LAWRENCEVILLE — Andrew Blackford threw three touchdown passes, two to Tyler Washington, and Lanier won a back-and-forth football game with Mountain View 27-20 Friday night.
Blackford completed 12 of 28 passes for 146 yards, and Washington had seven catches for 97 yards. Washington also rushed eight times for 51 yards. Blackford’s other TD pass was a 20-yarder to Iajah Phillips.
Bryan Williams rushed 20 times for 86 yards for Lanier.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Lanier head coach Korey Mobbs said. “Hats off to Mountain View for hanging in there. Our kids battled, a lot to fix but I'm proud of their effort and toughness.”
Blackford’s TD pass to Phillips gave Lanier a 20-13 halftime lead. The Longhorns’ defense also got a big play in the second quarter when Yanis Kasende returned an interception for a score.
Mountain View (1-2) got three TD passes from Nathan Payne, who was 7 of 21 passing for 140 yards. Jergotti Wilcox had 10 rushes for 57 yards, and the Bears’ David Gethers had 13 carries for 40 yards.
Mountain View’s Derrick Smith blocked two punts, one that was recovered by Jaquan Ivy, and the Bears’ Trey Moss had an interception.