The Landmark War Eagle football team survived a scare from the visitors from Mount Paran and kept their unblemished record intact by winning a very exciting game, 14-7 game last Friday.

Landmark defeated their previously undefeated foe thanks to an inspired defensive effort, forcing two turnovers and turning one of them into a touchdown return. 

In the first quarter, after senior running back Darius Smith scored on the ground from five yards out, freshman defensive back Joey Blount recovered a fumble on a backwards pass and raced 35 yards for a touchdown to put the War Eagles up 14-0. That would be all the points the local team needed.

The Landmark defense flew around all night and held the Mount Paran offense to only a single touchdown after they averaged 31 points per game in their first two ballgames. Senior linebacker William Higbie had several huge hits that left the visitors with their heads on a swivel looking for his No. 47. He also forced a fumble in the third quarter which was recovered by sophomore Cody Chastain. Junior linebacker Titus Creamer played a solid game and was one of the leading tacklers on the night along with senior defensive back Nolan Bryant, who benefited from the defensive front controlling the line of scrimmage.

Offensively sophomore quarterback Stockton McGuire gained 77 yards on the ground to lead the rushing attack followed by Smith, who added 55 yards and the lone War Eagles offensive touchdown against the tough bunch from Mount Paran. 

The Landmark Offense moved the ball well throughout the night, but just didn’t cash in on some scoring opportunities and turned the ball over in the red zone a couple of times. 

The No. 2 ranked Landmark Christian football team, now a perfect 4-0, will take this upcoming Friday night off before opening up region 5-A play where they will look to improve on their Region 5-A runner up finish last season. On Sept. 28, the War Eagles will travel to Mt. Vernon to begin a very important four game stretch before another bye week. (Durand Rice / Special to the Sentinel)

Colonial Hills

Colonial Hills Rams varsity football team traveled down to Millbrook, Ala. to take on the Eagles of New Life Christian last Friday night in an 8-man non-region game.

The Rams traveled three hours with the determination to win their first road game of the season and came away with a 35-14 victory.

Colonial Hills was led in rushing by Julius Davis who had four touchdowns and 350 yards on the ground. Davis, a senior at CHCS, rushed for 218 the previous week which puts him over 700 all-purpose yards in the first three games.

Nick Petrosky had another solid game at QB, scoring on a short run and being very constant behind center.

The defense has come alive the last two games with their gang tackling and putting pressure on the opposing quarterback. Freshman JC Shelton and Senior Hamish Lamb have led the Rams with 56 tackles combined in the last two games.

The Rams defeated the Augusta Eagles the previous week 32-26 in an 11-man game.

“We strive each week to get better and cut down on the mistakes” said Coach Sean Bruce.

The Rams return to action Friday night in an 11-man game. It is also Homecoming Week. Colonial Hills play the Johnson Ferry Saints at 7:30 p.m. The field is located behind the school on Mount Vernon Road.

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