Hot list: Griffin, McIntosh, Buford, Rome roll on

It looks like the Griffin Bears are back.

After last year’s 6-5 season, the Bears – under first-year coach Antonio Andrews -- look more like the team that won nine or more games each year from 2004-2014. Just ask LaGrange, which absorbed a 51-0 beating on Friday night, the proud program’s worst loss since a 53-point loss in the 1983 state championship game.

Griffin has scored 50 points in consecutive weeks and is in position to join the state rankings.

Quarterback Tylan Morton inflicted much of the damage for Griffin. He threw for four touchdowns and ran for another. Malik Taylor caught two touchdowns and set up another with an interception.

The Bears host Upson-Lee on Thursday night.

McIntosh still unbeaten: The last time the Chiefs started a season 3-0, they won a school-record eight games and made the playoffs for the first time since 1987. On Friday they made it three straight by beating Henry County 41-26, breaking open a close game in the second half with a stout running game. McIntosh running back Bradley Ector broke an 74-yard touchdown run to turn the momentum.

Henry County quarterback Jordan Thomas was a one-man show. He ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 220 yards and one touchdown in the loss.

Rome serves notice: The No. 8 Rome Wolves warmed up for the start of action in the rock-em sock-em Region 7 with a 54-12 win over visiting Drew. It was a big night for quarterback Knox Kadum and running back Jamious Griffin.

Kadum ran for a pair of touchdowns to set the pace and Griffin ran for two scores and caught a touchdown pass from Kadum. Jalynn Sikes rushed for 105 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown.

Drew’s Gary Tyner threw for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

Buford takes Bishop: The No. 1-ranked Buford Wolves (1-1) clobbered visiting Bishop Timon-St. Jude from Buffalo, N.Y., 49-6. Anthony Grant rushed for 179 yards and scored three touchdowns and added a 31-yard TD catch. The Buford defense limited Bishop to 116 yadrs of total offense, with four-star quarterback recruit Matt Myers completing 10 of 22 for 78 yards and rushing for 19 yards. Buford takes a week off before hosting Jeff Davis of Montgomery, Ala., on Sept. 16.

No. 3 Kell falls: The third-ranked Kell Longhorns (1-1) lost a 24-9 decision to Class AAAAAAA Lassiter (3-0). Kell had a 6-0 halftime lead, only to be outscored 25-3 in the second half. It was the second straight year Kell has failed to score a touchdown against the Trojans.  Kell opens play in Region 7 on Friday against Rome at The Stockyard.

Games postponed because of storm: Heavy rains as a result of Hurricane Hermine messed up the schedule on Friday.

No. 9 Bainbridge had its game against Lincoln, Fla., moved to noon on Saturday.

The entire slate of games from Region 2 was postponed: New Hampstead and Islands play Saturday at 7 p.m. at Garden City;  South Effingham vs. Jenkins at Savannah Memorial play Saturday at 1 p.m.; Coffee plays at No. 7 Ware County on Saturday at 1 p.m.; Valdosta at Wayne County will be Saturday at 2 p.m.; the Liberty County game at Statesboro was moved to Saturday at 10 a.m.