The Saturday Six: BGA’s streakbuster; Stewarts Creek’s Gabe Walker breaks out

Some notable things from Week 5 as region standings are starting to take shape:

Streak snapped: Davidson Academy entered Friday’s game at BGA riding a 28-game winning streak dating to Sept. 6, 2019. That streak ended at the Wildcats’ hands in a 45-30 loss that saw BGA running back Sean Williams go for 205 yards on the ground and score four total touchdowns. It’s also a key result for Division II-Class AA’s Middle Region race, as the Wildcats have the inside track to the No. 3 seed, important because whichever team finishes third in the Middle Region would host a first-round playoff game, while the No. 4 seed would be on the road.

Measuring stick: Columbia Academy’s scorching-hot start hit a wall of cold water at DCA, as the Wildcats raced past the Cougars 52-14. Dayton Sneed caught seven passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns as the Wildcats further cemented their place as state contenders in Division II-Class A.

Late gamble pays off: Green Hill trailed Hillsboro for most of the contest Friday, but the Hawks rallied in the fourth and won the game on a two-point conversion with 18 seconds to play. Green Hill improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 5-5A, joining Station Camp and Mt. Juliet in a three-way tie for first place. The Hawks host White County in another region contest next week.

Badly needed win: MBA got back into the win column after a three-game losing streak with a 10-7 victory over visiting Father Ryan on Friday. The win also put them level with the Irish and nearly everybody else in region play, as five of the six teams in Division II-Class AAA’s East Region have 1-1 marks in league play, trailing McCallie.

Walker’s emergence: Stewarts Creek’s Gabe Walker has erupted on the ground the past two weeks, rushing for 444 yards and eight touchdowns in that timeframe. He added 225 yards and four scores on the ground in the Red Hawks’ 45-35 victory at Blackman, as well as a receiving touchdown.

Long-distance relationship with the end zone: White House scored five touchdowns in Thursday’s 36-34 victory over Waverly at Nissan Stadium. All five scores came from 60 yards or longer. Ranen Blackburn had a 67-yard touchdown run in the first quarter – moments after he had a long touchdown run called back because of a penalty. Reece McAfee scored from 62 and 65 yards in the second half, while Blackburn found Bryson Harper for two scores of 61 and 62 yards. The Blue Devils remained atop Region 6-3A with the victory, setting up a battle for first place with Fairview on Oct. 1.

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