By MICHAEL ALEXANDER, Staff Photographer | Published October 23, 2008
The last time Blessed Trinity High School faced a winless team at home, they lost by three points. To make sure history didn’t repeat itself in the same season, they defeated Cross Keys High School (0-7) 76-0, Oct. 17. Blessed Trinity fullback Sam Burkhalter led the offense with nine carries for 267 yards and four touchdowns. His longest touchdown run of the night was 86 yards. Quarterback Kohl Hegetschweiler threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jake Skole. Blessed Trinity had 482 yards of total offense. Defensive back Nick Day had two interceptions and his teammate Brian McGann had one. Both players each ran one interception back for a touchdown. Skole also returned a punt back for a 43-yard touchdown, his third of the season. Blessed Trinity (6-1) goes on the road to play undefeated Buford High School (7-0), Friday, Oct. 24.
Marist School, Atlanta, achieved its 600th win in school history with a 35-13 road victory over Lithonia’s Miller Grove High School, Oct. 17. The win gives the school an overall record of 600-309-38, seventh best in the state. Head coach Alan Chadwick said, “Winning the 600th game for Marist was a special achievement for the school. It is a testament to the many players and coaches who have given so much in terms of commitment, dedication and striving for excellence that signifies the ‘Long Blue Line.’” Marist scored 21 of its 35 points in the first quarter of the game. The team finished with 335 total offensive yards, 137 passing and 198 rushing. Junior running back Matt Connors was the leading rusher with 133 yards on 18 carries. He also had two first half touchdown runs. Senior quarterback Kyle Farmer completed six of eight passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. As Marist prepares for the next game, Coach Chadwick said the team has improved as much as any team he has ever coached. “The players are playing hard with confidence, enthusiasm and passion,” he said. Marist (6-1) faces Decatur’s Southwest DeKalb High School (6-1) at home Friday, Oct. 24.
Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fairburn, lost on the road to Whitefield Academy (7-1) of Mableton, 55-12, Oct. 17. The loss drops Mercy to 1-5. Starting quarterback William Pearl was injured on the third play of the game and he is questionable for this week’s game. Mercy’s two touchdowns came in the third and fourth quarter. One was a run by senior Jarrell Bankhead, and the other was a 67-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cameron Singletary to wide receiver Micah Grissom. Mercy returns home to face Mount Pisgah Christian School (3-4) of Johns Creek, Friday, Oct. 24. Mercy won last year’s offensive shootout 63-62.
Pinecrest Academy, Cumming, extended its winning streak to four games with a 38-0 victory over Central Fellowship Christian Academy on a rain-soaked field in Macon Oct. 17. It was the second consecutive shutout for Pinecrest. The Pinecrest defense has not allowed a score in more than eight straight quarters and the team held Central Fellowship Christian to just four first downs. The second half highlight of the game was a 35-yard touchdown run by German exchange student Michael Briemle for his first career touchdown. Pinecrest is 2-0 in region play and 5-2-1 overall. The school hosts George Walton Academy (5-3) of Monroe Friday, Oct. 24.
St. Pius X High School, Atlanta, upped its record to 7-0 as the team outscored Washington High School 45-35, Oct. 18. Washington scored first after Pius turned the ball over on the opening kickoff. From that point on the two teams went back and forth, scoring and swapping lead changes. Three Pius plays were pivotal in the game. In the first half Pius foiled a Washington fake punt that led to a 22-yard field goal by kicker Joey Garguilo. In the second half Pius held Washington on a third down and one at their 40-yard-line and forced a punt that led to a touchdown drive for the offense. Lastly, senior defensive back Matt Pierce intercepted a long pass in the end zone that was followed up by a 15 play, 80-yard drive by the offensive unit to seal the win in the fourth quarter. Pius finished with 478 offensive yards as junior fullback Cole Moon led the attack with 34 carries for 214 yards and five touchdowns. Pius takes on Atlanta’s Grady High School (5-2) at George B. Maloof Stadium on Parochial School Night, Friday, Oct. 24.