North Paulding (11-1) continued its stellar play this season with a resounding 35-7 home victory over Stephenson. Brandon Townsend intercepted four passes for the Wolfpack and returned two for touchdowns. North Paulding jumped out to an early 28-0 lead after the first quarter. Chase Noonan threw three touchdown passes in the contest, giving him 30 for the season.
The Wolfpack scored on its first play from scrimmage when Noonan connected with Mac Seagle on an 80-yard touchdown strike. The two hooked up again on North Paulding’s next possession, this time for a 67-yard TD score. D.J. Owens caught Noonan’s other TD pass.
North Paulding held Stephenson to a season-low seven points and stifled a Jaguars’ offense that had averaged nearly 35 points per contest prior to their matchup.
The Wolfpack, already with a school-record 11 wins and 10-game winning streak, will host undefeated Creekside (12-0), which earned a 42-21 victory over Harris County last week, this Friday night.
South Paulding (10-2) saw its season conclude last Friday with a 51-21 road loss to top-ranked Gainesville.
Senior quarterback Chandler Burks had a game-high 109 yards rushing and one touchdown. The All-State candidate finished the season with 42 total touchdowns and 3,944 total yards. Jae Bowen had a rushing score in the contest, giving him 32 total touchdowns on the year. The 10 wins this season also were a school record.
“This has been a great year and our assistant coaches have done a tremendous job all year,” South Paulding head coach Ed Koester said. “Years like this don’t just happen and the kids, players, parents and administration have been great.
“The teams to come must take the example of the dedication of this year and build on it with devotion to weight training and skill development.”
East Paulding (8-4) dropped its second-round road contest to Tucker, 16-13, to end its season. Junior Tae Ray had 216 total yards – 116 rushing and 100 receiving – in the loss.