Week 9 continued to give us a greater revelation on who’s in, who’s out, and who’s on the bubble for the 2019 playoffs.
#8 Union County 14, Banks County 7
It wasn’t pretty, but Union survived and came out on top in a defensive stalemate. The lone TDs came from Logan Helcher to John Mancuso, a 47-yarder in the 1st quarter and a 3-yarder in the 3rd. Banks County’s final lateral play failed despite being on the 48-yard line with a chance to tie.
#4 Jefferson 47, Morgan County 12
Colby Clark opened the scoring with a 5-yard TD, capping an 80-yard drive. Kolton Jones stretched the lead with a 25-yard TD to make it 14-6 early in the second quarter. That score held to the break. Clark rushed for a third quarter TD, and then threw a touchdown pass to Dawson Crawley later to break it open, 27-6. Clark had another couple of TDs to cap the scoring at 47-12. Jefferson remains perfect in region play and has the inside track to a region title.
White County 42, West Hall 0
It was ALL J Ben Haynes and White County. Haynes accounted for 6 touchdowns (3 passing, 3 rushing). He connected with Cooper Turner on 21- and 40-yard TDs, and rushed for scores from 3, 1, and 25 yards. He also threw a TD pass of 51 yards to Jesse Thomas. This was a HUGE region win for the Warriors.
#2 Rabun County 52, Elbert County 14
Never even close. Rabun went up 17-7, all starting with a Gunner Stockton 8-yd TD pass to Tate Ramey. Elbert briefly tied it up, but Braxton Hicks’ TD reception from Stockton for 74 yards put the Cats up for good. A field goal made it 17-7 after a quarter. In the second, a Cory Keller 30-yd TD run gave Rabun a 24-7 halftime lead. Elbert brought it a bit closer with an early third quarter score (24-14), but it was Rabun County the rest of the way. Stockton and company scored 28 unanswered, as Ramey caught a 16-yd pass for a score, Keller had a 31-yd TD run, Phillip Roberson had a fumble recovery for a TD (34 yards), and Stockton had a 2-yd TD run.
All told, Stockton threw for 306 yards and 3 TD, while rushing for 48 and another score. Hicks had 3 catches for 131 and a TD, while Ramey had 5 for 46 and 2 TDs. Sutton Jones caught 5 passes for 102 yards, while Keller collected 124 rushing yards and 2 TD.
#10 Hebron Christian 21, #4 Commerce 7
TJ Trudnak got the Tigers off to a quick start and 7-0 lead with a score in the opening quarter. However, Hebron would retaliate and add on, holding on for a 21-7 upset win. It was 14-7 at the half, and Hebron added on an insurance TD in the second half.
#8 Oconee County 41, Stephens County 14
The Indians suffered a sixth consecutive loss after starting the season 0-1. Of the 6 losses, 4 have come at the hands of state-ranked opponents.
#3 GAC 49, Lumpkin County 6
GAC took control early and never let up, beating Lumpkin 49-6. It was 42-6 at the half, so GAC played with a running clock in the second half and played conservative.
#1 Buford 30, Loganville 7
#1 Marist 37, #7 Denmark 14
Cherokee Bluff 41, East Hall 12
Lakeview 21, Riverside 20
#4 Blessed Trinity 20, #5 Flowery Branch 17 (OT)
Cedar Shoals 26, Johnson 21
North Hall 38, Fannin County 0