Peachtree Ridge's Walden Davis
CLARKESVILLE -- Following a sluggish first half, Peachtree Ridge (2-3) took control of the game in the second half Friday and defeated Habersham Central (0-4) 30 7.
"We got off to a bit of a slow start tonight as we were starting a young quarterback in the game," Lions head coach Mark Fleetwood said. "We go down and score in the second quarter. However, the mistake before halftime hurt. But we came back out the second half, got it going and managed to get a victory."
Peachtree Ridge opened the scoring with a 14-play, 88-yard touchdown drive that ended with Jordan Ellis going over from the 1-yard line. The drive included key runs by Walden Davis and pass receptions by Joe Horn and Derek Drumgo.
The Lions scored next score following a punt by Conner Rouleau pinning Habersham County on their own 1-yard line. Blake Best broke through the Raider offensive line and dropped quarterback Jake Tench in the end zone for a safety giving Peachtree Ridge a 9-0 lead.
Habersham Central got on the board late in the second quarter when Brandt Rineheart intercepted a Chance Thrasher pass and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown. The score cut the Peachtree Ridge lead to 9-7 at the half.
Peachtree Ridge came out the second half determined to run the football. "Since we were starting a young quarterback tonight, it was important for us to run the ball well. The coaches challenged us at halftime so we came out and controlled the ball and the game in the second half," Davis said.
The Lions scored on their first possession of the second half when Ellis reached the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run, capping an 83-yard scoring drive to give the Lions a 16 7 advantage. Davis rushed for 40 yards on 5 carries and Ellis 43 yards on 5 attempts on the drive.
Peachtree Ridge put together another long, 93-yard scoring drive for its next score. Davis broke free and scored on a 17-yard touchdown run, putting the Lions up 23 7.
The last Peachtree Ridge scoring play was set up with an interception return by Steven Wright to the Raider 23-yard line. Davis then scored on an 18-yard run, giving the Lions a 30 7 win.
"The defense played well tonight," Fleetwood said. "In fact, if not for the turnover Habersham does not score any points unless we give it to them offensively. At the end of the day, we are where we need to be and the important thing was getting the victory."
Davis finished the game with 163 yards on 20 carries, with Ellis also contributing 82 yards on 13 carries.