Class A Blog: They said it (Week 7 edition)

“It’s one of the best individual performances that I’ve seen from a running back. Sam is just a tough kid. He’s a wrestler and he runs hard and he’s a very humble young man. The offensive line just opened up holes. He just does what you ask him to do and that’s one of the more memorable performances I’ve seen in 20 years.” – Mount Paran Christian head coach Mitch Jordan said to the Marietta Daily Journal about senior RB Sam Griffith-Tesch, who ran for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns on 35 carries in the Eagles’ 21-14 win over King’s Ridge Christian. Mt. Paran improved to 3-3.

“I think Caleb is one of the best players in (Class A). He’s a workhorse. When the game is tight he comes out and makes plays for us like he did (Friday). All the guys really trust him to carry us.” – Whitefield Academy head coach Coleman Joiner told the Marietta Daily Journal about junior LB/RB Caleb LaValle, who scored all four of the Wolfpack touchdowns in a 28-10 win over Heritage-Newnan. LaVallee ran 15 times for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns, and caught 3 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown as Whitefield improved to 5-1.

“(Friday) was a setback (for us). I thought we were getting better, but I don’t know. At this point we’re going to have to do some soul searching.” – Walker School head coach Gary Nelson said to the Marietta Daily Journal after his Wolverines lost 45-14 to a previously winless St. Francis team that had lost its last 10 games, dating back to last season.

“I’ve known Jake since we first played basketball together on an 8-and-under team. Jake has a high football IQ and a great work ethic. He knows how to read defenses and when to throw the ball and when not to.” – Calvary Day 6-4, 220-pound sophomore WR Mike Smith said to the Savannah Morning News about fellow sophomore QB Jake Merklinger, after the Cavaliers’ 42-6 blowout win over Stratford Academy. Merklinger completed 14-of-17 passes for 246 yards and 5 touchdowns, all in the first half. Merklinger already has offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State and others.

“Not making any excuses. We’re a young team learning to put two good weeks together. Our offense lost focus. It looked like we forgot what we were supposed to do. I can’t put my hand on it right now.” – Bryan County head coach Cherard Freeman said to the Savannah Morning News after his team was shut out at home by Claxton, 27-0. Freeman’s team, dominated by sophomores and freshman, has snapped a 26-game region losing streak the previous week.