Class AA quarterfinal games

Fitzgerald made it to the Class AA finals last year. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Fitzgerald made it to the Class AA finals last year. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Championship games will be at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.

Class AA

Fitzgerald 35, Rabun County 16

How the game was won: The Purple Hurricanes are going back to the semifinals, trailing for only 13 seconds in game where they handed the Wildcats their only loss of the season. Rabun County opened the scoring on the fourth play of the game when quarterback Bailey Fisher hit Noah Cannon for a 73-yard scoring strike. But Fitzgerald came back quickly, scoring on their first play from scrimmage on James Graham’s 58-yard touchdown pass to J.D. King. Graham then gave the Hurricanes a 14-7 lead at the half on a 38-yard run for the only score of the second quarter. Fitzgerald pushed the lead to 14 points in the third quarter on a Graham 23-yard scoring strike to King on a fourth-and-11 play. Rabun was able to cut it to 21-10 on a 32-yard field goal by Andrew Barnes but the Hurricanes went up 28-10 on a 5-yard run by Ethan Gordon, the big play on the drive coming on a 44-yard pass from Graham to Damien Devine. Again, the Wildcats answered, this time on a Fisher’s 5-yard pass to Austin Jones but the kicked failed. Fitzgerald closed out the scoring on Graham’s third TD pass of the game, a 27-yarder to Gordon.

Top performers: The Hurricanes, now 12-1, had 498 yards of total offense, 245 on the ground. At home this season, Fitzgerald has trailed for just a total of one minute and 49 seconds. Graham ran for 128 yards on 17 carries and was 6-of-12 passing for 253 yards and the three scores. King had two catches for 81 yards and ran the ball 18 times for 86 yards. Montreil Harris had two catches for 101 yards. For Rabun County, the Wildcats finished with 368 yards of offense but the 150 on the ground came on 46 carries. Fisher was 13-for-24 for 218 yards and rushed for 101 yards on 32 carries. Cannon had five catches for 128 yards. Rabun finishes the season 12-1.

Benedictine 51, Pepperell 13

How the game was won: Tylik Collins put on a show, scoring four touchdowns to slay the Dragons.

Top Performers: Tylik Collins scored on a 1-yard run and an 83-yarder, but also did damage in the return game, bringing back a kickoff 80 yards and a punt 65 yards, both for scores. John Kennedy scored from 10 yards out and as did Terrick Smalls. Jake Karesh booted home a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter. Pepperell scored on a Trevor Thomas 30-yard pass to Tae Hammond before Hammond scooped up a 5-yard fumble for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Callaway 35, Screven County 34:

Dylan Johnson found Braylon Sanders for a 47-yard touchdown pass with 17 seconds left to give undefeated Callaway (13-0) a dramatic quarterfinals victory. Before the dramatic finish, Screven County took control early and gained a 7-0 lead on a 30-yard touchdown run by CJ Wright. Noah Stephens put Callaway on the board with a 26-yard field goal, but Screven County closed out the quarter with another touchdown and a scoreless second quarter preserved the Indians’ 14-3 advantage entering the second half. Sanders began his heroic second half by taking the opening kickoff back for a Callaway touchdown to make it 14-10. Screven County padded the lead back to 21-10, but Jibrell Jackson quickly answered with a 4-yard touchdown run with 4:47 left in the third. Screven County added a 56-yard touchdown with 1:06 left in the third quarter to make it 28-16, but the Cavaliers once again closed the gap before the final quarter with a 63-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to DQ Wilkerson that made it 28-23. Screven County put Callaway down by two possessions again with 5:54 left in the game, but Johnson and Sanders connected for a 36-yard touchdown to bring it within 34-29. After finally getting the timely stop it needed, Callaway took over at its own 2-yard line with 2:26 left to play. After converting on a pair of crucial fourth downs, Callaway completed the stunning victory with the game-winning touchdown toss from Johnson to Sanders

Hapeville Charter 30, Chattooga 21

How the game was won: This game proved worthy of a third round match up as both teams responded blow for blow throughout. Chattooga came out first scoring a touchdown run from Corey Curtis. Three plays later, Hapeville quickly responded to tie it at 7-7. Hapeville took 21-14 lead into the half. Chattoga tied the game 21-21 at the start of the third quarter, but Hapeville kicked a field goal and scored another touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter.

Top performers: Chattooga’s Isaiah Foster (quarterback), kept for a 41-yard touchdown run.

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