One of several things about the loss that bothered the Wolverines was the 39 rushing yards.
Walker coach John East was expecting his players to take a leap forward in the ground attack in the Wolverines’ 25-20 win over Fellowship Christian on Friday, but he wasn’t expecting them to run for 400 yards, with Gaines Lahue picking up 299 and three touchdowns.
After watching that performance from Lahue, East learned that his senior tailback was officially 100-percent recovered from a leg injury that’s bothered him this season.
“Gaines Lahue has had a nagging injury up until seven days ago, and no one was aware of it but me,” East said. “He wasn’t up to full speed until now. We’ve got to get (the running game) going, and I think he’s ready.”
Lahue was huge in helping Walker win, scoring on a pair of 75-yard runs and a 39-yard scamper, and East is looking to carry that over into Walker’s upcoming home game against King’s Ridge Christian.
Lahue’s 299 yards was a county-best Friday night, with North Cobb Christian’s David Brittingham coming in a close second.
Brittingham totaled 280 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries to give the Eagles their first win under new coach Scott Ryle, a
41-21 victory over Providence Christian.
Lahue and Brittingham weren’t the only ones to stand out. Every county game Friday night had either a running back or receiver reach triple digits in yards.
Campbell’s Mike Rogers, the leading rusher in Class AAAAAA going into Friday’s 35-26 win over Pebblebrook, had 163 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.
“To be honest with you, he didn’t play all that well,” Campbell coach Harris Rainbow said. “That shows you what our expectations are. Credit Pebblebrook — Rogers averages 11 yards a carry, but on Friday, he averaged about 6 yards a carry. When he runs for (163 yards) and you think he can play better, you know he’s pretty good.”
Kell wasn’t as sharp as it wanted to be offensively in its 35-15 win over Osborne, but running back Jay Moxey helped the Longhorns break the game open in the second half. He finished with 135 yards and scored three of his four touchdowns after intermission.
Dennis Bell led Kennesaw Mountain with 146 receiving yards in its 49-31 loss to Marietta, where the Blue Devils’ KirVonte’ Benson tacked on 132 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 13 carries. Benson also scored on an 85-yard kickoff return to cap the night’s scoring.
McEachern’s T.J. Rahming hauled in five catches for 132 yards and three touchdowns in the Indians’ 40-0 rout of South Cobb. Cam Albright had 103 receiving yards and a touchdown in North Cobb’s 27-17 win over Hillgrove, while Justin Denton had 102 receiving yards and a score for the Hawks in the same game.