Big Friday night for Class AAAA running backs

--Woodward Academy’s Elijah Holyfield rushed for 283 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries, but the War Eagles came up one point short in a dramatic 21-20 loss to Lovett on Friday. Woodward Academy stormed back from a 21-0 deficit and looked to send the game into overtime after Jes Sutherland’s touchdown pass to Joshua Johnson with 33 seconds to play. But the potential tying extra point was blocked, sending the War Eagles to their fifth consecutive loss to Lovett.

--Westover's Qundez Carter rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 carries in the Patriots' 31-10 win over Northside-Columbus on Friday. Carter scored on runs of 43, 10 and 98 yards in the second half to help Westover pull away.

--Sandy Creek running back Eric Sweeney rushed for 211 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Patriots' win over Newnan.

More notes from Friday night ... 

--First win: St. Pius X got its triple-option offense going in its first win of the season. The Golden Lions rushed for 281 yards, averaging more than 9 yards per carry in a 38-7 win over Lithonia. Dalton Wilson scored three times in the first half as St. Pius jumped out to a 31-0 lead at halftime. Nick Spear opened the third quarter with a 57-yard touchdown run to cement the win.

--Helping hand: Mary Persons got a hand from Mother Nature in its 29-27 win over Lamar County. Late in the third quarter with Lamar County preparing for a potential tying two-point conversion, the officials stopped the game due to lightning. The delay would last more than two hours, according to the Macon Telegraph, and, per GHSA rules, was cancelled with Mary Persons a 29-27 winner.

--Late loss: Burke County surrendered two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes in a 25-22 loss to North Augusta of South Carolina. Burke County quarterback Caleeb Roberson passed for 138 yards and rushed for 132 yards for the Bears (2-2), who have lost two straight.