The top 10 teams in Class AAA played to form Friday night, with Westminster the only top-10 team to lose. But that loss came against second-ranked Cedar Grove.
Here's how things shaped up across the classification:
-- Top-ranked Calhoun had little trouble moving one game closer to another region title with its 56-0 shutout against Murray County. Behind Zach Fuller's three first-quarter touchdowns and Clemson-commitment Brannon Spector’s 18-yard interception return, Calhoun led 28-0 after one quarter. Jonkell Tolbert and quarterback Gavin Gray each scored rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to give the Yellow Jackets a 42-0 lead at the half. Gray finished 7-of-9 passing for 124 yards. In the third quarter, backup quarterback Jake Morrow passed to Ethan Crump for a 35-yard touchdown. Morrow finished the game with 173 yards on 8-of-11 passing to help Calhoun put together a 381-yard offensive performance — 305 passing — while holding Murray County to 85 yards of offense. Jerrian Hame’s 7-yard run in the third quarter ended the scoring.
-- Cedar Grove solidified its grasp on Region 5 with its 30-3 victory against Westminster. The victory was highlighted by a standout performance from the nation’s top receiving recruit, Jadon Haselwood. The highly-recruited prospect got the scoring started early with a 6-yard touchdown reception, then returned a punt 70 yards for a score. Westminster trailed 14-3 following a Charlie Ham field goal and were driving at the Cedar Grove 10-yard line before fumbling just before halftime and losing all momentum. Austin Smith’s second touchdown pass went to Rashad Jordan from 18 yards, and Cedar Grove added a 12-yard touchdown run by Robert Jones III.
-- In another Region 5 battle, No. 10 Pace outlasted Lovett 17-13 after being tied at 10 at the half. Jared Rayman and Jayden Thomas connected for each of Pace Academy’s touchdowns. It was the Lions who struck first on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Blaine McAllister to Lance Beck in the opening quarter, but they managed only two Henry Beery field goals the rest of the way. The Knights broke a 10-10 halftime tie when Rayman found Thomas for a 6-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Lovett twice forced turnovers — a Ritter Windom interception and a Will Seiler fumble recovery — while trailing by four points, but the offense failed to come up with a game-winning drive.
-- In Region 7, Greater Atlanta Christian seems on pace to take the title again after defeating Lumpkin County 38-0. GAC scored all of its points in the first half. The Spartans got two touchdowns from Ty James – a 50-yard punt return in the opening quarter for a 28-0 lead and a 21-yard reception from Jackson Hardy in the second quarter. Josh Rose accounted for two touchdowns, passing to Christian Thomas on a 20-yarder and scoring on an 8-yard run.. Hardy also added a second touchdown pass to Brooks Miller from the 3, and Beck Naegele added a field goal before halftime. The game featured a running-clock in the second half.
Here were the top-10 weekend results:
1. Calhoun (7-0-4-0) – Beat Murray County (0-8, 0-6) at home in a Region 6 game, 56-0.
2. Cedar Grove (7-1, 4-0) – Defeated Westminster (4-3, 2-1) in a Region 5 game, 30-3.
3. Monroe Area (8-0, 4-0) – Beat Hart County (2-5, 1-2) in a Region 8 game, 38-0.
4. Peach County (5-2, 3-0) – Beat Rutland (0-8, 0-4) in a Region 4 game, 73-14
5. Westminster (4-3, 2-1) – Lost to Cedar Grove (7-1, 4-0) in a Region 5 game, 30-3.
6. Greater Atlanta Christian (6-2, 4-0) – Defeated Lumpkin County (3-4, 1-2) in a Region 7 game, 38-0.
7. Benedictine (5-1, 4-0) – Will face Islands (2-4, 2-2) in a Region 3 game on Saturday.
8. Jefferson (7-1, 4-0) – Beat Morgan County (3-5, 2-2) in a Region 8 game, 35-14.
9. Dawson County (7-1, 3-1) – Was off and will travel to Fannin County (3-3, 2-0) in a Region 7 game Oct. 19
10. Pace Academy (4-3, 2-1) – Beat Lovett (3-4, 2-1) in a Region 5 game, 17-13.
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