The DCSD Middle School Football season got underway a week late due to the severe heat on the scheduled opening weekend and defending Trail to the Title champion Stephenson got off to a quick start with a 24-8 win over Cedar Grove on Saturday at Avondale Stadium.
The Jaguars (1-0) offense was led by Gavin Kitchens (2 TDs) and Wayne TJ Jenkins (over 100 yards rushing, 1 TD). The defense was opportunistic picked up three big turnovers including interceptions by Kitchens and Aaryn Chastine along with a fumble recovery shared by Carlos Wilson and Nasir Dale.
Cedar Grove was led by Brandon Davis and Zack Bell. Davis had 100 yards passing and a touchdown pass while Bell caught a touchdown pass and a two-point conversion to account for the Saints’ eight points. Bell also contributed 7 tackles on defense.
Druid Hills 12, Redan 6
Druid Hills’ tight end Juelz Raven hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jamier Jones as time expired to give the Dragons the 12-6 victory over Redan (0-1) at Adams Stadium on Saturday.
Zeir Carswell had a total game for Druid Hills (1-0) as he had 10 carries for 95 yards (40-yard touchdown run) and 9 tackles (3 tackles for a loss) on the day.
Redan’s score came on a 10-yard pass from Marquis Bryant to Jayden Sumbry. Larry Stewart finished the game with 100 yards rushing for the Raiders.
Columbia 8, Miller Grove 0
The Columbia Eagles (1-0) opened the season with an 8-0 shutout victory of the Miller Grove Wolverines (0-1) on Saturday at Godfrey Stadium.
Delonte Stephens had the lone touchdown in the game while going over 100 yards rushing. Maurio Houser had an interception to aid the shutout by the Eagles’ defense.
Champion 32, Salem 0
The Champion Chargers defense allowed just three first downs in a 32-0 shutout of the Salem Lions (0-1) on Saturday at Hallford Stadium.
Jordan Anderson led the defense with a fumble recovery and a safety in the shutout.
Jeremiah Tillman scored two rushing touchdowns and took a pass from Michael Barnett 30 yards for a touchdown to lead the offense. Barnett finished with 63 yards and two touchdowns passing and rushed for 23 yards in the game. Kaejean Fitzgerald added a 33-yard TD receptions and JJ Barber had 20 yards rushing on two carries.
Lithonia 14, Chamblee 6
Quarterback Kameron Alexander enjoyed a big day in leading the Lithonia Bulldogs (1-0) to a 14-6 win over the Chamblee Bulldogs (0-1) on Saturday at Avondale Stadium.
Alexander threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns, both to Anthony Flournoy and added 67 yards on the ground. Flournoy finished with 108 yards and the two touchdowns receiving. Defensively Lithonia was led by linebacker Jakobe Dawson (6 tackles, 1 interception) while Thaddeus Coleman and Demondre Wyatt added four tackles each.
Tucker 32, Henderson 0
Linebacker Maverick Armour led a Tucker Tigers (1-0) defense in a 32-0 shutout of the Henderson Cougars (0-1) on Saturday at North DeKalb Stadium.
Armour disrupted the Cougar offense with penetration and several tackles for a loss while also running for a touchdown on offense. Quarterback Kruz Marion uses his arm and legs to make big plays with two touchdown runs and a touchdown pass to Jerron Guiden on the day. Nyles Finney scored a pair of two-point conversions and K’mari Hamilton helped Tucker sustain drives with physical runs between the tackles for big gains.
Tucker kicker William Soliz kept Henderson pinned down with his punting and kicking to aid good field position for Tucker throughout the game.
Chapel Hill 36, Bethune 0
Tyreese Jones scored on a pair of touchdown runs to spur the Chapel Hill Panthers (1-0) to a 36-0 win over the Bethune Lions (0-1) at Godfrey Stadium on Saturday.
Jones got loose on runs of 80 and 50 yards to put two touchdowns on the board for Chapel Hill. Quarterback Demarion David had a 30-yard touchdown run and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jamerian Davis. Marquise Ealey added a 45-yard touchdown run for Chapel Hill.
Deangelo Tanner and Dequarrion Trammell combined for 100 total rushing and kick-off return yards for Bethune.
McNair 54, Stone Mountain 0
Quarterback Jalen Alexander was responsible for four touchdowns in leading the McNair Mustangs (1-0) to a 54-0 win over the Stone Mountain Pirates on Saturday at Hallford Stadium.
Alexander ran for three touchdowns and tossed a 40-yard pass to Rashad Blayock for another score. He also threw two-point conversions to Jakob Jones and G’oni Santana. Deontay Daugherty and Montae Robinson both returned kicks for touchdowns and Braylen Whitlock blocked a punt and recovered it for another score. Santana added an interception in the shutout.
Freedom 50, Sequoyah 12
Jonoxe Clayton scored four touchdowns for the Freedom Rams in a 50-12 win over the Sequoyah Braves (0-1) on Saturday at North DeKalb Stadium.
Clayton rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns on 7 carries and returned a kickoff 75 yards for another score in the win. Jabari Ponds was 7 of 10 passing for 79 yards and two touchdowns and Anthon’e Harrell added 89 yards and two two-point conversions on 9 carries in the game.
Jayrien Anderson and Steven Prive had five tackles each on defense for Freedom.
Eduardo Miguel-Cruz scored on runs of 60 and 45 yards for the two touchdowns by the Braves.
WEEK 2 – SEPT. 2
Druid Hills (1-0) 12, Redan (0-1) 6
Stephenson (1-0) 24, Cedar Grove (0-1) 8
Lithonia (1-0) 14, Chamblee (0-1) 6
Champion (1-0) 32, Salem (0-1) 0
McNair (1-0) 54, Stone Mountain (0-1) 0
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Freedom* (1-0) 50, Sequoyah (0-1) 12
Tucker (1-0) 32, Henderson (0-1) 0
Columbia (1-0) 8, Miller Grove (0-1) 0
Chapel Hill (1-0) 36, Bethune (0-1) 0
WEEK 3 – SEPT. 9
Henderson vs. Freedom, 10:00 am
Stone Mountain vs. Druid Hills*, 11:30 am
Miller Grove (0-1) vs. Stephenson*, 10:00 am
Champion (1-0) vs. Tucker, 11:30 am
Salem (0-1) vs. Chamblee (0-1), 10:00 am
Lithonia (1-0) vs. Sequoyah, 11:30 am
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Chapel Hill vs. Redan, 10:00 am
Columbia (1-0) vs. Cedar Grove*, 10:00 am
McNair vs. Bethune*, 11:30 am