CALHOUN, Ga. — In a matchup of two of the top five ranked teams in Georgia in Class AAAAA, the Calhoun Yellow Jackets did almost everything they needed to do to upset three-time consecutive state champion Blessed Trinity on Friday night.
The Jackets, though, couldn't stop super sophomore Justice Haynes, who had more than 200 yards and scored five touchdowns in a 35-21 win for the Titans at Phil Reeve Stadium.
Calhoun (5-2, 1-1 Region 7-AAAAA) forced four turnovers and led 14-0 in the first quarter before Haynes, who recently received an offer from the University of Tennessee, took over.
"They don't give you anything; you have to earn everything you get," Calhoun coach Clay Stephenson said afterward. "We showed great emotion, played together and had great trust, and they did it right to the last whistle. Those are the things we asked them to do. They're really good, but our guys went toe to toe with them."
Calhoun's star running back, Jerrian Hames, started the game with a bang on a 74-yard touchdown run. Following a Quin Smith interception, Christian Lewis connected with Cole Speer on a 56-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead.
Haynes quickly answered with a 40-yard touchdown run and, after Calhoun's lone turnover of the game at its 20, he tied it with a 4-yard run just before halftime.
Just as Hames did in the first half, Haynes took the first play of the second half 80 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. Calhoun tied it with a 97-yard drive after a Blessed Trinity fumble, with Lewis hitting Will Seamons on a 29-yard touchdown pass.
The Titans (3-0, 1-0), who had not played in a month due to COVID-19-related postponements, took the lead for good when Haynes broke off a 9-yard touchdown run five minutes into the fourth quarter. Calhoun drove to the 7, but passes on third and fourth downs were incomplete.
Heritage 28, Central-Carroll 27: The Generals (4-3, 1-1 Region 7-AAAA) rallied from a 14-0 deficit to earn the upset win. Nick Hanson tied the game at 14 with a 44-yard pass to Logan Lowe, his second touchdown reception of the game, but the Lions returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown for a 21-14 lead at halftime. Central led 27-21 late into the final quarter when freshman quarterback Brady Chandler scored on a 1-yard sneak, with Anderson Britton's extra-point kick putting Heritage back out front. Ryan Heet sealed the game moments later with an interception.
Gordon Lee 42, Mount Zion-Carroll 7: Cade Peterson rushed for 279 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries as the Trojans improved to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in Region 6-A public by handing the Eagles their first loss this season. Peterson had scoring runs of 2, 77 and 83 yards as Gordon Lee broke open a seven-point game at the break with 28 second-half points.
Alexander 31, Dalton 28: The Catamounts (1-5, 0-4 Region 5-AAAAAA) trailed 21-0 in the first half before rallying to take a 28-24 lead on a Maurice Howard touchdown run early in the final quarter. The Cougars (5-2, 3-1), though, put together a long drive for the winning touchdown and stopped Dalton on its final possession to seal the win.
Christian Heritage 35, Walker 0: Christian Thomas and Evan Lester hooked up for three touchdown passes as the Lions improved to 5-1 and 1-0 in 6-A private. Thomas also added a 4-yard run while passing for more than 300 yards, with Lester finishing with a school-record 258 receiving yards, including scoring catches of 21, 45 and 69 yards. Solomon Locke added a 7-yard touchdown run for the Lions.
Murray County 27, Sonoraville 24: Senior kicker Elber Romero hit a school-record 52-yard field goal at the final gun to give the Indians (3-4, 2-3 Region 6-AAA) the big league win. Tyson Leonard, starting in place of injured quarterback Kaleb Jones, had touchdown passes of 63 yards to Taylor Carrell and 10 yards to Carson Voiles, while Noah Densmore added a 47-yard touchdown run. Brady Lackey had two touchdown runs and Brant Bryant an 18-yard scoring run for the Phoenix (2-4, 0-4).
Cedartown 44, Northwest Whitfield 8: Cedric Washington scored four touchdowns as the Bulldogs improved to 5-2 and 2-0 in Region 7-AAAA. Northwest fell to 4-2 and 0-2.
Chattooga 25, Coosa 6: Lashaun Lester rushed for three touchdowns as the Indians, after nearly a month off due to COVID-19, won their Region 7-AA opener and improved to 2-3 overall.
Augusta Christian 28, Trion 21: Rob Brown rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort for the Bulldogs (2-4).
Other area scores: Rockmart 45, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 14; Model 27, Dade County 0.