Top performances from Week 3: LaVallee leads Whitefield Academy to 3-0 start

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Whitefield Academy junior Caleb LaVallee had an average game for himself Friday with four tackles for losses and two touchdowns, one the game-winner with 2:11 left in a 28-18 victory over North Cobb Christian.

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LaVallee averages four tackles for losses and one sack, and he has scored the winning touchdown in the closing moments of the past two games, both against top-10 teams.

LaVallee is GHSF Daily’s state Player of the Week. “He could be one every week,” Whitefield Academy coach Coleman Joiner said. “In my opinion, he is the best football player in Single-A Private.”

Top five

*Christian Heritage RB/LB Solomon Locke had 301 total yards, 13 tackles, three tackles for losses, two sacks, two safeties and a QB pressure and played every snap in a 34-32 victory over King’s Ridge Christian. Locke rushed for 201 yards on 25 carries.

*Hephzibah QB Jalen Patrick accounted for all five of his team’s touchdowns, including the game-winner with 12 seconds left, in a 30-28 victory over Screven County. Patrick was 15-of-27 passing for 222 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.

*Sprayberry RB Isaiah Abbey rushed for 264 yards on 19 carries and four touchdowns in a 33-0 victory over Wheeler.

*Veterans QB Matthew Bruce was 17-of-20 passing for 334 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-42 overtime victory over Jones County. Bruce rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns, including one in overtime, which he followed with a two-point run to win the game.

*Whitefield Academy RB/LB Caleb LaVallee made 17 tackles, four for losses, rushed for 78 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns, one the game-winner with 2:11 left, in a 28-18 comeback victory over North Cobb Christian.

Best of the rest

*Bremen QB Christian Burks was 10-of-15 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on six carries in a 39-32 victory over Pepperell.

*Brookstone DE Dylan Thornton had 11 tackles, two for losses, and recovered two fumbles in a 28-7 loss to First Presbyterian.

*Carrollton QB M.J. Morris was 17-of-20 passing for 339 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-7 victory over Jonesboro.

*Columbia DL/LB Marquez Harris had four tackles for losses and three sacks and scored a touchdown in a 18-13 victory over Arabia Mountain.

*Coffee DB Anthony Paulk returned interceptions 74 and 13 yards for touchdowns in a 34-10 victory over Houston County.

*Collins Hill DE Asani Redwood had three sacks and five QB hurries in a 37-22 victory over Greenville Christian of Mississippi.

*Cook WR Eddie Watson had four receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-20 victory over Pelham.

*Creekside LB Javeon Miller had three tackles for losses in a 27-20 victory over Westlake.

*Douglas County LB Shakai Woods Jr. had 15 tackles, two for losses, in a 9-0 victory over Dutchtown.

*Duluth WR Evan Thomas had six receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown in a 41-19 loss to Daniel, the No. 1 team in South Carolina’s Class 3A.

*Evans RB Joseph Hampton rushed for 186 yards and scored on runs of 80 and 81 yards in a 22-20 victory over Harlem.

*Forsyth Central RB Malachi McElroy rushed for 216 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 79-yard run in a 28-24 loss to Loganville.

*Grayson LB Jalen Smith had 10 tackles and three sacks in a 42-6 victory over Alpharetta.

*Haralson County DB/RB JoJo Chandler had 12 tackles, broke up a pass, recovered a fumble and caught a 28-yard TD pass in a 14-10 victory over Bowdon.

*Hebron Christian QB Gavin Hall was 9-of-13 passing for 152 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 34-24 victory over Woodland of Cartersville.

*Holy Innocents’ RB/DB/LB Drew Bomar rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, intercepted a pass and had a sack and three tackles for losses in a 31-0 victory over Christ Church of South Carolina.

*Hughes QB Prentiss Noland was 15-of-19 passing for 157 yards and a touchdown in a 38-14 victory over Harrison.

*Johnson County RB Germivy Tucker rushed for 126 yards, his second straight 100-yard game, in a 42-14 victory over Wilkinson County.

*Jones County QB John Alan Richter was 27-of-35 passing for 267 yards and three touchdowns in a 43-42 loss to Veterans. Richter rushed for 42 yards on four carries.

