Columbia 21, Stone Mountain 7: The Eagles took advantage of six Pirates’ turnovers and claimed the No. 2 spot in Region 5-AAA, Division B. Sophomore Greg Jones intercepted two passes as the Eagles (3-2, 2-1) picked off Stone Mountain quarterback Markuss Eligwe three times. The Pirates also lost three fumbles. Eagles’ quarterback Jabari Menefee threw touchdown passes to Keithon Redding and Mials Woodberry. Also, Kenno Loyal rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown. The Pirates had more than 200 yards total offense, but turnovers kept them from mounting a challenge. The lone score for the Pirates (4-2, 1-2) came on a 25-yard pass from Eligwe to Tamarick Johnson.
Druid Hills 23, North Atlanta 21: The Red Devils kept their playoff hopes alive as Ben Wheeler kicked a 36-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining for the winning score. Wheeler also had two punts longer than 55 yards and averaged 49 yards per punt. Back-up quarterback Kyle Simmons played well as did tailback Dia Andrews, who rushed for 40 yards on the game-winning drive. The defense was led by Devaughn Robinson and Damani Deabetham. The Red Devils face Riverwood (3-3, 2-1) on Oct. 7.
Cedar Grove 29, Towers 14: The Saints (4-2, 3-0 Region 5-AAA, Division B) trailed 14-13 at halftime but scored twice in the final seven minutes to secure the win. Marlon Coley ran for a touchdown and Jonathan McCrary passed to Xavier Cooper for the other score. Also, the Saints had fumbles returned for touchdowns by Josh Austin (47 yards) and Bryson Allen-Williams (40 yards). The Saints ran only 18 plays on offense but the defense forced five turnovers. Sean Johnson and Jeremy Langston also played well on defense for the Saints, who face Arabia Mountain on Oct. 7.
M.L. King 16, Valdosta 3: The Lions (5-0, 2-1 Region 2-AAAAA) held Valdosta to only 19 yards in the second half to preserve the win. Jonquel Dawson passed for 211 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another score. Blake Tibbs, who caught the 35-yard touchdown pass, had eight catches for 150 yards. Carlos Garrett led the defense with 11 tackles and two sacks, while Kendarius Whitehead, Alan Carson and Ronald Thomas each had six tackles. Also, Giles Best had an interception.
Stephenson 35, Luella 14: Mike Davis rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Jaguars’ 318-yard running game. T.J. Moon added 134 yards and one touchdown for the Jaguars (5-0, 2-0 Region 2-AAAAA). Also, Pernell Whitehead scored on a 60-yard kickoff return and Wisdom Nzidee made all five of his extra point attempts. Defensively, Jarontay Jones and Raphael Kirby each had 11 tackles and combined for 5.5 sacks. Jafar Mann and Darrieon Herring added 10 tackles each. The Jaguars played well up front on both sides of the ball as offensive lineman Steve McKenzie graded 85 percent and had 10 key blocks.
St. Pius 46, Riverwood 6: Geno Smith ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns, and had an interception on defense as the Lions (6-0, 3-0) had 345 yards total offense, including 257 yards rushing. Logan Rosbrough, Trey White and Nick Ruffin each rushed for a touchdown. Defensively, Jacob Hambrick had 11 tackles and Will Crochet had nine and blocked a punt. Michael Sikorski also had an interception.
Tucker 60, Douglass 8: Dallas Rivers made the most of his four carries, scoring three touchdowns and gaining 44 yards for the Tigers (5-0 overall and in Region 6-AAAA) on Sept. 26. Yusuf Minor also scored three touchdowns—on runs of 14 and 10 yards, and on an 82-yard kickoff return. Jacob Sealand caused a fumble and had four tackles on defense, and San Charles Zachary had three tackles and caused three fumbles. Also, Deitrick Dukes recovered a fumble and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass.
Marist 21, Carver Atlanta 6: Myles Willis had a school-record 32 rushes for 249 yards and a touchdown for the War Eagles on Sept. 27. Jason Morris’ 1-yard touchdown run, his second of the game, with 2:06 remaining in the game, sealed the win for Marist (4-1 overall and in Region 6-AAAA). Morris finished with 116 yards rushing. Defensively, Michael Toner had five tackles and William Curran had four.
Lithonia: The Bulldogs won their final three games of the regular season to finish 8-8 and ensure their first non-losing season since 2005. The Bulldogs defeated Mays 14-1 on Sept. 29 to accomplish the feat. Raghe Brown hit for the cycle (single, double, triple and a home run) and had five RBIs. On Sept. 26, Jasmine Hutchinson drove in seven runs—a three-RBI triple and a grand slam—in a 17-9 win over Stone Mountain. Also, pitcher Alexis Terry struck out 12 batters in an 11-8 win over Redan. The three-game winning streak completed a successful turnaround as coach David Hill took over the program three days before the start of last season and the Bulldogs finished 2-14.