The Chamblee Bulldogs knocked off the Henderson Cougars 16-12 to claim their first region title since 2008 and joined Tucker in claiming their respective region titles on the final week of the regular season.
Henderson (2-4, 1-2) was playing for a shot at the title and a playoff berth and jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 20-yard touchdown run by Giovanni Banks. A two-point conversion failed.
Chamblee (3-3, 3-0) bounced back to take an 8-6 lead on a 60-yard touchdown run by Matthew Craft. Maddox Butler ran in the two-point conversion for the lead.
Henderson regained the lead in the second quarter as Banks scored his second touchdown of the game to put the Cougars up 12-8. The try for two was no good.
The Bulldogs responded as quarterback Joshua Kent-Bailey connected with receiver Randy Sagura on a 36-yard touchdown pass. Craft added the two-point conversion to make it 16-12 at the half.
The two teams went scoreless in the second half. Henderson was driving for a score late in the fourth quarter when Craft knocked the football loose and the Bulldogs recovered to preserve the win for the Region 1 title.
Chamblee plays host to Chapel Hill (5-1) in the first round of the 2022 Trail to the Title Playoffs with kick-off set for 12:00 pm at Avondale Stadium on Saturday.
Chapel Hill (5-1, 3-1) reached the playoffs with a 28-0 win over the Stone Mountain Pirates last Saturday. The Panthers are the No. 2 seed out of Region 3.
The Panthers got a pair of rushing touchdowns from Aden Charlton in the win. Quarterback Braylon Carter connected on a 50-yard touchdown pass play with Robert Alexander and running back Tyshawn Kirkwood added another touchdown to account for the scoring. Trevius Hayes had an interception to aid Chapel Hill’s shutout.
Tucker (6-0, 3-0) grabbed the Region 2 title by rallying and holding off the previously unbeaten Lithonia Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) 14-12 on the final weekend of the season.
Lithonia struck first to take a 6-0 lead on a 38-yard touchdown run by Blake Sherman. The two-point conversion was no good.
The Tigers answered with a Jace German touchdown pass to Tajuan Kirk. German added the two-point conversion for an 8-6 lead. Tucker extended the lead to 14-6 on a five-yard touchdown run by Christian Copeland.
Lithonia pulled within 14-12 with 1:35 to play on a 74-yard touchdown pass play between quarterback Armani Myco and receiver Anthony Flournoy. The Tiger defense however came up big stopped the two-point conversion to preserve the victory and Tucker’s first region title since 2018.
Tucker advances to host the Bethune Lions (3-2-1, 3-1), the Region 4 runner-up, at Avondale at 1:30 pm on Saturday.
Lithonia plays the visitor’s role as the Bulldogs take on the Cedar Grove Saints (6-0, 4-0), the Region 4 champion, at 10:30 am at Avondale Stadium on Saturday. Cedar Grove wrapped up its undefeated regular season with a 48-0 victory over McNair (1-4-1).
The Saints quarterback King Parrom accounted for six touchdowns in the win. Parrom threw four touchdown passes including two to Marquis Cohen, a 50-yarder to Tamarcus Wilcox and 35-yards to Zylan Hill. Parrom also ran 50 yards for a score and caught a 45-yard pass from Waylon Wooten as well.
Champion secured a spot in the Trail to the Title Playoffs via a 42-6 win over Sequoyah (0-6, 0-3). Jacory-Ruffin Daniels opened the scoring by taking the opening kickoff to the house. Champion (3-3) also got touchdowns from Karen Fitzgerald (14 yards), Chase Livsey (55 yards), DJ Parks (5 yards), Rokhye Colter (60 yards) and Alex Chambliss.
Sequoyah quarterback Kevin Almazan got his team on the scoreboard with a 12-yard run around the right side.
Champion (3-3) meets the undefeated Stephenson Jaguars (6-0), the Region 3 champion, on Saturday at 9:00 am at Avondale Stadium in the first round of the Trail to the Title Playoffs. Stephenson had a bye week this past weekend.
Redan 8, Columbia 6
Redan (1-4-1) scored in the second quarter and held off the Columbia Eagles (1-5) for an 8-6 win. Immanuel Hoyt scored on a touchdown run and Frederick Johnson added the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 at the half. Columbia pulled within 8-6 as Michael Carter connected with Nolan Donahue on a 68-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. The two-point try was no good. Jaiden Bethea had an interception for the Columbia defense.
WEEK 8 – OCT. 15
Miller Grove* (2-4) 16, Druid Hills (0-6) 0
Salem* (4-2) 16, Freedom (1-5) 0
Redan* (1-4-1) 8, Columbia (1-5) 6
Cedar Grove (6-0) 48, McNair* 0 (1-4-1)
Chapel Hill (5-1) 28, Stone Mountain* (3-2-1) 0
Tucker* (6-0) 14, Lithonia (5-1) 12
Chamblee*(3-3) 16, Henderson (2-4) 12
Champion* (3-3) 42, Sequoyah (0-6) 8
Open: Bethune (3-3), Stephenson (6-0)
DCSD TRAIL TO THE TITLE PLAYOFFS
Saturday, October 22
Stephenson (6-0) vs. Champion (3-3), 9:00 am
Cedar Grove (6-0) vs. Lithonia (5-1), 10:30 am
Chamblee (3-3) vs. Chapel Hill (5-1), 12:00 pm
Tucker (6-0) vs. Bethune (3-2-1), 1:30 pm