Photo by Brian Paglia / Woodland junior quarterback Taylor Poff was a Friday Night Star after throwing for 214 yards and two touchdowns against Griffin last week.
Several football players in Henry County had standout performances for their teams.
Here is a list of some of the top performances from last week’s games:
Trae Bonner, Luella: The junior running back had 161 yards rushing on 10 carries and three touchdowns in the Lions’ last-season loss to Henry County. He had a 16.1 yard per carry average on the night. The three rushing touchdowns tied a school single-game record. He also had one reception for nine yards.
Derrick Craine, Union Grove: The senior running back had a tough time getting much done on the ground in the Wolverines' 39-0 loss to Whitewater, but he made his presence felt elsewhere. At linebacker. Craine has eight total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry.
Brandon Durden, Dutchtown: The junior cornerback had four pass deflections in the Bulldog’s 38-0 upset victory over previously-ranked and undefeated Riverdale. Durden hasn’t given up a completion over 10 yards this season.
Tremond Gates, Dutchtown: The senior linebacker and fullback made his presence felt in the Bulldogs’ 38-0 victory on both sides of the ball in the first half. Gates rushed for a 30-yard touchdown and returned an interception 44 yards to set up a field goal.
Donovahn Jones, Dutchtown: The senior quarterback led the Bulldogs with 143 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns against Riverdale.
Tevin Jones, Luella: The senior defensive end had 10 tackles, including four solo stops in the Lions’ loss at Henry County. He also 1.5 tackles for loss with one sack and two quarterback hurries. On offense, he played on the offensive line for first time at offensive tackle.
Cortez McDowell, Locust Grove: The junior wide receiver and safety was a bit of a magician Friday in the Wildcats’ 14-0 victory over Spalding. McDowell caught four passes for 36 yards and had three rushes for 83 yards and a touchdown, which came on a 60-yard score off a fake punt.
Taylor Poff, Woodland: The Wolfpack couldn’t keep up with No. 4 Griffin in their 52-20 loss, but Poff had a strong performance. The junior starter finished 18 of 24 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Michael Sims, Luella: The senior defensive tackle had 13 tackles in a loss to Henry County in a 22-20 non-region loss. He also had 2.5 tackles for loss and a half sack in the game.
Gabe Smith, Luella: The senior running back/linebacker rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries for a 5.5 average in a loss to Henry County. He also had 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the non-region game.
Justin Strozier, Woodland: Poff needed a go-to target against a talent Griffin team and he found it in Strozier. The wide receiver had a team-high nine catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Garrett Wallace, Locust Grove: The junior fullback hit the 100-yard mark for the second time in three games. Wallace rushed 20 times for 100 yards in the Wildcats’ 14-0 victory over Spalding. Wallace accounted for almost half of Locust Grove’s 228 total yards rushing.
— Compiled by Derrick Mahone and Brian Paglia