Grady’s Damian Swann and Washington’s Zachery Witchett have been drawing the bulk of the attention heading into the matchup between the two City of Atlanta schools, but it was Grady’s Marcus Caffey who stole the spotlight Friday night.
Behind Caffey’s running, the Knights (4-1, 2-0 Region 5-AAA Subregion A) rolled to a 28-0 win at Lakewood Stadium, their second consecutive over the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1). Caffey finished with 125 yards on 12 carries. Teammate Hoderick Lowe added nine carries for 79 yards.
It was the third straight shutout for the Knights, who have allowed no points since a 17-14 loss against Blessed Trinity in the second week. Grady struck first courtesy of a pooch kick on the opening kickoff. The Knights recovered the live ball at the Washington 25 and five plays later Caffey sprinted 12 yards for the touchdown.
Grady’s Treveon Albert made it 14-0 with a 1-yard run midway through the second quarter, and Caffey bolted for a 67-yard touchdown with 1:56 left in the half.
Albert scored the lone touchdown in the second half, a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter.
Swann’s one big play came in special teams. He returned the second-half kickoff 65 yards, while Witchett caught five passes for 66 yards and rushed seven times for 49 yards.
-- Jay Stone
North Clayton 20, Banneker 6: Adalius Matthews ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries for the Eagles (4-1). Michael Ross added 28 yards rushing to go along with three catches for 74 yards for North Clayton.
Allatoona 18, Cartersville 13: Miles Jones scored the winning touchdown on a 25-yard run with just under four minutes to play. Jones finished with 212 yards on 34 carries. Quarterback Jared Harris also scored on a quarterback sneak, and C.J. Herron ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
McEachern 56, South Cobb 23: McEachern quarterback Dondre Purnell was 8-of-15 passing for 170 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a score against visiting South Cobb (3-2). Zarold Wilder added 165 rushing yards on 16 carries, including touchdown runs of 44 and 12 yards. Tray Fletcher added two TD receptions for McEachern (4-1).
Columbia 25, Stone Mountain 21: Quarterback Derrick McQueen threw three touchdowns passes and ran for another and running back O’Kenno Loyal led the Eagles with 174 yards on 27 carries.
Dacula 42, Central Gwinnett 14: Dacula quarterback Rocky Capobianco scored three touchdowns and ran for 152 yards. George Morris scored on a 22-yard touchdown for the Black Knights.
Parkview 59, Berkmar 20: Joe Anderson scored twice on the ground (55 and 39 yards) and intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown as host Parkview (2-3) defeated Berkmar (3-3) to win the Battle of the Green Flag. Panthers quarterback Jack Esmonde passed for two touchdowns (34 and 19 yards), and Raphael Kirby also scored twice on the ground.
Wesleyan 48, Pace Academy 14: Wesleyan (6-0) running back Kyle Karempelis rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries while quarterback Andrew Frerking completed 10 of 15 passes for 169 yards and four touchdowns.
Centennial 28, Milton 7: Centennial (3-3) earned all four touchdowns on the ground, capping scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jessie Burdick in the fourth quarter. Centennial also got rushing scores from quarterback Sean Gilrain (1 yard), Danny Deshong (17 yards), and Zietrick Smith (16 yards).
Holy Innocents’ 48, Mt. Pisgah 21: The visiting Golden Bears (4-2) rushed for 519 yards and were led by John Galloway, who rushed for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and Harrison Andros, who ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
St. Pius 49, Riverwood 14: Eight players scored for St. Pius (5-1), which had 400 total yards. Golden Lion quarterback Trey White hit Payne Penter for 45-yards away to open the scoring. Logan Rosborough scored from 3-yards out. Geno Smith and TJ Holloman also scored.
Westminster 27, Blessed Trinity 15: Westminster (3-2) got receiving touchdowns of 43 and 40 yards from Khamal Brown and a 2-yard rushing score from Ralph David Abernathy IV. The Wildcats also blocked and recovered a punt in the end zone for a score.
Score Atlanta contributed to this report.
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