Championship games will be at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.
Cedar Grove 47, Calhoun 21
How the game was won: For just the second time in nine years, Calhoun will not be making an appearance in the state semifinals. Jelani Woods, an Oklahoma State signee, was too much to handle at quarterback accounting for five touchdowns, four in the first half.
Top Performers: Jelani Woods tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dennis Bell to ignite the scoring and hooked up again from 61 yards away to take an early 14-0 lead. Calhoun’s Gavin Gray found Bryson Davis for a 61-yard score of their own to enter the second quarter down 14-7. Woods responded with a 17-yard touchdown run and a 24-yard pass to Jadon Haselwood to boost the Saints’ lead to 28-7 at the half. Woods added on a 2-yard rush and Baylon Spector punched in a 3-yard score for Calhoun. Grant Walker and Demetrius Tharpe both scored touchdowns on the ground in the fourth quarter for Cedar Grove while Gray hit Luke Moseley for a 22-yard touchdown but were unable to recover the onside kick.
Greater Atlanta Christian 44, Liberty County 38
How the game was won: Greater Atlanta Christian survived a triple-overtime thriller to scrape past host Liberty County. The Spartans trailed 24-21 after Liberty County kicked a field goal with 3:42 remaining in the game, but they engineered a final drive to force overtime. After a potential winning touchdown pass was dropped, Greater Atlanta Christian kicker Brooks Buce nailed a 25-yarder to tie the score as time expired in regulation. Spartans’ quarterback Davis Mills threw touchdown passes on all three of his team’s possessions during extra time, including a 20-yarder to Harrison Sloan to force a second OT and another from 23 yards out to Trent Fowler that ended it.
Top performers: Mills, a Stanford commit, finished with five touchdown passes and he also rushed for a score. Sloan hauled in three scoring strikes, including a 36-yarder that opened the night’s scoring. For Liberty County, Jaalon Frazier racked up 152 yards and touchdown through the air while also rushing for 66 yards and a score on 19 carries. Richard LeCounte accounted for three touchdowns–one receiving, one rushing, and one passing. He finished with 61 receiving yards on three catches and 40 rushing yards on nine attempts.
Crisp County 56, Pierce County 21:
Host Crisp County scored a season-high 56 points to advance past the quarterfinals for the first time since 1995. The now 13-0 Cougars have set a new school-record for wins in a single season after shocking Lovett 30-29 last round. Crisp County exploded to a 28-0 lead with 4:35 left in the second quarter and took the lead to 49-14 at the end of the third frame. Crisp County’s next round matchup is with Cedar Grove, which blew out Calhoun 47-21 in the quarterfinals.
R4 #1 Peach County 27, R5 #1 Westminster 17