Class AAAA Blog: Week 8 is going to be epic 

If there is one takeaway from the results of Week 7 it should be that this upcoming week is going to be epic. Primarily, the upcoming showdown between upstart Denmark and Blessed Trinity. The Denmark Danes have proven themselves on both sides of the football, hence the 45-point margin of victory and four shutouts on their five game resume. Here’s what else went down Week 7. Also, Sandy Creek is absolutely a state title contender and my dark horse to take this year’s crown. 

Sandy Creek built a 44-0 lead in the third quarter to set up a running clock in the final frame and closed out a statement win (44-7) over host Troup to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2014. Running back Rashad Amos scored a 6-yard touchdown to cap the Patriots’ opening drive. Cody Jones intercepted Troup on the following possession and then quarterback Matthew Williams found Brian Branch for an 18-yard touchdown. Troup’s next possession ended on an interception from Branch, who then hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from Williams to make it 21-0. Sandy Creek’s defense forced a safety before Amos ran in a 28-yard touchdown to put the Patriots up 30-0 at the half. Branch outleapt two Troup defenders and secured a one-handed 21-yard touchdown pass from Williams for his third of the game to increase the lead to 37-0. Williams found Dealo Parson for his fourth touchdown pass of the game to make it 44-0.

Denmark avenged its 48-27 loss to West Hall in 2018 with a convincing 49-0 road victory for the 5-0 Danes’ fourth shutout of the season. Zach Ogbogu and Jordan Brunson each rushed for first-half touchdowns. Junior quarterback Aaron McLaughlin had another strong performance, rushing for a pair of touchdowns (15, 16 yards) and throwing two touchdown passes to fellow Auburn-commit Ze’Vian Capers (67, 5 yards).

Host Marist took a 42-6 lead at the half and closed out Chestatee with a 56-13 win to improve its record to 6-0. Marist forced a 3-and-out on Chestatee’s opening possession and senior quarterback Connor Cigelski took the War Eagles’ first snap for a rushing touchdown. After the Marist defense forced another Chestatee punt, Cigelski found Thomas Rollauer for a passing score, giving Marist a 12-0 lead off of just two offensive snaps. Cigelski rumbled in a 63-yard touchdown to make it 18-0 with 7:24 still left in the opening quarter. Rollauer intercepted Chestatee to set up a Richard Bowen field goal before Cigelski closed out the quarter with his third rushing touchdown. Cigelski threw a touchdown pass to Matthew Houghton just before the half to account for his fifth score of the game, and teammates Lincoln Parker, Matthew Dunmon and Andrew Mannelly each rushed for Marist touchdowns in the victory.

Cairo quarterback Robert Matthew Peters opened the scoring with a 52-yard rushing touchdown and also found Marquii Lovejoy (47 yards) and Johnathan Herring (40 yards) for touchdown passes to lead the Syrupmakers past host Columbus 39-0. Tequan Lattimore returned a blocked field goal 80 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and Cairo forced a safety on a bad snap that made it 22-0 with 1:55 left in the first half. Tay Solomon fielded the ensuing kick and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown to increase the lead to 29-0. Noah Jones provided the game’s final points on a 38-yard field goal with 4:36 left in the third quarter.

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