Habersham Central senior running back Jackson Clouatre ran for over 300 yards and scored three second-half touchdowns Friday as the Raiders knocked off Apalachee 56-35 at R. Harold Harrison Stadium, avenging a 56-49 loss in last year’s season finale.
Habersham improved to 2-0 on the year and also got a strong performance from senior quarterback Joshua Pickett, who threw a pair of touchdown passes and also ran for 56- and 61-yard scores, all in the first half, as the Raiders racked up over 600 yards of offense.
Apalachee (0-2), which had a couple of brief leads in the first quarter on senior night, had rushing touchdowns from Channin Daniels, Tauheed Ferguson, Isaiah Starks and Prince Tate, while Colby Sikes caught a touchdown pass from Todd Jones.
The Wildcats are scheduled to visit Madison County on Sept. 18 for their final non-region contest, but that game’s status was still up in the air this week. Madison County (0-1) had to cancel its game Friday because 30 of its players were quarantined due to coronavirus concerns.
TOWNS COUNTY 28, BCA 14
Bethlehem Christian Academy got off to a hot start Friday, scoring 14 points in the first quarter to grab a two-score lead, but the Knights weren’t able to hold it as the Indians rallied to tie the game and then scored 14 points in the fourth quarter for a 28-14 victory in Hiawassee.
After being shut out in their season opener against Strong Rock Christian, the Knights (0-2) scored on their first two possessions Friday as quarterback Ethan Guthas ran for a touchdown and then threw a touchdown pass to Ty Whiting.
Guthas finished 8-of-18 passing for 46 yards but was intercepted four times. Luke Sheats led the Knights with five receptions for 28 yards.
Towns County (1-1) got four rushing touchdowns and 278 yards on the ground from Kyle Oakes in the win.
The Knights are off next week before traveling to Augusta Prep on Sept. 25.