Pepperell RB sets state rushing record
Rushing for more than 200 yards is a memory of a lifetime for most high school football players.
Pepperell junior Devyn Collins ran for 246 yards in the first half alone last week against Rockmart. Then he ran for 239 in the second half.
Collins' total - 485 on 48 carries - broke a 15-year-old Georgia record for rushing yards in a game.
"It's one of those things where I wasn't even aware until well after the game," Pepperell coach Jeff Shiflett said. "It's amazing that somebody can stand up to that many carries. But he's a tough kid and gets better as the game progresses."
It helped that Pepperell's opponent, Rockmart, was matching Collins run for run, although it required two Rockmart backs - Jermonte Thompson (233 yards rushing) and J.C. Lovelace (115). Rockmart won 34-32. Both teams were scoring quickly, with several long runs, none longer than Collins' 94-yarder in the first quarter.
Collins is only 5 feet, 7 inches and 180 pounds, but he never slowed. Shiflett said he is most dangerous in space.
"He's a good vision guy," Shiflett said. "He sees the hole well and reads his blocks well, and he's quicker than you'd think."
To see Collins in action against Rockmart, courtesy of the NFHS Network, click here. For highlights of selected players listed below, click on the names highlighted in blue.
Here are more top performances from last week:
*Hillgrove RB Sonny Harris rushed for 329 yards on 29 carries and scored eight touchdowns in a 72-46 victory over North Paulding. Harris became the fourth player in state history to score eight touchdowns in a game, the first since Pebblebrook's Thomas Flowers in 2001.
*Lanier DL Derrick Brown had eight tackles, three behind the line, two sacks, a pass deflection and a game-changing 52-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 26-23 victory over Gainesville.
*Montgomery County QB Paul Legrant rushed for 359 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries and blocked an extra point that proved the difference in a 34-33 victory over Treutlen. Montgomery trailed 26-7 just before halftime.
*Pepperell RB Devyn Collins rushed for 495 yards and five touchdowns on 48 carries in a 34-32 loss to Rockmart.
*Pickens RB Shannon Brooks rushed for 301 yards and six touchdowns on 30 carries and caught four passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in a 62-40 victory over previously unbeaten Southeast Whitfield.
Lines of distinction
*Carver of Atlanta's offensive line of Jeremiah Abby, Michael Bentley, Michael Braswell, Artis Grier and Deion Walker paved the way for 318 rushing yards in a 33-29 victory over Creekside. Carver's winning drive in the fourth quarter went 65 yards, all on the ground. Gregory Payton (132) and Quintin Gates (123) each had more than 100 yards rushing.
*Douglas County's offense line of LT Davon Williams, LGs Henry Hunt and Zach Goodson, C Cedric Price, RG Emardre Brownand RT Travis Booker led the way for 549 yards in total offense in a 40-30 victory over South Cobb. QB Malik Oliver rushed for 163 yards and passed for 220.
*Westlake had 280 yards and four touchdowns rushing and 400 yards of total offense behind the offensive line of LT Dante Hindsman, LG Jalen Daniels, C Allen Houston, RG Drew Rocker and RT Taveres Tate in a 46-13 victory over Newnan.
*Wilkinson County's offense line of LT Tig Redd, LT Tyler Williams, C Trae Coats, RG Orlando Todd, RT Mason Beckand TE Gary Burns paved the way for 483 yards rushing in a 44-26 victory over Twiggs County. Sophomore RB Akeem Jacksonhad 210 yards rushing and 57 receiving.
Best of the rest
*Alpharetta DE Andrew Butcher had 9.5 tackles, three for losses, and forced a fumble in a 39-0 victory over Centennial.
*Aquinas DL William Evans had four tackles for losses in a 55-27 victory over Georgia Military College.
*Benedictine WR Brad Stewart had seven catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-0 victory over Jeff Davis.
*Brooks County QB Demontay Jones threw for 232 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-13 victory over Seminole County.
*Calhoun LB/TE Jireh Wilson had 12 tackles, five for losses, a sack and a forced fumble on defense and three pancake blocks on just 12 plays on offense in a 55-13 victory over Sonoraville.
*Callaway WR/DB Terry Godwin rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries and was 7-of-13 passing for 129 yards and a touchdown in a 37-21 victory over Cedartown.
*Carver (Atlanta) DB/WR Aaron Williams had 12 solo tackles and caught a 22-yard TD pass in a 32-29 victory over Creekside.
*Central Gwinnett QB Eric Forrest was 23-of-37 passing for 327 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-0 victory over Brookwood. Central broke a 15-game losing streak to Brookwood.
*Chattahoochee WR Isaac Kinsey had six catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown in a 28-19 victory over Johns Creek.
*Colquitt County WR Kiel Pollard had six receptions for 110 yards and three touchdowns and returned a punt 35 yards for a touchdown in a 58-14 victory over previously unbeaten Lee County.
*Drew RB Marquis Terry rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 54-18 victory over Morrow.
*Druid Hills RB Hasaan Enis rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in a 20-19 victory over M.L. King.
*Emanuel County Institute RB Michael Sutton rushed for 240 yards (197 in the first half) and three touchdowns on 23 carries in a 32-27 victory over Johnson County.
