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PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Ola makes history in Dutchtown win, Luella starts region play with a ‘W’

Ola quarterback Jake Hall (2) scored twice on the ground in the Mustangs’ 20-6 win over Dutchtown. It marked Ola’s first 4-0 start to a season in program history. | PHOTO: Bailey Stevens

McDONOUGH, Ga. — When the Ola Mustangs scored a 20-6 victory over Dutchtown Friday night, it literally made history. 

-The two-score win was the first Ola victory over Dutchtown since 2016, and just the second win in 11 tries, dating back to the two schools’ first matchup in 2008. 

-It was Ola’s first win in a region opener since 2016, and only the third region opening win in program history.

-It marked the first time in school history that an Ola football team started a season 4-0, and it’s also the first time ever that a Mustangs football team won four straight games in any part of a season. 

-It’s also the first time Ola came into a game as a ranked team. The Mustangs checked in at No. 9 in the AJC’s Class 5A rankings. 

And beyond that, it was just a feel-good victory for an Ola program and fan base that’s been chomping at the bit for sustained success. 

The game itself was another showcase of junior quarterback Jake Hall’s grit and toughness, as he found the end zone twice, both on rushing touchdowns, including a 17-yard scamper to provide the game’s final margin with 1:40 left in regulation. 

Dutchtown quarterback Arendez Fedd (1) launches a pass Friday night against Ola. Fedd accounted for the Bulldogs’ only touchdown in the loss to Ola. | PHOTO: Bailey Stevens

Ola kicker, Chase Folser tacked on field goals of 48 and 12 yards in the contest, and Dutchtown quarterback Arendez Fedd scored the Bulldogs’ only points when he found the end zone on a 1-yard plunge that cut Ola’s lead to 13-6 with 2:24 left in the third quarter. 

Ola kicker, Chase Folser booted field goals of 48 and 12 yards in the Mustangs’ 20-6 win over Dutchtown. | PHOTO: Bailey Stevens

The magnitude of the win wasn’t lost on Ola head coach Jared Zito, as he immediately took to Twitter to share his excitement. 

“So proud and happy for our program, school and community tonight,” Zito said. “It takes a lot of people to make it happen, and to everyone, I say, thank you! WE ARE OLA!” 

The road doesn’t get easier for the Mustangs as they’ll play host Friday to another undefeated squad in Region 4-AAAAA foe, Woodland (4-0). Ola will then get a bye week before traveling to cross-town rival Union Grove on October 23. 

Luella blanks Mount Zion on a Thursday Night

Luella freshman quarterback Vinson Berry got some playing time during the Lions’ lopsided win at Mount Zion. | PHOTO: Tammy Hernandez

By Kendall Jackson

JONESBORO, Ga. — When asked what was most impressive about Luella’s 31-0 victory over Mount Zion Thursday night, Lions’ first-year head coach, Craig Coleman responded in a way which indicated that picking out one single aspect of pride in how his team played would be difficult. 

“I was impressed that we played every play,” Coleman said. “We talk about competitive excellence and mental toughness. If we do those things we will be fine.” 

Humble words after such a lopsided victory, but they rang true because Luella showed a fair amount of both of those characteristics. Luella was able to pound the run game, scoring all four of their touchdowns on the ground. Running back, James Jones had himself a night, accounting for two of the four touchdowns himself. Quarterback Destin Ingram didn’t really have to show his arm off much, but he managed the game very well with his legs and timely completions that kept the chains moving, showing a great amount of poise and composure for a junior. 

The same could be said for the rest of the team as well. Even in the midst of an overwhelming victory,  the Lions remained competitive and focused throughout. And while moral victories don’t count in the Win/Loss column, Mount Zion also had some things to hang its hat on as well.

There is a term in baseball called “run support” which refers to how successful an offense is doing when a pitcher is keeping the opposing team from hitting and/or scoring. Without run support, a pitcher cannot win a game, no matter how great they are pitching. This concept can be applied to other sports when a team’s defense is playing well, but the offense cannot produce points. 

Mount Zion could have used some football “run support” against Luella, as the score doesn’t indicate how touch the Bulldogs defense played. They were given no favors by having to manage short fields all night. A good percentage of Luella’s drives started deep in Mount Zion territory, including one that started at the Mount Zion 2-yard line. Several others started within the Mount Zion red zone, and Luella was able to capitalize on them all. 

The Luella Lions (3-1, 1-0 in Region 5-AAAA) are in action again Friday as they attempt to go 2-0 in region play when it hosts McDonough (1-3, 1-0). Mount Zion (0-4, 0-1) will look to regroup during a bye this week, but will return to action Friday October 17 in region play against Riverdale (2-2, 1-0).

SouthSide Scoreboard 

Here are the scores from all of Week 5’s football action. 

Jonesboro quarterback Chad Garner (7) darts toward the end zone for the Cardinals only score in a 7-6 win at Banneker. The win pushed Jonesboro to a 3-0 and a 1-0 mark in Region 3-AAAAA. | PHOTO: Tammy Herandez

Clayton County

Lovejoy (5-0) 27 at Griffin (1-3) 6

Tri-Cities (3-0) 70 at Forest Park (0-4) 0

Riverdale (2-2) 12  at Pebblebrook (4-1) 20

Drew (1-3) 7 at Creekside (1-2) 14

North Clayton (0-5) 6 at McDonough (1-3) 24

Jonesboro (3-0) 7 at Banneker (0-2) 6

Mundy’s Mill (1-3) 14 at Woodward Academy (1-3) 45

Henry County

ELCA (2-3) 13 at Pierce County (4-0) 20

Eagle’s Landing (0-4) 7 at Woodland (4-0) 31

Strong Rock (3-1) 14 at Aquinas (Augusta) (5-0) 35

Locust Grove (2-2) 7 at Stockbridge (1-2) 41

North Clayton (0-5) 6 at McDonough (1-3) 24

Dutchtown 6 (2-3) at Ola (4-0) 20

Union Grove (2-2) 22 at Jones County (1-3) 62

Hampton (1-4) 6 at Fayette County (3-1) 32

Creekside Christian Academy 40 (4-0) at Wilkinson County (0-2) 14

South Metro/South Fulton

Westlake (2-1) 21 at Hillgrove (1-2) 42

South Atlanta (1-3) 12 at Lovett (3-1) 37

Tri-Cities (3-0) 70 at Forest Park (0-4) 0

Drew (1-3) 7 at Creekside (1-2) 14

Jonesboro (3-0) 7 at Banneker (0-2) 6

Mundy’s Mill (1-3) 14 at Woodward Academy (1-3) 45

M.L. King (0-0) 6 at Langston Hughes (2-0) 29

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