WARNER ROBINS 51, LAKESIDE-EVANS 49
In a game that reached the century mark for points scored, it was a final stand by the Demons' defense that proved the difference. Warner Robins (6-3, 6-2) sacked the Lakeside quarterback on fourth down near midfield with 1:13 left in the game. The Demons were then able to run out the clock.
Warner Robins led 28-21 at halftime as the Panthers (4-4, 4-3) closed the gap with an interception return for touchdown just before intermission. From there, the teams swapped big plays. Demons' linebacker Tyrome Tharpe gave Warner Robins a 45-42 lead with eight minutes remaining in the game. However, Lakeside speedster Stephen Houzah returned his second kickoff for touchdown in the night as the Panthers went back on top. Terry Harris scoring the winning touchdown on an 8-yard run.
The two teams combined for nearly 900 yards of total offense. There were three kickoffs returned for touchdown (Reggie Gordon of Warner Robins had one in addition to Houzah's two) and two interceptions returned for touchdown.
HOUSTON COUNTY 42, GREENBRIER 13
Freshman Jake Maddox blocked a first quarter field goal attempt and junior Darion Anderson ran the loose ball back for a touchdown as the Bears opened the scoring midway through the first quarter. By halftime, Houston County (7-1, 6-1) held a 21-7 lead. The 7-1 start is the Bears' best ever. If Houston County wins at home against Evans next week, it will lock up its first-ever home playoff game, with a chance to win the region in the final week of the season against Northside.
BALDWIN 17, PERRY 3
The Panthers defended Baldwin star Kentavious Thomas well, but failed to generate much offense. Baldwin (5-3, 3-1) plays Mary Persons next week for first place in the region. Perry (1-8, 0-5) closes out its season next week at West Laurens.
MARY PERSONS 31, VETERANS 0
The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-0) got a measure of revenge from last season with a convincing home win. Dee High scored the first touchdown of the game for Mary Persons, which retained first place in Region 2-AAAA. Veterans (1-6, 1-3) struggled to sustain its offense throughout the night, although running back Desjuan Harris had several good runs for the Warhawks.
Houston County and Veterans hit the road this weekend. Northside, Perry and Warner Robins will be at home.
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