Southwest DeKalb special teams set the tone early with a blocked punt for a touchdown as the Panthers rolled to a 48-0 Region 5-5A high school football victory over the Stone Mountain Pirates at Adams Stadium on Friday night.
Wesley Brown broke through on a Stone Mountain (4-4, 0-4) punt attempt to block the kick and recovered it in the end zone for a Southwest DeKalb touchdown with 10:47 still remaining in the first quarter. Malcolm Smith hit the PAT to give the Panthers (4-4, 3-1) the lightning quick 7-0 lead.
James Carswell tacked on touchdown runs of 57 yards (after a Sabian Campbell INT) and 12 yards to send the Panthers into the half up 21-0. Smith hit both PATs. Carswell carried six times covering all 64 yards in going for his second touchdown of the night.
Carswell’s running mate, Billy Johnson, kick started a big third quarter for himself and the Panthers as he took the ball 62 yards to the house on the first play of the second half. The score put Southwest up 27-0 on the Pirates with 11:31 remaining in the period.
A Dahkari Jones interception return for 40 yards to the Pirates three-yard line set up Carswell for his third touchdown run of the night as he took it into the end zone on the very next play. Southwest’s lead was upped to 34-0 as Randy Smith hit the PAT with 9:24 left in the third quarter.
Johnson picked up his second touchdown of the night as he got the first of his two defensive scores on a scoop and score covering 29 yards with 6:39 remaining in the third quarter. Randy Smith kicked the PAT to make it 41-0 in favor of the Panthers.
The final score as Johnson jumped a pass in the backfield for an interception and he fought his way into the end zone with 4:27 to play in the third quarter. Randy Smith closed out the scoring with the PAT for the final of 48-0.
Carswell finished the night with 12 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers on offense. Billy Johnson had two defensive touchdowns and rushing touchdown to go with 81 yards on four carries.
Lithonia 70, Northview 13
The Lithonia Bulldogs gave Coach Kevin Hill his first win at the school with a 70-13 trouncing of Northview in Region 5-5A action at Avondale Stadium.
Dilano Jean-Jacques scored on a 10-yard run to open the scoring and Northview answered right back on a Marcus Godbey 25 yard TD to go up 7-6.
The Bulldogs (1-7, 1-3) scored five times in the second quarter led by touchdown runs of 18, 2 and 11 yards by Darius Sanders along with a 75 yard run for the goal by Jean-Jacques and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Harden to Styland Scott, the first of two on the day, as the lead ballooned to 42-13 at the half.
Harden connected with Scott again in the third quarter on an 18-yard scoring toss to make it 48-13. Touchdowns runs of 60 yards, by Jean Jacques, and 33 yards, by Sanders extended the lead to 62-13. Tyler Skinner’s 10-yard touchdown run wrapped up the scoring.
Chamblee 55, East Forsyth 7
Fabian Walker threw for five touchdowns and ran for a sixth to lead the Bulldogs to the 55-7 win over East Forsyth on the road on Friday night.
The score was 13-7 heading into the second quarter when Walker and crew took over. Jameel Avery was on the receiving end of two of Walker’s TD passes and also blocked a punt for a touchdown. Chamblee improved to 6-1 on the season.
Columbia wraps of play for DeKalb with a game at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta against KIPP. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm
DCSD FOOTBALL – WEEK 9 RESULTS
Thursday, Oct. 14
Clarkston (2-3) 18, Druid Hills (0-8) 14
Friday, Oct. 15
SW DeKalb (4-4) 48, Stone Mountain* (4-4) 0
Lovett (5-3) 48, Towers* (2-5) 8
Lithonia* (1-6) 70, Northview (2-5) 13
“BUCK” GODFREY STADIUM
Decatur (7-0) 41, M.L. King* (1-6) 0
Westminster (3-4) 37, Redan* (2-5) 14
Marist (5-1) 38, Arabia Mountain (3-5) 0
Cedar Grove (5-2) 63, Salem (4-3) 0
Chamblee (6-1) 55, East Forsyth (2-6) 6
Meadowcreek (3-5) 41, Dunwoody (1-6) 20
Duluth (4-3) 64, Lakeside (2-5) 12
Mays (3-4) 28, Stephenson (5-2) 22
DCSD FOOTBALL – WEEK 9 SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 16
Columbia (6-1) vs. KIPP (1-4), 7:00 pm, Lakewood
Open: Cross Keys (0-5), McNair (0-6), Miller Grove (5-1), Tucker (1-6)
Source: DCSD Athletics