Chances are you didn’t even get to see the full moon blaring over the night sky on Friday the 13th — a rarity we haven’t seen since 2014. That moon was as visible as some of the games (which were postponed or canceled due to lightning). Nearly every game was affected in some way by the weather, which made for a wild night in some cases and a snoozer for others.
#2 Rabun County 44, Stephens County 7
The Wildcats started out slow, allowing the Indians to keep a 7-7 tie until late in the half. Once Rabun went ahead on a TD pass from Gunner Stockton to Tate Ramey, the lightning forced a nearly one hour delay. In the final 5 minutes of the half (once it resumed), the Wildcats recorded a safety and a scoop-n-score TD by Mason Sprinkle to take a sudden 23-7 lead. The second half began with a Hunter Moore TD on a botched kickoff return by the Indians. Stockton rushed for one and threw for two as the Wildcats pulled away in strange circumstances. RECAP
White County 27, Pickens County 20
The Warriors got revenge on the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago. It didn’t come easy, but White County moved to 2-1 as the rain beat down. Both teams traded TDs to open the first quarter, as White County led 7-6. By the end of the quarter, it was 14-13 Warriors and 21-20 at the half. Pickens wouldn’t go easily. With 1:45 left in the game, White County got that final score to go up 27-20.
Lumpkin County 29, Gilmer 21
Drew Allison scored a 10-yard TD to open it up for the Indians. That lead held until late in the first half when Gilmer knotted it up. Lumpkin retaliated with a BoJack Dowdy 54-yard TD run, but the extra point missed. The Indians got a Will Ramirez 22-yd field goal just before the break to go up 16-7. Dowdy led the team with 99 rushing yards in the half. Gilmer opened the second half with a successful onside kick, although they wouldn’t score until later in the quarter on a 29-yard run to close the gap to 16-14.
Late in the third, Dowdy scored his second TD of the game on a 3-yard run, pushing the lead up to 23-14. Gilmer narrowed the deficit in the fourth with another short-yardage run to make it 23-21 Lumpkin. Dowdy put an exclamation point on it and slammed the door with 3:30 left, scoring his third TD from a couple yards out. Lumpkin held on for the 29-21 victory.
#10 Union County 33, Fannin County 14
Union went up quickly on a Pierson Allison TD pass to McCombs from 5 yards out. That held for a quarter. Multiple TDs were called back due to penalties before the Panthers scored with 2:15 to go in the half on a Kyle Morlock 17-yd TD catch from Allison. A 13-0 lead at the break turned into 20-0 with 1:46 to go in the third. Allison intercepted a pass on defense and then threw a 23-yard strike to Sawyer Drake. Fannin tacked on a pair of scores in the fourth to draw within 20-14.
With 4:40 left, the Panthers found another gear, as Morlock hauled in a 55-yard TD on the very next play. Jonah Daniel scored a 33-yard TD to put the game away, 33-14.
#7 Dawson County 34, West Hall 0
The #7 Tigers were ALL OVER the Spartans but not without dealing with a 30-minute lightning delay in the third. Dawson got 17 points on the board in the first, and led 31-0 at the break.
#8 Jefferson vs Southside (SC) Canceled
The game never even got underway, and has been canceled (will not be made up).
Habersham Central @ Franklin County Postponed
To be played on Friday, September 27
Banks County @ East Jackson Postponed
To be played on Saturday at 7 PM
#2 Buford 33, Life 22
Forsyth Central 48, #7 Denmark 14
Chestatee 34, East Hall 26
Riverside 32, Johnson 14
#6 Flowery Branch/Winder Barrow CANCELED
#2 Athens Academy/Cherokee Bluff CANCELED
St. Francis/Lakeview CANCELED