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Atkinson leads Jonesboro past Eagle’s Landing

Photo by Jason Mussell
Jonesboro running back Patrick Petty (No. 1) tries to break free from a couple of Eagle’s Landing defenders on Friday as the No. 8-ranked Cardinals cruised to a 45-21 win on the road.

Photo by Jason Mussell Jonesboro running back Patrick Petty (No. 1) tries to break free from a couple of Eagle’s Landing defenders on Friday as the No. 8-ranked Cardinals cruised to a 45-21 win on the road.

McDONOUGH — Mario Atkinson’s passing and Cameron Sutton’s big plays were too much for host Eagle’s Landing, and Jonesboro won easily 45-21 Friday.

In a crossover game in the newly configured Region 4-AAAA, Jonesboro (3-1) of subregion B scored on five of its first six possessions. The first four scoring drives were just five plays, then three, then six, then one. All ended in Atkinson touchdown passes, and all four to different receivers — to Sutton (19 yards), Dereon London (18), Jyair Mincey (3), and Patrick Petty (63).

Atkinson rolled up 175 yards through the air in the first 24 minutes, but he was just part of the story for Jonesboro.

Sutton had two receptions (61 yards total), one run, and three kick returns for 100 return yards (including a 73-yard kickoff return for a TD).

Eagle’s Landing (0-4), of subregion A, tried to counter by giving the ball early and often to Corey Holloway, whose busy and highly productive evening ended with 27 runs, 225 yards and two touchdowns. Holloway racked up 143 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the first half, and added 12 more runs for 82 yards and another score in the second half.

But turnovers were a big problem for the Golden Eagles. Quarterback Brad Dewberry threw three interceptions and lost a fumble. Dewberry’s passing stats reflected his struggles (8 of 24 for only 53 yards and the three picks). Dewberry was able to rush for a 13-yard TD in the second to make the score 27-13 at the time. Sutton’s big kick return on the ensuing kickoff doused any brief enthusiasm generated by the sparse home crowd.

Solomon Tettey’s 32-yard field goal for Jonesboro at 1:57 left in the third kicked the clock into “running” mode for the fourth quarter, which featured only one scoring drive — a 10-play, 80-yard march by Eagle’s Landing, culminating in Holloway’s second TD from 12 yards.

Atkinson finished 9 of 14 for 195 yards. Rontavis Jordan carried 12 times for 74 yards to keep the Eagle’s Landing defense honest. Quinton Edwards led the Cardinals’ defense with nine tackles, and Juan Tucker had six stops.

Shawayne Lawrence was the Golden Eagles’ leading tackler with five.