Friday night football briefs
28-point first quarter leads TJCA over Rabun Gap
AVONDALE — The Thomas Jefferson Gryphons (4-1) exploded for 28 first-quarter points and rode a strong defense to a 35-13 win over Rabun Gap (GA) on homecoming.
Mason Martin lit the fuse passing for over 100 yards and two touchdowns in the opening quarter. The junior quarterback finished the game with nearly 300 yards in total offense.
“I don’t think you could ask for a better first quarter,” said TJCA head coach Jerry Cash.”Mason Martin played his best football of the year in that quarter and Mason Fenner came up with big catches. I am extremely proud.”
Chase edges Draughn in ugly victory, 13-7
HENRIETTA – Chase managed just four first downs and 125 yards of total offense (all on the ground), but all that mattered in the end were the points on scoreboard as they edged a physical Draughn team for a 13-7 homecoming win Friday night at Allen Stadium.
“Offensively, the way we played tonight was embarrassing. There was nothing impressive about it,” Chase head coach Daniel Bailey said after the game. “We’re very fortunate to get out of here with a win tonight.”
The Trojans’ only score came on a fumble recovery returned for a score, one of three lost fumbles on the night for Draughn.
“They slowed themselves down. We never slowed them down,” Bailey said.
Central loses halftime lead, falls to Crest 33-17
RUTHERFORDTON – R-S Central kicker Ryan Hill gave the Hilltoppers a 17-14 halftime lead Friday night against Crest, but the Chargers and tailback Tre Harbison ran for three scores in the second half and blanked the Hilltoppers for a 33-17 victory.
(Full story in Sunday's Daily Courier)