One week after a crushing home loss to Priceville in the closing seconds, Danville High made key defensive plays to seal a Class 3A, Region 7 win over Good Hope 22-19 on Friday.
Tyler Jolley and D.J. Batts each returned interceptions for touchdowns for Danville (3-3, 2-2 in the region).
Quarterback Justin Morgan connected with Dallas Mcabee for a 42-yard touchdown for the Hawks’ only offensive score.
Pulling out a close win on homecoming night was huge for the Hawks after losing on a last-second field to Priceville last week.
“It gives us a better chance to get in the playoffs,” Jolley said. “It’s big for our morale.”
Danville built a 22-0 lead by the 7:30 mark of the second quarter. Batts’ 35-yard interception return and Brock Garrison’s extra point created the margin.
The Hawks had to withstand a furious comeback attempt by Good Hope (2-4, 1-3), which scored a first-half touchdown and two more in the second to pull within 22-19.
However, Good Hope failed on its 2-point conversion attempts on the two scores. But after Good Hope cut the lead to three, Danville forced the Raiders to punt twice, and Morgan intercepted a pass with 1:40 remaining to end the rally.
“Our guys made the plays when they had to in the fourth quarter,” Danville coach Scott Curd said. “It was looking a little bleak.”
Danville will play its third straight home game Friday against region rival Cordova.
Tanner 69, Colbert Heights 13: Hayden Stephens rushed 165 yards and four touchdowns on nine carries, Greg Maclin scored three touchdowns and the Rattlers’ defense held Colbert Heights to minus-19 rushing yards in earning the region win.
Stephens scored on runs of 31, 27 and 24 yards in the first half, while Maclin added touchdown receptions of 16 and 48 yards from Jonathan Fletcher before returning a Cole Claunch interception 25 yards for another score.
Fred Rich (3 yards) and Ronald Taylor (9 yards) each added touchdown runs in the second quarter as Tanner opened its halftime lead to 56-0.
Stephens added a 38-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter before Tiquaveious Mayberry rounded out the Tanner scoring with a 25-yard run with six minutes left in the third quarter. Alan Rios coverted 9 of 10 extra point attempts for Tanner.
R.A. Hubbard 42, Tharptown 14: R.A. Hubbard used a strong defense and the running of John Owens to post a convincing win.
Owens rushed for 156 yards on 14 carries and scored four touchdowns, two 2-point conversions and two extra points.
Owens scored two touchdown in the first quarter on runs of 30 and 16 yards and also kicked both extra points to give the Chiefs a 14-0 lead.
After a Tharptown touchdown, Owens put the game out of reach with two more touchdown rushes. The first one was a 55-yard run while the second covered 8 yards.
Darrian Almond also had a 54-yard touchdown run for the Chiefs late in the second quarter to give Hubbard a 34-7 lead at halftime. Almond made the score 42-7 with a 44-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter.
Deshler 55, West Morgan 21: Demetrius Warren had 198 rushing yards for the Rebels on 32 carries. He added a touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Rodney Young scored a pair of touchdowns on 58 and 6 yards.
West Morgan picked up 329 rushing yards on 67 carries and attempted only two passes, both incomplete.
Lexington 21, Hatton 7: Lexington scored two touchdowns late in the third quarter to break a 7-7 halftime tie.
Lexington opened the scoring on the first drive of the game, scoring on a 43-yard pass from Putman to Joshua McNutt. Hatton scored late in the half on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Dakota Bishop to Nicholas Farley.
Westminster Christian 45, Clements 7: Jimmy Marsh scored Clements’ touchdown on a pass from Marcus McNaughton.
Madison Academy 62, Elkmont 0: Kerryon Johnson scored three touchdowns to pace Madison Academy, including runs of 2 and 22 yards and a 72-yard reception.
Blake Wimberly had 131 rushing yards on four carries with two touchdown runs of 65 and 46 yards.
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