*Kennesaw Mountain LB Ethan Voltaire had 18 total tackles (13 solo, five assists) and two tackles for losses in a 22-21 victory over Allatoona.

*Lakeside (Evans) RB/LB Kevin Sapp rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns and had two sacks in a 34-31 loss to Greenbrier.

*Lamar County ATH C.J. Allen rushed for 176 yards and four touchdowns and had five solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in a 35-24 victory over Jackson.

*Lanier County QB Jacob Faircloth passed for 272 yards and three touchdowns and scored a touchdown in a 48-27 loss to Blountstown of Florida.

*Lincoln County QB/LB Trey Huff recorded 18 total tackles in a 23-17 victory over Westside of Augusta.

*Marietta WR Christian Mathis had eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over McEachern.

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Marietta's Christian Mathis (6) scores a touchdown against McEachern Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Marietta's Northcutt Stadium. (Jenn Finch/For the AJC)

Credit: Jenn Finch

Marietta's Christian Mathis (6) scores a touchdown against McEachern Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Marietta's Northcutt Stadium.  (Jenn Finch/For the AJC)

Credit: Jenn Finch

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Marietta's Christian Mathis (6) scores a touchdown against McEachern Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Marietta's Northcutt Stadium. (Jenn Finch/For the AJC)

Credit: Jenn Finch

Credit: Jenn Finch

*McIntosh LB/G Grant McKenzie had 14 tackles, two sacks and six pancake blocks in a 34-28 victory over Fayette County.

*Mill Creek LB Josh Anglin had three tackles for losses and 0.5 sacks in a 35-7 victory over Dacula.

*Miller Grove LB Cayman Spaulding had six sacks, seven tackles for losses, 10 solo tackles and four assists in a 35-13 victory over Therrell.

*Milton WR Debron Gatling had five receptions for 105 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-14 victory over Life Christian Academy of Virginia.

*Montgomery County RB/WR/LB Brandon Denmark had eight solo tackles and a forced fumble and scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, in a 45-12 victory over Treutlen.

*Mount Zion (Carroll) WR/DB Christian Terrell had 225 yards from scrimmage, 165 of that receiving, in a 35-21 loss to Landmark Christian. Terrell also intercepted a pass.

*Mountain View WR Sean Reese had six receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-20 victory over Lanier.

*New Hampstead QB Paul Seeley was 7-of-10 passing for 138 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-0 victory over Savannah.

*North Murray WR Jaydyn Rice had nine receptions for 167 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-30 victory over Northwest Whitfield.

*Oconee County PK Gabe Valdez was 2-for-2 on field goals (27 and 32 yards) and kicked four touchbacks in a 21-2 victory over Clarke Central.

*Oglethorpe County QB Will Sampson was 23-of-42 passing for 322 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-32 loss to Athens Christian.

*Pacelli DE Jaquez Johnson had five tackles for losses in a 17-7 victory over Central of Talbotton.

*Perry QB Armar Gordon was 24-of-33 passing for 228 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 42 yards in a 21-0 victory over Crisp County.

*Pope WR Joel Brock had six receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown in a 30-24 victory over Kell.

*Putnam County WR/SS Jalon Kilgore had two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown and made 10 tackles, one for a loss, in a 69-0 victory over Jasper County.

*Ringgold RB Kori Dumas rushed for 166 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns in a 44-0 victory over Ridgeland.

*Sandy Creek QB Gemiere Latimer was 14-of-23 passing for 249 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-34 victory over Newnan.

*Savannah Christian WR George Futch had two receiving touchdowns and one returning a punt in a 47-7 victory over Valwood.

*Social Circle CB/WR K.J. Reid had eight receptions for 80 yards, intercepted a pass and made 12 tackles in a 13-6 loss to Walnut Grove.

*Sonoraville OLB Wyatt Springfield had 10 tackles, forced and recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown in a 32-0 victory over Fannin County.

*South Forsyth twins Chris Nelson and Josh Nelson each caught TD passes in a 42-17 victory over Dawson County. Chris had four receptions for 109 yards. Josh had three receptions for 83 yards, five tackles and a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown.

*Southeast Bulloch DL Damien Donaldson had 11 tackles, four for losses, in a 24-0 victory over Telfair County.

*Southeast Whitfield RB Brady Ensley rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in a 48-28 victory over Gordon Central.

