High school football notes

Chad Manthey played sparingly in Blessed Trinity’s first six games, but with the No. 1 and No. 3 tailbacks injured last week, the senior suddenly was the feature back in a Region 6-AAA game against Towers.

To say he responded would be an understatement. Manthey rushed for 324 yards on 34 carries and scored six touchdowns in a 42-13 victory.

Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin noted that Manthey’s father died of a heart attack two seasons ago, making the performance more special for Manthey and the team.

‘’Friday night was a very emotional night for his mother, who came on the field in tears after the game,’’ Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin said. “A great night for that family. We’re all very proud for Chad.’’

Here are some of the best individual performances from last week:

Top five state performers

  • Blessed Trinity RB Chad Manthey rushed for 324 yards and scored six touchdowns on 34 carries in a 42-13 victory over Towers.
  • Chapel Hill sophomore RB Jamarcus Morrissette rushed for 385 yards on 56 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 38-28 victory over B.E.S.T. Academy.
  • Cherokee MLB Brandon Hrouda had 18 tackles, four for losses, one sack and one interception in a 28-21 victory over eighth-ranked Etowah.
  • Jackson-Atlanta QB Keenan Moore was 26-of-45 passing for 450 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 35 yards and a touchdown in a 38-0 victory over Douglass.
  • Lassiter QB Will Anderson was 26-of-36 passing for 406 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 31-3 victory over Milton. Anderson has thrown 12 TD passes in the past three games.

Others in metro Atlanta

  • Arabia Mountain LB Demetro Stephens had eight solo tackles, four assists, three tackles for losses and a fumble recovery in a 53-7 victory over North Atlanta.
  • B.E.S.T. Academy RB Deshawn Waller rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in a 38-28 loss to Chapel Hill. Waller went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season (1,060).
  • Cambridge QB Bryan Moore was 21-of-30 passing for 241 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-24 loss to Creekview.
  • Cartersville QB Brooks Barden was 11-of-16 passing for 229 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-16 victory over Gordon Central.
  • Griffin QB Jaquez Parks was 11-of-14 passing for 272 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries in a 55-14 victory over North Clayton.
  • Jackson-Atlanta WR Orenzo Smith had eight catches for 239 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-0 victory over Douglass.
  • M.L. King DE Arden Key had 12 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for losses in a 33-14 victory over Lakeside-Atlanta. QB Roland Rivers passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns, two to Romello Shumake, who had nine catches for 157 yards.
  • McEachern QB Ty Clemons rushed for 164 yards on nine carries and scored on runs of 85 and 59 yards in a 28-26 loss to North Cobb. Clemons went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season (1,015) and passed for 140 yards.
  • Newton CB Steven Montac had five tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery in a 28-21 loss to Rockdale County.
  • North Cobb WR Torrance McGee had three receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a 28-26 victory over McEachern. QB Tyler Queen passed for 272 yards and rushed for 90, and RB J'Vonte Herrod had 225 yards from scrimmage.
  • Shiloh RB Jeremy McDuffie rushed for 194 yards and a touchdown in a 23-21 victory over Parkview. It was Shiloh's first victory over Parkview since 1991.
  • South Forsyth DB Matt Cira had 11 tackles, seven solo, two interceptions and two pass breakups in a 35-24 victory over Centennial.
  • South Paulding QB Chandler Burks passed for 195 yards, threw two TD passes and scored three touchdowns in a 42-13 victory over Hiram.
  • St. Pius LB Daniel Crochet and DB Nick Ruffin each had eight solo tackles (16 of the team's 39) in a 39-12 victory over Cedar Grove. Crochet had three sacks for 15 yards in losses, and Ruffin had one tackle for a loss, an interception that he returned 42 yards and a blocked kick. St. Pius held Cedar Grove to 162 yards of offense.