Posted: Saturday, September 22nd 2012 at 5:58am
Week 4 produces plenty of late drama, a few blowouts (Video)
By Morgan Lee Editor
Gainesville's Justin Cantrell, left, prepares to block an Apalachee punt on Friday night at City Park in Gainesville. The Red Elephants won 62-20. / photo: David Weikel
There was plenty of excitement on the high school gridiron in Week 4, but little could match the drama that unfolded at War Eagle Stadium in Gainesville on Friday.
Chestatee and Eastside battled back-and-forth throughout before the War Eagles held on for a double overtime win, 57-56, keeping Eastside out of the end zone on a 2-point conversion attempt and then scoring on fourth down and kicking the clinching extra point for its first Region 8-AAAA victory of the campaign.
(Scroll down to see video highlights of Chestatee's battle against Eastside, as well as Gainesville's win over Apalachee, Flowery Branch's defeat of Loganville and Johnson's showdown with East Hall.)
Quan Clark helped lead Chestatee's offense with 29 rushes for 303 yards, as the War Eagles rolled up 592 yards and gave up just one turnover.
Johnson football put up a similar finish, battling back from a 21-7 deficit to sting East Hall on a touchdown and 2-point conversion with less than 30 seconds to play. The Knights recovered an onside kick just to earn the chance to go for what became the winning score.
Yet Commerce fans might feel their own team's performance could match Chestatee's and Johnson's for pure excitement, as the Tigers scored with 19 seconds remaining to pull off an 18-17 win over Rabun County and move to 4-0 on the season.
West Hall also impressed in the second half on Friday, holding Banks County scoreless, while putting up two unanswered touchdowns to take a 33-20 victory in Homer -- the Spartans' second straight win.
Mill Creek also posted a comeback in its 20-10 win over Peachtree Ridge, while White County battled throughout only to fall in a 21-19 battle with Blessed Trinity -- the Warriors' first loss of the campaign.
Elsewhere, plenty of area teams dominated on Friday.
Gainesville put up 49 first half points in a 62-20 rout of Apalachee, while Flowery Branch moved to 2-2 and 2-0 in Region 8-AAAAA with a 47-14 domination of Loganville.
Jackson County (3-1) also matched its win total from last season with a 47-7 dismantling of East Jackson, and Stephens County pounded Walnut Grove 61-20.
Be sure to check our Sports and High School Sports pages for game complete game stories and scroll down for a look at the area's scores.
AREA FOOTBALL SCORES, Sept. 21
Blessed Trinity 21, White County 19
Chattahoochee 47, North Forsyth 20
Chestatee 57, Eastside 56, 2 OT
Commerce 18, Rabun County 17
Flowery Branch 47, Loganville 14
Gainesville 62, Apalachee 20
Jackson County 47, East Jackson 7
Mill Creek 20, Peachtree Ridge 10
Monroe Area 54, Lumpkin County 13
Mountain View 24, Habersham Central 14
North Gwinnett 45, Meadow Creek 20
Salem 22, Winder-Barrow 20
Stephens County 61, Walnut Grove 20
West Hall 33, Banks County 20
Washington-Wilkes 60, Riverside Military 6
Chestatee vs. Eastside
East Hall vs. Johnson
Gainesville vs. Apalachee
Flowery Branch vs. Loganville
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