Following Friday night's 28-14 victory over region foe Westside, Grovetown High School senior Daniel Winfield found himself in an unexpected situation.
The big running back came into the contest with two carries for no gain. He left with nearly 100 yards and a couple of scores that proved pivotal for the Warriors.
The limelight came after Mickey Exum was sidelined by a shoulder injury, leaving the door open for Winfield to get eight carries.
"I ain't never had that," Winfield said of his rushing total of 93 yards. "It's a lot of fun. Kind of tiring, but a lot of fun."
Both of Winfield's touchdowns solidified a one-score lead in the second half for the Warriors (5-1, 2-0 Region 3-AAA North).
He took his third rushing attempt 41 yards for a third-quarter touchdown.
After Daniel Williams got the Patriots (3-3, 1-1) back within one score with an 18-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, Grovetown took more than five minutes off the clock with a 10-play, game-clinching scoring drive.
Winfield capped it off with a 9-yard touchdown run on which he carried several defenders over the goal line.
Meanwhile, Jamal Cummings had a memorable night for the Warriors.
With 174 yards on 32 carries, the junior reached 1,000 rushing yards for the season in just his team's sixth game.
"I never thought that I would reach 1,000 this fast," Cummings said. "But I'm glad I did because it shows how hard I've been working.''
The Warriors attempted just one pass; the Hunter Peace throw bounced off of a receiver's hands and was intercepted.
Sophomore Terrell Hughes started off the scoring for Grovetown with a 23-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter for the game's first score.
Minutes later, Cummings' 2-yard score put the lead at 14-0.
Though Westside got within striking distance a couple of times, Grovetown never lost the lead.
The Warriors ran for 325 yards, a number that could have been even better if not for a 26-yard loss because of a miscommunication on a fake punt play.
Lions use big start to pummel Highlanders
Thomas Banks had a big day in leading Augusta Christian to a 34-14 road victory over Heathwood Hall.
Banks ran for 192 yards on just 14 carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 33, 7, 32 and 52 yards.
The Lions (5-2) led 21-0 at halftime and 34-0 after three quarters.
Meanwhile, quarterback Tyler Roberson finished 7-for-9 passing for 139 yards.
Augusta Christian had three turnovers in the win.
Big second half carries Lakeside
In a tight battle at halftime, Lakeside used a second-half flurry to win big in a 42-14 road victory at Effingham County.
Mark Weidenaar had a strong game for the Panthers (3-4, 2-1 Region 2-AAAA North).
The senior had more than 100 yards both rushing and passing and had touchdown runs of 23 and 66 yards. He also had scoring passes of 60 yards to Johnathon Long and 25 yards to B.J. Raymond.
Long ran for 176 yards and had scoring runs of 1 and 37 yards.
Brandon's not enough for Prep
A strong day from Nolan Brandon wasn't enough for Augusta Prep in a 14-0 road loss to Holy Spirit Prep.
Brandon had 18 carries for 85 yards, but the Cavaliers (3-3) couldn't get over the goal line against Holy Spirit (6-1). Kevin Huggins added 52 rushing yards.
The total yardage was nearly identical: 250 for Prep to 267 for Holy Spirit.
Strong Thomson humbles Harlem
Thomson continued its strong, unbeaten season with a 63-0 home shutout of Region 3-AAA North counterpart Harlem.
Harlem (0-6, 0-2) allowed 28 points in the first quarter and trailed 42-0 at halftime in the loss.
Despite the lopsided result, Harlem allowed only 329 total yards. However, the Bulldogs only managed 48 yards.