Central Fellowship Christian Academy had it tough visiting John Milledge Academy at Ted S. Smith Stadium Friday night. JMA used talent, depth and speed to smother the Lancers 42-0 and move to 6-1 on the season.
JMA tallied three interceptions and allowed just 41 yards and two first downs.
Cody Miller showed his versatility early on at quarterback. Miller connected with a wide-open Trae Simmons from 22 yards out.
JMA never stopped the offense.
Miller made moves on defense as well scooping up a fumble in the backfield and finding pay dirt. The Trojans led 14-0 after three minutes.
Trojan head football coach J.T. Wall calls Miller “a special athlete.”
“I think he is coming into his own right now in football offensively, defensively and on special teams,” he said. “He is a block or two away from returning a couple of kickoffs.”
Garret Kitchens stole yet another interception this season and returned the pick 32 yards soon after.
The first of four long rush-erasing holding penalties negated senior Tommy Pittman’s touchdown run. Wall said the flag issue still needs a cleanup.
Senior defensive lineman Andrew Hayes got to the Lancer quarterback and sophomore Cam O’Neal nearly made an interception of his own the same play giving the ball right back to the Trojans.
JMA opened the playbook really wide. Senior fullback and lineman Hunter Harding took a direct snap then handed off to Pittman for a rushing score pushing the lead to 28 points.
“I told Hunter I’ve never seen somebody catch a snap over their head, give it and then make the block down field,” Wall said.
With some young backups in the game, JMA continued piling the points.
A second costly holding penalty took away an impressive Chris Williams rush to the end zone inside one minute of the first.
No matter though as Williams almost recreated the same rush after the penalty to give Harding an easy run up the middle to the promise land. The Trojans led by 35 points after the first quarter and didn’t let the Lancers anywhere near the red zone.
Big bodies Ben Bracewell and Jordan Bush on the offensive line did their job.
Miller looked like he rushed for touchdown No. 3 only to walk back after a holding call on JMA.
Jon Qualls returned the Trojans inside the 10-yard line, where Trevor Evans’ quarterback keeper moved the advantage to 42 points in the second quarter.
Wall was impressed with Evans running the offensive show.
Bush, Matt Freeman, Bracewell and Filip Velimirovich gang tackled the CFCA quarterback on the opponent’s next possession.
A running clock out of the break moved things along Friday.
Trevor King and Jalen Beck both made a great tackle on the JMA sideline to the delight of the upperclassmen to begin the third quarter.
Ross Swicord demonstrated explosiveness near about blocking a Lancer punt.
Showing more depth, Andrew Prestwood gave fans a taste of the future secondary ability with an athletic interception that ended a CFCA drive and the third quarter.
For the game, Williams had three carries for 65 yards, Pittman had five carries for 45 yards and O’Neal posted seven carries for 23 yards in short work.
JMA travels to Briarwood next week.
Bulldogs’ D-line big time at Warren County
Georgia Military Prep School got a morale boosting 21-8 road win Friday.
GMC head football coach Steven Simpson gave the credit to the defensive line who allowed -1 offensive yards during the final half.
Parker Williams, Conner Deen, Devin Hill, Devonta Walker played well all night.
Williams capped a nice effort with 8 total tackles, a half sack and four tackles for loss.
The Bulldogs built a 3-0 lead at half. That margin could have been larger if not for three long runs called back for holding and block in the back penalties.
Tyler Oates 21-yard field goal came after a gamble throw in the final seconds of the half that drew a pass interference call.
After the break, Simpson said the Bulldogs made key adjustments and caught on to the opposition.
“We switched some people on the offensive line, so we could get the best puller on the side where we felt like we could make some things happen,” Simpson said. “We cleaned up things the second half. We had some big runs without penalties.”
A relief road region win rewards GMC’s work ethic.
“It’s good for the kids and for everybody involved to get one,” Simpson said. “We’ll try to take some momentum into the two games coming up at home.”
Offensively, Colby Lawrence had 17 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Nick Bentley’s two big runs before and right after half for 20 yards that changed crucial field position.
Rekarche Griffin was 6-for-12 for 40 yards. Bentley threw one pass for an 18-yard touchdown.
GMC hosts Lincoln County next Friday.