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 September 11, 2000

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Forsyth Central edges Commerce, 16-15
Forsyth Central ended Commerce's 20-game win streak Friday with a 16-15 win at Tiger Stadium.
The defenses for both teams stifled the other's advances in the second half, as no points were scored in the final two periods.
Monté Williams ran 25 times for 120 yards and one touchdown. Wes Massey completed three of five passes for 106 yards, including an 80-yard scoring strike to Michael Collins. Collins also stopped Forsyth Central scoring drive with an interception in the end zone.
Forsyth Central scored all of its points in the second quarter on two touchdowns and one field goal.

CHS coach hospitalized
Commerce High School football coach Steve Savage was hospitalized Saturday after suffering a tear in his esophagus.
Savage went to Athens Region Medical Center Saturday afternoon after the tear occured.
"I have had to have my esophagus stretched," Savage said. "There was some scar tissue and tore it all the way through."
Savage will remain in the hospital at least until Thursday. He said he was uncertain when he would be able to return to work.
"I'll be in here until Thursday," Savage said. "I suspect I'll be ready to go. But I hadn't even thought about it."
Savage's designs and desires will still be prevalent at practice, assistant CHS coach Rex Gregg said.
"We're all going to be doing it together," Gregg said. "I've been with him for 21 years now. And we're talking on the phone. There's not going to be anything new. It's going to be same thing we've always done."

Jefferson thwarts Banks County, 48-21
After missing out on the playoffs after an overtime loss to Banks County last year, the Jefferson Dragons had a 48-21 victory well in hand long before the end of regulation.
Leading 27-13 at halftime, Jefferson outscored the Leopards 21-8 in the final two quarters to cruise to the easy win.
The two teams combined for 69 points and 852 yards of total offense, as the passing games for both teams totaled 517 yards.
Ryan Gurley broke a scoreless tie in the first quarter with an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown. Gurley put up the second Jefferson score with a seven-yard scoring reception from Kyle Potts.
Jones answered with a four-yard touchdown run from Hank Jones in the second quarter. Jones added a 16-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter from Drew Gowder, who finished with 278 yards passing on the night.
Shane Wilburn ran for seven of his 124 yards for the Dragons' third touchdown. He added two-yard scoring plunge late in the second quarter.
Potts finished with 239 yards passing and two touchdowns and also added a 55-yard scoring run.
Chris Ivey scored Banks County's final touchdown on a 32-yard passing play from Gowder.
Jones and Chris Keyros were the leading rushers for the Leopards with 54 and 69 yards, respectively.

Raiders top Panthers 21-6
Though it may have been a little closer than the past two years, Madison County still proved to have Jackson County's number, downing the Panther squad 21-6 Friday night in Jefferson.
It was no c
ake walk for the Raiders though, who had beaten their boarder opponents by a combined score of 62-20 in the 1998 and 1999 contests.
Madison County had to fend off a hot back in the Panthers' Sam Veal who rushed for 118 yards on 26 carries.
The Raiders picked up their first score with 12 seconds left in the first half with a five-yard touchdown pass from Jonathon Pou to Josh Ferguson.
Madison County then went up by two touchdowns in the third quarter as Donny Stamper ran for a 57-yard score.
Jackson County got on the board in the same quarter as Bradley Wilson and Chuck Kubiak hooked up on a four-yard catch and throw to make the score 14-6.
The Raiders then slammed the door on the Panthers with a four-yard touchdown run from Pou with just under four minutes left in the game.

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