The Chamblee Bulldogs scored 24 points off of four first half turnovers by the Dunwoody Wildcats on the way to a 38-7 non-region win to keep possession of the Golden Spike in this railroad series on Friday night at North DeKalb Stadium.
A personal foul following a punt on Dunwoody’s game-opening possession set the Bulldogs up for their first score taking over at the Wildcats 32. Four plays later Curtis McCorvey scored on an 11-yard scamper to give the Bulldogs the early 7-0. Will Burton was good on the PAT.
Jonathan Hosey-Buford recovered Wildcats fumble at the Dunwoody seven and three plays later Liam Armstrong bulled his way into the end zone from two-yards out. Burton again tacked on the PAT to make it a 14-0 advantage for Chamblee with 7:17 left in the opening quarter.
Two possessions later Dunwoody put together an 80-yard drive as Porter Ledoyen connected with Connor Haynes on pass plays covering 23 and 43 yards down to the Chamblee 12-yard line. Ledoyen ran the ball four consecutive times, the final carry a one-yard quarterback sneak for the touchdown. Jackson Moore connected on the PAT to trim the lead to 14-7 with 1:58 left in the first quarter.
Dunwoody got a defensive stop as the quarter ended and moved just inside the midfield stripe when Sydyk Ross stepped in front of a Ledoyen pass and turned it into a 60-yard, pick-six. Burton added the PAT to make it a 21-7 advantage for the Bulldogs with 9:53 remaining in the second quarter. It was Ross’ second pick-six of the season and his sixth defensive score on the year including two safeties and two fumble returns.
The Wildcats mishandled the kickoff and Chamblee’s Connor Pressnall recovered at the Wildcats 10 to set up another Chamblee touchdown. Jameel Avery toted the mail the final three yards to increase the lead to 28-7 with 8:54 left in the first half.
Chamblee forced a punt on Dunwoody’s ensuing possession and needed just four plays to go 55 yards, the final 40 on a deep pass down the seam from Fabian Walker to Jameel Avery. Burton hit his fifth consecutive PAT to make it 35-7 at the 6:59 mark of the second quarter.
Cornerback Tristian Sizemore ended the Wildcat’s next possession as he hauled in a pass deep down the left sideline. The Wildcats marched down to the Dunwoody four-yard line. A 49-yard pass play from Walker to Ross down the right sideline put the Bulldogs at the Dunwoody four.
The Bulldog defense held, and Burton came on to kick a 28-yard field goal to make it 38-7.
The second half went scoreless as one long touchdown by Chamblee was called back on a holding call and Dunwoody had a fourth and goal at the six as the game came to an end.
Chamblee tightened up the series with Dunwoody closing to within 13-11 with its second consecutive win in the Golden Spike rivalry.
Columbia 28, Washington 20
The Columbia Eagles won their fifth consecutive game since an opening week loss to Camden County by holding off Washington 28-20 in a Region 6-2A clash at Lakewood Stadium on Friday night.
Columbia improved to 5-1 on the season and 4-0 mark to lead the region. The five-game streak is the longest for the Eagles since Ron Sebree’s squad won nine in a row in a on a run to the state quarterfinals in 1997 to finish 10-3.
Roland Edwin opened the scoring for the Eagles with a 42-yard touchdown run with 1:37 left in the first quarter to make it a 7-0 Columbia lead.
Washington bounced back with a pair of scores to take a 12-7 lead, but the Eagles answered with three big plays of their own via the arm of quarterback Elijah Morgan and Marquez Harris legs.
Harris, a Preseason All-State defensive lineman, scored on a 4-yard run to give the Eagles the lead for good at 14-7.
Morgan connected with Aveon Jackson and then Kenyon Partridge on touchdown passes to push the lead out to 28-12 with just eight seconds remaining in the first half.
Washington ran the kickoff back for a touchdown to close the gap to 28-18 at the break. The two teams went scoreless in the third quarter.
A drive by Washington had the team knocking at the door when the Eagles defense stepped up to force a turnover on downs deep in Columbia’s territory. Washington took advantage by getting a safety to cut the lead to 28-20.
But with 2:44 to play the Eagles defense came up with a turnover via the interception and ran out the clock to secure the region win.
A pair of DeKalb teams picked up their first wins of the season on Friday night as Tucker rolled past North Atlanta 28-3 in the Tigers Region 4-6A opener to improve to 1-5 overall and Martin Luther King Jr. knocked off Stone Mountain 26-9 to go 1-4 on the season and 1-1 in Region 5-5A.
The Arabia Mountain Rams (3-3, 1-1) ended a three-game skid with a 20-6 Region 6-4A victory over Miller Grove (4-1, 0-1) at Avondale Stadium. Lakeside (2-4) ended a four-game losing streak of its own by knocking off KIPP Atlanta 21-0 at Henderson Stadium in Atlanta.
Towers rebounded from its loss to Columbia last week to knock off McNair (0-5) 46-0 to improve to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in Region 6-2A. The No. 1 ranked Cedar Grove Saints (4-1, 3-0) picked up a Region 5-3A victory by beating Redan (2-4, 0-2) 46-0 behind a 30-point second quarter.
DCSD FOOTBALL – WEEK 7 RESULTS
Thursday, Sept. 30
Decatur (6-0) 28, Lithonia (0-5)* 0
Friday, Oct. 1
Towers (2-3)* 46, McNair (0-5) 0
M.L. King (1-4) 26, Stone Mountain (4-2)* 9
Tucker (1-4)* 28, North Atlanta (4-2) 0
“BUCK” GODFREY STADIUM
Cedar Grove (4-1) 47, Redan (2-4) 8
Arabia Mountain (3-3) 20, Miller Grove (4-1) 6
NORTH DEKALB STADIUM
Chamblee (5-1) 38, Dunwoody (1-5) 7
Lakeside (2-4) 21, KIPP (1-3) 0
Columbia (5-1) 28, Washington (2-2) 20
Pataula Charter (3-2) 56, Cross Keys (0-5) 0
St. Pius (4-2) 33, SW DeKalb (2-4) 13
Open: Clarkston (1-1), Druid Hills (0-5), Stephenson (5-0)
Source: DCSD Athletics