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Valdosta 17, Tucker 7

11:20 pm Dec. 9, 2016

Valdosta, the nation’s most successful high school football program, hadn’t won a state championship since 1998 or even played for one since 2003.

When the Wildcats finally got another opportunity, they quickly made the most of it, jumping out to a 14-0 lead on their first two possessions and making it stand up in a 17-7 victory over Tucker in the Class AAAAAA final Friday at the Georgia Dome.

The top-ranked Wildcats

Rome 16, Buford 7 (UPDATED)

8:02 pm Dec. 9, 2016

Rome’s stellar defense saved its best for the last and quarterback Knox Kadum rescued an injury ravaged offense to help the No. 4-ranked Wolves take down No. 1 Buford 16-7 on Friday to claim the Class AAAAA championship at the Georgia Dome, the first in school history.

Rome held Buford to 112 total yards, an average of 2.5 yards per play, and eight first downs. The definitive moment came when Rome

Cedar Grove 30, GAC 19

6:12 pm Dec. 9, 2016

It wasn’t pretty, but the Cedar Grove Saints earned their first state title in program history, winning the Class AAA championship over the GAC Spartans by a score of 30-19 on Friday at the Georgia

Eagle’s Landing Christian 34, Fellowship Christian 27 2OT

2:20 pm Dec. 9, 2016

No one was happier than Trevor Gear to see Eagle’s Landing Christian come back to win the Class A Private championship.

The senior had a costly fumble in the third quarter to set up the tying touchdown, but in the end he was the guy walking off the afield with the championship trophy.

Gear rushed for a game-high 102 yards and one touchdown to help No. 1-ranked Eagle’s Landing Christian defeat No.

Statistical leaders for state finalists

8:00 am Dec. 9, 2016

Class AAAAAAA

Roswell

Grayson

14-0
Record
13-1

35.2
Points per game
42.2

8.2
PPG allowed
11.2

217.6
Avg. yards rushing
159.6

190.2
Avg. yards passing
190.2

407.8
Avg. total yards
349.8

 

Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 

 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs

Roswell
 
 
 
 

Sheldon Evans
246
1,554
6.3
15

Malik Willis
140
1,033
7.4
10

Grayson
 
 
 
 

Kurt Taylor
184
922
5.0
14

Jamyest Williams
78
544
7.0
10

Passing Leaders

 
Comp.
Att.
Yards
TD/Int.

Roswell
 
 
 
 

Malik Willis
184
304
2,562
27/9

Grayson
 
 
 
 

Chase Brice
157
244
2,590
30/2

Receiving Leaders

 
Rec.
Yards
Yds./Rec.
TDs

Roswell
 
 
 
 

Jayden Comma
44
764
17.4
10

Christian Ford
37
517
14.0
2

Kentrell Barber
41
466
11.4
3

Grayson
 
 
 
 

Evan Sturgill
38
523
13.8
3

Jamyest Williams
20
402
20.1
5

DeAngelo Gibbs
24
386
16.1
5

Other Leaders
 

Roswell
 

Sam Diroberto
56 solo tackles, 66 assists, 16 tackles for loss

Xavier McKinney
76 total tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions

Turner Barckhoff
60-for-65 extra points, 13-for-25 FGs (long of 43)

Grayson
 

Will VanPamelen
44-for-47 PATs, 12-for-14 FGs

Class AAAAAA

            Tucker

Valdosta

13-1
Record
13-1

35.2
Points per game
34.6

10.1
PPG allowed
15.0

247.7
Avg. yards rushing
155.6

136.3
Avg. yards passing
172.9

384.0
Avg. total yards
328.5

 

Rushing Leaders
 
 
 
 

 
Att.
Yards
Yds./Att.
TDs

Tucker
 
 
 
 

Taurean Taylor
122
1,315
10.8
16

Chris Broadwater
175
1,088
6.2
21

David

Four Questions with retired coach Jim Hughes

7:20 am Dec. 9, 2016

Today, our Four Questions feature is answered by Jim Hughes, who retired from Colquitt County after the 1999 season with a record of 247-102-5. He won state titles at Thomasville (1973-74) and Colquitt County (1994).

Jim