Robert Allen, Peach County: The Trojans’ quarterback completed 11-of-16 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for two scores in the win over Jackson.
JJ Battle, Tattnall Square: Battle rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown on eight carries against FPD, but his biggest gain of the night in the 28-14 victory was a recovery of a Jonathan Ward fumble that he advanced 30 yards to set up a second-quarter touchdown that put the Trojans up for good.
Ivory Childers, Central: Childers had just two receptions against Southwest, but both were big: 67-yard and 65-yard touchdowns in the second quarter of a 37-0 victory.
Jeremiah Daniels, Central: Daniels rushed for 137 yards against Southwest.
Derrick Evans, Central: The quarterback threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns against Southwest.
Keith Farris, Mount de Sales: Farris accounted for 131 all-purpose yards in a 28-21 loss to Wilkinson County.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Westfield: The Hornets’ quarterback completed three passes, one for a touchdown, and carried four times, twice for a touchdown, in Westfield’s 49-14 win over previously unbeaten John Milledge.
Jake Fromm, Houston County: The sophomore completed 25-of-32 for 312 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears’ 45-15 win over Jones County on Thursday.
Desjuan Harris, Veterans: The running back carried 15 times for 107 yards and a touchdown in the 35-7 win over Perry.
Dee High, Mary Persons: The senior ran 23 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 42-0 win over Upson-Lee.
Jake Johnston, Mary Persons: The junior quarterback was 8-of-14 for 187 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Upson-Lee.
Willie Jordan, Northside: The senior tailback rushed 34 times for 249 yards and a touchdown in a 24-21 win over Warner Robins.
Macon County defense: The Bulldogs recorded a whopping 13 tackles for loss and allowed 133 yards of offense in a 28-0 win over Bleckley County.
Gerald Morgan, Fitzgerald: The senior ran for four touchdowns as part of Fitzgerald’s night of nearly 600 yards in total offense in the 57-29 win over Brooks County.
Timori Northcutt, Rutland: The quarterback threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another in a 26-0 win at Spencer.
Jaylen Searcy, Houston County: The junior caught passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears’ 45-15 win over Jones County.
Jonathan Ward, Tattnall: Ward rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns against FPD.
O’Showen Williams, Stratford: Williams ran for 112 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Twiggs County.
WHAT WE LEARNED
Almost in the bag: Tattnall Square’s 28-14 win over FPD put the Trojans a big step closer to wrapping up the GHSA Region 7A-A race. Tattnall (7-0, 3-0 region) has wins over Wilkinson County, Stratford at FPD, with games at winless Twiggs County and 3-4 Mount de Sales remaining before the region championship crossover game. A win in either one of those games clinches the subregion and a Nov. 7 trip to the Region 7B-A champion, likely to be the winner of the Oct. 31 Aquinas-Lincoln County game.
Big-time D in Class A showdown: Hawkinsville and Marion County lived up to expectations of a defensive slugfest, with the two offenses managing a total of 325 yards between them. Not surprisingly, passing was a key. The Red Devils lost a yard in the air, and the Eagles had 75 yards. A postseason rematch, like last year, wouldn’t be a shock.
Can’t look ahead yet: Mary Persons appears to be the best team in GHSA Region 2-AAA, especially after Baldwin’s 20-12 win over West Laurens, handing the Raiders their first region loss. Mary Persons still has Baldwin, which is getting confidence and momentum, before West Laurens. And has Veterans started to click?
Down to six: Hawkinsville and John Milledge dropped from the list of unbeaten teams in the area. Still perfect: Dodge County (was off, and is set for a battle with subregion co-leader Cook), Peach County, Westside, Washington County, Vidalia and Tattnall Square.
Fitzgerald can flex: After losing two straight to Brooks County, Fitzgerald went crazy in the fourth quarter against the Trojans in a 57-29 road win to throw Region 1-AA into a mess, with Thomasville on top. Fitzgerald trailed 22-21 at halftime and scored four touchdowns in the final 12 minutes.
Go ahead, book Westside-Peach County: Barring an epic collapse, the Oct. 31 showdown in Fort Valley between Westside and Peach County will be between undefeated teams. Peach County rolled past Jackson 52-17 on Friday in what could have been a trap game, and games against outmatched opponents are all that’s left for the eighth-ranked Seminoles and the fifth-ranked Trojans. Westside (7-0) hosts 1-6 Spencer on Thursday at the Ed DeFore Sports Complex, while Peach County (8-0) entertains 2-6 Jordan this Friday.
McConnell-Talbert was 1-for-2: Thursday night’s Houston County-Jones County game was more one-sided than anybody expected, but Friday night’s Northside-Warner Robins showdown had a little bit of everything in going down to the final minute and displaying a monster performance from Willie Jordan.
Playoff spots available: While Peach County and Westside are running away with the top two spots in GHSA Region 2-AAA, the other two playoff positions are completely up for grabs, and all of the Bibb County schools in the region are in the hunt. Jackson is currently third at 3-2, while Rutland is fourth at 3-3. Central and Southwest are tied with Rutland in the loss column, a half-game back at 2-3. Kendrick and Spencer are 1-4, while Jordan is 1-5.
Rolling in Roberta: Crawford County’s struggles have been well-chronicled, along with this season’s resurgence. The Eagles have cracked 40 points three times this season, Friday’s 46-12 win over Glascock County the latest. That’s the most points since an early-season 54-0 win over Pelham in 2007. Note that Crawford County scored only 14 points in the final seven games of last season.
Stopping the slide: Veterans got its first win of the season on Friday, and continued an odd scoring trend. The Warhawks went backwards in scoring to start the season -- 26, 7, 3, and 0 -- before finally moving forward -- 19, 23 and 35. Did Veterans find itself in time to make the playoffs?
Lakeside-Evans at Warner Robins, Friday: It’s all but an elimination game in Region 2-AAAAA, the Demons off a respectable performance against Northside. These two and Jones County are 4-2, with Evans (vs. Jones County) at 3-3.
Jones County at Evans, Friday: See “Lakeside-Evans at Warner Robins” minus the part about the Northside game. Jones County was humbled against Houston County, and Evans has lost two straight.
Upson-Lee at Howard, Friday: The Knights are reeling a little after getting thumped at home by Mary Persons, and they have a half-game lead over Howard and Veterans for fourth place. The Huskies have Veterans and Baldwin left, while the Knights still have Veterans.
Central at Jackson, Friday: Central broke a three-game losing streak with an impressive 37-0 win over Jackson, putting the Chargers in the middle of the Region 2-AAA playoff race. A win at Jackson by Central could make what is currently a three-team race for one spot a four-team competition for two spots.
Macon County at Northeast, Friday: A chance for people in the city of Macon to see highly recruited linebacker Roquan Smith will take place at Thompson Stadium. Macon County is tied for first in GHSA Region 4-AA with Lamar County, while Northeast is tied for third with Monticello.
Cook at Dodge County, Friday: They’ve only played once, but this will have a rivalry and playoff feel as the Hornets and Indians sit atop Region 1A-AAA at 6-0 in region play.
Dublin at Swainsboro, Friday: The Irish can pretty much clinch a playoff spot with a win, while Swainsboro will have the hunger of a team more in need of a victory to almost do the same.
-- Telegraph Staff