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State notebook: First half pushes Shaw past LaGrange
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Add one more big win to Cam Greathouse’s career.

The Shaw senior quarterback, with the help of a couple of dazzling running backs, ran the offense with his usual poise and efficiency to lead the Raiders to a 25-16 victory over second-ranked LaGrange.

In a meeting of two of the state’s best Class AAA teams, No. 9 Shaw scored 25 unanswered points in the first half and held off a LaGrange rally in the second half to get in the hunt for the Region 2-AAA championship.

Greathouse, who led Shaw to the state semifinals in 2005 and to the championship game a year ago, completed 10-of-11 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.

Bryan Willis ran for 174 yards that included 32- and 63-yard touchdown runs, which came in the first half. Kyle Griswould added 74 rushing yards, and he caught five passes for 68 yards.

Scott Newnan, Shaw’s first-year head coach, knew coming into the game he was going to lean heavily on Greathouse’s big-game experience.

"We talked about that all year how (Greathouse’s) experience and his presence just leads us," Newman said. "And then you have those two guys behind him. It’s a great trifecta."

Four straight

Greg Reid and Tavaris Williams each ran for touchdowns and Lowndes’ defense played strong to beat Valdosta for the fourth straight time, 18-8.

Lowndes won for the eighth time in its past 11 meetings with Valdosta. The Vikings held Valdosta to only 54 yards rushing on 29 carries.

Williams gave Lowndes the lead on a 17-yard touchdown run with 3:27 left in the first quarter. Christian Glisson completed the two-point conversion pass to Darriet Perry, giving the Vikings an 8-0 lead.

Michael Turner scored on a 4-yard run with 1:46 left, then found Tavoris Belcher in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion, cutting Lowndes’ lead 11-8.

But 24 seconds later, Reid put the game away, racing 53 yards for the game-clinching score.

Makin’ moves

Kenny Miles ran for 186 yards and three touchdowns, sitting out all but the first series of the second half to lead Brookwood to a 42-0 win over South Gwinnett.

After losing to Roswell and North Gwinnett, the Broncos have won five straight games, defeating opponnents 202-51.

Miles, who had 22 carries, scored on runs of 6, 24 and 46 halftime helping Brookwood to a 28-0 halftime lead.

Perry’s breakthrough

Casey Heyward ran for 168 yards and threw for 105 yards, accounting for six touchdowns and Perry 31 unanswered points in the second half to upset Peach County 49-28.

It was the first time Perry had beaten Peach County in 18 years. Peach County took a 28-14 lead with 8:10 left in the third quarter before Perry went on its scoring streak.

Backup comes through

Backup Patrick Thompson threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns to lead North Gwinnett to a 29-6 win over South Forsyth. Filling in for star quarterback Michael Tamburo, who was injured last week against Peachtree Ridge, Thompson completed his first 10 passes and finished 21-of-31 for the game.

Rushing tough

William Calloway rushed for 215 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Athens Academy to a 41-26 win over Athens Christian.

Jeff Turner added 105 yards on six carries in the win for Athens Academy.

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