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Top performances from Week 9: Freshmen Lawrence, Walker making early impact

Trevor Lawrence and Chase Walker proved last week that it's never too early to throw for 400 yards or rush for 300.

They had the games of their short careers on Friday - both are freshmen - and lead this week's Top Individual Performances.

Lawrence is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound quarterback who many college coaches already know about. He already has a profile on 247Sports.

"He's a big-time quarterback," Cartersville coach Joey King said. "Trevor throws a good ball and sees the field very well. He is good enough with his feet to keep plays alive, and his composure and maturity for a freshman are very impressive."

Walker is a 5-8, 175-pound fullback on the verge of a 1,000-yard season. He has run for 875 yards and nine touchdowns for a 3-4 team. Southeast Bulloch coach Pat Collins says Walker has been a catalyst in the team's three-game winning streak, but wants to make sure he maintains a level head.

"Chase Walker has been the beneficiary of solid offensive line play," Collins said. "He has learned how to stay behind offensive linemen and continue to work for yardage. ... I am impressed that Chase is quick to share his success, especially with the offensive linemen, and has remained humble as recognition has come his way."

Top five

*Cartersville freshman QB Trevor Lawrence was 17-of-33 passing for 400 yards and three touchdowns in a 44-3 victory over Northwest Whitfield.

*Colquitt County RB Sihiem King rushed for 302 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-20 victory over then-No. 3 Valdosta.

*Fitzgerald QB Gerald Morgan rushed for 223 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries in a 57-29 victory over Brooks County.

*Pickens RB Shannon Brooks rushed for 274 yards and four touchdowns - one a 99-yard run - on 13 carries in a 69-34 victory over LaFayette. Brooks also threw a 65-yard touchdown and caught a 45-yard pass.

*Southeast Bulloch freshman FB Chase Walker rushed for 303 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries in a 24-18 victory over Johnson of Savannah.

Lines of distinction

*Groves' offensive line of LT Eduardo Hernandez, LG Mikael Mays, C Eugene Anthony, RG Tae'ron Corbin and RT Michael Winn cleared the way for more than 360 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 36-20 victory over Long County. RB Devin Nixon was the main beneficiary of their blocking as he gained 297 yards and scored four times.

*Roswell's offensive line of David Blaine, Cameron Whiteman, Will Staplefeldt, Cole Ramaekers and Jared Lyons blocked for 314-yard passer James Whitaker and 201-yard rusher Sheldon Evans in a 49-38 victory over Woodstock. Roswell has amassed more than 1,000 yards the past two games without allowing a sack.

*Milton's defensive line rotation of Nick Steinhaus, Mike Collins, Marty Horan, Austin Mitchell, Ryan Kanso, Isaiah Hawkins and Tyler Watson combined for 5.5 sacks, eight hurries and seven tackles for losses in a 20-17 victory over Walton.

*North Cobb's offensive line of LT Zach Winstead, LG Nick Martin, C Stephan Overlay, RG A.J. Diaz and RT Michael Reyes paved the way for 486 yards in total offense in a 41-20 victory over Marietta. RB Bryce Perryman rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.

Best of the rest

*Archer DE Robbie Armstrong had three sacks, three QB hurries and a forced fumble in a 52-7 victory over Shiloh.

*Bacon County WR/LB Tron Folsom scored on an 85-yard kickoff return, a 47-yard run and a 32-yard pass in a 40-14 victory over Jeff Davis.

*Banks County sophomore QB Griffin Goodwin was 13-of-23 passing for 280 yards and three touchdowns, two to WR Zezmon Steeple, in a 49-46 victory over Lumpkin County. Goodwin also scored a touchdown.

*Blessed Trinity TE/LB Pat Jasinski had four receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns and a team-leading nine tackles in a 23-11 victory over Westminster.

*Bremen RB Daulton Pope rushed for 294 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries in a 36-31 victory over Chattahoochee County.

*Buford RB Xavier Gantt rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns on five carries in a 51-12 victory over Monroe Area.

*Camden County LB Dondre Winn had 14 tackles and blocked a punt that he recovered for a touchdown in a 37-34 loss to Tift County.

*Cedar Grove RB Labron Morris rushed for 212 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries in a 42-6 victory over Towers.

*Cherokee RB Brittain Brown rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns and caught a 24-yard TD pass in a 56-52 victory over Lassiter.

*Dacula RB/DB Jakob Brashear ran for 91 yards on six carries, scored a touchdown and made a game-clinching interception in a 35-29 victory over Brookwood.

