By Doug Gorman, Jeffery Armstrong and Anthony Rhoads
The Mt. Zion Bulldogs aren't known for their passing game. Head coach Jackie Green's teams prefer to grind out the football with a potent running attack. Thursday night in their victory against Warner Robins, Emory Clark showed off his arm, completing 11 of 15 passes for 133 yards.
Mr. Everything: Riverdale's Jerome Touchstone is one of those players who seems to be all over the field. That might explain why even after the Raiders defeat, Riverdale head coach Rodney Hackney praised his senior defensive effort on both sides of the ball.
Touchstone had an interception to set up one of the Raiders scores.
Defense can score too: Mundy's Mill intercepted two Luella passes Friday night and ran back both for touchdowns.
In the fourth quarter, linebacker Brandon Strickland intercepted a pass and ran about 20 yards for a score. In the second quarterback defensive end Carlos Bentley picked off a pass and scored but it was called back on a penalty.
Stuffing the run: Mundy's Mill smothered Luella's rushing game in Friday's 40-13 victory. Mundy's Mill recorded three quarterback sacks and seven tackles for loss in the game.
It's good to be the king: The Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles lost big to Westside-Macon on Friday, but one Eagles football player had a pretty decent night. Eagles senior running back Drew Glenn was crowned Homecoming King during the game's halftime festivities.
Welcome back: Former Eagle's Landing offensive lineman Kenny Griffin returned to his alma mater Friday night for the school's homecoming game. After the game, he went into the team's locker room where he received hugs and handshakes from Eagles head coach Bob Stinchcomb and several of his former teammates.
"I came back tonight to see my old teammates and show my support for them," Griffin said.
Griffin, who played at Eagle's Landing from 1998-2001, is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman for Troy State University in Troy, Ala. The Trojans of Troy State have beaten Marshall this year and hung in with Nebraska before losing.
"The biggest difference between high school and college is the speed of the game," said Griffin. "The college game is also more physically demanding and you've really got to study the playbook. It's almost like a job."
Air assault: Even though Luella' running game wasn't in high gear, it's passing game was more than solid. Freshman quarterback Ryan Haffly completed 15-of-24 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target was Jeremy Ringfield, who caught five passes for 90 yards. Sean Bartram caught four passes for 29 yards while Johnny Belt caught three for 62 yards and Ben Calmes caught three for 49 yards.
Up next: In Region 2-AAAAA match-ups this week, Jonesboro (1-5) will play Henry County (1-5) Saturday at Tara Stadium, Morrow plays at Houston County on Friday and Mt. Zion plays host to Northside-Warner Robins on Friday at Tara.
In Region 4-AAAAA, Lovejoy plays at East Coweta and Riverdale plays host to McIntosh at Twelve Oaks.
In Region 4-AAAA, North Clayton travels to Sandy Creek.