*Etowah sophomore RB/DB Tyray Devezin, starting on offense for injured brother and 1,000-yard rusher Raishod Devezin, rushed for 289 yards on 16 carries and made four tackles and broke up two passes on defense in a 48-14 victory over Lassiter.
*Fayette County MLB Tyler Brown had a team-leading nine solo tackles, one for a loss, and forced a fumble in a 33-7 victory over Carrollton.
*Gilmer RB Russell Cochran rushed for 154 yards on 32 carries and scored a touchdown in a 33-30 win over Northwest Whitfield.
*Greater Atlanta Christian RB Micah Abernathy rushed for 157 yards and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a 37-7 victory over Pace Academy.
*Griffin RB Malik Miller rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 79 yards in a 48-16 victory over Mount Zion (Jonesboro).
*Lamar County sophomore LB Andruw O'Neal returned interceptions 46 and 66 yards for touchdowns in 21-19 victory over Bleckley County.
*Loganville sophomore RB Darryl Giles had 296 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 24 carries in a 35-24 victory over Cedar Shoals.
*Lumpkin County sophomore QB Zack Matthews rushed for 300 yards and four touchdowns and was 2-of-4 passing for 32 yards in a 34-20 victory over Fannin County. Matthews has 1,075 yards rushing on the season.
*Macon County sophomore QB K'hari Lane was 12-of-18 passing for 315 yards and five touchdowns and scored a touchdown in a 50-18 victory over Monticello.
*Marion County DB/WR Lorenzo Smothers scored four touchdowns, two rushing and two receiving, and had 175 yards from scrimmage and intercepted a pass in 41-24 victory over Brookstone.
*Mill Creek DB Chase Turner returned an interception 90 yards and a fumble 22 yards, both for touchdowns, in a 55-7 victory over Mountain View.
*Mitchell County QB/DB Troy Chester was 11-of-16 passing for 226 yards and rushed for 129 yards on five carries in a 57-6 victory over Baconton Charter.
*Mount Paran Christian RB Dorian Walker rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries in a 58-0 victory over Walker.
*Newton LB A.J. Palomino had 13 tackles and forced two fumbles in a 33-7 victory over Alcovy.
*North Paulding QB Kyle Banks was 31-of-58 passing for 406 yards and five touchdowns in a 72-46 loss to Hillgrove. TE Dylan Autenrieth (10 catches, 116 yards, two touchdowns) and WRJustin Chavin (6-110-3) each had more than 100 yards receiving.
*Northeast (Macon) RB Korey Denson scored four touchdowns and had 275 all-purpose yards in a 36-0 victory over Putnam County.
*Northwest Whitfield MLB Austin Morrison had 29 tackles in a 33-30 loss to Gilmer. Morrison has 144 tackles on the season, five short of the school record.
*Parkview DB Jean-Charles Adou had 10 tackles, four for losses and a sack, in a 42-3 victory over Berkmar.
*Rockmart RB Jermonte Thompson rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-32 victory over Pepperell.
*Riverside Military LB Cole Garcia had 17 tackles, three behind the line, in a 13-10 loss to Washington-Wilkes. Riverside is allowing only 14 points per game.
*Roswell sophomore RB Sheldon Evans rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-21 victory over Pope.
*Rutland QB Timori Northcutt rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown, passed for 100 yards and two touchdowns and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown in a 59-42 victory over Southwest.
*St. Pius DE Chris Benjamin had seven solo tackles, four assists and a forced fumble in St. Pius territory in a 10-9 victory over Marist.
*Screven County QB Donta Wilburn rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and was 6-of-11 passing for 83 yards and a score in a 28-21 victory over East Laurens.
*Shaw QB B.J. Knight was 17-of-31 passing for 318 yards and four touchdowns in a 43-6 victory over Columbus.
*South Forsyth PK Alex Barbir was 4-for-4 on field goals (56, 52,44 and 20 yards), 3-for-3 on extra points and put six of eight kickoffs in the end zone in a 33-8 victory over Northview.
*Southwest DeKalb DB Abdur Rahman-Yasin intercepted two passes in a 9-7 victory over Miller Grove.
*Taylor County freshman RB Lyn J. Dixon rushed for 330 yards and five touchdowns in a 39-28 victory over Central of Talbotton.
*Walnut Grove LB Scott Martin had 13 tackles, two sacks, two other stops behind the line and a forced fumble in a 19-14 victory over Henry County. Walnut Grove held Henry County to 104 total yards and forced four turnovers.
*Wayne County QB Nick Belz was 13-of-16 passing for 291 yards and seven touchdowns - all in the first half - in a 62-0 victory over Windsor Forest.
*West Hall had three wingbacks with more than 100 yards rushing - Tyquan Statham (194), Jay Crawford (120) and Kwon Williams (101) - in a 51-22 victory over East Hall.
*Westminster RB Zay Malcome rushed for 182 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a 70-yard punt return in a 52-14 victory over Decatur.
*Westover RB Qundez Carter rushed for 254 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 33-6 victory Americus-Sumter.
*Westside (Macon) QB Marcell Williams threw five TD passes - all in the first half - and finished 10-of-16 for 232 yards in a 36-7 victory over Jordan.
*Woodward Academy QB Jes Sutherland was 18-of-24 passing for 347 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-24 victory over Troup.
*Worth County HB/LB Zytavious Anderson rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 48-28 victory over Bainbridge.
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