Torey Bundrage, Howard: The Huskies’ quarterback rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 61 yards, had an interception to stop a late East Laurens drive and picked up the game-icing first down.
Kenny Gant, Houston County: Gant rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown in the Bears’ win Thursday over Harris County.
Stephone Johnson, Trinity Christian: Johnson rushed for 193 yards and a touchdown in a win over Piedmont.
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John Mitchell, Stratford: Mitchell rushed for 40 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 112 yards and two touchdowns in a Thursday win over Westwood.
Jamar Smith, Toombs County: Smith rushed for 231 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries in a win over Montgomery County.
Roquan Smith, Macon County: Smith had 13 tackles, six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in a win over Dooly County.
Danyale Walker, Washington County: Walker rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Golden Hawks’ win over Grovetown.
Daqavius Walker, Westside: Walker caught five passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Central.
Greg Williams, Peach County: The senior passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another in a 35-17 win over Perry.
What we learned
Hester can make a difference: It didn’t take long for Barney Hester’s influence to take hold. In his first game as the Howard head coach, the Huskies snapped a 24-game losing streak in a win over East Laurens.
Not missing a beat: Mark Farriba made a successful return to Stratford, leading the Eagles to a 28-7 win over Westwood on Thursday.
We’re still doing OK: New head coach Clint Morgan has fit it well so far at Tattnall Square, leading the Trojans to a win over Westfield on Friday and a 2-0 start overall.
Howard at Southwest, Thursday: Can the Huskies make it two straight? Howard has never won two in a row. Southwest head coach Joe Dupree is looking for his first win since returning to lead his alma mater.
Mary Persons at Jones County, Friday: Both teams will be seeking to extend their momentum as the region schedule draws closer. Mary Persons beat rival Jackson on Friday, while the Greyhounds knocked off Alcovy in overtime.
Houston County at Tift County, Friday: Fresh off a win in their season opener, the Bears face a tough test in Tifton from the Class AAAAAA Blue Devils.
Peach County at Baldwin, Friday: This has been one of the better rivalries in Middle Georgia over the past decade. The Braves will be seeking to get back on track following a loss to Jefferson County.
Spalding at Rutland, Friday: The Hurricanes are seeking their first 2-0 start in school history.
Central at Northeast, Friday: The Raiders knocked off Twiggs County in their opener, while the Chargers are hoping to erase the memories of a 50-13 loss to Westside.