Week Four Scores & Recaps

There was a monumental top-10 game between #6 Jefferson a #2 Oconee County, a local draw between Dawson and #4 Stephens, and a couple of teams (Lumpkin and Banks) were looking to do things that haven’t been done in decades. Here’s what went down in Week Four.

Lumpkin County 27, Temple 20

When Lumpkin rolled up a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, we all thought this game was over. Cooper Scott had thrown TDs to both Cal Faulkner (45-yd rec) and Caleb Norrell (9-yd rec), and Mason Sullens (5-yd run) had one all in the first. Then Cam Vaughn struck with a 69-yd TD rushing score to end the first, and cut it to 20-12 before the Indians responded with a Scott 10-yd TD run to push it up to 27-12. Temple got a final score before the break, and neither team scored the rest of the way. Lumpkin came up with two HUGE defensive stops with an interception by Faulkner and him batting down a 4th-down attempt with just about a minute and change to go. Lumpkin moves to 4-0 for the first time since 1988.

#2 Oconee County 9, #6 Jefferson 7

The Dragons came up just short, despite Sammy Brown’s first half TD plunge that was the only TD of the game. It gave Jefferson a 7-3 lead, but Oconee County notched 3 field goals, including the go-ahead and game-winner with about 8 minutes to go in the game. This game featured both head coaches going against their former school, as Ben Hall of Oconee was at Jefferson a couple of stops back, and Travis Noland went to Jefferson from Oconee.

#4 Stephens County 38, Dawson County 10

This one was never really in question, as the Indians quickly bounced out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Dawson’s defense did make adjustments in the second, and it remained a 21-0 game heading into the half. Midway through the third, Dom LeBlanc booted a field goal to bring it to a 21-3 game, but the Indians were up 31-3 heading into the final quarter.

Central Gwinnett 28, Habersham Central 14

The Black Knights went to Habersham and doubled up the Raiders with a 28-14 win. After winning all of one game in 2020 and 2021 combined, Central Gwinnett is now 4-0 for the first time since 1984. Habersham held a 14-7 slim lead going into the fourth before Central Gwinnett scored 21 points in the fourth. Blandon Grizzle’s 10-yd TD run in the first game Hab the early lead, and the Raiders went ahead on a Cooper Smith rushing TD. The Raiders were coming off a bye week, and now set their sights on moving past this one. Smith passed for 152 yards, and 151 went to Zeke Whittington.

Banks County 43, Franklin County 6

The Leopards advance to 3-0 with a 43-6 beatdown of Franklin County. This marks the best start for Banks County since 1997. The Leopards put up their best overall performance so far this season. Aaron Scott had a second straight big performance, going for 120 yards rushing with a pair of TDs. Caine Griffith had 89 passing yards and a TD. And of course, Andrew Shockley did his thing…200 yards rushing and 3 TD, and added 44 receiving yards and a TD! The Leopards had nearly 500 yards of offense.

Union County 42, Armuchee 10

Union County scored 40-plus for a second straight game, beating Armuchee on the road. This makes back-to-back road wins for the Panthers, who put up 447 yards on offense and forced 2 turnovers, including one that went for a score! Caiden Tanner threw for 275 yards and a couple TDs, while Braylen Rader had a big game with 200 total yards and 2 TD. Seth Rutan had a pick-six, Griff Young had a receiving TD, and Zach Taylor and Connor Schuknecht also scored for Union.

OTHER LOCAL GAMES OF INTEREST

  • Chestatee 44, East Hall 12
  • #4 Gainesville 43, Clarke Central 20
  • Walnut Grove 38, North Hall 20
  • Mountain View 24, Jackson County 17
  • Providence Christian 52, Riverside Military 0
  • Lakeview 42, Creekside Christian 6
  • Daniel (SC) 38, Hart County 17
  • Cherokee Bluff 20, Madison County 19

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