Homecoming night graced all three-area high schools Friday.
Baldwin High School beat Rutland 28-16, John Milledge won big 49-7 over Covenant Academy and Georgia Military Prep School lost 30-7 to First Presbyterian Day School.
BHS head coach Dexter Copeland got the water cooler treatment Friday for reaching the century mark win mark.
Baldwin led 21-13 at the break.
“We played well the first half but made some mistakes and got bogged down with holding penalties,” Copeland said.
After moving to 28 total points out of half, Baldwin's punt was blocked by Rutland leaving the Hurricanes with what looked like easy pickings for seven points.
BHS flexed its defensive muscle and held Rutland to a field goal.
Tony Horton, Shelton Graves, Quandarious Holsey and Quentin Barfield all showed up big.
“That was a big defensive stand at the end. We had a punt blocked, but you can't sit around and be mad at it you have to go play,” the Baldwin coach said. “Defense bowed their neck, and they stopped them. They played well. I'm so proud of them I don't know what to do.”
Jaylen Mosley, Malaquias Alexander and Lamarcus Tuft held down the edges against Rutland. Quavez Hill intercepted the Hurricanes to ice the game.
Kentavious Thomas struggled for 67 rushing yards but the receiving core picked up the slack.
BHS quarterback Tajhea Chambers threw for 299 yards due to great routes and execution by Brandon Goodman, D'Kemon Gaines and Jerrel Simmons.
Gaines had three catches for 36 yards, Simmons caught seven balls for 69 yards at one touchdown, while Goodman paced everyone with eight catches for 136 yards at one score.
Thomas did have two catches for 30 yards and two one-yard touchdown runs.
Baldwin gets to rest for a week before facing Westside Oct. 18.
JMA's Cody Miller set the playmaking tone early with a punt block after Covenant went three and out their first series.
Tommy Pittman converted on a 7-yard touchdown run for the early lead.
The Trojans defensive line was just too much to handle. Andrew Hayes, Hunter Harding, Tommy Pittman and Chase Owen almost intercepted several handoffs.
Covenant couldn't move the ball at all. JMA scored again as quarterback Colby McCommon slipped a pass to Pittman pushing the advantage to 14-0.
A muffed handoff was scooped up by defensive highlight reel Chase Register and returned 40 yards for another touchdown.
“Certain guys have a nose for the football. A lot of his plays are effort plays. When you do that good things happen,” JMA head coach J.T. Wall said.
Chris Williams, Cam O'Neal and Miller all tallied rush touchdowns to end the first quarter up 42 points.
It was reserve time at this point.
Wall said all the young guys played the entire second half.
“We were lined up right and our guys were flying around for the ball. Even with the young guys in the pace of play didn't slow down,” Wall said.
The only score was a 77-yard kickoff return. JMA had no turnovers Friday.
“We are trying to play perfect football in this region schedule,” the JMA coach said.
JMA plays Central Fellowship Christian Academy at home next week.
GMC Prep played hard against FPD. Some penalties negating big plays and special team errors just made it too easy on the opponent.
TJ Lowe-Foston scored the lone GMC touchdown on a 15-yard run the first half.
GMC trailed 21-7 at halftime.
Out of the break a bad snap on a third quarter punt gave FPD the ball on the 18-yard line on the first possession. They kicked a field goal and went up 24-7.
Another bobbled punt play set the Macon visitors up for the final score though GMC did swat the extra point.
The Bulldogs rushed for 162 yards. Lowe-Foston led the charge with 13 carries for 107 yards. Colby Lawrence had 15 carries for 51 yards.
GMC head coach Steven Simpson likes the addition of Lowe-Foston to compliment Lawrence during the closing schedule.
“The addition gives us an inside and outside threat. Colby does a great job pounding. TJ came on last week and has added an extra dimension on the edges. We are looking for that to unlock things on the outside,” Simpson said.
Nick Bentley was leading tackler with eight total tackles. Delarrion Milner had six tackles, two of those for loss and fumble recovery.
“It was a tough ball game. The kids played hard till the end of it,” Simpson said. “We just have to come back ready to work and get ready for Warren County on the road.”