How SBLive’s Top 25 Georgia high school football teams fared in Week 8: Bye weeks, Sammy Brown injury dominate the conversation

Lots of schools were on fall break in Week 8, and that reflected in a calm night in the Top 25.

Jefferson scored another win Friday night but hopes an injury suffered by super sophomore Sammy Brown (photo by Jamie Spaar) doesn’t dampen the result.


1. Collins Hill (7-0)

Collins Hill had a bye and will play at North Gwinnett next week.  

2. Warner Robins (6-0)

Warner Robins had a bye and will play at Ware County next week. 

3. North Cobb beat Harrison 42-14

North Cobb outscored Harrison 28-7 in the first half and didn’t let up in the second. 

4. Milton beat Etowah 54-14

Milton advances to 6-1 after handing Etowah its sixth straight loss of the year. 

5. Buford (5-1)

Buford had a bye and will host Shiloh next week. 

6. Mill Creek (6-0)

Mill Creek had a bye and will play at Mountain View next week. 

7. Lee County (6-1)

Lee County had a bye and will play at Houston County next week. 

8. Cartersville beat Hiram 34-14

Cartersville remains undefeated with another double-digit win. 

9. Colquitt County beat Alcovy 55-18

Alcovy scored first after forcing a turnover, but Colquitt answered immediately as quarterback Neko Fann got the offense going with a 50-yard touchdown pass and the rest is history. 

10. Walton beat Hillgrove 52-35

One-loss Walton gave Hillgrove its fifth loss of the year after a strong first half that led to a decisive win on the road. 

11. Creekside (5-1)

Creekside had a bye and will host Banneker next week. 

12. Langston Hughes beat North Atlanta 68-7

After North Atlanta got the first touchdown, Langston Hughes scored 68 unanswered points in the Panthers’ most dominant performance of the year. 

13. Jefferson beat Cedar Shoals 34-9

Jefferson’s star sophomore Sammy Brown suffered a right leg injury in the win; however, Brown told the Athens Banner-Herald he didn’t think it was “anything too bad.” He will undergo an MRI to assess the damage to his leg. 

14. Lowndes beat Cedar Grove 45-38

Cedar Grove led 38-35 going into the fourth quarter, but Lowndes pulled ahead after scoring a touchdown and a field goal to win. 

15. Brookwood (4-2)

Brookwood had a bye and will host Newton next week. 

16. Grayson (5-2)

Grayson had a bye and will play at Parkview next week. 

17. Westlake beat Morrow 63-0

After Westlake’s first shutout win of the season, the Lions have outscored their opponents by a total of 140 points. 

18. Marietta lost to North Paulding 45-42

As Marietta was leading in the fourth quarter, the North Paulding offense marched down the field and quarterback Boone Anderson connected with wide receiver Jeremiah Ray for the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left. 

19. Coffee lost to Ware County 35-3

In what looked like the game of the week, Coffee suffered its first loss of the year thanks to a dominant performance on both sides of the ball by Ware County.

20. Rabun County beat Grovetown 45-14

Rabun County quarterback Gunner Stockton now holds the state record in Georgia for total career touchdowns with 222, surpassing Deshaun Watson’s 218 with a six-touchdown performance against Grovetown.

21. Calhoun beat Blessed Trinity 32-27

Blessed Trinity running back Justice Haynes’ 244 rushing yards and four touchdowns weren’t quite enough as Blessed Trinity fell to 4-3 and Calhoun rose to 6-1. 

22. Benedictine beat Jenkins 49-6

Benedictine racked up all their points by the third quarter and put it in cruise control in the fourth. 

23. Trinity Christian beat Whitefield Academy 63-14

Trinity Christian remains undefeated and ended non-region play with its highest-scoring performance of the year so far. 

24. Woodward Academy (5-0)

Woodward Academy had a bye and will play at Drew next week. 

25. Marist beat Hapeville Charter 28-20

Hapeville Charter was beginning to make a comeback, outscoring Marist 14-7 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. 

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