*Southwest DeKalb RB Billy Johnson rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 28-20 loss to Lithia Springs.

*South Gwinnett RB Glenn Rouse rushed for 191 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in a 32-0 victory over Central Gwinnett.

*Stephens County WR/DB Cam Lacy returned a kickoff for a touchdown, had two receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown, made two tackles and broke up a pass in a 29-12 victory over Jackson County.

*Thomasville LB Ty Anderson had 10 solo tackles, three tackles for losses and eight assists in a 26-21 victory over Cairo.

*Trinity Christian DB/WR Joshua Dallas had four receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns and intercepted a pass in a 56-20 victory over Fellowship Christian.

*Ware County RB Cartevious Norton rushed for 152 yards, his third consecutive 100-yard game, in a 41-20 victory over Baldwin.

*Washington-Wilkes RB Ja’Marquez Tyson rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 45-6 victory over Cross Creek.

*Wesleyan QB Jett Miller was 24-of-30 passing for 210 yards in a 29-7 victory over Douglass.

*Woodward Academy LB/WR Chris Harrison scored on a 48-yard TD pass to give his team the lead with 43 seconds left and made a tackle at the 1-yard line on the final play of a 14-9 victory over Marist.

Lines of distinction

*The Carver (Atlanta) offensive line of Romell Pina, Tasai Berry, Isaiah Conn, Moses Umoren, Dexter Mitchell and Kelton McCrary with tight/end H-backs Terrell Lightfoot Jr., Dialo Mosley and Travion Huff blocked for a 200-yard rusher (Quintavious Lockett with 235 yards and three touchdowns) and a 100-yard rusher (Jarveous Brown with 157 yards and two touchdowns) in a 36-24 victory over Providence Day of North Carolina at the Cam Newton Classic at Lakewood Stadium. Carver finished with 461 yards rushing, 116 passing.

*The Carver (Columbus) offensive line of center Anthony Harvey, guards Keshawn Hearns and Tre Ford and tackles Kameron Dawkins and AJC Super 11 member Elijah Pritchett cleared space for 407 rushing yards (9.5 per carry) and 202 passing yards in a 28-15 victory over Spring Valley of South Carolina at the Cam Newton Classic at Lakewood Stadium. Spring Valley is the No. 10 team in South Carolina’s highest classification, 5A. Jaiden Credle rushed for 221 yards. Keemon Smith rushed for 106.

*Franklin County’s offensive line of Ethan Gipson, D.J. Seymour, Taryn Tate, J.T. Strickland and Charlie Garrison paved the way for 397 rushing yards in a 38-21 victory over East Hall. Micah Blackwell rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns.

*Gilmer’s offensive line of Aaron Walker, Blane Banks, Herschel DeFoor, Nolan Price, Avery Moseley, Blake Reece and Dominic Tarantino helped the Bobcats to 327 total yards and 29 minutes of possession in a 34-21 victory over Murray County.

*Grayson’s offensive line of Walt Flynn, Hadine Diaby, O’Neal Madom, Bryce Jones and K.J. Howard blocked for two 100-yard rushers – Joseph Taylor (102) and Dylan Elder (101) – in a 42-6 victory over Alpharetta. Grayson has rushed for more than 300 years the past two games.

*Irwin County’s offensive line of Hunter Tyson, Toby Brown, Noah Brown Antawii Deans, William Johnson and Eli Roberts helped the Indians average 11.4 yards per rushing, 400 yards rushing and five rushing touchdowns in a 52-26 victory over Monroe.

*North Forsyth’s offensive line of Eli Samples, J.T. Francis, Eli Edwards, Eli Tompkins, Greg Toll, Chris Herock, Braden O’Shields and Tyler Partain along with tight ends Riley Smith, Jonah Sexton, Aaron Redd and Cooper Eglian led the Raiders to 438 yards rushing on 72 carries and five rushing touchdowns in a 42-10 victory over Dalton. No sacks were allowed in 19 passing attempts.

*Whitewater’s offensive line of Will Snellings, T.J. Hill, Xavier Campbell, Ethan Crawford, John Raines, Jaxson Gier and Ethan Boelsterli cleared a path for 356 rushing yards and 9.4 yards per carry in a 44-6 victory over Locust Grove.

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