Union Grove drops first game

From Staff Reports

The Union Grove Wolverines fell from the ranks of the unbeaten teams on Saturday, losing to Stephenson 27-7 in a key Region 2-AAAAA contest.

Union Grove will attempt to get back on track Friday night wth a game at home against Newton County.

The following week Union Grove faces M.L. King in a game that could decide who is at home for the playoffs.

-Doug Gorman

Empty bellies: By observing the score alone, Henry County's 40-20 victory over then-Region 4-AA leader Northeast-Macon appeared thorough and dominating.

Which it was. The Warhawks (5-3, 3-1) outgained Northeast, 431-224. They led 27-6 at one point in the third quarter. They blocked a punt, prevented any damage from throwing two early interceptions and contained Northeast's offensive weapons in quarterback Michael Palmer and running back Curtis Whisby.

But Warhawks coach Mike Rozier wasn't 100 percent pleased with his team's performance. That had less to do with the Warhawks' stats and more to do with their attitude.

"I'd just like to see us play with a little bit more enthusiasm, with a little more energy and body language," Rozier said. "I just hope their bellies aren't satisfied with that. It got a little sloppy.

"We've had a bad time all year of focusing all 48 minutes, and still we have not played a complete 48 minutes of football. But sometimes you don't have it every Friday night, and if you can still win, that's the makings of a good team."

- Brian Paglia

A sophomore 'beast': Davin Tomlinson was everywhere for Henry County on Friday night.

Tomlinson had two sacks; he blocked a punt; he had a tackle for loss; and he batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

The sophomore defensive lineman, listed at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, was a true force for the Warhawks.

"He's a beast," Henry County coach Mike Rozier said.

- Brian Paglia

By the numbers: The Griffin Bears have proven to every one of their Southern Crescent opponents why they are the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Class AAAA poll.

The Bears have knocked off Ola (48-7), Mt. Zion (31-7), Forest Park (50-0), North Clayton (26-14), Stockbridge (44-0) and Jonesboro (51-0). The Dutchtown Bulldogs get their crack at beating the Bears at home Friday.

-Doug Gorman