The DCSD Middle School football season opens region play on the run to the Trail to the Title playoffs with six teams at 2-0 after the end of non-region action this past weekend.
Champion (2-0) has gotten out of the gate quickly scoring 32 points in both their wins after closing out Freedom 32-2. The Chargers’ defense has not allowed a point in season opening wins over defending champ Bethune (32-0) and Freedom (1-1) as the Rams benefitted from a safety by its defense as its only points.
Channing Henderson did the job offensively scoring three touchdowns and Milton Smith Jr. adding another touchdown.
Cedar Grove 36, Tucker 0
Another standout defensive performance came from the Cedar Grove Saints as they defeated Tucker 36-0 to improve to 2-0.
The offense excelled as well jumping out to a 28-0 lead at the half while committing just one penalty.
Tucker fell to 0-2 on the season.
Columbia 16, Lithonia 8
The Columbia Eagles upped their record to 2-0 with a hard fought 16-8 win over the Lithonia Bulldogs (1-1) at Avondale Stadium last Saturday.
Tywonn Bryant caught a 30-yard touchdown pass and Cartito Dozier ran 10 yards for a touchdown to lead the Eagles in the win.
Lithonia had good defensive play from safety Khapri Wilson (10 tackles, 4 for a loss, 1 fumble recovery) and linebacker Tremel Lewis (8 tackles, 2 for a loss). Wide receiver Nasier Puryear had a 21-yard touchdown reception for the Bulldogs’ score.
Miller Grove 28, Bethune 14
The Miller Grove Wolverines improved to 2-0 behind the play of Ali Dorgan in a 28-14 win over defending champion Bethune (0-2) at Avondale Stadium last Saturday.
Dorgan put up three touchdowns on the scoreboard for the Wolverines.
Other teams that improved to 2-0 include Henderson (40-0 over Stone Mountain) and Renfroe (40-6 over Sequoyah).
Stephenson 20, Chapel Hill 0
The Stephenson Jaguars improved to 1-1 on the season heading into region play with a 20-0 non-region victory over the Chapel Hill Panthers (1-1) at Hallford Stadium.
Chapel Hill’s Tymeer Anderson had a touchdown preventing interception in the end zone to prevent a Stephenson score before halftime.
Salem 26, McNair 0
The Salem Lions broke an eight-game losing streak dating back to Week 6 of the 2017 season with a 26-0 shutout over McNair (1-1) at Godfrey Stadium last Saturday.
Jadan Baugh led the way for the Lions as he threw for a touchdown and returned a punt for a touchdown while adding over six tackles and an interception on defense. Elijah Edwards, Naquavious Mays and Sakoun Foster added touchdowns for Salem.
DCSD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL RESULTS
Saturday, Aug. 31 – Week 2
Renfroe (2-0) 40, Sequoyah (0-2) 6
Henderson (2-0) 40, Stone Mountain (0-2) 0
Columbia (2-0) 16, Lithonia (1-1) 8
Miller Grove (2-0) 28, Bethune (0-2) 14
Champion (2-0) 32, Freedom (1-1) 2
Stephenson (1-1) 20, Chapel Hill (1-1) 0
North DeKalb Stadium
Druid Hills (1-1) 26, Chamblee (0-2) 0
Redan (1-1) 2, Peachtree (0-2) 0 (FFT)
Cedar Grove (2-0) 36, Tucker (0-2) 0
Salem (1-1) 26, McNair (1-1) 0
DCSD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Saturday, Sept. 7 – Week 3
Druid Hills (1-1) vs. Renfroe* (2-0), 10:00 am
Tucker (0-2) vs. Sequoyah* (0-2), 11:30 am
Miller Grove (2-0) vs. Redan* (1-1), 10:00 am
Columbia* (2-0) vs. Cedar Grove (2-0), 11:30 am
Chapel Hill (1-1) vs. McNair* (1-1), 10:00 am
Salem (1-1) vs. Lithonia* (1-1), 11:30 am
Champion (2-0) vs. Stephenson* (1-1), 10:00 am
North DeKalb Stadium
Peachtree (0-2) vs. Henderson* (2-0), 10:00 am
Open: Bethune (0-2), Chamblee (0-2), Freedom (1-1), Stone Mountain (0-2)