*Dade County RB Teddy Cole rushed for 174 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns in a 34-0 victory over Armuchee. Zac Freeman had 155 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Both are juniors.

*Dalton CB Jordan McKinney had three interceptions and five tackles in a 45-18 victory over River Ridge that clinched for Dalton a spot in the Region 7-AAAAA championship game on Nov. 7.

*Drew QB Joseph Newman rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in a 40-28 victory over Mundy's Mill.

*Early County LB Chris James had 18 solo tackles in a 26-7 victory over Pelham.

*Gainesville WR Chris Williamson had five catches for 151 yards and a touchdown and was the main target for QB Mikey Gonzalez, who was 19-of-23 for 304 yards and four touchdowns, in a 35-10 victory over Clarke Central.

*Grayson RB Camryn Brent rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in a 28-0 victory over Central Gwinnett.

*Griffin QB Anforne Stroud was 21-of-25 passing for 222 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-13 victory over Spalding.

*Heard County RB Duranta Dunson, back after missing four games with a broken collarbone, rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in a 35-20 victory over Manchester. His touchdown was the 80th of his career.

*Houston County QB Jake Fromm was 25-of-32 passing for 312 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-15 victory over Jones County.

*LaFayette senior WR/KR Kolbe Mosely caught six passes for 105 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass, and had 187 yards in returns in a 69-34 loss to Pickens. He had two kickoff returns for touchdowns covering 75 and 95 yards.

*Lee County WR J.Q. Quimbly had 13 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown and threw a 40-yard TD pass in a 42-30 victory over Lowndes.

*Loganville LB Cameron Taube had 18 first hits and five tackles for losses in a 31-27 loss to Salem.

*Macon County LB Joseph Daniels had 11 tackles, three for losses, and a sack in a 28-0 victory over Bleckley County.

*McEachern QB Bailey Hockman was 14-of-22 passing for 373 yards and four touchdowns in a 46-14 victory over North Paulding.

*Montgomery County DT Brandon Carswell had seven tackles, four for 16 yards in losses, two sacks, one QB hurry, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in a 34-6 victory over Wheeler County.

*Mount Paran MLB Harris Garret had five tackles for losses in a 45-9 victory over Christian Heritage.

*Mount Pisgah Christian LB Max Miller had 11 tackles and recovered a fumble in a 21-14 victory over Pinecrest Academy.

*Mount Zion (Jonesboro) QB Kirkland Varnado rushed for 177 yards and scored two touchdowns in a 27-13 victory over Pike County that was Mount Zion's first victory since 2012 and broke a 17-game losing streak.

*North Oconee FS Zantravious Shields had 11 solo tackles, four assists and two interceptions and downed a punt at the 1-yard line in a 31-6 victory over White County.

*Northside (Warner Robins) RB Willie Jordan rushed for 249 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries in a 24-21 victory over Warner Robins.

*Rabun County QB Collin Grant was 14-of-20 passing for 257 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown in a 45-31 victory over Union County.

*St. Pius RB Ransom Klinger had 247 all-purpose yards - 74 receiving, 37 receiving and 136 on two kickoff returns - in a 45-14 victory over Chamblee. He scored two touchdowns, one an 80-yard kickoff return.

*Sprayberry RB Rakeem Myricks rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and caught a 12-yard pass in a 34-7 victory over Forsyth Central. Myricks went over 1,000 yards for the season (1,005) and scored his 15th rushing touchdown.

*Thomasville RB Jalandin Jones rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 51-36 victory over Berrien.

*Tift County QB Tajhea Chambers was 22-of-29 passing for 136 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown and caught a 26-yard pass in a 34-31 overtime victory over Camden County.

*Westlake QB Dakota Rocker was 17-of-27 passing for 261 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-3 victory over Douglas County. Sophomore WR A.J. Terrell had six catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns, one an 84-yarder.

*Westminster OT/MLB Charlie Trense had 17 tackles in a 23-11 loss to Blessed Trinity.

*Wilkinson County RB Tae Jones rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown, threw a TD pass and made 10 tackles on defense in a 28-21 victory over Mount de Sales. Sophomore RB Akeem Jackson also rushed for 225 yards in the game.

*Winder-Barrow RB CeCe Green rushed for 278 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries and returned a kickoff 65 yards in a 37-35 victory over Cedar Shoals.

*Woodward Academy PK/P Will Collings had five touchbacks and averaged 42.6 yards on three punts, putting one inside the 20-yard line, in a 35-7 victory over Fayette County.

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