Week Twelve Scores & Recaps
Week 12 marked the end of the season for Banks, Habersham, Towns, and White. For Jefferson and Stephens, it was a final tuneup with the outcome not affecting anything. For Lumpkin and Union, playoff seeding was determined. And for Commerce, Dawson, and Rabun, their BYE week came to give rest and time to focus on the playoffs.
*keep checking back for additions to the recaps as that data becomes available.*
Lumpkin County 55, West Hall 7
The Indians scored twice in each quarter on the way to their 8th win, which ties a program record for single-season victories. Lumpkin got going with short TD runs in the first by Mason Sullens and then Cooper Scott, with a big INT by Jay Grizzle in between. West Hall pulled off a nifty tricky play for a flea flicker TD to pull within 14-7 in the second. Lumpkin’s offense stalled for several drives before Sullens got a 5-yd TD run, then Scott found Cal Faulkner for a screen pass that turned into a 37-yd TD and a 28-7 halftime lead. In the second half, Scott and Faulkner combined for a 16-yd TD, and Tavion Lawrence’s pick six made it 42-7 going into a running clock in the fourth. Gerald Walker had a long 50-yd TD run to highlight the fourth.
Shiloh 42, Habersham Central 9
Shiloh ran up a big win over the Raiders, who closed their season at 3 wins total.
Hebron Christian 25, #3 Stephens County 21
This one would be shocking if it had a real impact on the playoff standing for the Indians. But after already locking up a region title, Stephens dropped a disappointing contest at home on senior night. That takes some wind out of the sails prior to what is supposed to be a deep playoff run. The Indians will be fine, but this result makes many in 3A take a close look. The Indians took a 7-6 lead to open the second quarter with a go-ahead TD. Hebron took the lead back a couple minutes later, then moments later Stephens did the same, going up 14-12. After Hebron went back ahead in the third up 19-14, the Indians got another lead change on a score with 3 minutes and change to go in the 3rd with a 21-19 advantage. Hebron scored late to secure the win and a playoff spot, as it was a do-or-die for the Lions.
#4 Jefferson 35, Eastside 7
Sammy Brown scored two quick TDs in the second as the Dragons took a 14-0 lead on his 17- and 39-yd TD. He got another pair of TDs, including a 57 yarder for the 28-0 lead in the third. A Max Aldridge rushing score padded the lead to 35-0 to cap the scoring for the Region Champion Dragons.
Fellowship Christian 35, Union County 14 (Thursday)
Fellowship Christian won a 35-14 game at Blairsville on Thursday. Caiden Tanner threw a couple of TDs and passed for over 275 yards, while Griff Young and Jensen Goble both had over 100 yards and a TD apiece. Union takes the third seed out of 8-AA.
Banks County 40, Providence Christian 39
The Leopards secured a slim 40-39 win to win their final game of the season and close out at 5-5. It marked the final game for Banks County standouts Andrew Shockley and Robert Walker.
White County 38, Gilmer 35
White County had a monstrous comeback in the final quarter after going down 22, scoring with 11 seconds left to shock Gilmer and send the Bobcats’ playoff spot packing. Down 14-0 late in the first, Ryan Fowler’s 36-yd TD run cut the deficit in half. He got a 57-yd TD run late in the second to again cut it to 21-13. Gilmer began to pull away, leading 35-13 at the break. They’d never score again. The Warriors didn’t score in the third, but early in the final stanza got back on the board with a 7-yd TD run by Fowler, his third. Fowler’s big night continued, as minutes later he notched a 53-yd TD for his fourth of the game. The 2PC failed, but White County got within 35-25 with 3:39 to go. Still seemed improbable, but the Warriors kept plugging away. Tripp Nix just 30 seconds later hit Kane Lowery for a 33-yd TD to make it a 35-32 ball game. White County recovered an onside kick, keeping the Warriors alive. With 11 seconds left, Fowler’s FIFTH TD of the game came from 2 yards out to elevate White County 38-35 to its first and only lead of the game.
#6 Lincoln County 35, Towns County 8
Lincoln County didn’t leave Towns County a chance, as the Indians fell 35-8 in their season finale.
OTHER LOCAL GAMES OF INTEREST
- #1 Buford 49, Central Gwinnett 7
- #4 Gainesville 51, Jackson County 0
- Flowery Branch 46, Heritage 0
- Walnut Grove 35, Chestatee 14
- East Forsyth 28, North Hall 21
- Madison County 42, East Hall 7
- #1 North Oconee 42, Cherokee Bluff 7
- Johnson 36, Midtown 7
- #4 Oconee County 49, Franklin County 0
- #7 Monroe Area 49, #10 Hart County 14
- #10 Athens Academy 34, East Jackson 7
- Lakeview 52, Loganville Christian 34