Here’s a rundown of football in the county for Friday (Oct. 23):
Commerce 55, Towns Co. 7
Commerce scored 41 unanswered points to turn a 14-7 game into a rout in a 55-7 victory over Towns County Friday (Oct. 23) at home.
The Tigers rolled up 425 yards rushing in moving to 6-1 on the year. Commerce has scored at least 50 points twice this season.
Freshman Sammy Brown ran for 167 yards and a touchdown on seven carries and caught a touchdown pass, while Tyleon Brock added 95 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Quarterback Trey Huff ran for two touchdowns and threw for another.
Brown scored on a six-yard run in the first quarter, followed by a 76-yard jaunt from Brock to put the Tigers up 14-0. Towns County converted a fourth-and-long with a touchdown pass early in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 14-7. But it was all Commerce the rest of the night.
Huff scored from four yards out, followed by a 7-yard score from Elijah Burns and then a 2-yard scoring run by Huff to extend the lead to 35-7. Huff then threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Brown as the Tigers took a 41-7 lead at the half.
Michael Sherman scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter, and Colton Hill scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter to cap off the rout.
Commerce faces Social Circle Nov. 6 on the road.
Jefferson 49, Cedar Shoals 0
Jefferson’s dominant defense posted its first shutout of the year as the No. 2-ranked Dragons blanked region opponent Cedar Shoals 49-0 Friday (Oct. 23) at home.
Jefferson (7-0, 3-0 Region 8-AAAA), which led 42-0 at the half, limited the Jaguars to 105 total yards and forced two turnovers on homecoming night. The Dragons surrendered just three firsts downs. Jefferson managed another non-offensive touchdown, too, when Jaheim Hardy returned a fumbled punt 12 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.
Offensively, quarterback Malaki Starks ran for 117 yards on 12 carries with a 4-yard touchdown run. He threw for two more scores, a 27-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Neese and a 22-yard touchdown throw to Levin Jones.
Starks finished 3-of-4 passing for 69 yards.
Carter Stephenson (two yards) and Jordan Perry (six yards) scored second-half touchdowns.
Dragon offensive lineman Brian Habeck also scored, recovering a fumble for a 5-yard touchdown.
Jefferson is off this week and will play Chestatee at home on Nov. 6.
Jackson Co. 43, Johnson-Gainesville 0
Bo Reeves returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown to get the Panthers on the board and the highlights didn’t stop there as Jackson County throttled winless Johnson-Gainesville 43-0 Friday (Oct. 23) at home.
More big plays followed Reeves' punt return: a 55-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Maxey to Anthony Finley, touchdown runs of 45 and 83 yards from La’Travious Ransom and a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jake Stinchcomb to Reeves, following a safety.
Stinchcomb also had a 2-yard touchdown run.
Jackson County scored 29 points in the second quarter in building a 43-0 halftime lead.
La'Travious Ransom finished with 135 yards on just three carries as the Panthers rushed for 208 yards on only 18 attempts.
Maxey and Stinchcomb threw just one incomplete pass between the two of them. Stinchcomb was 5-of-6 for 79 yards. Maxey was 4-for-4 for 78 yards. Anthony Finley had two catches for 73 yards.
Jackson County's defense allowed Johnson-Gainesville just 52 total yards and generated two turnovers in recording its second shutout this year and the fifth since start of last last season.
Jackson County (3-3, 2-1 Region 8-AAAAA) hosts Loganville this Friday (Oct. 30).
Monroe Area 42, East Jackson 13
Monroe Area sophomore quarterback Jeremiah Anderson threw touchdown passes of 15, 20 and 40 yards, while Mason Byron scored on a long kickoff return and added a second-half touchdown as the visiting Purple Hurricanes beat East Jackson 42-13 Friday (Oct. 23).
The Eagles, who were without five starters, got a 1-yard touchdown run from Marques Green and a 75-yard touchdown pass from Greg Huggs to R.J. White. White finished with five catches for 109 yards.
East Jackson is off this week before facing Franklin County (Nov. 6).
•Sammy Brown, Commerce, RB, 7 carries, 167 yards, 1 TD; 1 catch, 22 yards, TD; 5.5 tackles
•Tyleon Brock, Commerce, RB, 4 carries, 95 yards, 1 TD
•Trey Huff, Commerce, QB, 4-of-4, 54 yards, 1 TD.
•Latravious Ransom, Jackson Co., RB, 3 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs.
•Anthony Finley, Jackson Co., WR, 3 catches, 73 yards, 1 TD.
•Bo Reeves, Jackson Co., WR, 3 punt returns, 75 yards, 1 TD; 1 catch, 25 yards, 1 TD.
•R.J. White, East Jackson, WR, 5 catches, 109 yards, 1 TD.
•Malaki Starks, Jefferson, QB, 12 carries, 117 yards, 1 TD; 3-of-4 passing, 69 yards, 2 TDs.
•Jahiem Hardy, Jefferson, DL, 12-yard fumble recovery for a TD.