Defense was definitely the name of the game as the Champion Chargers and Tucker Tigers saw their offenses shutdown in a 0-0 tie at Avondale Stadium on Saturday in DeKalb County middle school football action.
Champion’s defense was led by Jamonei Edwards (5 tackles, 2 sacks) while Courtney Baskerville, Miles Snipes and Mason Potter added a sack each in the game. The Chargers offense was led by Kaejohn Fitzgerald with 87 yards rushing as they are 1-0-1 after two games.
Maverick Armour and Q Smith both had key tackles in the game and Daylan Lovett added a sack as the Tigers (1-0-1) kept the Chargers out of the end zone on their trips to the red zone. Armour added several big time catches on offense to go with his defensive play and quarterback Kruz Marion had some long runs offset by untimely penalties.
McNair 42, Bethune 0
McNair quarterback Jalen Alexander accounted for six touchdowns in leading the McNair Mustangs (2-0) to a 42-0 win over Bethune (0-2) in a Region 4 matchup at Godfrey Stadium on Saturday.
Alexander ran for touchdowns of eight, three and three yards in the win. He connected on two touchdown passes to Rashad Blaylock, one for 20 yards and another for two yards. He also hooked up with G’oni Santana on a 19-yard scoring toss. Blaylock added an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Braylen Whitlock recorded his second blocked punt of the season.
Chamblee 22, Salem 6
The Chamblee Bulldogs (1-1) evened their record on the season with a 22-6 win over the Salem Lions (0-2) on Saturday at Hallford Stadium.
Quarterback Gabe Jimison scored on a 10-yard run and connected with receiver Ellison Eily on a 30-yard touchdown pass play. Jazz Lewis had an interception and 25 yards rushing in the game and Kellan Cook added an interception that helped the Bulldogs hold the Lions to just six points in the game.
Cedar Grove 30, Columbia 0
Cedar Grove (1-1) rebounded from a season opening loss to shutout the Columbia Eagles (1-1) 30-0 on Saturday at Godfrey Stadium in a Region 4 contest.
Zack Bell put up two touchdowns in the game catching a 75-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Davis and returning an interception for a pick-six. Davis added 165 yards passing, a rushing touchdown and committed no turnovers in the win. D’Mani Bent added a rushing touchdown.
Columbia’s ground game was led by Kamarre Benton.
Druid Hills 46, Stone Mountain 16
Druid Hills improved to 2-0 on the season and opened Region 2 play with a 46-16 win over Stone Mountain (0-2) on Saturday at Adams Stadium.
Preston Griffin put on a show rushing for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the Dragons win. Griffin’s teammate, Zyeir Carswell, contributed 120 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Malachi Davis was the leader on defense with six tackles for a loss in the game.
Lithonia 56, Sequoyah 0
A big offensive day by quarterback Kameron Alexander fueled the Lithonia Bulldogs (2-0) to a 56-0 win over the Sequoyah Braves (0-2) on Saturday at Hallford Stadium.
Alexander threw two touchdown passes to Anthony Flournoy and another to Jameer Norvet. He also added a 68-yard touchdown on a punt return. Taylor Sanders finished the day with three carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Jakobe Dawson was one of three players with fumble recoveries in the game, including his for a touchdown. Vashon Cobb and Samaj Norvet had the other fumble recoveries.
Stephenson 21, Miller Grove 7
Defense and timely scoring led the Stephenson Jaguars (2-0) to a 21-7 win over the Miller Grove Wolverines (0-2) in a Region 3 matchup on Saturday at Avondale Stadium.
The Jaguar defense was led by lineman Carlos Wilson and middle linebacker Quentez Shaffer as they did not allow a first down. Wayne “TJ” Jenkins, Khristian Folks and Gavin Kitchen each scored a touchdown in the win. Adam Zelaya added a field goal.
Chapel Hill 30, Redan 8
A non-division meeting at North DeKalb Stadium was won 30-8 by the Chapel Hill Panthers (2-0) over the Redan Raiders (0-2) on Saturday.
Four different Panthers scored touchdowns and the defense put the clamps on the Raiders. Marquise Ealy (45-yard run), Tyreese Jones (touchdown runs of 75 and 45 yards), Demarion David (30-yard TD run) and Antavious Booker (1-yard touchdown) accounted for the scoring.
Henderson 28, Freedom 26
No reports were given in this non-region meeting at Adams Stadium on Saturday won 28-26 by Henderson (1-1) over Freedom (1-1)
Henderson took a 22-18 lead into the fourth quarter and held on for the 28-26 victory.
See link below for standings after two weeks of middle school football play:
WEEK 3 – SEPT. 9
Henderson (1-1) 28, Freedom (1-1) 26
Druid Hills* (2-0) 46, Stone Mountain (0-2) 16
Stephenson* (2-0) 21, Miller Grove (0-2) 7
Champion (1-0-1) 0. Tucker (1-0-1) 0
Chamblee (1-1) 22, Salem (0-2) 6
Lithonia (2-0) 56, Sequoyah (0-2) 0
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Chapel Hill (2-0) 30, Redan (0-2) 8
Cedar Grove* 30, Columbia (1-1) 0
McNair (2-0) 42, Bethune* (0-2) 0
WEEK 4 – SEPT. 16
Freedom vs. Tucker*, 10:00 am
Lithonia vs. Salem*, 10:00 am
Cedar Grove vs. Druid Hills, 11:30 am
Chapel Hill vs. Stephenson*, 10:00 am
McNair vs. Columbia*, 11:30 am
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Chamblee vs. Champion*, 10:00 am
Henderson vs. Sequoyah*, 11:30 am
Redan vs. Bethune*, 10:00 am
Miller Grove vs. Stone Mountain*, 11:30