By Jeffery Armstrong, Doug Gorman and Anthony Rhoads
Mt. Zion's Aubrey Dorsey broke the Clayton County rushing record last week with a 314-yard performance and he came close to setting another county record Friday against Columbia.
Dorsey scored five touchdowns in the 45-20 victory, one shy of the county record.
Forest Park's Donald Cook has the Clayton County record with six touchdowns in game. The record goes all the way back to 1958 when he racked up six TDs against Henry County.
Dorsey is the eighth Clayton County football player to score five touchdowns in a game. The others include North Clayton's Ronnie Jones in 1956 and Mike Holmes in 1971, Morrow's Tim Bennett in 1979, Forest Park's Brandon Walker in 1995 against Mt. Zion and Morrow, Jonesboro's Donnell Brantley against Riverdale in 1996 and Mt. Zion's Rowan Jeffers against Eagle's Landing in 1999.
Mistakes can hurt you: Morrow racked up 317 total yards and 18 first downs against Tri-Cities Friday night but lost 14-0. Reggie Williams rushed for 146 yards.
Despite the big offensive numbers, mistakes proved costly for the Mustangs. Morrow had three interceptions, two fumbles, one muffed punt and one blocked punt.
How about those mom's?: The Lovejoy Wildcats' football team paid tribute to their moms before the game. The moms were allowed to come on the field as their sons ran on to field before the start of the contest.
Well-disciplined Cats: The Lovejoy football team was only penalized four times for 29 yards in Friday's game against Fayette County. All the penalties came in the second half.
First-time meeting: Next week the Lovejoy Wildcats travel to play Union Grove. It's will be the first meeting between the two teams. Union Grove made the jump this season from Class AA to Class AAAAA when the Georgia High School Association realigned schools throughout the state.
It's about time: North Clayton's 22-14 win over Mays was pretty historic for the Eagles. North Clayton head coach Don Shockley said it was the first time in four years that the team won its homecoming game.
Cramps galore: North Clayton football players Winston Bowens, Morgan Burnett and Dominique Randolph all suffered cramps in Friday's game against Mays. They all came back to finish the game.
Got to stay focused: Several North Clayton players were named to the Homecoming Court this week, but when their names were mentioned at halftime, they stayed in the locker room.
"We didn't want to stand outside at the half," said Eagles head coach Don Shockley. "We were focused on this game."
Sights set on a region title: The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Chargers are 5-1 going into Region 5-A play this week at home against Whitefield Academy. Even though head coach Tim Luke is very happy the team is 5-1, he and his players are focused on a higher goal, to win the region championship.
"It's going to be a tough challenge but we're looking forward to it," he said. "It's exciting to be in a position of being 5-1 going into region play. It's huge; that's what you play high school football for."
The Chargers are coming off a 36-0 victory over Glascock County. It was ELCA's second shutout of the year and the third game with three or fewer points.
The ELCA defense only allowed 60 rushing yards and no passing yards in the win over Glascock.
"Our defense has at times played inspired defense and it's been fun to watch," Luke said. "We've got a team of committed boys who are determined to have a good season. I'm proud of my coaching staff for doing a great job and my two coordinators (Paul Hoch on offense, Marcus Trivette on defense) for coming up with perfect game plans."