Week 8 Scores & Recaps
What a night! Some big games were on tap, and here’s what happened around the area in Week 8!
The Most Dramatic – Commerce survives Towns upset bid, 28-20
The Biggest Blowout – White County 42-0 over West Hall
The Biggest Upset – North Oconee 14-7 over #6 Flowery Branch
Commerce Tigers 28, Towns County Indians 20
Dreylan Martin scored 3 TDs, Jaiden Daniels had 200 rushing yards, and the Tigers survived Towns County’s late comeback attempt in trying to win their first-ever over Commerce. Kyle Oakes surpassed 1,000 yards for a second straight season and had 3 total TD, two receiving from Connor Chastain. The Indians went up 8-0 early, but Martin’s 3 TDs got Commerce up 28-14 until late in the fourth.
#1 Rabun County Wildcats 45, Grovetown Warriors 14
Gunner Stockton needed 3 TDs of any variety to become the state’s all-time leader in total TD. He scored 6 times, moving past Deshaun Watson. It came on a 29-yard TD pass to Jaden Gibson early in the second quarter, after he had rushed for a 7-yard TD and threw an 8-yard TD to Baxley O’Brien. Those 3 scores had the Cats up 24-0. It became 31-0 before the break when Stockton and Gibson had a 28-yard hookup. Lang Windham got involved with a 15-yard TD pass from Stockton, while Stockton also hit Ethan Clarke for a 39-yard TD pass early in the fourth to push it to 45-0. The visiting Warriors scored twice in garbage time. Grovetown had zero passing yards. Stockton finished with 327 passing yards and 5 TD, and added 51 rushing with another score. Gibson had 10 catches for 137 yards and 2 TD, as he entered as the state’s leader in yards in all classifications. Will Turpin had 10 tackles and 2 sacks.
North Hall Trojans 37, Lumpkin County Indians 7
North Hall jumped out quickly to a 30-0 lead over Lumpkin going into the break. It became 37-0 heading into the final quarter, when the Indians got a score from Sullens from 19 yards out.
Dacula Falcons 35, Habersham Central Raiders 17
The Raiders dropped a 35-17 contest to Dacula, moving to now 0-3 in region play.
#10 Stephens County Indians 37, Franklin County Lions 0
The Indians pitched a shutout to grab a huge region win over Franklin. Cam Lacy once again had a monster night, as he continues to show why he’s one of the state’s top receivers.
Union County Panthers 36, Banks County Leopards 14
The Panthers won back-to-back games with a 36-14 win over Banks, making Union 2-0 in region play. Griff Young had a pair of TD catches from Logan Helcher.
#1 Jefferson Dragons 34, Cedar Shoals Jaguars 9
Playing for a second straight game without Malaki Starks, the Dragons still rolled up a 34-9 win over Cedar Shoals to remain undefeated. Tre Reece had a pair of TD runs for Jefferson, including a 36-yarder to get things going. Sammy Brown had an 8-yard TD to push it to 14-0 early. Just before the half, Cedar Shoals pulled within 14-9, but Max Aldridge threw a 20-yard TD pass to Jack Eubanks. Reece’s second TD, a 32-yarder in the third, made it 28-9. Isaiah Copeland’s 5-yard TD in the fourth finished the scoring. Reese Johnson had 114 rushing yards, Reece had 92, and Brown finished with 43.
Dawson County Tigers 52, Gilmer Bobcats 21
It was a commanding 38-14 lead at the break for Dawson, as the first half saw Zach Holtzclaw tear through the defense with TD passes to Bailey Dameron and Dom LeBlanc. The Tigers cruised to the finish to even their season record to 3-3 and go to 2-0 in region play.
White County Warriors 42, West Hall Spartans 0
Early TD runs by Silas Mulligan and Bryson Cronic had White County up 14-0. Just before the break, Mulligan got a 2-yard TD to push it to 21-0 Warriors. Cronic added a 2-yard TD in the third, and Darius Cannon had a 63-yard TD from Tripp Nix to make it 35-0. Ryan Fowler had a TD run in the fourth to polish off the victory, as White County gets its first region win and moves to 2-5.
#1 Oconee County 35, #4 Hart County 13
Chestatee 62, East Hall 50
Jackson County 63, Johnson 0
Denmark 17, Lambert 14
North Oconee 14, #6 Flowery Branch 7
#6 Monroe Area 40, East Jackson 10
King’s Ridge 42, Lakeview 6