Sunday Morning Quarterback

jheeter@macon.comSeptember 28, 2013 

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Houston County receiver Brensten Lindsey (3) hauls in a touchdown during their game against Grovetown Friday night.

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Davion Anderson, Northeast: Anderson rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown, passed for 120 yards and intercepted two passes as a defensive back -- he returned one 61 yards for a touchdown -- in a 29-6 win over Monticello.

Lance Austin, Lamar County: Austin rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries and added 94 yards passing in the Trojans’ 40-14 win over Taylor County.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Westfield: He passed for 112 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Giles Amos -- and rushed for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown in a 21-20 win over Stratford. He added a 2-point conversion pass.

Tra Hardy, Vidalia: Hardy rushed for 183 yards and five touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in a 55-26 romp over Metter.

Jonathan Hefner, Stratford: Hefner caught seven passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 21-20 loss to Westfield.

Dee High, Mary Persons: High rushed for 103 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries in a 48-0 win over Howard.

Danny Hite Jr., Warner Robins: Hite Jr. rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in a 27-14 road win over Evans.

Walker Juhan, Jones County: Juhan rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries in a win over Greenbrier.

Nick Pullen, Brentwood: Pullen rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in a 47-0 win over Bulloch Academy.

Brandon Shealy, Fullington: Shealy rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns in a 46-16 win over CFCA.

K.J. Smith, Perry: Smith caught four passes for 165 yards and rushed for 51-yard touchdown in the Panthers 41-35 upset of Baldwin.

Michael Taylor, Johnson County: Taylor passed for 123 yards and rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns in a 14-7 win over No. 2 Savannah Christian.

Joe Welch, Gatewood: Welch scored two touchdowns following blocked punts and added a 17-yard touchdown reception in the Gators’ 42-12 win over Windsor.

Samsun West, Houston County: West rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in a 52-19 win over Grovetown.

What we learned

Houston County rolling so far: The Bears have equaled their win total from a year ago -- they’ve won more than three games in a season just once since 2006. The 52 points they scored in Friday’s win was the second highest total in program history and their most points in a game in 21 years.

Johnson County vaults to the top: Johnson County announced itself as a contender for the Class A public school championship after a road win at No. 2 Savannah Christian. It was the Trojans’ biggest win since they beat ECI in 2010.

Going for the win is risky business: Both FPD and Stratford played for wins on the road by going for two-point conversions. FPD came up short at Lincoln County, while the Eagles failed on their two-point try with no time left on the clock against Westfield.

Looking ahead

Westside at Mary Persons, Friday: The Bulldogs face their toughest test so far in the form of the Seminoles, who are looking to move up in the Region 2-AAAA standings.

Lamar County at Northeast, Friday: It’s a matchup of undefeated teams. Both teams were undefeated heading into this game a year ago, and the Trojans rolled.

Warner Robins at Jones County, Friday: Jones County is coming off its most complete performance thus far, but the Demons present a giant leap in talent from the Greenbrier team the Greyhounds beat on Friday.

Houston County at Northside, Friday: The Bears are off to their best start in three years, but the Eagles are the best team they’ve played so far. Northside has never lost to Houston County, going 15-0 all-time in the series. Only twice has the game been decided by fewer than 10 points.

Lovett at Washington County, Friday: The Golden Hawks play their toughest opponent of the season in the Class AA’s top-ranked Lions, who upset Class AAA St. Pius X two weeks ago.

Rutland at Baldwin, Friday: The Braves are reeling after a loss to previously winless Perry, and the Hurricanes are seeking some redemption after a loss to Veterans on Thursday.

Dooly County at Hawkinsville, Friday: The Red Devils have won three straight for the first time since 2010, but they’ll have to contend with last year’s Class A public school runner-up. The Bobcats are coming off a shutout win over Brookstone.

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