Many locals get wins on Halloween, region playoffs set for Friday

Mon, 11/03/2008 - 3:47pm
By: Michael Boylan

Sandy Creek stayed perfect on the season with a hard-fought 7-0 win over Northgate last Friday. The Patriots’ lone touchdown came on a 35 yard run by Rajion Neal (16 carries, 73 yards) in the first half, but it was Sandy creek’s defense that imposed their will on the game and preserved the win. Sandy Creek outgained the Vikings 246 yards to 123. Northgate quarterback Jake Copeland was sacked twice - once by Matt Solomon and once by James Hervey, and picked off once by Isaiah Johnson. Russell Bonner also added three key pass breakups in the second half that kept Northgate from generating any momentum. Solomon finished the night with 12 total tackles, while Mike Spaulding added 11 and Avery Walls added nine.

Sandy Creek (9-0, 5-0 region) will host the Villa Rica Wildcats (8-1, 6-0 region) on Friday night for the region 5-AAAA championship and a chance at an undefeated regular season. Villa Rica has won six games in a row since a 28-7 loss to Pepperell. The Patriots have defeated Villa Rica in three of their last four meetings.

Whitewater (6-3, 4-1 region) shut out the McIntosh Chiefs (2-7, 0-5 region) last Friday 28-0. The Wildcats got a touchdown from Austin Faulkner off of a punt return in the first quarter, a 21 yard touchdown pass from Chase Penland to Jeffrey Ashley and 15 yard touchdown runs in the second half from Robert Boyd and Chase Penland. The defense was led by 12 tackles and an interception from Zach Mann, seven tackles and five sacks from Thomas Richard and 11 tackles from Davis Knowles. Whitewater outgained the Chiefs in total offense 253 yards to one yard.

The Wildcats will host the Mays Raiders (7-2, 4-2 region) on Friday night in the region playoffs. Mays snapped a two game region losing streak with a 21-13 win over Lithia Springs last Friday. The Raiders defeated Whitewater on Sept. 12, 17-14. The winner of this game will make the state playoffs. McIntosh is due to take on Alexander on the road on Friday.

Starr’s Mill scored in every quarter of last Friday’s game with Fayette County and avenged last year’s loss to the Tigers with a 30-6 win.

The Panthers had 203 yards rushing and got rushing touchdowns from Trenton Edwards and Spencer Penson, while Adam Holley connected with Lontrell Anderson on a touchdown pass. Holley was 8-for-10 passing for 99 yards and Anderson had five catches for 76 yards. Chris Nowicki returned a blocked kick 35 yards for a touchdown and Chris Ward kicked a 26 yard field goal to cap the scoring for Starr’s Mill (2-7, 2-3 region).

Fayette County quarterback Justin Murray had a two yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Tigers’ points. Fayette County (1-8, 1-4 region) had -10 yards rushing on the night and passed for 130. Starr’s Mill will play at Lithia Springs on Friday and Fayette County will play at Tri-Cities.

Landmark Christian bested Southwest Atlanta Chrisitian Academy 45-6 last Friday. The War Eagles opened up a 35-0 lead in the first half and never looked back. Josh Gebhardt rushed for two touchdowns, while Tanner Bryant, Bobby Waters and Cody Crook each rushed for one. Bryant threw for 117 yards on the night and connected on a touchdown pass with Wade Kemp.

Defensively the War Eagles were opportunistic the entire evening causing six turnovers.  Seniors Blake Wyatt and Brandon Belveal and junior Austin Broussard recorded interceptions while Gebhardt and sophomores Cassius Price and Robert Trotter recovered fumbles.  This Friday night the War Eagles host Mt. Pisgah.

Our Lady of Mercy (2-7, 1-6 region) lost to Holy Innocents 41-6 last Friday, The Bobcats will close out the season with a home game against Pace Academy (2-7, 1-6 region) this Friday.

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