Sunday Morning Quarterback

jheeter@macon.comOctober 6, 2012 

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Game Balls

Lance Austin, Lamar County: Austin passed for 140 yards and two touchdowns (on 3-of-5 passing) and rushed for 41 yards in a win over Northeast. He also had an interception on defense.

Taye Brantley, East Laurens: Brantley rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown, caught another touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown to lead the Falcons to a win,

Logan Byrd, Veterans: Byrd rushed for three touchdowns and passed for 57 yards and another touchdown in the Warhawks’ 37-7 win over Howard.

Juan Foster, Vidalia: Foster rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Atkinson County.

Jakeevis Howell, Taylor County: Howell rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-0 win over Monticello.

Stephen Johnson, Trinity Christian: Johnson rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Brentwood.

Shannon Smith, Westside: Smith jumpstarted Westside with a 75-yard kickoff return touchdown following a lateral across the field and later caught a touchdown pass in a win over Mary Persons.

Brooks Stroud, FPD: Stroud rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 170 yards on 15-of-21 passing in the Vikings’ 31-7 win over GMC.

Quintavius Virgil, Central: Virgil scooped and scored on a 43-yard fumble return that gave the Chargers the game-winning points in a win over Southwest. He added a 54-yard touchdown catch to ice the game.

William Walker, Washington County: The Golden Hawks’ quarterback rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 107 yards and a touchdown in a win over Lovett.

Lane Watson, Tattnall Square: Watson rushed for 87 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 128 yards and another touchdown in a win over Westminster-Augusta.

Greg Williams, Peach County: Williams passed for 193 yards and two touchdowns on 7-of-10 passing in the Trojans’ win over Henry County.

What we learned

The Falcons finally soar

After 37 years and 20 losses, East Laurens finally picked up its first win over rival Dublin. The Falcons scored 46 points, the highest total in 21 meetings. East Laurens had never scored more than 20 against the Irish, and it had been held under 10 points in 17 of the 20 meetings heading into Friday’s game. The Irish, meanwhile, had scored fewer than 26 points only four times in 20 meetings.

Looking ahead

Peach County at Jackson, Friday: The Trojans stay on the road for the third straight week, heading north to take on the Red Devils after outscoring their past two opponents 97-7.

Fitzgerald at Brooks County, Friday: Probably one of the five best games in the state, the winner of this game will almost certainly win Region 1-AA. Brooks County (6-0) has been dominant, beating Valdosta, Thomasville and Early County.

Washington County at Jefferson County, Friday: The Golden Hawks will find out if their tough non-region schedule – they beat Eagle’s Landing Christian, ECI, Baldwin, Laney and Lovett – will pay off as they travel to Louisville for their Region 3-AAA opener.

Bleckley County at Macon County, Friday: Macon County seems to be the one team left that could derail a Bleckley County-Lamar County showdown for the Region 4-AA championship. The Bulldogs have won their first two region games – by a combined score of 104-6 – after losing three straight to start the season.

Taylor County at Northeast, Friday: Taylor County played Lamar County tough two weeks ago before spanking Monticello by 47 points on Friday. The Raiders beat Monticello 24-0. These two teams should be in the mix with Macon County, Bleckley County and Lamar County for the four playoff spots in Region 4-AA.

Harlem at East Laurens, Friday: East Laurens has won four games for the first time since 2008, and a win over the Bulldogs would give the Falcons their best start since 2003.

North Clayton at Upson-Lee, Friday: After starting the season with two losses, the Knights have bounced back with three straight wins, including an impressive 31-10 victory over Spalding. The Knights need a win over North Clayton before a tough stretch to finish the season that includes Riverdale, Griffin and Jonesboro.

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