Both scores for Haralson County occurred on the ground with one coming from quarterback Bryce Wreen and the other from Nii-Oki Reindorf.
Wilkinson County 17, Whitefield Academy 10: In a defensive struggle, the Warriors came out on top despite gaining just 219 total yards. Jay Fields scored the only touchdown for the visiting Wolfpack. Whitefield Academy could muster only 118 total yards in the game.
Hiram 32, Paulding County 6: The Hornets defeated the host Patriots, as running backs Kevin Mitchel and Chris Miller and quarterback Roderick Harrison ran for scores while Dorian Joseph had a pick-6 in the first quarter.
Chattahoochee 34, Forsyth Central 7: Travis Marshall ran for one touchdown and added one more through the air on a scoring strike to Will Johnson as visiting Chattahoochee rolled over Forsyth Central. C.J. Leggett tacked on a touchdown run for the Cougars, while Kevin Hady booted two field goals.
Kell 36, Woodstock 12: The visiting Longhorns took a 22-6 halftime lead on touchdown runs by A.J. Redwine and Jordan Chambers, two field goals by Tyler Prince and a safety by Ethan Elliot. Clay Dodson capped Kell’s scoring in the second half with a 1-yard sneak.
Mundy’s Mill 20, Morrow 0: The Tigers did not need to score in the second half to defeat their region foe. Mundy’s Mill scored 13 in the first quarter and was led by receiver Keith Kent who caught a receiving touchdown.
LaGrange 35, Cedar Grove 34: Quinton Jackson hit Benny Gray for the winning touchdown in overtime and backup Taylor Stanford nailed the decisive PAT. The Saints scored on their possession in OT behind a run from Marlon Coley, but went for two and were unsuccessful.
Tucker 77, Carver-Atlanta 33: Juwaan Williams scored two quick touchdowns to put the visiting Panthers in an early hole. It was a runaway from there with Austin Benton scoring a defensive touchdown and Dallas Rivers hauling in an 80-yard score for the Tigers.
Alcovy 47, Starr’s Mill 31: Cornell White passed for 242 yards four touchdowns for host Alcovy, as receiver Kenard Murray had 168 yards receiving and two scores. Devon Edwards added 122 yards rushing and a score.
Fellowship Christian 35, North Cobb Christian 0: Four rushing touchdowns from Stephen Lantz—including a 99-yarder—were more than enough for the visiting Paladins, who posted their second straight shutout of the season. Lantz had 184 yards on the ground, while Tyler Hart added 121 rushing yards and a score.
Contributors: Stephen Black, Alex Ewalt, Josh Bagriansky, Joe Deighton, Ricky Dimon, Scott St. Lifer