SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — After starting the season playing up in class, Social Circle got down to business with a 41-7 drubbing of Oglethorpe County.
The host Redskins won Friday on homecoming to start Region 8-AA high school football action.
Quarterback Jackson Will was 6 of 13 passing for 89 yards. He threw one touchdown — to Cade Murray — and ran for two more, part of an 81-yard rushing effort.
But coach Chad Estes said the victory was about more than any one player.
"There's a lot of other moving parts out there," Estes said. "If he's doing well, it means the offensive line must be doing some good things, which is something we've been working on.
"It's a team effort out there. Sometimes the quarterback gets too much criticism out there and too much glory when things go good, but it was a good team win for Social Circle, and I'm glad a lot of folks got to see it."
The Redskins (2-3 overall, 1-0 region) got on the board midway through the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by Will. Social Circle then seemed to boot the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, but Caleb Howard ran the ball down just before the sideline, giving the Redskins one of the longest onside kicks fans might ever see.
Social Circle took over at the Patriots' 28-yard line and needed just three plays to score, capped by Undray Johnson's 8-yard rush with 4 minutes, 53 seconds to play.
The Redskins scored on their next series, an eight-play, 36-yard jaunt sustained by a fourth-down pass interference call against Oglethorpe.
Will's 17-yard pass to Murray and the Rion Wanek point-after kick made it 20-0 with 9:15 before halftime.
Oglethorpe's next drive ended in a punt, which Chad Branch blocked and carried in for a touchdown.
Still, there were special teams miscues. Wanek missed a PAT in the first quarter and two field goals. The Redskins also allowed Oglethorpe's only touchdown on a 79-yard kickoff return.
"Our special teams, I'm a little bit disappointed in today, but we're 1-0 in the region," Estes said. "That's what I told our kids we want to be, so we've done that."
Social Circle built its lead in the third quarter with Tate Peters returning an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and Jackson ran for a 14-yard score before the T.Y. Pattman kickoff return for the Patriots (0-4, 0-1).
Officials used a running clock in the fourth quarter.
Johnson had seven carries for 31 yards and Levi Spurling chipped in three rushes for 24 yards.
Murray caught two passes for 41 yards.
Estes said his team has overcome difficulty in nonregion play, including a schedule that's seen the Redskins play up in class against Johnson of Gainesville and Monroe Area.
"We've played a tough schedule," he said. "We've had some adversity. Our kids have hung in there. We've practiced through the hurricane week. We're getting better. We're not there yet."
The Redskins head to Elbert County on Friday, and Estes said Social Circle will have another challenge."We've got a tough road game going to Elbert, but I hope all our Redskin fans will come up and let's go to the Granite Bowl and let's play football."
SC—Will 4 Run (Wanek Kick), 6:00.
SC—Johnson 8 Run (Kick Failed), 4:53.
SC—C.Murray 17 Pass from Will (Wanek Kick), 9:15.
SC—Branch Blocked Punt Recovery (Wanek Kick), 6:54.
SC—Peters 55 Interception Return (Wanek Kick), 10:21.
SC—Will 14 Run (Wanek Kick), 2:48.
OC—Pattman 79 Kickoff Return (Gunby Kick), 2:36.
RUSHING—Oglethorpe County, G.Gresham 10-47, Q.Gresham 7-21, Pattman 2-5, A.Willis 7-(minus 5), Caldwell 4-(minus 20). Social Circle, Will 12-81, Johnson 7-31, Spurling 3-24, R.Murray 2-9, H.Muse 1-8, Peters 1-5, C.Murray 2-4, Gilmer 1-3, Howard 1-2.
PASSING—Oglethorpe County, A.Willis 4-9-1 17, Caldwell 1-6-1 0. Social Circle, Will 6-13-1 89.
RECEIVING—Oglethorpe County, G.Gresham 2-12, Pattman 2-1, Shelnut 1-4. Social Circle, C.Murray 2-41, Johnson 2-6, Morris 1-18.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Social Circle, Wanek 45 (short), 36 (short).