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THURS PREPS: Dothan no match for Foster, Sidney Lanier; Macon East wins

Staff Report
(October 5, 2017)

The Sidney Lanier Poets continued their perfect season on Thursday with a 42-0 win over Dothan in Class 6A, Region 2 play at Cramton Bowl.

Senior quarterback James Foster had four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores to lead the Poets to their seventh win of the season and keep pace atop the region standings.

Three of Foster’s touchdown passes came in the first half with two going to Rodriques Ellington for 13 and 6 yards. DaCoreyon Johnson caught the third pass for a score from 11 yards out.

Foster added to his total with 9-yard and 1-yard runs for touchdowns. He finished off the scoring with a 38-yard strike to Johnson in the final quarter.

Foster finished 19 of 23 for 157 yards in passing. He added 48 yards rushing that included a fumble.

The Lanier defense held Dothan (1-5, 0-3) to 81 yards rushing.

Lanier (7-0, 4-0) will take a week off before facing Park Crossing on Oct. 20 in a showdown for what could be for first place in the region. Dothan faces Park Crossing next week.

Macon East Academy 31, Lakeside 14
CECIL – Tucker Neven completed 11 of 17 passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns and Macon East Academy turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to win a crucial AA Region 1 matchup with Lakeside School on Thursday night.

The win put the Knights in the driver’s seat for the region title after a showdown between the only two remaining unbeaten teams in Region 1 ended with Macon East scoring the final 24 points of the contest after falling behind 14-7 late in the first quarter.

“It gives us a chance next week to win the region championship which we haven’t done since 2001,” Macon East coach Glynn Lott said, “so it was a big win for us tonight. One of the goals (the players) set for themselves was to win (all of) their home games, we’ve got one left. We’ve gotten better and better every week, offensively and defensively.”

Caleb Cook rushed for 150 yards on 19 carries, including a 63-yard run through the heart of the Macon East defense to tie the game at 7-7 and completed 7 of 20 passes for 91 yards, including a 57-yarder to Isaac Paige that put the Chiefs up 14-7 with 8:38 left in the first half.

But it was all Macon East from there as the Knights’ defense held Lakeside to a pair of first downs and 14 total yards in the second half after Neven gave his team a 21-14 halftime lead with touchdown passes of 45 and 14 yards to Brock Taunton.
The Knights put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run by Mike Murry and a 37-yard field goal by Jake Gracey.

Macon East is 6-1 for the first time since 2009 and is riding a five-game winning streak heading into next week’s game at Cornerstone Christian. A win would guarantee the Knights home field advantage in the first round of the state playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Lakeside (3-3 overall, 2-1 in region play) remains in second place in the region heading into next week’s game at Kingwood Christian.

Monroe Academy 64, Hooper Academy 20
HOPE HULL – Trace Edwards completed 7 of 20 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns, but couldn’t keep pace with Monroe Academy as the Volunteers rolled to an easy win at Davis Henry Field on Thursday night.

Wyatt Barnett had 100 receiving yards and a touchdown, Jared Kelly had 75 receiving yards and a touchdown and Cole Godwin had 51 yards and a touchdown for the Colts, who fell to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in region play heading into next week’s crucial region matchup with Pike Liberal Arts.

Monroe remains atop the region standings at 3-0 after improving to 8-0 overall.

Defensively, Grant Tyson led the Colts with eight tackles.


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