By Anthony Rhoads
James Davis ran for 295 yards on 32 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the seventh-ranked Douglass Astros to a 27-24 victory over Riverdale Saturday at Tara Stadium.
"That kid runs hard," Riverdale head coach Nick Davis said. "He's one of the best backs I've ever faced."
The victory gives Douglass (8-1, 6-0) the Region 2-AAAAA championship and a No. 1 seed in the state tournament.
Even though Riverdale (6-3, 5-1) came up short in its bid for a region title, the team still has plenty to play for.
The Raiders play Stephenson at DeKalb Memorial Stadium Friday for second place in the region.
"Our kids matured a lot this year," Nick Davis said. "This loss hurts and like I told the kids, it if means something to you, it's going to hurt. But we can't let it get us down because we've got to play a very tough Stephenson team. It's going to be tough game."
Sophomore fullback Chad Morgan led Riverdale with 90 yards on 13 carries Normiez Reeves added 60 yards on five carries.
Reeves also caught a 49-yard touchdown pass.
Riverdale quarterback Rod Mason completed 3 of 7 passes for 99 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Rashad Tukes caught two passes for 50 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown catch. Both of Tukes' receptions came on a scoring drive late in the game.
Douglass quarterback Kenneth Johnson completed 5 of 15 passes for 85 yards with two touchdowns and an interceptions.
Douglass receiver Gregory Smith had a game-high three catches for 62 yards.
Williams scores twice for Morrow: Reggie Williams scored two touchdowns for Morrow in the Mustangs' 21-13 loss to Newton County Friday night.
Douglass 27, Riverdale 24
Scoring by quarters
D ? 6 8 0 13 ? 27
R ? 7 3 0 14 ? 24
R n Kelvin Colbert 3 run 3:09 (Abdul Cole kick)
D n Kenneth Johnson to Terrence Jones 15 pass :45 (kick failed)
R n Cole 29 FG 8:27
D n James Davis 7 run :15 (Davis run)
D n Johnson to Gregory Smith 32 pass 9:59 (Cordarius Love kick)
R n Rod Mason to Normiez Reeves 49 pass 3:33 (pass failed)
D n Davis 71 run 2:27 (kick failed)
R n Mason to Rashad Tukes 26 pass :58 (Reeves run)