Class A Blog: Landmark loses and wins; Mt. Paran sends a message; Dooly County, Pacelli slug it out

Landmark loses game, wins respect.  When is a loss a win?  When you go toe-to-toe for four quarters with the eighth-ranked team from a league two classifications higher than yours in a game that could have been played in a phone booth.  That was the case for Landmark Christian (4-1) which fell 21-7 to Class AAA Central-Carrollton, a team with a punishing option-based offense and a defense that has yielded a total of 13 points this season.  Even with the loss, the War Eagles might maintain their No. 8 ranking in Class A, and they most certainly established themselves as one of the contenders for the Class A private school championship.

Mt. Paran sends a message.  Mt. Paran Christian (5-0) was supposed to get tested by upstart Pinecrest Academy, which was 3-0 and featured a salty defense giving up just 14 points per game.  The test ended early as the Eagles led 31-0 en route to a 45-14 blowout.  Mt. Paran senior running back Dorian Walker continued his Player of the Year campaign as he rolled up 166 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns.  Taylor Trammell, one of the Eagles' other explosive weapons, had an 80-yard touchdown run, according to the Forsyth County News. 

Dooly and Pacelli slug it out.  Dooly County (4-1, 2-1) quarterback Jerome Pressley scored on a 4-yard run with 1:27 left in regulation, his second touchdown run of the game, to lift the Bobcats to a 28-21 win over No. 10 Pacelli (4-1, 2-1) in a battle for the top spot in Region 4. Both are dark horses in their respective races for the public and private school state championship.  Pacelli, which is now 0-9 all time against Dooly, fell behind 21-7 early in the fourth quarter before scoring two touchdowns in less than a minute to tie the game.  The Vikings had a chance to send the game into overtime but fumbled at the Bobcat 22-yard line with :20 seconds left, according to the Columbus Ledger Enquirer.