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Football round-up from around Clayton County

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Drew senior offensive linemen Antonio Garcia (left) and Eric Ansley talk on the sidelines during the second quarter of the Titans' Region 4-AAA win against Jackson at Southern Crescent Stadium.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Drew senior offensive linemen Antonio Garcia (left) and Eric Ansley talk on the sidelines during the second quarter of the Titans' Region 4-AAA win against Jackson at Southern Crescent Stadium.

Drew 32, Jackson 30

Drew almost let one get away Friday night at Southern Crescent Stadium.

The Titans entered the fourth quarter with a 26-point lead but had to hold on for a 32-30 victory over Jackson in a Region 4-AAA game.

Drew expanded a 12-6 halftime lead to 32-6 during a third quarter in which Jay Murray threw touchdown passes of 35 yards to Devon Miller and 4 yards to Jamari Whyms. The latter was set up by Farrean Toney’s 37-yard punt return, which put the Titans at Jackson’s 4.

But the Red Devils rallied.

“Jackson substituted in their 10th-grade quarterback and he just gave them a spark; it was like the kids’ whole concept changed,” Drew coach Jarrett Laws said.

With the Red Devils keying on Whyms and Jadarius West, the Titans turned to sophomore Lester Knauls, who provided runs of 4, 14, 7, 8 and 13 yards in the final, clock-eating drive.

“Hopefully, this was one to grow on,” Laws said.

Luella 20, Langston Hughes 13

Jared Hendricks ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, but it took a goal-line stand for the Lions to hold on and end a four-game losing streak in Region 2-AAAAA play.

The Lions (4-4, 1-4) stopped the Panthers inside the 10 and once they got possession, converted a first down to run out the clock, earning a victory on Senior Night, their last home game of the season. The Panthers (2-6, 0-5) lost their sixth in a row.

Hendricks, who scored on runs of 50 and 5 yards, also threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McGlotten.

Henry County 45, Eagle’s Landing 22

Chris Moody and Sedrick Palmer each rushed for two touchdowns as the Warhawks kept their Region 4-AAA playoff hopes alive with their second straight victory.

Moody, who rushed for 136 yards and passed for 133, scored on runs of 30 and 1 yard as the Warhawks (4-4, 4-2) evened the all-time series against the Golden Eagles (1-7, 0-6) at eight wins apiece.

Palmer scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards.

Eagle’s Landing couldn’t deal with Henry County’s defense, led by Dalvin Tomlinson, who had 10 tackles — including five for losses — and Marcus Huntley, who had five tackles and two interceptions. Quran Fife also had an interception and broke up four passes.

Eagle's Landing Christian 52, Our Lady of Mercy 7

Senior running back John Tatum rushed for four touchdowns as the fourth-ranked Chargers clinched the Region 5-A South championship.

Lovejoy 34, Forest Park 0

Junior running back Travis Custis rushed for two touchdowns as the No. 8 Wildcats extended its regular season win streak to 19 straight games. It was the sixth shutout win this season for Lovejoy, which clinched a playoff spot with the win.

Stockbridge 28, Locust Grove 14

Trenton Earl and Evan Jones scored two touchdowns each in the Region 4-AAA win.