Big football wins for Savannah Country Day and Savannah Christian

Savannah Country Day has played football since 1955 and Beach High since 1950. The schools are only 7 miles apart but only met twice on the gridiron before SCD hosted the Bulldogs on Wednesday night.

It was a night of firsts at Bill Saunders Field as the Hornets defeated Beach for the first time, earning a 35-21 win in a GHSA Region 3-3A match. The game was one of many postponed from this Friday due to the impact of Hurricane Ian.

Beach had won the two previous encounters against SCD in 1984 and 1985, but the Hornets took control early and broke a three-game losing streak with a solid performance on both sides of the ball.

It was the first meeting between SCD head coaches John Mohring and Beach’s Michael Thompson, who have been good friends since college when they were defensive teammates at Georgia Southern.

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Highly touted SCD freshman Josh Washington, who accepted an offer from Georgia Southern before playing any high school football, had his best game with seven receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

SCD has fewer than 30 players on its roster, and Mohring said there are several underclassmen who are major influences on the Hornets — including freshmen Anders Elizalde, Boone Wiesner and Najee Young, along with second quarterback Barton Mixon and his classmate Brooks Kleinpeter at the tight end.

“We have a lot of young people who are making big contributions, and Josh (Washington) is one of them — he’s a talented athlete,” Mohring said. “I thought we played fast and aggressive tonight; we just have to iron out some of those mistakes and penalties.”

Mixon played well as quarterback as the sophomore completed 12 of 20 passes for 237 and two touchdowns while rushing for 46 yards on eight carries.

Senior running back Michael Grandy rushed for 67 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries, and KJ James added 31 yards and a score on 11 carries, with three catches for 76 yards.

The player of the match for SCD was junior lineman Rooster Bing, who had three sacks, multiple pass deflections and double-digit tackles while also serving as a game-changing offensive lineman.

“We came out tonight with a different mindset after losing three straight games,” Washington said. “We played our game and stopped worrying about the other team. We love Rooster (Bing). Whenever we need a game, whether it’s in defense or attack, we know he’ll pull it off.”

Beach newcomer Demetrius Holloway showed glimpses of his potential as he completed 11 of 26 passes for 180 yards with touchdown passes for Ryan Lovett and Desmond Burchett.

“I thought Demetrius played well tonight,” Thompson said. “He took a lot of shots but he kept delivering the ball. I have to give credit to Savannah Country Day. They played well and deservedly won tonight because of their physicality.”

Savannah Christian 55, Long County 20

Sophomore Zo Smalls set the tone by leading the opening kickoff back for a touchdown as Savannah Christian improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 3-3A with an impressive win over visiting Long County in the Pooler Stadium.

Smalls added a quick touchdown for the Raiders. Classmate Kenry Wall had another big play with a rushing touchdown and a 35-yard scoring reception from Paulus Zittrauer.

Senior Jayden Hester added a couple of quick touchdowns for the Raiders, who will play Johnson away on Oct. 7.

St Andrew’s 28, Robert Toombs Academy 21

The Lions won their third straight win with an away win over Robert Toombs.

It was the Edwards brothers who once again did most of the damage offensively for St Andrew’s (3-3).

Senior Zyere Edwards had two short touchdown runs and cleared the way for a 65-yard rushing score for the Lions, while his younger brother, sophomore quarterback Zayden Edwards, also had a rushing touchdown.

The Lions defense came out big as junior Rakari Harrison recorded a pair of sacks and Andrew Bacon showed up with a huge sack to end the game. Kicker Gordon Standing tied all four of his extra points for the Lions, who host Trinity Christian on October 7.

Other scores

31 Effingham County, 14 Glynn Academy

Bryan County 28, Montgomery County 7

Liberty County 34, Groves 0

Southeast Bulloch 34, Islands 7

Tattnall County 35, Windsor Forest 0

Edmund Burke 53, Memorial Day 0

Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected] Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN

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