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FNF Week 8: Boyd blasts South Pitt, Signal clinches 7-AA title

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Boyd-Buchanan 35, South Pittsburg 21
Two was better than one Friday night in the first-ever meeting between two Chattanooga area teams ranked No. 1 in their respective classifications.

Class 2A's top-ranked Boyd-Buchanan Bucs dropped the hammer early and ran away from Class 1A's top-ranked South Pittsburg Pirates for a 35-21 non-district win.

Rance Harden scored two of his three touchdowns in the opening quarter as the Bucs (8-0) built a 21-0 lead through the first 12 minutes.

Demetric Johnson finally got the Pirates (6-2) on the board with an 85-yard touchdown run to cut it to 21-7, but Boyd quarterback Jim Cardwell scored his second touchdown from 16 yards out to give the Bucs a 28-7 lead at the half.

Johnson racked up 251 yards rushing and added an 83-yard score in the third quarter, but the Pirates had no answer for a methodical Boyd offense.

Harden, who rushed for 136 yards on the night, capped a 19-play, 81-yard drive with a short touchdown run to make it 35-14. The monster march took 8:12 off the clock in the third quarter.

Cardwell added 91 more on the ground for Boyd-Buchanan, who had lost the last two meetings in the annual rivalry.

Signal Mountain 61, Chattanooga Christian 21
Signal Mountain scored on the first play of its first two drives and never looked back, rolling to a 61-21 rout of Chattanooga Christian and clinching the District 7-AA title in the process.

The Eagles (6-3, 4-0 in 7-AA) have now won five in a row, and appear to be finding their stride in time for the playoffs.

Reese Phillips took an option keeper 75 yards for a score on the game's first offensive play, then hit Madison Byrd in stride for a 91-yard touchdown on the first play after a CCS three-and-out.

Phillips racked up 298 yards of total offense and added a 17-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Bruce before being pulled in the second quarter with the Eagles leading 34-7.

Nine different Signal Mountain players scored a touchdown, including leading rusher Kaleb Menzel, who gained 155 yards on just 13 carries.

Levi Corbett through touchdown passes to Brandt McGregor, Jay Sims and Austin Mansell to account for the Chargers' scoring.

Dalton 24, Northwest Whitfield 19
Kelvis Rhodes rushed for 178 yards and two scores and Dalton hung on late for a big 24-19 win over rival Northwest Whitfield in a key Region 7-AAAA game.

Rhodes scored both of his touchdowns in the first half to give the Catamounts (3-4, 1-1 in 7-AAAA) a 14-0 lead at the half. He also added a 75-yard run to the Bruins' 10 on the opening drive of the second half to set up a field goal that extended the advantage to 17-0.

Northwest quarter Silas Ledford finally brought his team to life after that, capping a 67-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Orozco to get the Bruins on the board. Ledford followed it with a 17-yard TD to Andy Whisenant on the following drive to pull Northwest within 17-12 (Bruins missed both PAT's).

Eder Mora's interception early in the fourth set up Cole Calfee's one-yard touchdown run to give Dalton a little breathing room at 24-12. After Clay Phillips' three-yard score cut the deficit to 24-19, More pounced on the Bruins' onside kick attempt and the Catamounts were able to salt the game away.

Click here for a full list of scores from Week 8 of Friday Night Football.

Click here for coverage of East Hamilton's 37-6 win over Tyner in the Friday Night Football Game of the Week.

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