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Hail Mary pass lifts Henry County to first win

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Union Grove running back Miles Vaughn (33) looks for more running room against Whitewater in the Wolverines’ 39-0 loss at home Friday.

Jeff Hurndon Photography Union Grove running back Miles Vaughn (33) looks for more running room against Whitewater in the Wolverines’ 39-0 loss at home Friday.

Henry County freshman quarterback Will Thomas threw a 50-yard Hail Mary pass to Darius Amos for a 22-20 victory Friday over visiting Luella as time expired.

It was the first win of the season for Henry County and first-year coach Joe Dupree, a former standout quarterback at Georgia Southern.

“I’m excited about it, excited for my boys,” Dupree said. “They fought for four quarters. They worked hard all summer and got the job done, so I’m just happy for them. I think it’s a huge confidence-builder going into the region. If we just play four quarters of football, we can be all right.”

The Warhawks improved to 1-3 as Luella fell to 0-4.

Strong Rock 17, Crawford County 14

Patriots quarterback Zack Moss scored on a 4-yard keeper with 17 seconds remaining to lift the Patriots to the come-from-behind win over the Eagles in a non-region contest.

Down 14-10, the Patriots faced a fourth-and-goal from the 4. Moss scored on an option play sending the Patriots into a bye week at 3-1.

“This game was tough,” Strong Rock coach Mark Miller said. “I’m pretty pleased with the win, but we have a long way to go.”

The Patriots trailed 14-0 at halftime to a Crawford County team that was trying to break a 26-game losing streak dating to 2009.

Strong Rock got its first score when Moss scored on a 1-yard keeper on an option play. Two plays prior to the score, Moss moved the Patriots in scoring position with a 70-yard run. Travis Dauro added a 37-yard field goal to bring Strong Rock to within 14-10, entering the fourth quarter.

Griffin 52, Woodland 20

Taylor Poff tossed two touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough against the third-ranked Bears (4-0).

Poff threw a 72-yard scoring pass to Darrow Ramsey and a 5-yarder to Justin Strozier.

The Wolfpack (1-3) led briefly 7-6 with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter, after Malcolm Miller scored on a 5-yard run.

Coffee 38, Mundy’s Mill 13

Rodney Smith and Jujuan March scored a touchdown each, but the Tigers dropped to 0-4 with the non-region loss in Douglas.

Smith, who is also a standout baseball player, took the first play of the game from scrimmage 79 yards to set up his 1-yard score. March scored on a 5-yard run in the fourth.

Drew 28, McIntosh 3

Marquis Terry scored two rushing touchdowns to pace the Titans to the non-region win at Southern Crescent Stadium.

Terry had touchdown runs of 1 and 15 yards while Jordan Metts scored on a 1-yard run to help the Titans improve to 2-1. Micah Davis closed out the scoring with a 35-yard reception from Jay Murphy.

Locust Grove 14, Spalding 0

Garrett Wallace and Keenan Wise each scored touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to the non-region win over the visitors.

Wallace scored on a 60-yard fake punt play to give the Wildcats (3-1) a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Wise scored on an 8-yard run for a 14-0 lead in the third quarter.

Wallace finished the game with 20 carries for 100 yards while Cortez McDowell had four carries for 84 yards.