Georgia Bulletin

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Pinecrest Academy quarterback Zach Wilson (#7) stands back in shotgun formation during a first half offensive series. Wilson threw a third-quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Joe Neiner for team's sole touchdown.


Pinecrest Loses Second Straight Game

By MICHAEL ALEXANDER, Staff Photographer | Published September 18, 2008

It was a rough outing for Pinecrest Academy Sept. 12 as Mount de Sales Academy of Macon defeated them 35-7. The loss dropped Pinecrest to 1-2 on the season.

Mount de Sales’ first two scores came within 17 seconds of each other, a safety followed by a touchdown pass from quarterback Rosser McCallie to running back Taylor Moorhouse.

Pinecrest missed its first chance to score when Mount de Sales fumbled on its own 46-yard line. Pinecrest drove the ball down to the 7-yard line, but came up empty. Mount de Sales took a 23-0 lead into halftime. Pinecrest got on the board with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter when quarterback Zach Wilson threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joe Neiner.

Pinecrest travels to Monticello to take on Piedmont Academy (2-1), Friday, Sept. 19.

Pinecrest Academy linebacker E. J. Bueltel (#51) and cornerback Javier Callejas bring Mount de Sales running back Jamiah Walker down from behind. It was one of the few defensive highlights in Pinecrest Academy’s 35-7 loss.

Holy Spirit Preparatory, Atlanta, lost to Fairburn’s Arlington Christian School 28-22 on Sept. 12. Arlington held a 14-8 lead at halftime. Holy Spirit scored two second-half touchdowns to come from behind and take a 22-14 lead. One was an 8-yard touchdown run by fullback Andy Moots and the other was a 28-yard touchdown run by quarterback Curtis Johnson. But Arlington added two more touchdowns of its own, the last one coming with just 50 seconds remaining in the game. Johnson finished with a combined 109 yards rushing, 163 yards passing and two touchdowns in the loss. James Turner led the team in receiving with four catches for 107 yards and one touchdown. Holy Spirit (1-2) faces Loganville Christian Academy Friday, Sept. 19.

Marist School, Atlanta, beat Chamblee for the 14th consecutive time by a score of 14-13 Sept. 12. Chamblee held a 7-0 lead at halftime. Marist tied the score on a 1-yard touchdown by running back Matt Connors. When Marist took over following a Chamblee fumble, running back Patrick Sullivan scored on a 22-yard touchdown to give Marist the lead at 14-7. Chamblee came right back and scored a touchdown on an 80-yard run by Warren Norman, but failed to convert the extra point. Marist head coach Alan Chadwick said, “The Chamblee win was a huge victory for our team and our program overall. It had been a long time since we had won a big game on the road. I think the biggest factor in the game was that our players believed they could win and never gave up.”

Our Lady of Mercy, Fairburn, defeated North Cobb Christian 55-34 in its home opener Sept. 12. It was the team’s second highest margin of victory since its 63-62 defeat of Mount Pisgah Christian School, Alpharetta, during the 2007 season. Mercy racked up 426 offensive yards, 277 rushing and 149 passing. Senior quarterback William Pearl ran for two touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Jarrell Bankhead. Running back Shawn Edoimioya was the team’s second leading rusher with 76 yards on five carries. Bankhead and Daniel Wesley led the Mercy defense with eight tackles apiece. Mercy (1-1) will play crosstown rival Landmark Christian School (2-1), Friday, Sept. 19.

St. Pius X High School, Atlanta, won its third consecutive game, defeating Oconee County 35-27 Sept. 12. St. Pius compiled 435 yards of total offense. The running back duo of tailback Jonathan Carter and fullback Cole Moon combined for 309 rushing yards. It was a third-quarter goal-line stand by the St. Pius defense that was the difference in the game. Junior linebacker Robert Lucisano led the defense with 12 tackles. Sophomore linebacker Jack Marsau, senior linebacker David Hambrick and junior defensive end Andrew Butler also had 10 tackles apiece. St. Pius takes on Carver-Atlanta (1-1) at Lakewood Stadium Friday, Sept. 19.