Photo by Mike Davis
Stockbridge running Evan Jones takes a handoff from quarterback Trenton Earl Friday's 26-16 win at Jackson.
Stockbridge overcame a sluggish first-half performance to defeat Jackson 26-16 Friday in a key Region 4-AAA contest that left the Tigers in sole possession of second place in the standings.
The Tigers victory came on the heels of Henry County’s win over Drew in another important region game. Drew and Stockbridge were tied for second in the region, with Drew holding the tiebreaker because of its win against the Tigers earlier this season.
Stockbridge closes the regular season against defending state champion Sandy Creek while Drew takes on Locust Grove.
The Tigers were down 6-0 in the first half at Jackson, but were able to rally for the win.
“We played much better in the second half,” Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley said. “We were just not focused in the first half.”
Curtis Lindsay led the team with two touchdown runs while Boris Burton added another touchdown.
Stockbridge improves to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the region while Jackson dropped to 3-6 and 2-5.
The eight wins are the most in school history.
Locust Grove 23, Spalding 17 (OT)
Quadre Marshall scored on a 9-yard run and the Wildcats defense held as they snapped a four-game losing streak.
Marshall went the distance on a third-and-6 play from the 9. The Wildcats missed the extra-point attempt on its second try. Locust Grove made the first PAT, but had to rekick after a penalty.
On a third down play for Spalding, Eric Nelson intercepted the ball in the back of the end zone to secure the win.
Now, the Wildcats can play the role of spoiler as they host Drew next week. Drew needs a win to keep pace with Stockbridge for the Region 4-AAA No. 2 playoff seed.
“It is going to be tough because they have so many athletes,” Locust Grove coach Clint Satterfield said. “We are really banged up right now.”
Dutchtown 41, Woodland 0
On a rainy night, Dutchtown traveled to Woodland and played a near-perfect game, shutting out the Wolfpack.
Any sparks that Woodland could generate on offense or defense were quickly extinguished by the Bulldogs. Dutchtown improved to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in 3A-AAAA, while Woodland fell to 2-7 and 1-5.
Dutchtown highlights included the Bulldogs scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions of each half, being stopped only by a fumble. Scatback William James scored three times, slashing through the line for touchdown runs of 2, 1 and 6 yards. James carried 12 times for 60 yards overall. Adarion Watson, playing only in the second half, ran 10 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns of 20 and 6 yards. Dutchtown converted on third down six times, and even converted three times on fourth down.