Dunwoody keeps playoff hopes alive, 10 DeKalb teams win games

Dunwoody High School defeated South Cobb High School 38-24 on Oct. 21 to keep the Dunwoody Wildcats’ playoff hopes alive, while nine other teams from DeKalb also posted wins during week 10 of the high school football season.

Dunwoody quarterback Porter LeDoyen scored four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to victory at North DeKalb Stadium; the win keeps Dunwoody in third place in region 4-6A.

The senior quarterback ran for 186 yards on 22 carries, including 43 yards on the first drive of the game – which he finished with a five-yard run into the end zone. Christian Lee hit the extra point to make it 7-0 with 7:56 left in the first quarter. 

A 66-yard pass play from LeDoyen to Jack Pankey eventually led to a 26-yard field goal by Lee with 2:21 left in the first quarter to make it 10-0. 

South Cobb quarterback Cameron Brown closed the gap with a three-yard touchdown run with 7:36 left in the first half as the Eagles (0-8) trailed just 10-7. 

Dunwoody answered with a 77-yard drive. LeDoyen converted a fourth-and-three with a six-yard run and later scored on a quarterback sneak up the middle to make it 17-7 following Lee’s point after. 

Jimi Olarinde intercepted a tipped pass by LeDoyen early in the third quarter and the Eagles set up a 35-yard field goal for Antonio Saldana with 9:16 to play in the third quarter to cut the lead to 17-10. 

LeDoyen scored on another quarterback sneak on Dunwoody’s following possession to push the lead to 23-10 after South Cobb blocked the extra point.

A four-yard touchdown run from Brown on fourth and goal with 1:41 left in the third quarter cut the lead to 23-17. 

After turning the ball over on downs, the Wildcat’s defense came up with a big play when Julian Madison intercepted a pass and returned it 79 yards to the Henderson eight. Ledoyen scored the touchdown on an eight-yard run to push the score to 31-17. 

Javon Richardson scored on a 19-yard run to close the gap to 31-24, but Dunwoody answered with a 54-yard touchdown run up the middle by Jordan Wade to make it a 38-24 game with 2:29 to play. 

Wade finished with 14 carries for 125 yards and touchdown for Dunwoody (5-3, 1-2). 

Cedar Grove 49, Sandy Creek 34 

The No. 1 ranked Cedar Grove Saints jumped to the top of the region 5-3A standings with a 49-34 victory over No. 3 ranked Sandy Creek at Sandy Creek on Oct. 21. 

Sophomore quarterback EJ Colson threw for six touchdowns in the Saints’ victory over Sandy Creek. He connected with senior Barry Jackson three times, Ricky Lee twice, and Devin Carter once. He also added an 11-yard rushing touchdown. 

Sandy Creek jumped to a 12-0 lead before the Saints got on track to go up 21-12 on the arm of Colson. Cedar Grove led 49-28 late before Sandy Creek got a fourth quarter touchdown with the game already out of reach. Amari Forted went a perfect 7-7 on extra point attempts.

Columbia 61, Redan 9 

Columbia quarterback Elijah Morgan threw four touchdown passes, two to Jadan Baugh (24 and 10 yards), as the Columbia High School Eagles (6-3) solidified their playoff spot with a 61-9 victory over the Redan Raiders at Avondale Stadium on Oct. 21. 

The playoff berth will be the second appearance for the Eagles under head coach Greg Barnett. In 2021, Barnett and the Eagles reached the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Against Redan, Morgan finished with four touchdown passes on the night while Roland Edwin added two touchdown runs. Lamaze Williams (40 yards) and Jaleel Baugh both had touchdown runs in the game. 

Druid Hills 56, Johnson-Gainesville 15 

The Druid Hills Red Devils came home with a 56-15 victory over Johnson of Gainesville on Oct. 21.

The Red Devils improved to 4-4 on the season, the most single season wins since 2016. Druid Hills has not won five games since going 6-4 in 1993. 

Chamblee 49, Arabia Mountain 6 

The Chamblee Bulldogs improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in region 4-5A with a 49-6 win over Arabia Mountain at Godfrey Stadium. 

Chamblee set up a showdown with Decatur (4-4, 3-0), a 35-2 winner over Lithonia (0-8), for the top spot in the region. The two will meet Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at North DeKalb Stadium. 

Other scores from DeKalb’s week 10 football slate are listed below with asterisks identifying region games:

Oct. 20

Adams Stadium

Tucker (3-5)* 57,  M.L. King (2-6) 8  

Avondale Stadium

Landmark (4-4) 43, Towers (0-7-1)* 6  

Hallford Stadium

Lakeside (6-2) 40, Stone Mountain (2-5) 18  

Oct. 21

Adams Stadium   

Decatur (4-4) 35, Lithonia (0-8)* 2  

Avondale Stadium

Midtown (5-3) 29, Clarkston (1-7) 6  

Godfrey Stadium

Chamblee (6-1) 49, Arabia Mountain (3-5)* 6  

Hallford Stadium

Columbia (6-3) 61, Redan (2-7)* 9 

North DeKalb Stadium

Dunwoody (5-3)* 38, South Cobb (0-8) 24  

On campus
Marist (6-2)* 42, North Atlanta (5-3) 14
St. Pius X Catholic (4-4)* 41, Riverwood (1-7) 14

Away games

Cedar Grove (6-2) 49, Sandy Creek (7-2) 34  

Druid Hills (4-4) 56, Johnson Gainesville (0-8) 15 

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