Dar­ling­ton mounts 2nd-half come­back to de­feat Bow­don

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Dar­ling­ton ex­pe­ri­enced all it could han­dle through two halves on Fri­day night, but the Tigers ul­ti­mately pulled away for a 43- 21 win against Bow­don in a Re­gion 6-A matchup at Bow­don.

Se­nior run­ning back Ti­jai What­ley led the way for the Tigers ( 3- 2, 2-0 6-A), rack­ing up four rush­ing touch­downs, in­clud­ing three in the sec­ond half.

Bow­don jumped out to an early lead af­ter cap­i­tal­iz­ing on a pair of Dar­ling­ton turnovers, to score a field goal and a touch­down and go up 9-0. The Red Devils (1-4, 0-2) scored again on a 69-yard touch­down pass to take an early 15-0 lead in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Dar­ling­ton an­swered with What­ley, who scored a 30-yard touch­down to cut the deficit to 15-7 at half­time. The Tigers then scored three touch­downs and a two-point con­ver­sion in the third quar­ter, with What­ley scor­ing two more touch­downs.

Bow­don scored early in the fourth to cut the deficit to 29-22, but What­ley and Karl Swiger each scored a touch­down to put the game away.

Dar­ling­ton con­tin­ues Re­gion 6- A play next Fri­day when it hosts Mt. Zion.

Trion 31, North Cobb

Chris­tian 6

Trion’s foot­ball team jumped out to a big lead Fri­day night on their way to a 31-6 win against North Cobb Chris­tian.

The Bull­dogs (4-1, 2-0) led 28-0 at half­time and held t heir op­po­nent score­less un­til the fourth quar­ter.

Lo­gan Blevins led the Bull­dogs with 83 yards and a touch­down on nine car­ries; Tan­ner Rai­ley had six car­ries for 72 yards and a touch­down, and three catches for 53 yards and a touch­down; Jar­ret Gill was 8 for 13 for 90 yards; Cameron Carter scored on a 1-yard run; Cole Phillips scored on a 12-yard run; and El­der Mo­rales kicked a 33-yard field goal.

North Cobb Chris­tian’s only score came on an 11-yard pass from An­son Mathis to Ryan Pruitt.

Trion (4-1, 2-0) will face Chris­tian Her­itage in Dal­ton next Fri­day.

Rome 62, Pauld­ing County 0

The Rome High foot­ball team con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance this sea­son Fri­day with a 62-0 road win against Re­gion 7-5A ri­val Pauld­ing County.

Rome cruised Fri­day night, pil­ing up a 49- 0 lead at half­time and 430 yards of of­fense to Pauld­ing County’s 100.

Jay­lynn Sikes fin­ished with 75 yards and touch­downs on four rushes for an av­er­age of 18.8 per carry.

Jor­dan Watkins had 73 yards and a touch­down on three re­cep­tions, and quar­ter­back Knox Kadum was a per­fect 7 for 7 for 149 yards and two touch­downs with no in­ter­cep­tions.

Mon­trell Mill­sap led Rome’s de­fense with six solo tack­les.

The Wolves will put their per­fect record on the line next Fri­day when they face un­de­feated Re­gion 7-5A foe Car­roll­ton at 7:30 p.m. at Bar­ron Sta­dium.

Pep­perell 24,

Coosa 20

As de­fense cap­tured the spot­light early on in Coosa’s phys­i­cal matchup with Pep­perell, it was clear both of­fenses were go­ing to have to cap­i­tal­ize on ev­ery op­por­tu­nity they could.

The Drag­ons were the ones who man­aged to grab one more than their hosts.

Pep­perell re­cov­ered from a cat­a­strophic first quar­ter and steered it­self back on course over the fi­nal 48 min­utes to get a 24-20 win over the Ea­gles, who had a tough fight for the sec­ond week in a row.

But while Coosa pushed the Drag­ons into a cor­ner early and took a 7-0 lead in the fi­nal min­utes of the first quar­ter, in­juries and fa­tigue wore down the Ea­gles’ charge in the sec­ond half.

Dragon quar­ter­back Trevor Thomas was 9-of-19 pass­ing for 218 yards, the ma­jor­ity of which came in a two-touch­down sec­ond quar­ter in which the se­nior threw for 147 yards. T.J. Watkins fin­ished with 122 yards re­ceiv­ing on four catches. Tae Ham­mond ran for 88 yards and a score on 14 car­ries.

Coosa’s Jalen Hodge fin­ished with 107 yards and two touch­downs on 25 car­ries, the last of which came with 7:21 to play. Pep­perell’s Joss Ross flew in on the ex­tra point to block Juan Cornejo’s kick and the score re­mained 24-20 for the rest of the game.

Model 21, Ar­muchee 7

Dur­ing the week, Model coach Gor­don Pow­ers and Ar­muchee coach Muham­mad Ab­del­latif re­counted mem­o­ries of the teams’ ri­valry, a game con­sis­tently filled with phys­i­cal­ity and hard work.

Con­sider Fri­day night an­other chap­ter in those mem­o­rable bat­tles.

Af­ter both de­fenses dom­i­nated for three quar­ters, Model’s run­ning game broke through with two scores as the Blue Devils beat the In­di­ans 21-7 in a Re­gion 7-AA bat­tle in Shan­non Fri­day night. It is Model’s first win of the sea­son, and one Pow­ers felt was well earned.

Model’s Kwalic Dublin fin­ished with 105 to­tal yards and a rush­ing touch­down for the fi­nal score of the game. Tail­back A.J. Woods fin­ished with 46 rush­ing yards and a touch­down and quar­ter­back Jack­son Couch had 48 pass­ing yards and a rush­ing touch­down.

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