Staff Photo: John Bohn Brookwood running back Josh Brown (28) runs the ball while pursued by Mill Creek defensive back Jordan Sylvain (22) during the first quarter of Friday's game.
There were a few low-scoring defensive struggles last Friday.
Mountain View shut down Pebblebrook, 14-3. Shiloh stymied Redan, 16-7. Lanier held Oconee County in check for a 17-14 win.
But the games of Sept. 7 were more about the high-scoring offenses and the playmakers who had huge games on that side of the ball.
Five passers were well over the 200-yard mark, two of those over 300 yards, and three running backs topped the 200-yard plateau in last Friday's games.
Before leaving with an injury, Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis rushed for 175 yards against Brookwood. And he wasn't even the game's top rusher. The Broncos' Josh Brown churned out 243 yards on 25 carries, joining an offense that also saw Jamaal Cole score three touchdowns and Ky Priester return a punt 80 yards for a score.
Greater Atlanta Christian's Kyle Scales (234 rushing yards, four TDs) and Dacula's Marcus Cox (221 rushing yards, TD, 37-yard TD catch) also had big nights at running back, while Archer used its tandem to top the 200-yard mark. Both Sean Fowler (11 rushes, 126 yards, 2 TDs) and Ernest Alexander (20 rushes, 105 yards, TD) topped 100 yards in a game for the second time this season.
The quarterbacks fared pretty well last Friday, too.
Central Gwinnett's Eman Westmoreland had the biggest night with 350 passing yards and five total TDs, but South Gwinnett's Jordan Ramey was right behind with 242 passing yards and 129 rushing yards. Collins Hill's Brett Sheehan (300 passing yards) and Wesleyan's Will Anderson (285 yards) also stood out.
Justin Brownlee of Central led the wideouts witha 10-catch, 250-yard game that included three scores, joining big-time efforts from fellow receivers Justin Wyatt of Collins Hill (nine catches, 134 yards, TD), Berkmar's Dorren Miller (seven catches, 170 yards, two TDs), Wesleyan's Jahmai Jones (five catches, 148 yards, TD) and South's L.J. Gainey (seven catches for 113 yards, TD).
In terms of offensive versatility, Norcross' Myles Autry was right up there, too.
He had eight rushes for 76 yards, caught a TD pass and returned a punt 72 yards for another score in a 20-0 win over Parkview.
GAC game moved to Thursday
Greater Atlanta Christian's players and coaches accelerated game preparations this week after finding out that their matchup with Chamblee was moved up a day.
The Spartans will play Chamblee at 7 p.m. Thursday instead of the originally scheduled Friday date.
The game will be played at Adams Stadium.
GAC enters the game with a perfect 3-0 mark after beating three straight teams from larger classifications -- Stone Mountain (34-26), Savannah (31-8) and Apalachee (31-21).
Chamblee also is unbeaten at 2-0 after defeating Dunwoody (38-6) and Druid Hills (28-21).
Norcross, North ready for another battle
Both Norcross and North Gwinnett have defeated Colquitt County this season, the Blue Devils in a scrimmage and the Bulldogs in the Corky Kell Classic.
But a much more important game comes Friday when North hosts Norcross in the Region 7-AAAAAA opener for both teams. The winner has an early edge in the region title chase.
North (2-0) is ranked fourth in Class AAAAAA and Norcross (2-0) is just behind at No. 7.
Shiloh off to rare hot start
Even in years when it made the playoffs, Shiloh's football program had its ups and downs early in the season.
But it has been looking only up so far for new head coach Troy Hobbs, who has won his first two games since joining the Generals after a long stint as a North Gwinnett assistant coach. Another win Friday night against Berkmar would give Hobbs' team a seldom-seen 3-0 start to the season.
The last time Shiloh won its first three games of the season? It was 1991 under stadium namesake Charlie Jordan, whose team went 9-2 that season.