Clarke Central finishes region undefeated, Oconee County wins big
CLARKE CENTRAL 55, JOHNSON-GAINESVILLE 3
In Gainesville, the Gladiators won their third Regional 8-5A Championship in as many years with a loss to the Knights.
Clarke Central (8-2, 7-0) scored five times in the first quarter as Will Richardson rushed for two touchdowns, Lucian Anderson threw a touchdown pass to Nehemiah Jones, who also ran for another score , and Eli Warrington reached the end zone with 10 seconds remaining to make it 35-0.
Kendrick Curry scored the lone score in the second quarter and Kendall Dunn rushed for a touchdown with 3:40 left in the third quarter. The Gladiators’ final score came on a fourth quarter led by Ben Campbell.
Clarke Central will be the No. 1 seed and host the No. 4 seed in Region 6-5A at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
OCONEE COUNTY 48, FRANKLIN COUNTY 6
At Warrior Stadium in Watkinsville, the Warriors – ranked No.4 in Class 3A – sewed the No.2 seed in the Region 8-3A with a loss in Franklin County.
After falling behind 6-0 early, Oconee County (9-1, 4-1) tallied 48 unanswered points. Whit Weeks gave the Warriors a 7-6 lead over a scorer with 10 minutes left in the first quarter. Darius Johnson ran for the team’s second touchdown and 30 seconds later Weeks rushed for a touchdown after the Warriors recovered a fumble from the Lions.
With 8:30 left in the second quarter, Jesean Heard scored on a 2-yard run to make it 28-6. Dylan Manders found the end zone after a scoop-and-score recovery and fumble return and Peyton Broadnax scored on a 6-yard run with three minutes before halftime to give the Oconee County.
Mack Ricks scored in the Warriors’ first possession in the third quarter to complete the scoring.
Oconee County welcomes Adairsville (7-2), the No. 3 seed in Region 8-6A, at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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JEFFERSON 49, MADISON COUNTY 6
At Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, the Dragons – ranked No.6 in Class 4A – racked up 296 offensive yards (287 rushing) to close the regular season at 9-1 overall and 5-1 in region 8-4A and to be the region’s No.2 seed in the state playoffs.
Jefferson’s Malaki Starks counted for his team’s two touchdowns in the first quarter, rushing 7 yards with 8:51 left in the quarter to cap a 6-play, 59-yard drive. The Starks’ second touchdown came with 3:44 left on a 1-yard run, closing an 8-play, 44-yard possession.
The Dragons tallied 28 points in the second quarter, starting with Jordan Perry’s 6-yard rush with 10:30 remaining. Less than 15 seconds later, Starks intercepted a Red Raiders pass and returned it for a touchdown. With 8:07 to go, Kadin Bailey brought out a 2-game drive with a 50-yard run. With 3:12 to go before half-time, Reese Johnson made it 42-0 with a 1-yard run that capped a 7-game, 37-yard drive.
Jefferson’s only second-half score came on a 75-yard kickoff return by Chase Johnson with just under two minutes to go.
Madison County avoided the shutout at 2:09 of the fourth quarter when Tyler Wright scored on a 1 yard rush. The Red Raiders finished with under-29 passing yards and 18 total offensive yards.
The Dragons will host the # 3 seed of region 8-4A, Hapeville Charter (5-5), at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Red Raiders end the season 5-5 overall and 2-4 in the region.
BETHLEEM CHRISTIAN 52, CREEKSIDE CHRISTIAN 20
In Bethlehem, the Knights ended a three-game losing streak with a decisive GISA 4-2A victory over winless Creekside Christian.
Josh Adams led Bethlehem Christian with 227 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Elijah Goodard scored 1 yard, JoJo Adams returned a 37-yard punt for a touchdown and Brady Logan scored 7 for 7 on extra runs and hit a 34-yard field goal attempt.
The Knights (7-4, 1-2) are set to host a 7:30 p.m. State Playoff first-round game against an opponent to be determined.
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LANIER 22, wheelbarrow 13
At Sugar Hill, the Bulldoggs missed the playoffs for the second straight season as Lanier grabbed the last playoff spot in the Region 8-6A.
Winder-Barrow scored in the first quarter on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Conyer Smith to Stewart Allen. The Bulldoggs’ second scoring came in the third quarter on a 21-yard rush from Tyreeck Hall.
The Bulldoggs end the season 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the region.
STEPHENS COUNTY 24, JACKSON EAST 0
At Commerce, the Eagles lost their second straight game and finished out of the playoff race as the Indians gave them their second shutout of the season and won the No. 4 seed in Region 8- 3A.
East Jackson ends the season 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the region.
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WESTSIDE-AUGUSTA 22, GoogleTHORPE COUNTY 7
In Lexington, the Patriots’ season ended with the Patriots, who took the second seed in the region 4-2A with a 7-1 league record (8-2 overall).
Oglethorpe County’s only touchdown came with 14 seconds left in the first quarter, when quarterback Will Sampson hit the end zone on a short term. Westside-Augusta scored 15 unanswered points the rest of the way.
The Patriots end the season 3-7 overall and 3-4 in the region.
LINCOLN COUNTY 28, COMMERCE 6
At Buddy Bufford Field in Lincolnton, the Tigers lost for the second time in the past three weeks to drop to fourth in Region 8-A Public. The trade had plenty of opportunities to stay close, but second-half practice that went all the way to the Red Devils 24, 10, and 1-yard line failed to produce any runs.
Jaiden Daniels, who entered Friday’s game with nearly 1,300 rushing yards for the season, scored the Tigers’ lone touchdown on a 4-yard run with 8:47 left in the first half.
Commerce (6-4, 3-2) will travel to Region 6-A Public’s No.1 seed Bowdon (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the state playoffs.
CEDAR SHOALS 27, CHESTATE 20
At Waters-Wilkins Stadium, the Jaguars advanced to the Class 4A playoffs, scoring 14 points in the second half to claim the Region 8-4A victory.
Junior Mandrell Glenn completed 22 of 39 attempted passes for 188 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Glenn also ran six times for 8 yards and a touchdown.
Jerdavian Colbert ran 23 times for 161 yards and one touchdown and Devin Hester and Juandarian Silas caught touchdown passes. Colbert also had eight catches for 69 yards and ended the night with 230 all-purpose yards.
Silas led the defense with nine tackles, one causing a fumble and two sacks, followed by Dewan Foote (six tackles) and Mari Armstrong (five tackles). Kurtland Carey recorded an interception for the Jaguars.
Cedar Shoals (3-6, 3-3) is making the state playoffs for the fifth straight season and for the 22nd time in school history. The Jaguars are the No. 4 seed in the region and will face Marist (9-1), the No. 1 seed in the region 6-4A and the No. 1 seeded team in Class 4A.