Lovejoy rising senior wide receiver helped the Wildcats reach the semifinals of the Southside Shootout 7-on-7 Tournament on Thursday. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
LOCUST GROVE – Lovejoy advanced further than any other Clayton County team in the Southside Shootout 7-on-7 Tournament that ended Thursday evening.
The Wildcats lost to Stockbridge in the semifinals round.
Lovejoy defeated Mundy’s Mill and Alcovy in the playoff round. Wide receiver Preston Williams provided the highlight of the day when he caught a pass in the right flat, juked a defender and went down the sideline for a touchdown.
“He’s a special kid,” said Lovejoy head coach Edgar Carson. “He does some good things for us. He’s a mismatch problem.”
In a battle of Henry County teams, Dutchtown came out on top 14-13 in the finals of the Southside Shootout 7-on-7 Tournament. Dutchtown quarterback K’Lin Epps led the Bulldogs down the field in the game’s final minute, flawlessly executing the two-minute drill. Epps found Malik Barkley in the middle of the end zone as time expired to tie the game 13-13. On the extra point attempt Epps found Christian Palmer to give Dutchtown the win.
New Bulldogs head coach Mark Myers, who last year was the offensive coordinator at Henry County, is implementing his offensive system.
“We’re going to be pretty much the same as I was over at Henry County,” Myers said. “Obviously I added some things into our playbook.”
This was Dutchtown’s first tournament of the season. The Bulldogs lost the first game to defending champion Mundy’s Mill in pool play before winning the remainder of their games. In the playoff round, Dutchtown had a bye and defeated Lithia Springs and Griffin before the finals.
Stockbridge had close wins leading up to the championship game. The Tigers won on a last-second touchdown against Spalding, defended a last-second Hail Mary against Henry County and Wesley Guilford intercepted a Lovejoy pass in the end zone to seal the one possession win over the Wildcats in the semifinals.
In pool play the Stockbridge also lost to Dutchtown. That was their only two losses. This is Stockbridge’s only tournament of the summer. The Tigers play single games most Tuesdays at Lovejoy. Returning starter Malachi Brown played quarterback for Stockbridge.