Lincoln County running back A.G. Middlebrooks , still recovering from a stress fracture in his lower left leg, looked fine in a win over Hephzibah on Friday night. The explosive senior ran 14 times for 149 yards and scored two touchdowns. Three of his gains were 34, 40 and 46 yards.
"It feels good," Middlebrooks said about his leg. "If I don't feel nothing, I just keep going."
Said coach Larry Campbell , "A.G. is playing on a limited basis, but I hope ... he can get it back to full time. A.G. is special. There's no question about that."
MOMENT OF SILENCE: The American flag at Greenbrier High School was lowered to half-staff during the national anthem Friday.
The symbol was to remember the victims of 9/11, but also to remember Chris Smith , the Greenbrier football player who died in July.
Smith's parents, Rob and Temeka Keeler , were honorary captains for the Wolfpack's meeting with county rival Lakeside.
The Keelers, each wearing Smith's No. 6 jersey, locked hands with Greenbrier's other captains and walked down the track and out to midfield for the coin toss.
A moment of silence was held and a black sign with a No. 6 was illuminated behind one end zone.
TRICKY IRISH: Westside defeated Aquinas 14-9 thanks largely to a trick play that led to its first score. The Irish had several tricks of their own.
Aquinas started its first possession with all of its linemen except the center split wide near the sidelines. The Irish threw a 6-yard pass out of the formation, but were whistled for an illegal formation. They also kept alive a fourth-quarter drive with a successful hook-and-lateral play and ran feature back Brendan Douglas out of the Wildcat formation at least five times.
Aquinas coach Matt LeZotte said the Irish dropped 13 passes in a 20-point season-opening loss to Truetlen. Given two weeks to correct things, quarterback Dane Anderson completed passes to five receivers. He threw for 131 yards on 29 attempts.
LOADED BACKFIELD: Glenn Hills got strong contributions from four ball carriers in its win over Harlem. Four backs rushed for at least 43 yards: senior Justin Lord (six carries, 89 yards); senior Tevarius Mack (seven carries, 83 yards); sophomore Germaine Tait (four carries, 49 yards); and senior Eric Andrews (three carries, 43 yards).
The Spartans face Lakeside next week in what should be one of the better games all year in Region 3-AAAA.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Lincoln County quarterback/punter Garret Mohr , whose father is former NFL punter Chris Mohr , showed off his strong leg against Hephzibah. Mohr boomed four punts for a 40.3 average.
Mohr's 37-yard punt early in the second half pinned the Rebels at the 1 and eventually led to a safety.
"Boy, if he didn't hit some key punts," Campbell said.
QUIET NIGHT: The Aquinas/Westside game was often played to the sound of ... well, nothing. The public-address system was not working, so no announcements could be made the entire evening, which made for some eerie moments of silence.
KIND WORDS: Despite his team's 40-15 win over Harlem, Glenn Hills coach Ernest Tolbert praised the Bulldogs.
Tolbert said even though Harlem lost a significant number of players to the opening of Grovetown, the Bullldogs are "hard-nosed."
"The nucleus that is there is made up of some really tough kids," Tolbert said. "Harlem was a very good team tonight. This is always a battle. My hat is off to Harlem and the effort they showed."
Staff writers Chris Gay, Stephen Fastenau and Justin Williams contributed to this story.
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