|In this instance, the old adage of a good defense beating a good offense was true. |
Fourth-ranked (Class 2A) Westview held star Trenton quarterback Kendal Harper in check and broke open a close game in the second half to post a 48-13 victory over Peabody in Region 8-2A play Friday night.
The Chargers forced four turnovers and limited the Tide to just 164 total yards in improving to 4-0.
Harper, Trenton’s dual-threat signal-caller, did have 145 of his team’s 159 rushing yards, but threw for just five yards.
Westview fullback J.C. Griggs ran for 64 yards and three touchdowns to pace the victors offensively.
In other games of local interest from Week 4:
Milan 14, Humboldt 0
The sixth-ranked Bulldogs (2A) were outgained in virtually every statistical category except the one that matters the most — the final score.
J.W. Williams returned a fumble 75 yards for a clinching touchdown to turn away Humboldt’s best threat in the fourth quarter. The critical turnover was the
Vikings’ third of the game.
Star H’boldt player E.J. Epperson suffered an injured elbow on the last play of the first half and did not return to the game.
USJ 60, Dresden 14
Bill Hardegree threw for 300 yards and six touchdowns — all in the first half — in the latest of his stellar individual performances.
Hardegree, who’s thrown for more than 300 yards in three of the Bruins’ four games, now has 1,252 yards and 12 TDs. He is rated the No. 6 dropback quarterback in the nation by one recruiting service.
Austin Martindale caught three of Hardegree’s scoring tosses, with Danny Smigielski being on the receiving end of two touchdowns.
Greenfield 36, West Carroll 7
Colin Medling, Brett Perkins and Chase McMullen each ran for over 100 yards as the Yellowjackets won their third straight after an 0-2 start and joined McKenzie atop the Region 7-1A standings with a 2-0 league slate.
Perkins scored three times on runs of 44, three and 22 yards, and Medling threw for one score and ran for another.
Lake Co. 21, Gleason 18
The Falcons rallied from a 12-0 deficit and won despite losing starting quarterback Seth Hinson to what is believed to be a concussion. Hinson was air-lifted from the Parks-Edwards Field but was reportedly released from the hospital early Saturday morning.
Hinson threw for 118 yards before he left and receiver Dominic Kimble had four receptions for 94 yards for LC.
JCS 38, Gibson Co. 13
The reigning Class A state champion Eagles got their first region victory since being bumped up to double-A as Matt Hudson threw for 172 yards and a touchdown.
Backup QB Cody Jones also tossed a TD pass for the victors.
Gibson County’s Antonne Cunningham racked up 153 yards and scored one of his team’s two touchdowns in a losing effort.
Dyer Co. 28, Covington 27
Adam Clark threw touchdown passes in both the first and third overtimes, but it was the PAT provided by Gabrielle Milan after the last of those scores that proved to be the ultimate difference.
Covington also scored in the third extra session on a one-yard run by Donnya Dyson, but the ensuing two-point conversion try failed.
Erik Bernard caught both of Clark’s TD tosses.
Haywood 29, Crockett Co. 6
Luther Ward scored twice and the Tomcats took advantage of a depleted CC club that was missing starting quarterback Jake Whitby, who was injured in an auto accident last weekend and will miss the remainder of the season.
Huntingdon 49, Houston Co. 7
Cole McAdams threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Matt Weathers rushed for two scores as the ninth-ranked Mustangs scored 42 first-half points and then cruised.
McAdams completed all three of his passes, a 34-yarder to Caleb Crocker and an 18-yarder to Braden Baxter that both went for scores.
Camden 42, Adamsville 21
Leon Williams got the eighth-ranked (2A) Lions started with a pair of first-quarter TDs, and Spencer Berry ran for a touchdown and threw for another as Camden bolted to a 35-0 halftime lead.
It was 42-0 before Adamsville got on the scoreboard.
Fayette Acad. 43, Manassas 18
Davis Cocke threw two scoring passes and ran for another TD, and the Vikings
came up with four turnovers to win for the third time in four outings and move to the top of the Region 8-1A listing.
Ron Butler ran for two touchdowns and 85 yards on 15 carries for the victors.
TCA 23, St. Benedict 13
Hewitt Tomlin ran for one touchdown and hit Ben Andrews for another to help the Lions win their third straight.
Halls 14, Middleton 7
Kenya Brown’s three-yard TD was the difference and could eventually propel Halls into one of Region 8-1A’s four playoff spots.