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Looking at tomorrow night's football games
Fayette County Tigers (1-5) vs. LaGrange Grangers (4-2)
The Tigers got in the win column last week with a 41-7 win over Columbus.
Montrel Kelley had two touchdowns for the Tigers, while quarterback Jason Williams had three touchdowns and TJ Kelley added one. Fayette County’s special teams also blocked two punts. The Tigers’ opponent this week - LaGrange - also beat Columbus 41-7. The Grangers took on Alexander last week and won 42-28. LaGrange jumped out to a 28-0 lead and hung on for the win.
McIntosh Chiefs (4-2) vs. Starr’s Mill Panthers (2-4)
The Chiefs came out of their bye week and lost to Whitewater 48-13. The Wildcats jumped on the scoreboard quickly and ran all over McIntosh. The scoring slowed down in the second half and Duke Kinamon, replacing an injured Andrew Johnson, got the Chiefs on the board with some late touchdowns. He threw one to Brian Floyd and ran in a touchdown afterwards. This week is huge for both teams. A win by McIntosh guarantees a winning season for the Chiefs and would give them the school’s first ever win over Starr’s Mill. A win for the Panthers stops a two game losing streak and makes the final two games of the regular season, both at home, very significant with playoff implications. Starr’s Mill was off last week.
Sandy Creek Patriots (6-0) @ Alexander Cougars (1-5)
Sandy Creek hosted Shaw last Friday and won 51-26. What the score does not show is that the Raiders had drawn close to Sandy Creek late in the game (31-26) before the Patriots got some big touchdowns from both the offense and defense. Eric Swinney had three touchdowns in the game, two in the fourth quarter, and Khari Lane’s interception return for a touchdown, was the final score for the Patriots. Maceo Brown added another touchdown on the ground. Cole Garvin (12 of 19 passing, 215 yards) threw touchdown passes to Demarre Kitt and Zeric Willis and Mitchell McMillin kicked a school record field goal for 54 yards. The 26 points the defense allowed was the most points allowed in a game all year for Sandy Creek and more than in the last two games combined. The Patriot offense is averaging 45.8 points per game.
“We got off early 28-6, but we weren’t as focused and made some mistakes [later],” said head coach Chip Walker. “I was pleased when we responded to the pressure, but we can’t have those lulls.”
Sandy Creek has won all six meetings with Alexander.
Whitewater Wildcats (6-1) @ Creekside Seminoles (5-2)
A week after just edging out Northgate in a game filled with some errors and miscues, Whitewater hosted McIntosh and blew the Chiefs out, 48-13. Kendall Conley had over 250 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the first half and McIntosh scored their two touchdowns late in the game. Colton Clemons added a touchdown on a fumble recovery, while Austin Penland connected with Jonathan Womack on a touchdown pass in the third quarter for another Whitewater score. Tossing out the loss to Coffee in the season opener, Whitewater has scored 30 points or more in all of their games and has allowed over 20 points once. This is a big game for both Whitewater and Creekside, because both are 2-0 in the sub-region. The Seminoles have won four in a row since a 16-12 loss to Tri-Cities, a team from Class AAAAAA. They have scored 131 points in that span and allowed 19. Last week, they edged out Northgate 20-16.
Landmark Christian War Eagles (5-2) @ Pace Academy Knights (2-4)
Landmark Christian hosted Strong Rock Christian last week and won 49-0. It was the team’s fourth win in a row. They have scored 169 points in that span and allowed 37 points. Jeremiah Kirkland continued his dominance on the ground behind his offensive line and racked up over 150 yards with four touchdowns on very limited playing time.
The War Eagle running back surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for rushing on the season through only seven games. Senior Josh Nobles went over 100 yards receiving on five catches and a touchdown reception from Stockton McGuire. Sophomore Sam Dobbs punched in the other two scores for the War Eagles with a short TD run and an exciting long TD run up the middle.
Defensively senior Jacob Cobb caused havoc in the backfield all night leading the team in tackles for loss, while the inside linebackers senior Greg Pulliam and junior William Higbie were the leading tacklers for the War Eagles and stymied the visitors triple option attack.
Prior to last week’s bye week, Pace Academy snapped a four game losing streak with a 33-14 win over Strong Rock Christian.
Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats (4-3) vs. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Chargers (5-1)
The Bobcats were on the road lost week and lost a close one to Holy Innocents, 23-17. It was the second week in a row that Mercy came up just a little short. They will have their work cut out for them this week as they host the top ranked team in Class A. The Chargers have won five games in a row. They have given up a total of 44 points during that winning streak and have scored 239 points.