C.J. Leggett had the three touchdowns on the ground for North Gwinnett in the Bulldogs’ important 44-22 win over Peachtree Ridge on Friday, and Almonzo Brown also grabbed the one TD reception in the air.
But between the goal lines it was all Caleb Scott. Of John Urzua’s 17 completions in North Gwinnett’s 44-22 win over Peachtree Ridge on Friday, nine went to the senior Scott. The senior accounted for 129 yards of North’s 261 receiving yards despite coming up with no points of his own. Of Scott’s nine catches all but two went for more than 10 yards, including a 34-yard grab on his last catch of the night.
Big second quarter
Peachtree Ridge quarterback Chance Thrasher showed one quarter of brilliance in the Lions’ lopsided loss against North Gwinnett. After missing on his first four passes of the game, Thrasher rebounded in the second quarter. Of Thrasher’s 16 completions 13 came in the second quarter against North Gwinnett for 134 of his 160 total passing yards.
In the second half, Thrasher was just 3 of 7 for 26 yards.
Yardage by the chunk
Between the two of them, South Gwinnett and Parkview amassed a combined 713 yards and 56 points in the Comets’ 35-21 win over the Panthers at the Big Orange Jungle on Friday.
Many of those yards came as a result of big plays.
Of its 54 offense plays, South recorded 15 that resulted in gains of 10 yards or more, including nine alone accounted for by quarterback Malik Brown, who rolled up 303 yards of total offense by himself.
In fact, Brown actually had achieved a rare feat by running for more than 100 yards and throwing for 200 before losses totaling 7 yards on his final two carries on the ground pushed him back to 95 rushing yards. He finished with 208 yards through the air.
Parkview also had its share of big plays, with 10 of its 45 plays resulting in gains of 10 yards or more, half of which came from Justis Rosser, who had runs of 45 and 59 yards among his 173 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Add in special teams — which included Jeremy Lacey’s 92-yard kickoff return for a TD for the Panthers and a pair of big returns from South’s Fred Langston totaling 91 yards and there were a combined 34 plays that went for double-digit yardage.
With five carries for 31 yards and two pass receptions for 66 yards, Langston finished the night with 188 all-purpose yards.
Spartans get first close game
Greater Atlanta Christian strung together nine blowout wins prior to Friday night’s showdown with Lovett.
The Spartans hadn’t faced a close game and hadn’t trailed all season. Both of those things changed in a 17-14 loss to Lovett, which gave the Lions the Region 6-AA title.
GAC turned the ball over five times, but head coach Tim Hardy didn’t think the lack of previous close-game experience hurt his team.
“We knew that. We knew it would be that kind of game,” Hardy said. “We didn’t panic in that (because it was close). It was more execution errors that got us.”
— Sports Editor Will Hammock and staff writers Ben Beitzel and David Friedlander contributed to this report