Week Eight Scores & Recaps
Week Eight we got back to playing Friday nights, and several games came down to the fourth quarter, with one going beyond that even.
*keep checking back for additions to the recaps as that data becomes available.*
Union County 42, Banks County 7
Union County was late to the game due to being caught in traffic from an accident for several hours. It was worth the wait, as the Panthers moved to 5-1 win a blowout win to open their region slate. It was a Caiden Tanner clinic, who totaled 5 TDs. Braylen Rader got it going with a 16-yd TD in the first, and Banks responded with a 70-yd TD from Kolby Watson to Andrew Shockley to tie it up on the next play. To lead off the second, Tanner scored from 4 yards out, added a 24-yd TD to Zach Taylor, and had another 13-yd rushing score before the break to make it a 28-7 ballgame. Tanner added another rushing score, and a passing TD to Griff Young in the second half to cap it off. The Leopards started out 4-0, but once again injuries have derailed the train, and Banks is now 4-3. It marked win #300 all-time for the Union County program!
#2 Rabun County 17, #10 St. Francis 14
What a thrilling comeback win for Rabun County in this one to remain unbeaten. Rabun opened the game with a Lang Windham short-yardage TD for the 7-0 lead in the first. Marcus Remillard knocked in a 30-yd FG to stretch it up to 10-0, though St. Francis got within 10-7 shortly after. The home team went up 14-10 before the break, leaving Rabun trailing uncharacteristically. With 8:14 to go in the game, Windham scored from 20 yards out for the eventual game-winning score. St. Francis threatened before the defense made a spectacular stand to save the game.
Dawson County 27, Pickens 0
The Tigers did all their damage in the first half, and for a second straight week pitched a shutout in region play. Dawson County remains unbeaten in 7-AAA. Kade Moledor had a 65-yd TD run late in the first half to really put the game away. Prior to that, Davis Glass had a 7-yd TD pass to Doug Pagel, Glass recorded an 8-yd TD run, and Christian Webb had a 40-yd pick six for the Tigers.
Wesleyan 22, White County 17
The Warriors fought valiantly to a 22-17 final. White County held a slim 3-0 lead in the first on a Hayden Vandegriff 22-yd FG. Wesleyan went up 10-3 before Ryan Fowler’s game-tying 1-yd TD run late in the first half tied it up at 10. The Wolves got a field goal before the break, and added an early TD in the third to go up 20-10. Early in the fourth, Tripp Nix found Von Dre Nelson for an 18-yd TD to cut the deficit down to 20-17. A safety by Wesleyan put the game away.
#3 Stephens County 63, Franklin County 0
The Indians made absolutely no drama about this one, rolling up a 63-0 win. It marked the sixth all-time 60-point performance for the Indians, and is officially the biggest shutout AND largest margin of victory in school history. The offense and defense continue to play at an elite level.
Lumpkin County 31, #9 Gilmer 28
The Indians earned a statement win. Perhaps the biggest in decades, as it came on the road against a top-10 ranked team, and Lumpkin played from behind the entire way. Gilmer struck first, but Mason Sullens scored from 19 yards out to tie the game at 7 apiece late in the first. Gilmer retook the lead almost immediately with a 62-yd TD, but Cooper Scott’s 18-yd TD to Cal Faulkner again knotted the game to end the first. The Bobcats got another long TD, and Lumpkin cut into the deficit with a Will Staples 36-yd FG, making it 21-17 in favor of Gilmer going into the half. After an interception, Gilmer added to the lead with a TD to make it 28-17 midway through the third. Just before the end of the quarter, Lumpkin got back into it with a TD to close it to a 28-24 game. The Indians got the ball with 2-plus left on the clock in the fourth, going for the win. Sullens scored on a 4th & 2 from the 16 with 35 seconds remaining to go ahead 31-28.
Commerce 24, #10 Social Circle 21 (OT)
It took overtime, but the Tigers got it done. Jacari Huff got the offense going with a TD from 24 yards out on fourth down in the first to give Commerce a 7-6 lead. Social Circle went up 14-7 heading into the break. Jaiden Daniels on a trick play threw a 70-yd TD pass to Jackson Morris in the fourth to get within 21-14. Huff then had a scoop-and-score TD to tie the contest. It was remarkable, as the Tigers got 2 TDs about a minute apart to tie the game. Ivy Tolbert notched a game-winning, walkoff field goal yet again in overtime to claim the victory, a third this season for Commerce against state-ranked opponents.
#7 Aquinas 42, Towns County 13
The Indians fall 42-13 against Aquinas, making it now a 5-game slide for Towns County.
OTHER LOCAL GAMES OF INTEREST
- Madison County 33, North Hall 24
- Fellowship Christian 30, East Jackson 14
- Lakeview 61, North Georgia 0
- Winder-Barrow 20, Flowery Branch 17
- #7 Oconee County 31, Hart County 14
- Walnut Grove 35, East Hall 8
- East Forsyth 14, Cherokee Bluff 7
- Shiloh 43, Jackson County 7(TH)
- George Walton vs Riverside (Unknown Score)