Big wins for several locals in regular season finale

The referees signalled plenty of touchdowns for the local teams Friday night as Sandy Creek hosted Columbus and won 65-0 and Whitewater hosted Ola and won 42-7. Both teams will host playoff games this week. Photo/Maddie Mercer.

Several of Friday night's football games had playoff implications but few of them had much drama.

Landmark Christian (7-3), ranked 10th by MaxPreps, traveled to McDonough to meet the top ranked ELCA Chargers and lost 43-0. The Chargers presented a stifling defense and scored pretty much at will. Keyante Green was a force on offense for ELCA and Landmark had no answer. ELCA won the region. Landmark will make the playoffs, but the Class A private bracket has not been set yet.

In another Class A game, Our Lady of Mercy (6-4) got touchdowns from Rashard Fant (2) Jameson Vest and Kalon Anthony as they won 48-0. The playoffs for Class A private will depend on rankings which are based on record and strength of schedule. Playoff brackets should be up by Monday.

Sandy Creek (10-0) hosted Columbus Friday night and celebrated their senior night with a 65-0 romp. Eric Swinney rushed for two touchdowns, Nick Toney, Demarre Kitt, Delvin Weems, Maceo Brown, Jayland Horne and Ronnie Blackmon all scored touchdowns. The Patriot defense also scored a safety in the win. Sandy Creek won the region last week and will open the Class AAAA playoffs at home this week.

In a game with no playoff implications, Fayette County (2-8) lost to Alexander 49-46. The Tigers mounted a furious comeback and got some terrific play from quarterback Jason Williams and Ashton Jackson but weren't able to capture the win.

Whitewater (9-1) took on Ola and won 42-7. They too will open the state playoffs this week as the region champions. The Wildcats got three touchdowns from Kendall Conley, two touchdown passes from Jay Ashley, one to Trevor Morgan and one to Jake Carlson, while Jared Vincent returned an interception for a touchdown. Whitewater will open the Class AAAAA playoffs at home next week.

McIntosh (5-5) had a chance of making the playoffs with a win over Union Grove. They lost 35-14.

Starr's Mill (3-7) took on Mt. Zion Jonesboro and won 34-7.