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Pettiford now playing at MLK

By Anthony Rhoads and Doug Gorman

Back in the Southern Crescent: Former Morrow High School student Brandon Pettiford returned to the Southern Crescent Friday in Martin Luther King's 13-0 victory over Union Grove.

Pettiford is a senior quarterback for MLK and he had a solid night in Friday's win.

He rushed for 45 yards and scored on a 7-yard run to help lead the Lions to victory. Martin Luther King has had a good first half this season as the team is 4-1.

Losing streak continues: Henry County's woes on the football field continue as the team fell 53-6 to Westside-Macon Friday.

The Warhawks' losing streak now stands at 20 after falling to the 10th-ranked team in Class AAAAA.

Henry County will look to notch its first win since the 2001 season this Friday in a home game against county and Region 2-AAAAA rival Stockbridge.

Even though the Warhawks are struggling, head coach Mike Rozier said that the school has rallied behind the team and has been very encouraging this season.

"Our fan support has been unbelievable," he said. "Our student body has made a complete turnaround and it's been positive. On game days here it's been almost like a college atmosphere with the tailgating and the fan support."

Going through a long winless stretch is difficult and Rozier and his players have heard their share of criticism and the jokes that come with a long losing streak.

"Fans will be fans and they'll let you know. Part of that goes back on us, the coaching staff and the players," he said. "We need to start getting some wins."

Where's the offense?: Jonesboro has had its share of offensive struggles this season.

The Cardinals have been shut out for two straight games, a 24-0 loss to Houston County and a 34-0 defeat by Mt. Zion. The Cardinals haven't scored a touchdown since opening the season with a 16-0 victory over Morrow. The 1-3 Cardinals also were defeated 33-3 by Lovejoy in the second week of the season.

Big hit: In the fourth quarter of Friday's game against MLK, Mike Merlino came up with a big play on defense when he forced a fumble. Union Grove recovered but couldn't capitalized as MLK then intercepted a Wolverine pass two plays after the fumble recovery.

Battle of the Bands: The North Clayton and Pebblebrook bands put on entertaining halftime shows during Saturday's Region 4-AAAA football at Tara Stadium, but at times they played a little too loud for the officiating crew's liking.

Rules state that bands can't play so loud during the game that the quarterback's signals can't be heard.

Both bands were warned and after not heeding the warning the first time North Clayton was penalized once. It resulted in a first down for Pebblebrook.

Young Gun: North Clayton freshman quarterback Morgan Burnett is already showing signs of being a solid high school quarterback. Although North Clayton was shut out in its region game Saturday night against Pebblebrook, Burnett showed his ability, especially late in the game, when he connected on a couple of crisp passes to Dirk Engram.