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Friday November 27th, 2020 6:00PM

Week 4 FGN wrap: White, Rabun rally for big wins; Lakeview gets 1st win for Shaw

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

There was only one showdown with northeast Georgia area teams involving two ranked programs. But that did not stop teams from putting on a show Friday night.

The biggest matchup of the night had Habersham Central playing host to White County in what was expected to be a high-scoring shootout between two of the state's best offenses. However, the defenses upstaged them. J Ben Haynes and the Warriors won a back-and-forth affair over Joshua Pickett and the Raiders, 28-21, at Raider Stadium. Haynes scored on a pair of second-half TD runs to cap a comeback and lead White County to its first 4-0 start since 1975.

For a third straight week Rabun County, now ranked third in Class 2A, took on a ranked opponent. And for the second time, the Wildcats came away with a solid victory, this time taking down Class 2A No. 8 Bremen, 48-34, on the road. The Wildcats rallied from an early 13-0 deficit to win the wild shootout.

After a month into the season, Gainesville finally opened its home schedule routing Discovery, 48-0, behind a superb defensive effort They held the Titans to just 18 total yards in a game heard on 94.5 FM The Lake.

West Hall made it two wins in a row for the first time since 2017 slogging out a 14-8 victory over Chestatee at Spartan Field in a game heard on FM 102.9 WDUN. The Spartans got another solid outing from its defense, which limited a depleted Chestatee offense to less than 100 yards for the game.

In a game heard on WDUN AM 550, Buford avenged its only loss of the 2019 season with an impressive 47-0 rout of former region foe Clarke Central at Tom Riden Stadium. The Wolves ground game churned out 291 yards behind Gabe Ervin and Victor Venn while holding a rebuilding Gladiators offense to just 117 total yards.

Commerce rebounded from last week's rough loss to Athens Academy to knock off Class 2A Elbert County, 55-28, at Tiger Stadium. Dawson County finally snapped its longest losing streak in the Sid Maxwell-era with a 42-20 win over Class 5A Northview on the road. East Jackson could not open the season 2-0 for a second straight campaign after falling to visiting Gilmer, 28-19. Jefferson rolled to another big win over Class 7A Mountain View at home, 40-7.

Cherokee Bluff continued to roll blowing out Georgia Military College 52-0 on the road. Lakeview Academy got its first win under new coach Lee Shaw shutting out Walker 34-0 while also dedicating their new stadium. And Towns County dropped a heartbreaker, 21-20, in overtime to Mt. Zion-Carroll.

You can check AccessWDUN's Friday Game Night page for game stories and video highlights.

SEPTEMBER 25 SCORES
Banks County 37, Lumpkin County 0
Buford 47, Clarke Central 0
Central Christian 36, Lanier Christian 32
Cherokee Bluff 52, Georgia Military 0
Commerce 55, Elbert County 28
Dawson County 42, Northview 20
East Hall 41, Johnson 3
Franklin County 14, Jackson County 13
Gainesville 48, Discovery 0
Gilmer 28, East Jackson 19
Jefferson 40, Mountain View 7
Lakeview Academy 34, Walker 0
Mt. Zion-Carroll 21, Towns County 20 OT
Rabun County 48, Bremen 34
West Hall 14, Chestatee 8
White County 28, Habersham Central 21

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