PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Baconton falls, Sherwood rolls on Thursday night action; GHSA rules that its teams can't play vs. GISA

GHSA rules teams can’t play vs. GISA

MACON — The Georgia High School Association’s Board of Trustees recently rejected a proposal that would allow member schools to play teams from the Georgia Independent Schools Association.

The proposal was initiated by GHSA Region 2-A but was quickly denied by the GHSA Board of Trustees during fall meetings.

“The trustees had some concerns and we’re trying to get some of those things ironed out,” GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin told The Macon Telegraph.

Swearngin added: “One of the things we get concerned about if the school closest to the GISA school fills up their non-region schedule with (GISA) schools, that leaves some of our schools out, and they have to scramble for schedules. I think another issue is, what is the value of membership if you can play our schools if you aren’t a member? I think that’s an issue.”

Swearngin also said that he expects the issue to continue to be discussed and considered.

“I think people are still looking at it hard,” he told the newspaper. “We’re studying it, we really are. It’s not like we’ve closed the door on it.”

CAMILLA — Four Baconton Charter miscues in the opening 24 minutes led to 21 first-half points for visiting Pacelli on Thursday in a 45-7 Blazers loss.

“We shot ourselves in the foot, and we’re certainly not good enough to spot a team a 21-0 lead,” Baconton coach Johnny Hayes said.

Pacelli jumped out to a three-touchdown advantage after cashing in on Blazers’ turnovers in the first half, including a fumble on Baconton’s opening possession, two interceptions and a bad punt snap inside the red zone.

Vikings’ quarterback Wyatt Peterson was the main beneficiary of Baconton’s troubles. Peterson accounted for five touchdowns — three rushing and two passing — and helped give Pacelli (3-0) a 35-7 halftime lead.

Baconton had cut the lead to 21-7 with 8:19 left in the second quarter on Brock Pinson’s 1-yard quarterback sneak after the score was set up by a 21-yard pass from Pinson to Zack Jones at the 1-yard line.

“We matched up with them pretty good,” Jones said. “It was just miscues.”

Pacelli answered Baconton’s score with a 2-yard touchdown run from Keandre Ashley and Peterson added a 9-yard scoring run with 1:43 left in the first half to open up the lead at 35-7.

Peterson scored on runs of 9, 7 and 1 yard and also connected with Luke Dawahare on a 7-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter.

Peterson also found Bryan Foster on a 35-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.

The Vikings’ quarterback completed 7 of 9 passes for 136 yards with one interception and also ran for 71 yards.

Baconton (1-4) was held to under 100 yards of offense before freshman Matthew Dean bulldozed his way to 48 yards rushing in the fourth quarter. Pinson finished 2 of 9 passing for 31 yards and two interceptions.

Jones led the Blazers with 12 tackles and one sack, while Bakarie McDuffie added six tackles.

“We’ve got a lot of senior leadership out here,” Jones said. “We just need to feed off that.”

Pacelli got 57 yards rushing from Dre Bowman in the win and plays host to Central Talbotton next Friday.

Baconton visits Stewart County next Friday with a shot at matching the school’s highest win total in a season. Stewart County beat Baconton, 22-14, last season, but the Blazers got their first official varsity win in 2010 against Stewart County, 38-37.

“We’re just going to keep working and try to get better,” Hayes said. “That’s all I know to do.”


BIBB — Sherwood Christian Academy quarterback Dalton Todd threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Eagles to a 50-6 victory Thursday against Windsor Academy.

The Eagles (3-2) bounced back from last week’s 47-25 loss to Southland to post their biggest victory of the season behind Todd, who threw for 123 yards and rushed for 52 more.

“It was extremely important to get this win after last week and with a big game against an awesome football team (in Deerfield) coming up next week,” SCA coach Otis Covington said. “And Dalton’s play (Thursday night) was a great sign for us. He’s really developing well, seeing the game better, being a leader on the field. It’s exciting to see him have such a big game.”

Todd got into the end zone on a 7-yard rushing TD and tossed TD passes to three different receivers — a 31-yarder to Chandler Tabb, a 26-yarder to William Oor and a 32-yarder to Nick Wendland.

Chaz Griffin also rushed for 52 yards, and Grant Osteen scored on a 3-yard rushing TD.

Defensive lineman Tyler Davis had four tackles and a fumble recovery to lead the Eagles defense, while T.J. Clay and Osteen each had an interception. Travis Accord also recovered a fumble.

The Eagles play at Deerfield next Friday, their final non-conference game before beginning region play Oct. 5 at Valwood.