Friday high school football roundup

Lovejoy quarterback Vic Hardison connected with Rico McWilliams for two first-half touchdowns and ran for one in the second half as the Wildcats survived for a 29-20 win over Mt. Zion-Jonesboro at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Friday night.

Lovejoy snapped a string of four straight losses to the Bulldogs (5-1) and grabbed sole possession of first place in Region 4-AAAA. The Wildcats moved to 6-0 for the first time since 2003.

Lovejoy built a 23-0 first-half lead and then held off a comeback by Mt. Zion, which got three second-half touchdown passes from quarterback Montel Buchanan but came up short.

Hardison hit McWilliams with touchdown passes of 13 and 44 yards, and Lovejoy got a safety when a shotgun snap sailed over the head of Buchanan, who kicked the ball out of the end zone.

McWilliams notched his third touchdown with nine minutes to play in the first half when he stripped the ball from Mt. Zion receiver Austin Smith and returned it 27 yards.

Mt. Zion (5-1) scored on a 14-yard pass from Buchanan to Joseph Porter early in the third period, and Buchanan’s two-point run made it 23-8.

Hardison’s 1-yard sneak gave Lovejoy what appeared to be a commanding 29-8 lead on the last play of the third quarter, but Mt. Zion’s Porter returned the ensuing kickoff 61 yards and three plays later caught a 32-yard pass from Buchanan.

The Bulldog defense stopped Lovejoy at the Mt. Zion 8 on the next series and Buchanan connected with Smith for a 92-yard touchdown pass on which Smith broke two tackles at midfield then sprinted the final 50 yards to pull Mt. Zion within 29-20. JAY STONE

Atlanta/Southside

North Clayton 20, Tri-Cities 14: LaDarius Mathis had two rushing touchdowns, and his 1-yard plunge in overtime sealed the victory for the Eagles (5-1) over the hometown Bulldogs (4-3). North Clayton’s Amarlo Herrera also returned an interception for a 25-yard touchdown.

Cobb

North Cobb 25, Pebblebrook 21: Quarterback Travis Hawkins ran for 131 yards and threw for 197 yards including the go-ahead 67-yard touchdown pass to Max Mason with 1:15 left to lead visiting North Cobb (5-1) past Pebblebrook (3-3).

DeKalb

Marist 6, Lakeside-DeKalb 3: Austin Hardin kicked a 35-yard field goal in overtime to win the game for the visiting War Eagles (6-1). Lakeside (2-5) had two field goal attempts blocked, one in the second quarter and one in overtime.

Southwest DeKalb 28, Dunwoody 6: Andre Wilson passed for three touchdowns including a 66-yarder to Desmond Young in the first quarter. John West-Grant and Moses Charles also caught touchdowns for the visiting Panthers (4-2). Tracey White scored a 1-yard run for the visiting Wildcats (3-3).

Gwinnett

Collins Hill 14, Peachtree Ridge 10: Taylor Heinicke threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter for Collins Hill, which upset the No. 3 team in Class AAAAA. Heinicke’s touchdown throws went for 19 yards to Jeff Glover and 3 yards to Austin Lewis. Peachtree Ridge (5-1, 2-1) opened the second half with a touchdown drive as Billy Best hit Joe Horn on a 34-yard pass to cut the lead to 14-10. Peachtree Ridge never seriously threatened after that. Collins Hill (3-3, 2-1) was going in for a clinching touchdown with 5:01 left when Heinicke lost a fumble at the Peachtree Ridge 5-yard line. Best hit Angelo Watley on a 40-yard pass to midfield with 4:05 left, but Peachtree Ridge failed to get another first down. TODD HOLCOMB

South Gwinnett 54, Berkmar 27: Aaron Wimberley scored three times and ran for 142 yards for the Comets (4-2). Kory Love also ran for a touchdown and finished with 152 yards rushing. Kevin Gary hit paydirt on a 22-yard reception from Kent Rollins in the second quarter. Berkmar dropped to 3-4.

Wesleyan 49, King’s Ridge Christian 6: Wesleyan, No. 2 in Class A, won its seventh straight game. King’s Ridge Christian (4-2) scored their lone touchdown on 35-yard pass from Jason McCoy to Julian Champ.

North Fulton

Milton 16, Alpharetta 14: The visiting Eagles (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak in a win over the Raiders (4-3). Colin McElroy and Payton Barber each scored on 1-yard runs for Milton, while Alpharetta’s Mikal Abdul-Saboor threw a touchdown and rushed for another.

Lambert 17, Johns Creek 7: Zach Schlosser scored on a halfback pass from Nathan Litras and David Broadus threw a touchdown to Brock Maxwell, as the host Longhorns (5-1) defeated the Gladiators (3-4). Tyler Covault added a 27-yard field goal for Lambert.

West Forsyth 20, Northview 3: Ethan Shirley scored two first-half touchdowns as the visiting Wolverines (6-1) took a 13-0 halftime lead over Northview (1-6). Defensive lineman Jake Tatum returned an interception 7 yards in the fourth quarter to close the scoring.

Score Atlanta contributed to this report.