J Ben Haynes took a knee to run out the final seconds, as the Warriors beat the Raiders 28-21 on a foggy cool fall night in Mt. Airy. Habersham Central (2-1) had a brief third quarter lead, but the #5-ranked Warriors (4-0) scored twice in a little over three minutes to take the lead, and the win, 28-21.
Haynes (3 rushing TD) led the Warriors to their 300th ever win, and first since 2017 over the Raiders. The Raiders (2-0, 0-0 in 7-AAAAAA) were led by Joshua Pickett and his 3 total TD.
Check out the highlights in Brian Carter’s BLITZ Sports video above.
Here’s how other area teams fared Friday:
Banks County 37, Lumpkin County 0
The Banks County Leopards picked up their first win of the season Friday night in Lumpkin County. The Leopards shut out the Indians, 37-0. With the win, Banks County improves its overall record to 1-3 while Lumpkin drops to 0-3.
Elbert County 28, #5 Commerce 55
Commerce came back in a big way after last week’s tough loss at #1 Athens Academy. With Friday night’s win over the Blue Devils, the Tigers move to 3-1 on the season.
Madison County 13, Stephens County 44
The Stephens County Indians advanced to 3-1 overall with a home win over Madison County.
Towns County 20, Mt. Zion 21
Towns County dropped a heartbreaker Friday losing by one point to Mt. Zion in OT. The loss evened the Indians’ season (2-2) and cut into their momentum after winning back-to-back games for the first time since 2016.
#1 Rabun County 48, #9 Bremen 34
The Wildcats moved up to 3-1 on the season after defeating #9 Bremen Friday night on the road.
Other area games
Benedictine Military 49 – North Oconee 35
Cambridge 14 – Forsyth Central 42
Cedar Shoals 3 – St. Pius 25
Cherokee Bluff 52 – Georgia Military College 0
Chestatee 8 – West Hall 14
Clarke Central 0 – #3 Buford 47
Coosa 0 – Pickens County 10
Dawson County 42 – Northview 20
Discovery 0 – Gainesville 48
Fannin County 48 – Southeast Whitfield County 0
Gilmer 28 – East Jackson 19
Jackson County 13 – Franklin County 14
Johnson 3 – East Hall 41
Lakeview 34 – Walker 0
#8 Lanier 38 – Denmark 27
Mountain View 7 – Jefferson 40
Prince Avenue Christian 35 – Holy Innocents Episcopal 25
Union County @ George Walton Academy (Canceled)
Greater Atlanta Christian @ Hart County (Canceled)
*NOTE: On Friday, Sept. 25, the Hart County Charter System announced it canceled the Bulldogs’ game against GAC because an individual associated with the Hart County football team has been diagnosed with COVID-19. “We are currently contact tracing and quarantining several players and team personnel for possible exposure,” the notice states. School officials will continue to monitor players’ symptoms for the next “three to four days.”
Brian Carter contributed to this report. For comprehensive coverage of high school football and Northeast Georgia prep sports, visit BLITZ Sports