Cortez Broughton, Veterans: Broughton anchored a defensive line that came up big in an upset over Westside on Thursday. Broughton intercepted a screen pass and had a crucial sack on third down late in the game to kill a Westside drive.
Jaquan Burns, Warner Robins: Burns rushed for 193 yards in a 34-14 win over Douglas County.
Tajhea Chambers, Baldwin: Chambers passed for 241 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards in a 41-7 win over Howard.
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Montez Cheney, Rutland: Cheney accounted for 215 yards of offense and three touchdowns in Rutland’s 26-15 win over West Laurens.
Trevon Ellison, Putnam County: Ellison rushed for 198 yards in a 35-0 loss to Jones County.
Melvin Hill, Washington County: Hill rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 win over Laney.
Mario McClendon, Bleckley County: McClendon had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown in a 34-13 win over Dodge County.
Nick Pullen, Brentwood: Pullen rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-14 win over Gatewood.
Michael Taylor, Johnson County: Taylor rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries and passed for 67 yards and a touchdown in a 26-6 win over Savannah Country Day.
Ben Thomas, Veterans: Thomas rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown in a 21-14 win over Westside.
Kentavious Thomas, Baldwin: Thomas accounted for 155 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-7 win over Howard.
Lane Watson, Tattnall Square: Watson rushed for 109 yards and passed for 86 yards and a touchdown in a 12-0 win over Deerfield-Windsor.
What we learned
Veterans’ schedule might have paid off: The Warhawks’ early season schedule was brutal with Warner Robins, Northside and Harris County. But facing adversity throughout those games helped prepare the Warhawks to beat Westside on Thursday.
Tattnall Square on top: Tattnall might be the favorite in GISA Class AAA after shutting out Deerfield-Windsor on Friday. The Trojans also have a win over Westfield this season.
Veterans at Rutland, Thursday: The Warhawks picked up a huge win over Westside, but this game might be equally important. The winner puts itself in a good playoff position, provided it doesn’t slip up the rest of the way.
FPD at Lincoln County, Friday: The Vikings got back on track with a win over Pace Academy, avoiding their first 0-3 start since 1994. The road ahead isn’t any easier in Region 7-A, beginning with a Red Devils squad coming off a loss to Ninety-Six (S.C.).
Grovetown at Houston County: If they want to contend for a playoff spot, the Bears can’t lose games like this one at home.
Johnson County at Savannah Christian: The Trojans have a chance to pull of their biggest win since 2010 if they can beat the ranked Raiders on the road.
Stratford at Westfield: The Eagles and Hornets meet in an important non-region game, which should be a good barometer for where both teams are at midway through the season.
Lakeside-Evans at Northside, Saturday: The Panthers have two quality wins following an opening loss to Statesboro, but the Eagles will present an enormous challenge. This could represent Northside’s toughest opponent until the Eagles play Warner Robins on Nov. 1.