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Football Recap: Arabia Mountain Knocks Off Miller Grove

Here's what happened in local high school games over the weekend.

Photo Credit: Kevin Madigan
Photo Credit: Kevin Madigan
The Arabia Mountain Rams evened their 2013 high school football record at 2-2 overall with a big 26-20 three overtime victory against Miller Grove on Saturday night at Panthersville Stadium.

Miller Grove went into the half with a 14-0 lead, but the Rams adjusted and came out to score and trim the lead to 14-6 in the third quarter. Gregory Phillips hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass and the Rams went for two to tie the game at 14-14 in forcing the game into overtime.


Neither team scored in the first overtime as Arabia Mountain had the second of three interceptions in the game to send the two teams into the second overtime. The second overtime ended with both teams putting a touchdown on the board and missing extra points to remain tied at 20-20.

Mike Lockhart scored on a two-yard run for the Rams, 1-2 in Region 6-AAAAA, to put Arabia Mountain up 26-20. The Ram defense made the big play again coming up with their third interception of the game to save the victory.

It was just the second meeting for the two DeKalb County teams and the win evened up the series for Arabia Mountain at 1-1 with Miller Grove picking up a 21-20 victory a year ago.

Grady 25, Lithonia 14
The Lithonia Bulldogs (1-3) could not solve the Grady goal line defense on three separate occasions as they came up short in a 25-14 loss at Panthersville on Friday night.

Grady used a 24-yard pass from Isiah Jenkins to Aaron Cochran and a Cochran 24 yard fumble return to pull away to a 19-6 lead with 2:30 left in the first half having already stopped the Bulldogs with a pass interception in the end zone.

Oral Varccian brought the Bulldogs right back within 19-14 as he took the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for the touchdown and Rico Burton connected with Terence Minor for the two-point conversion.

Lithonia drove down to the Grady 16 on the opening drive of the second half using almost half of the third quarter only to have Grady’s Marlon Character to intercept a pass in the end zone to stop the threat.

The two teams failed to mount much of a threat the rest of the third quarter and into the fourth when the Bulldogs using a 42-yard pass play from Burton to Minor to the Grady five trailing 19-14. The Knights held firm by stopping Burton just inches shy of the goal line on a fourth and goal from the one.

Grady marched 99 yards to put the game away with 1:30 to play on a 36-yard
touchdown run by Hakeem Todd.

Mays 43, SW DeKalb 24
Mays pulled away from a 17-7 halftime lead with a pair of quick scores to open the second half on the way to a 43-24 Region 6-AAAAA victory over the Southwest DeKalb Panthers (1-3) in the nightcap at Panthersville Stadium on Friday.

Mays quarterback Ayinde Russell connected with Randercous Davis for a 37-yard touchdown pass and then 50 yards to Tyshawn Brown following a successful onside kick to quickly push the lead to 29-7 with 9:13 to play in the third quarter.

Southwest DeKalb answered as quarterback Javeon Cody connected with Camerson Strickland for a 35-yard score to cut the lead to 29-14.

Mays got the touchdown right back on a 15-yard run by Derontay Langford to make it 36-14 with 4:45 still to play in the third.

Stephenson 42, Lakeside 0
Dallas Rivers scored three rushing touchdowns and Khalil Ladler had his second special teams score of the season with a kickoff return for a touchdown as the No. 2 ranked Jaguars knocked off Lakeside 42-0 for a homecoming victory.

Stephenson improved to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Region 6-AAAAA while
Lakeside fell to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in the region.

Tucker 55, Dunwoody 9
Dominick Sanders accounted for four touchdowns to help the No. 1 ranked Tucker Tigers (4-0) pull away from a tight 14-9 tussle with the Dunwoody Wildcats (0-4) to a 55-9 victory in Region 6-AAAAA play at Adams Stadium on Friday night.

Sanders ran for two touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes to Detric Dukes for the Tigers, 2-0 in region play. Elijah Sullivan added 134 yards on eight carries and a touchdown while Yaquis Shelley returned an interception for another touchdown.

Towers 32, Douglass 0
The Towers Titans resurgence continued with a convincing 32-0 victory over Douglass at Avondale on Friday night.

The Titans are 4-0 heading into Region 6-AAA play against St. Pius on Friday.

Week 5 Results
Friday, Sept. 20
Grady (3-1) 25, Lithonia (1-3) 14
Redan (1-3) 1, Banneker (0-3-1) 0, forfeit
Chamblee (3-1) 44, South Atlanta (0-5) 0
Decatur (4-0) 42, Clarkston (1-4) 10
Columbia (2-2) 20, Carver-Atl (2-2) 13
Tucker (4-0) 55, Dunwoody (0-4) 9
Stephenson (4-0) 42, Lakeside (1-3) 0
Mays (3-1) 43, Southwest DeKalb (1-3) 24
Washington (4-0) 41, Stone Mountain (2-2) 32

Saturday, Sept. 21
Mt. Vernon (1-3) 22, Cross Keys (0-4) 2
Towers (4-0) 32, Douglass (1-3) 0
BEST Academy (2-1) 62, McNair (1-3) 7
Arabia Mountain (2-2) 26, Miller Grove (2-2) 20, OT
M.L. King (3-1) 49, North Atlanta (0-4) 7

Open: Cedar Grove (3-1), Druid Hills (2-1)

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