Friday night featured some great high school matchups, but perhaps the marquee matchup of the night for UGA fans saw Justin Fields and his Harrison teammates taking on defending AAAA champion Rome and its elite defense.
Fields once again did Justin Fields things.
UNREAL!! 5-star QB Justin Fields just jumped over a Rome defender. This guy is SPECIAL. @justnfields @scoutrecruiting pic.twitter.com/p4AcUFltgE— Matt DeBary (@MattDeBary) August 26, 2017
Rome students with a "Who is Justin?" chant. Next play, he reminds them. pic.twitter.com/QpdZUldMdP— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) August 26, 2017
Didn't get the W, but man @justnfields is legit. I'm biased as a fellow Justin, but look at zip/placement on TD pass + speed/balance running pic.twitter.com/DUcGqwXWfu— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) August 26, 2017
And former UGA commit turned LSU commit turned UGA target Adam Anderson showed off his athleticism as well.
4-star OLB Adam Anderson (Rome, GA), who took an unofficial visit to Auburn in late July, just runs over the LT here for a sack. #MGMAuburn pic.twitter.com/ndEdDcs4Fu— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 26, 2017
Anderson was credited with four sacks on the night, and Fields struggled at times under duress from a Rome defense featuring as many as 6 future division one signees. Fields gave up an early fumble that led to a Rome touchdown, then was picked off late to seal a 33-21 win for the Rome Wolves.
Georgia remains a strong contendor for Jacksonville cornerback Tyreke Johnson, and last night Johnson demonstrated why he’s such a hot commodity.
Trinity Christian was down & looking out vs. Cocoa Beach— Brian Chojnacki (@BroadcastingBri) August 26, 2017
As time expires in the 1st half Tyreke Johnson GOODBYE#TeamSideline@Im_showtime_ pic.twitter.com/uboLAZmfmZ
Not to be outdone, recent UGA commit Kearis Jackson fired off a 62 yard punt return TD and took a screen pass 53 yards for the score as Peach County knocked off Houston County 30-7.
Bulldog tailback commit Zamir White had 13 carries for 112 yards and scored 3 touchdowns as his Scotland County squad came back from a loss last week to down Hillside 34-21. Afterward White was his usual understated self.
Zamir White post game after Scotland's 34-21 win over Hillside @HSOTLive @HighSchoolOT #HSOTLive pic.twitter.com/ieYQMHcUgm— Dennis Cox (@TheFanRookie) August 26, 2017
The nation’s top tailback recruit has carried 23 times for 287 yards (12.5 ypc) and 4 touchdowns through two games this season. Not too shabby.
Finally, 2019 linebacker Owen Pappoe recovered a muffed punt in the endzone to help Grayson defeat Alabama powerhouse Hoover 35-26.
I'd say someone is EXCITED! @GraysonramsF @opfreak15 comes up w/ it @RamsRiot— WSB-TV Sports Zone (@WSBTVsports) August 26, 2017
Highlights @ 11:20 on @wsbtv
Scores https://t.co/3E1aFD7yge pic.twitter.com/SCxrFs2G80
All in all, a big week for potential future Red and Black standouts. Until later...