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Mathis leads North Clayton to region win

La'Darius Mathis scored two touchdowns to lead North Clayton to a 22-6 win over Mount Zion in a key Region 4-AAAA contest at Southern Crescent Stadium.

In addition to Mathis' two scores, Aaron Adwater recovered a blocked punt for another touchdown.

Mathis had scoring runs of 12 and 22 yards for the Eagles, who improved to 5-2 overall and in Region 4-AAAA. With the win, and Jonesboro's loss to No. 8 Lovejoy, next week's game against the Cardinals will go a long way in decided playoff seedings.

Mount Zion's only score came on a touchdown reception by Carlton Berry from Montel Buchanan.

The Bulldogs were held to only four first downs on the evening.

Dutchtown 32, Alcovy 24

Dutchtown was smelling upset as they welcomed the Alcovy Tigers in for homecoming in front of a standing room-only stadium.

Alcovy had the Region 3-AAAA Div. A title in its grasp, but Dutchtown had other ideas.

Although out of the playoff picture, the Bulldogs wanted to cause some confusion at the top of the standings.

The Tigers could have clinched the top spot with a victory, but must wait a week after Dutchtown pulled off a 32-24 upset Friday.

Dutchtown blocked two Alcovy punts in a fourth-quarter swing, the second one for a safey that tied the game 24-24 with 1:34 remaining in the game.

The Bulldogs took the ensuing kickoff in for a quick touchdown, featuring critical runs by their versatile quarterback Donavan Jones.

Dutchtown is now 2-2 in Sub-Region A, while Alcovy falls to 4-1.

The Bulldogs finish their season with trips to Griffin and Woodland, while Alcovy will host Woodland in what is now a very important game.

Henry County 30, Spalding 7

All season long, Mike Rozier has looked for one element out of his talented Henry County Warhawk team — consistency.

In a roller-coaster season filled with peaks and valleys, Rozier's Warhawks ascended back up the peak on Friday night with a convincing 30-7 victory over visiting Spalding on homecoming in a Region 4-AAA contest.

Henry County improves to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the region with the victory, remaining alive for a possible berth in the Class AAA state playoffs. Spalding is now 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the region with the defeat.

"It was a win, but we should be playing much better than we are right now," Rozier said. "We have three games left, we are still in the hunt and each game is a playoff game for us. If we can run the table, we are right where we want to be.

"Last week (a 9-7 defeat at rival Stockbridge) was a disappointment. I had a little slogan — it was a setback, but a step up for a comeback."

Drew 39, Eagle's Landing 14

The Drew Titans went West — Jadarius West, that is — and ran past Eagle's Landing 39-14 to spoil the Golden Eagles' homecoming Friday.

West carried the ball just 10 times, but four went for touchdowns as the Titans improved to 5-2 overall, 4-1 in Region 4-AAA. Eagle's Landing lost its sixth straight game, falling to 1-6 and 0-5.

Drew quarterback Jay Murray completed 14 of 22 passes for 127 yards, keeping the Golden Eagles defense honest enough for West and Jamari Whyms to break free for long gains.

"I've found that the coaches and players have really bought into our concept of working through the process of earning a place among the elite programs in the Southern Crescent and Georgia AAA," Drew coach Jarrett Laws said.