From Staff Reports
Justin Williams accounted for 268 total yards of offense and had four interceptions on defense to give Eagle's Landing coach Joe Teknipp his first win as a head coach and give the Golden Eagles their first victory, 35-21 over Spalding, of the season Saturday at Spalding.
Williams was 10-of-15 passing for 244 yards and three touchdowns for Eagle's Landing (1-2, 1-1 in Region 4-AAA). Williams also had 24 rushing yards. Patrick Wiley had five catches for 131 yards and a 31-yard touchdown reception. Michael Lee had three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Hardy led the Golden Eagles with 66 yards rushing on 11 carries.
Eagle's Landing amassed 386 yards of total offense, pulling away in the second quarter with 28 unanswered points to take a 35-10 halftime lead.
The Luella Lions are 3-0 for the first time in school history.
Friday night, they beat Fayette County 31-6. The Lions have outscored their opponents through their first three games 112-30.
This week, the Lions play host to M .L. King in their Region 2-AAAAA opener.
Satterfield Learns Lesson
Jonesboro coach Clint Satterfield had watched his team lose what would've been an epic victory at Valdosta two Fridays ago on a blocked punt that set-up Valdosta's game-winning touchdown.
With his Cardinals (2-1, 1-0 in Region 4-AAAA) up 14-10 in the fourth quarter against Dutchtown on Friday and pinned deep in their own territory, Satterfield opted to concede the safety and trust his kickoff unit rather than risk another punting calamity.
"We've had problems with punt snaps," Satterfield said. "If we were going to lose the game, I wasn't going to lose it on a blocked punt. I had confidence in our kickoff coverage. A win is a win. It doesn't matter if it's by two or four."
Satterfield's strategy worked as Jonesboro kicker
Eric Cheney's kick was deep and Dutchtown had to start a potential game-winning drive at its own 29-yard line with 10 seconds left.
Turnovers Hurt Dutchtown Again
Four weeks ago Dutchtown (2-2, 1-1 in Region 4-AAAA) lost its season-opener to Northgate in part because of a litany of turnovers. What turned into a heart-breaking 15-14 loss, the difference a missed extra point kick, could have been different without six turnovers by the Bulldogs.
Turnovers plagued Dutchtown again in their 14-12 loss to Jonesboro on Friday at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs played a flawless first half, executing coach Jason Galt's dogged rushing attack to perfection.
But two fumbles by Aaron Pickney and Gibran Johnson on the Bulldogs' first two possesions of the second half set-up Cardinals touchdowns. Dutchtown turned the ball over fives times in the second half, including two interceptions by quarterback Trey Nelson, after a turnover-less first half.
"That's been our Achilles' heel is turning the ball over," Galt said. "You can't turn the ball over and expect to win the ballgame. You just can't"
It was another sign to Galt that his young Dutchtown team is still struggling with its ability to learn how to win. Dutchtown took a 10-0 lead into halftime, but managed only a safety in the second half and had to rely on Nelson's arm instead of the bevy of running backs Galt utilizes.
"You've got to find a way to win," Galt said. "You find a way to win, and that is part of our youth. And I would say it's not so much youth as it's just the experience of winning, having not won before. Like being up at halftime and coming out and putting those guys away."
Turning The Corner
After struggling to get adjusted to new head coach Jarrett Laws' playbook last year and going 3-7, the Mt. Zion Bulldogs might have turned the corner this year.
Friday night, the Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 in Region 4-AAAA) equaled last year's win total and in the process shocked Griffin on the road, winning the Region 4-AAAA game 30-16.
The duo of quarterback Jerrel King and wide receiver Drexel Copeland proved to be a winning combination.
King passed for 14-of-19 for 243 yards with three TDs and Copeland had 10 receptions, including three touchdown receptions. Copeland also threw a TD pass to Randall Snell.
North Clayton Eagles running back Clarence Jackson spent plenty of time on the field Friday night in his team's 52-7 victory against Ola in a Region 4-AAAA contest.
In addition to being one of the Eagles' go-to running backs, he also handled extra point duties, helping the team move to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 4-AAAA. With the win against Ola, North Clayton has won two region games in a row.
Back To Work
Union Grove, Henry County, Eagle's Landing Christian and Forest Park each had last week off. This week, they all return to the football field as the high school season moves into the fifth week of the season.
Union Grove (3-0) heads to Panthersville Stadium in DeKalb County for a game against Redan in its Region 2-AAAAA opener, Henry County (2-1) opens Region 4-AA play at home against Central Macon, Eagle's Landing Christian (2-1, 1-0 Region 5-A) heads to Fayette County for a game against Our Lady of Mercy and Forest Park (1-2) gets back into action at Griffin.
Lovejoy Breaks Through
The Lovejoy Wildcats needed a breakthrough game. It might have come Friday night against Pebblebrook as the Wildcats won their first game of the season 24-10.
The Wildcats used two sustaining scoring drives to eat time off the clock.