Christian Heritage 42, Mount Zion 0
Christian Heritage School's "Bad Company" defense hasn't slowed down yet as it picked up a shutout win in its region-opening game of the season Friday night on the road against Mount Zion, 42-0.
The Lions (4-0, 1-0 in Region 6-A) also stay undefeated with the win as they had a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout.
"It was good to get the shutout on defense," Christian Heritage coach Jay Poag said. "We played well, and the entire defense was great again."
Poag said as a whole, the defense was led by junior linebacker Ben Hermann, senior noseguard Kaleb Shultz and sophomore linebacker Solomon Locke.
Christian Heritage's offense also looked strong in the win, Poag said, as the Lions scored on seven consecutive possessions and did not punt during the game. Sophomore quarterback Christian Thomas had just one incompletion and scored in the air twice on one long touchdown each to Evan Lester and Gage Leonard.
Thomas, Leonard and Ethan Smith all scored once each on the ground. Senior kicker Joe Dixon was 6-for-6 on extra points.
"This was a really good team-win and a great way to start region play," Poag said."I'm proud of my guys. They are showing a great focus and maturity. They are a hungry group that wants to get better each day."
The Lions have a bye next Friday before traveling to Darlington on Oct. 4.
Northwest Whitfield 31, Temple 7
After Temple jumped out to an early lead, Northwest Whitfield stuffed it on defense as it turned the momentum to win on the road Friday night, 31-7.
Temple took a 7-0 lead before Matt Redmond caught a 47-yard pass from Owen Brooker to tie the game. Yahir Zapata nailed a 41-yard field goal to give the Bruins (3-1, 0-0 in Region 6-4A) a 10-7 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Bailey McQuaig scored on a 2-yard run, Bryce Mantooth scored on a 3-yard run and Jake Fossett recovered a fumble in the end zone in the final minutes of the game to seal the win for Northwest.
"I was very proud of our defense, but everyone did well," Northwest coach Josh Robinson said. "We were physical two weeks in a row, and we've asserted ourselves especially in the second half. We just want to keep that all going."
The Bruins are heading into a bye week before beginning region play on Oct. 4 at Ridgeland.
"The practice games are over," Robinson said. "The next time we take the field it'll be for region, and we'll go six straight. We will see how they fall along the way, but I like out odds if we play like we did tonight."
Cedartown 57, Southeast Whitfield 14
Southeast Whitfield football coach Sean Gray said his team simply just couldn't handle Cedartown on Friday as the Raiders fell in a non-region game at home, 57-14.
"We just couldn't do anything with them," Gray said. "Their team-speed got to us. It was another tough one for us."
The Raiders (0-4, 0-0 in Region 6-3A) saw scores from quarterback Adam Sowder on a 22-yard run and Colter Long caught a 5-yard touchdown from Sowder.
Matt Wojcik had a fumble recovery in the loss.
Still looking for its first win this season, Southeast opens region play next Friday as it hosts LaFayette.
"We escaped with no major injuries which was good," Gray said. "Hopefully we go into LaFayette healthy for our first region game and our first win."