In a crazy first week of the 2018 season, we saw a heartbreaker for Habersham, which was also a dramatic thriller for Dawson; Jefferson was shocked by Oconee County, and some HUGE blowout wins for Lumpkin County, Flowery Branch, Johnson and North Hall.
Dawson County 32, Habersham Central 28
Sevaughn Clark rushed for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a last-minute 5-yarder on fourth down to give the Tigers a thrilling win over Habersham.
Oconee County 20, #6 Jefferson 13
It was scoreless after one quarter, then Jefferson got a 75-yard TD from Colby Clark to Sammy Elegreet. ESPN 300 recruit Garmon Randolph caught a TD in the third from Clark to put Jefferson up 13-7, but Oconee came from behind to shock the Dragons.
Lumpkin County 42, East Jackson 0
The Indians notched their biggest win since 2011 with a blowout over East Jackson. Kevin Harkins (54-yd TD) and Drew Allison (49-yd TD) got the scoring started. Tucker Kirk found Luke Smith for a 21-yd TD to go up 21-0 in the first. Smith added a 63-yd TD before the quarter was over. Smith’s third TD (7-yd) made it 35-0, which held to the half. Kyle Amburgey closed the scoring with a 20-yd TD run in the third. The blowout also marked just the second time in the last 24 games the Indians scored 35 or more.
#6 Commerce 35, West Hall 19
Caleb Mason scored twice quickly on rushing TDs to put Commerce up 14-0, and Dylan Deaton made it 21-0. Nate Ray stretched it to 28-0, and the lead was 28-7 at the half. It got close when West Hall pulled within 28-13, but Deaton put the game away with his second score.
Stephens County 13, Franklin County 3
It was low-scoring, but the Indians took the hard-fought win at Franklin County in Wesley Tankersley’s debut.
Towns County 55, Hayesville 24
Towns County and Will Travis obliterated their bitter rivals 55-24 in Hiawassee.
Jackson County 23, Banks County 0
Jay Reid’s debut didn’t go the way Banks wanted, as Jackson County shut out the Leopards.
North Hall 63, Chestatee 7
The Trojans blasted Chestatee behind Daniel Jackson’s 130-plus yards and four touchdowns. David Seavey added two scores and one passing, and Drew Faulkner had one rushing TD.
Flowery Branch 70, East Hall 6
The Falcons didn’t give East Hall a chance…
Johnson 38, Oglethorpe 0
Johnson pulled off a rare shutout in a solid effort over Oglethorpe. Corbett scored from 30-yards out to open the scoring, Diaz had a 56-yarder, and Corbett had another to go up 21-0 into the break. Corbett’s third touchdown was 70 yards in the third. Daies’ short yardage score pushed it to 28, and the rest is history.
#2 Buford 40, #2 Tucker 14
A huge blowout in a game that Tucker was favored to win. If Buford plays like this all year, they might win another state title!
#6 Mary Persons 42, Gainesville 0
Not much of a surprise as Gainesville is rebuilding with only 10 players who came in with varsity experience and Mary Persons a powerhouse.