Cedar Grove win headlines eight DeKalb victories

A pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns propelled the Cedar Grove High School Saints to a 37-26 victory over the Collins Hill Eagles on Sept. 8 at Godfrey Stadium.

The Saints were one of eight teams from DeKalb to win games during the fourth week of the high school football regular season. Miller Grove, Clarkston, Marist, Stephenson, Dunwoody, M.L. King, and Arabia Mountain also won games.

The Class 3A No. 1 ranked Saints fell behind 26-24 with 28 seconds to play in the third quarter as Collins Hill’s Katrell Webb returned a fumble 75 yards to complete an Eagles’ comeback from a 24-8 deficit.

Cedar Grove—led by quarterback EJ Colson—marched down the field with Colson connecting with Devin Carteron passes of 15 and nine yards. Colson also ran for 23 yards during the drive to get the Saints into a second and goal at the Eagles’ nine-yard line.

Colson rolled right but had to scramble back to his left where he found Desean Hendrix dragging across the middle. Hendrix hauled in the pass and slipped into the end zone with 8:40 to play in the game to put the Saints up 30-26 as the point after failed.

The Saints’ defense forced Collins Hill to punt on their next possession, and the offense would put the game away by marching 67 yards in seven plays – mainly on the legs of running back Boden Walker.

Walker opened the drive taking a screen for a 14-yard gain. He then ran the ball five times in the next six plays (only a seven-yard run by Colson interrupted Walker’s part of the drive). The final carry was a 16-yard touchdown run down the right side with 4:18 to play. Alex Brock added the point after to make it 37-26.

Collins Hill drove 80 yards following Cedar Grove’s game-clinching touchdown,, but the Saints defense forced a turnover on downs at the Saints’ seven-yard line as pressure forced an incomplete pass on fourth down.

Colson finished 13 of 20 passing for 145 yards and two touchdowns while Carter caught five passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

The Saints (2-2) travel to face Class 7A No. 3 ranked Mill Creek (3-0) in an 8 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 15.

Dunwoody 36, Druid Hills 7 

The Dunwoody Wildcat defense held the Druid Hills Red Devils to negative-five yards rushing and seven points in a 36-7 win at Adams Stadium on Sept. 9.

The Wildcats’ defense had 12 tackles for a loss in the game and two sacks led by Zach Paulding (seven tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception) and Jackson Wilcox (seven tackles, three tackles for loss). Luke Cole (11 tackles, two tackles for loss) and Andrew Ainsworth (12 tackles, 10 solo) were also big contributors in the defensive effort.

Quarterback Matt Pearch completed 21 of 32 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Danny Boden caught 11 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown; Porter Allison had six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Owen Painter carried the ball seven times for 49 yards and two touchdowns while adding two two-point conversions runs.

Dunwoody (3-0) hosts Northview (0-3) on Sept. 15 in a 7:30 pm kickoff at North DeKalb Stadium.

Stephenson 29, Carver 14 

The Stephenson Jaguars bounced back from a loss to Arabia Mountain with a dominant performance against Class 3A No. 6 Carver-Atlanta at Hallford Stadium on Sept. 15.

Scoring came in all phases of the game for the Jaguars (3-1) as they jumped out to a 29-0 lead through three quarters.

Senior running back Devin Ingram had 13 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Marte Bartonconnected with Trent Fields Jr. (three receptions, 95 yards, one touchdown) on an 87-yard touchdown pass.

Freshman Kwame Green Jr. blocked a punt and teammate Romando Craddock fell on the ball in the end zone for a special teams score. Green finished the game with 4 tackles and three sacks.

Jah’Quarius Smith had a strip-sack and Eli Edwards picked up the loose ball and returned it for another score.

All DeKalb football scores from Sept. 7 – 9:

Sept. 7

Adams Stadium
Osborne (3-0) 28, Lakeside (3-1) 0

Godfrey Stadium
Miller Grove (3-1) 38, Campbell (2-2) 18

Hallford Stadium
Clarkston (1-2) 24, Cross Keys (0-4) 0

North DeKalb Stadium
Therrell (3-0) 27, Towers (0-4) 0

Sept. 8

Avondale Stadium
Maynard Jackson (2-1) 42, Lithonia (1-3) 0

Godfrey Stadium
Cedar Grove (2-2) 37, Collins Hill (1-2) 26

Hallford Stadium
Stephenson (3-1) 29, Carver-Atl (1-2) 14

North DeKalb Stadium
Duluth (3-0) 27, Chamblee (2-2) 12

George B. Maloof Stadium
St. Pius (1-3) 14, Blessed Trinity (3-0) 16

Hughes Spaulding Stadium
Marist (3-1) 17, Woodward Academy (1-2) 10

Decatur High School Stadium
Decatur (2-2) 17, Greater Atlanta Christian Academy (4-0) 31

Away games:

Cartersville (4-0) 31, Columbia (2-2) 6
M.L. King (1-3) 19, North Springs (0-4) 6
Westlake (4-0) 57, SW DeKalb (1-3) 7
Douglass (3-1) 68, Stone Mountain (0-4) 0
Dacula (1-3) 30, Tucker (2-1) 22

Sept. 9

Godfrey Stadium
Arabia Mountain (3-1) 41, Meadowcreek (0-4) 14

Adams Stadium
Dunwoody (3-0) 36, Druid Hills (2-1-1) 7

 

 

The Champion Editor Jay Philips contributed to this article

 

 

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