No. 3 Private Calvary Day (3-0) and No. 7 Private Athens Academy (2-1) represented the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) well, rolling to blowout wins over teams from other athletic associations. Calvary Day sophomore QB Jake Merklinger led the Cavs to a 47-14 rout over Frederica Academy of St. Simons, completing 12-of -16 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Frederica plays in the highest classification (Class AAA) of the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) where they advanced to last season’s title game. Calvary Day led 47-0 heading into the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Athens Academy (2-1) dominated Augusta Christian, 42-27, on the strength of 110 yards rushing and three touchdowns from junior QB Sam Bush. Augusta Christian, which competes in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association (SCISA), was 2-0 on the season with both wins coming against Class AAA GHSA teams – Johnson-Savannah (28-21) and Richmond County Academy (20-18).
Irwin County dominates larger foe in first win of the season
Public No. 1 Irwin County rolled up 409 yards rushing and junior QB Cody Soliday completed 7-of-11 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-26 blowout of Class 4A Monroe-Albany. Junior RB Damarkas Lundy ran for 154 yards on just eight carries, and scored two touchdowns. Freshman RB Shane Marshall had 95 yards on 11 attempts and scored a touchdown, while Soliday rushed for 56 yards on just three carries and a touchdown.