Manchester impresses, Landmark gets signature win, PAC survives and FPD makes a statement

Here’s what went down Friday night:

Manchester looking impressive. The Gamble brothers were at it again Friday night. Tre rushed for 121 yards on just 12 carries, and scored on runs of 43, 29 and 4 yards, while brother Deenizeo opened the scoring with a 35-yard run to help lift the No. 9 (Public) Blue Devils to a 35-6 win over Class AA Southwest-Macon (1-1).

Landmark gets early big win. Senior Lofton Tidwell scored on a 56-yard run in the first half and the War Eagle defense made it stand up as No. 7 (Private) Landmark Christian (2-0) smothered No. 5 (Private) Stratford Academy (1-1) of Macon, 13-3, in downtown Fairburn.

Prince Avenue survives a scare. It was a defensive struggle to say the least. No. 3 (Private) Prince Avenue3-0) was in danger of dropping a region game to rival Athens Christian (1-1) when the teams entered overtime scoreless. But Thomas Huff scored for the Wolverines on the first possession of the extra period, and Athens Christian fumbled on its turn with the football to preserve a 7-0 win for PAC.

FPD makes a statement for Macon. It wasn't the greatest night for Macon-area teams in Class A as both Stratford Academy and Class AA Southwest-Macon took it on the chin. But First Presbyterian Day (2-0) stood up for the middle Georgia city with a 34-13 domination of Brookstone (1-1) in Columbus. FPD forced six Cougar turnovers, three fumbles and three interceptions, with Armaun Smith nabbing all the picks. The Vikings scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Other finals of note:

Mt. Paran Christian 13, Class AAA Bremen 3

No. 3 (Public) Commerce 49, Hebron Christian 15

Class AAAA Ridgeland 40, No. 4 (Private) Darlington 28