Davian Daniel, Jones County: Daniel caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Greyhounds’ romp over Grovetown.
Kenny Gant, Houston County: The senior running back ran 28 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns and caught five passes for 38 yards in the Bears’ loss to Lakeside-Evans.
Sean Grossnickle, Stratford: Grossnickle had touchdown runs of 60 and 39 yards in a 48-16 win over GMC. He finished with 119 yards.
Dee High, Mary Persons: High carried 27 times for 179 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ shutout of Perry.
Nathan McBride, Vidalia: The sophomore had an efficient big game, getting 106 yards on three carries in a 38-0 win over Groves.
Northside defense: The Eagles held Greenbrier to minus-3 yards rushing and two first downs in a 55-0 decision.
Garrel Quainton, West Laurens: The senior quarterback completed 14-of-20 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns -- and ran for a fourth touchdown -- in a 56-19 win over Howard.
Leon Simmons, Covenant: Simmons ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-12 win over John Hancock.
Roquan Smith, Macon County: The versatile senior linebacker had 19 tackles, two for loss and a sack in the Bulldogs’ win at Heard County.
Marcell Williams, Westside: With running back Cedric Hollingshed sidelined, the Seminoles’ quarterback completed 12-of-21 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Kendrick.
O’Showen Williams, Stratford: Williams ran for 108 yards and three touchdowns in the win over GMC.
Anthony Wright, Bleckley County: The senior fullback went for 198 yards on 19 carries, including an 81-yard run and 51-yard touchdown run, in the Royals’ 28-14 win over Berrien County.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Crawford County is on a roll: The hole has been deep, but Crawford County continues digging out of it. The Eagles are 3-3 after Friday’s 33-0 pounding of Temple, the first time since 2007 they’ll enter October at .500 or better. It’s their first shutout since the season-opening 27-0 win over Taylor County in 2008. It’s a nice turnaround after ending last season being blanked in their final four games.
Nobody’s safe: So much for the local part of GHSA Region 2-AAAAA staying in control of the Augusta area, thanks to Lakeside-Evans’ upset of Houston County on Friday, the first such win this season by an Augusta program. Of course, three of the four local teams have only one region loss, with Evans the lone eastern team at 3-1. Lakeside next hosts Jones County, six days before the Greyhounds visit Houston County in a still-huge matchup.
Still perfect: We’re down to 11 area teams that have made it to the halfway point undefeated, losing Houston County, Telfair County and FPD from those ranks Friday. The teams that are still undefeated are Jones County, Upson-Lee, Dodge County, Westside, Peach County, Washington County, Fitzgerald, Vidalia, Hawkinsville, FPD and Tattnall Square.
Scoring tough vs. Vidalia: Vidalia is on a roll, with three straight shutouts -- 13 point-free quarters in a row -- and three straight games of at least 38 points scored. Vidalia’s next major challenge is Oct. 17 when it visits Benedictine (3-1, 2-0 Region 2-AA). Two weeks later is a showdown at Jeff Davis (4-1, 2-0).
Comeback kids: West Laurens was down 12-0 at home to Howard and exploded for 27 points in the second quarter to pull away for a 56-19 win. Fitzgerald, Class AA’s No. 2 team, trailed 13-0 in the first quarter to Early County but won the second half 21-7 for a 34-20 win.
Just in time?: Bleckley County got off to a bad start this season, losing its first three games by a 109-17 margin. But the Royals are rolling, having knocked off ranked Dublin 28-21 last week and then Berrien 28-14 on Friday for a two-game winning streak entering Region 4-AA play and a visit in two weeks from state runner-up Lamar County.
Kickers were busy: Some legs that didn’t belong to backs or linemen were likely a little tired Saturday as place-kickers had a busy night. Northside’s Justin Alonso was perfect on seven extra-point tries, while Jones County’s Wade Carr was perfect on six tries to go with a 27-yard field goal. Peach County’s Omar Cervantes and Mitchell Fineran teamed for a 7-for-7 evening. Westfield’s Griffin Elmore made seven extra-point tries, with the Hornets missing their final attempt. West Laurens’ Andrew Dukes had a 23-yard field goal to go with a 4-for-7 extra-point night, while Houston County’s Jordan Strevig added two field goals to his 2-for-2 extra-point night. Also, Stratford’s Thomas Traynham went 6-for-7 on extra points, with a snap that was slightly off the mark leading to a blocked kick on the lone miss.
Stratford at FPD: The week ahead marks the start of region play in GHSA Region 7A-A, and Friday’s game at FPD will mark the first meeting between the Bibb County private school teams since 2009, when both were members of the GISA. Not only is this the resumption of a neighborhood rivalry that has been on hold for a few years, but this will also mark the first time Stratford running back O’Showen Williams will compete against his former FPD teammates. Williams, who also plays basketball, transferred from FPD to Stratford between semesters last winter.
Jackson at Westside: The undefeated Seminoles host 3-1 Jackson at the Ed DeFore Sports Complex. After losing by 20 to Mary Persons to begin the season, Jackson has won three straight, beating Monticello by two and rolling to wins over Kendrick and Jordan. It’s probably the biggest challenge remaining on the Westside schedule prior to the Seminoles’ Oct. 31 showdown at Peach County.
Southwest at Spencer: With Spencer defeating Central in overtime Friday, Southwest has a chance to improve its chances of reaching the Class AAA playoffs heading into its Oct. 10 contest against Rutland. Spencer, on the other hand, will put itself in a strong position for a postseason berth with a win.
Evans at Warner Robins: Both are 3-1 in region play, and at this point, this is a quasi-elimination game from playoff contention, since Warner Robins still has to face Northside and Jones County, and Evans awaits Jones County and Houston County.
Jefferson County at Dublin: The Irish have lost three straight to the Warriors, who lost by only five to unbeaten Screven County in the 3-AA opener.
West Laurens at Upson-Lee: Two of the three region teams with overall winning records can score points, but the visiting Raiders are giving up some points.
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