Originally created 10/01/00

Week's best in prep football



THE RUSHERS

For the second straight week, Swainsboro's Brandon Andrews topped 200 yards rushing in a game. Andrews' 254-yard, two-touchdown effort helped propel the Tigers to a 21-18 victory over Effingham County.

Rushing for 200 yards in a game is becoming a habit for Augusta Christian's Joel Whinghter. The senior once again rushed for more than 200 yards with a 223-yard effort to help the Lions improve to 6-0 with a 21-0 victory over Edmund Burke.

Screven County's Michael Cooper rushed for 199 yards and two touchdowns as the Gamecocks edged South Effingham 22-20.

Richmond Academy used a strong rushing effort by Larry Albert to beat Jefferson County. Albert finished with 185 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Musketeers to a 20-8 victory.

Burke County's Mike Larmond scored three touchdowns and was part of a backfield that helped the Bears amass 319 rushing yards in a 34-8 rout of Josey.

Washington County had two running backs to rush for more than 100 yards each in a 14-12 victory over Laney. Chris Irwin finished with 128 while Prinsten Miller added 126. Each scored a touchdown.

Reggie Merriweather carried the ball 30 times for a career-high 369 yards and seven touchdowns in North Augusta's 53-50 shootout with South Aiken. It was the first time this season Merriweather has rushed for 300 yards and the fifth time he has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game.

In the same game, the Thoroughbreds' Antwaun Carter rushed for 300 yards on 40 carries and three touchdowns.

Silver Bluff's Troy Williamson rushed for 137 yards on just four carries, including a 76-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter en route to the Bulldogs' 46-6 thumping of Jasper County.

Marcus Williams of Barnwell rushed for 141 yards on 19 carries including touchdown runs of 2, 5 and 1 yards in the Warhorses' 40-12 taming of Allendale-Fairfax.

THE PASSERS

Greenbrier quarterback became the first Augusta-area quarterback to top the 1,000-yard passing mark. In a 33-14 victory over Hephzibah, the senior passed for three touchdowns, finishing with 162 yards passing, and ran for another TD.

In a losing effort, Laney quarterback Nick Figgs passed for 140 yards on 7-of-17 in the Wildcats' 14-12 loss to Washington County.

Hephzibah's Thomas Payton threw two touchdowns and finished with 128 yards passing in the Rebels loss to Greenbrier.

Harlem's Dominique Brown passed for 118 yards, connecting on 5-of-9 for 118 yards and a touchdown to help the Bulldogs beat Cross Creek 27-0.

Evans quarterback Bobby Connor threw a 27-yard touchdown pass and passed for 106 yards on 6-of-10 in the Knights' 14-10 victory over Lovejoy.

Allendale-Fairfax's Eric Priester completed just 9 of 22 passes but totaled 218 yards during Friday's loss to Barnwell.

South Aiken quarterback Kyle Findley was 12-for-27 for 159 yards and three touchdowns of 27, 8 and 32 yards in Friday's 53-50 loss.

THE RECEIVERS

Harlem's Michael Hawkinberry caught just two passes but managed to tally 106 yards receiving in the Bulldogs' victory over Cross Creek. One of Hawkinberry's reception went 66 yards for Harlem's first touchdown.

Matt Jackson hauled in two touchdown passes and finished with five receptions for 97 yards in Greenbrier's victory over Hephzibah.

Hephzibah's B.J. Gibson caught two touchdowns and finished with four catches for 73 yards.

Allendale-Fairfax's Desmond Vincent caught four passes for 85 yards in the Tigers' loss to the Warhorses.

Carson Young hauled in a touchdown pass of 27 yards during South Aiken's loss to North Augusta. Young finished with six catches for 77 yards on the night.

THE DEFENSES

Harlem held Cross Creek to just six first downs and 83 yards of total offense.

Evans held Lovejoy to 196 yards of total offense and eight first downs in a 14-10 upset victory. In addition, the Knights forced four fumbles and intercepted two passes.

Aquinas' Lamon Coleman intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown, helping Aquinas whip Glascock County 42-7.

THE QUOTES

"That was the best defensive performance I've seen here since I came back (in 1996)" -- Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis after his defense shutout Cross Creek and held the Razorbacks to just 83 total yards.

I was in there. I put the ball in the end zone and dropped it and the referee calls it a fumble. The offense gave it all we had on that last drive and we got all the way to the goal line and get a missed call like that. That's sick, man." -- Laney quarterback Nick Figgs, who thought he had scored the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the Wildcats 14-12 loss to Washington County.

"I've never been a part of this in my life. Reggie is phenomenal and the touchdowns may be record," -- North Augusta coach Joe Long said of Friday night's marathon win over South Aiken and Reggie Merriweather's rushing performance.

"I expected this to be a dogfight. There is no way I expected to come out here and take this one as convincingly as we did," -- Barnwell head coach DeWayne Garrick said of his Warhorses' 40-12 win over Allendale-Fairfax.

This Week's Schedule

CREDIT:FRIDAY

Georgia

Evans at East Coweta, 7:30

Thomson at Greenbrier, 7:30

Burke County at Butler, 7:30

Jefferson Co. at Cross Creek, 7:30

Washington Co.at ARC, 7:30

Pike County at Aquinas, 7:30

Swainsboro at Richmond Hill, 7:30

Lincoln County at Buford, 8

Lakeside at Statesboro, 7:30

Pierce County at Screven County, 7:30

Glenn Hills at Josey, 7:30

Washington-Wilkes at Hancock Central, 7:30

Spalding at Glascock County, 8

Vidalia at Jenkins County, 7:30

Independent

John Hancock at Briarwood, 8

Stratford at Augusta Christian, 8

Thomas Jefferson at David Emanuel, 8

Robert Toombs at Edmund Burke, 8

Monroe at Brentwood, 8

South Carolina

Wagener-Salley at Blackville-Hilda, 7:30 p.m.

Aiken at Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 8 p.m.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt at Allendale-Fairfax, 7:30 p.m.

Barnwell at Jasper County, 7:30 p.m.

Dreher at Midland Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Ninety Six at McCormick, 8 p.m.

Airport at North Augusta, 8 p.m.

Ware Shoals at Ridge Spring-Monetta, 8 p.m.

Wade Hampton at Silver Bluff, 7:30 p.m.

Lexington at South Aiken, 7:30 p.m.

Brookland-Cayce at Strom Thurmond, 8 p.m.

Williston-Elko at North, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Westside at Laney, 7:30

Statistics

Georgia and South Carolina coaches are encouraged to send in their high school football statistics by Wednesday at noon. Georgia coaches should fax their statistics to Tim Morse at (706) 823-3408 while South Carolina coaches should fax their stats to Patrick Green in the Aiken bureau at (803) 642-0374.