Class AAAA playoff roundup

11:22 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Sandy Creek 29, Wayne County 7: Sandy Creek got two touchdown runs from Eric Swinney and moved to an easy victory against Wayne County. Swinney scored on runs of three and six yards. The Patriots also got a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trey Walker to Christian Branch and a seven-yard touchdown run by Drezan Parson. The Sandy Creek defense also contributed a safety.

St. Pius 52, Eastside 20: St. Pius

Class AAAAA playoff roundup

11:22 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Mays went on the road to upset Class AAAAA No. 1 Ware County 21-18 to advance to the state quarterfinals. After Ware County scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull within three points, a Mays punt with 1:05 remaining gave the Gators the ball on their own 24-yard line. On the next play, Monquavion Brinson recovered a Ware County fumble, allowing Mays to run out the clock.

Class AAAAAA playoff roundup

11:21 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Colquitt County 51, Dacula 30: Colquitt County remained undefeated but got a major scare from Dacula when the visiting Falcons surged to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. The Packers tied the game early in the third quarter after Bull Barge returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown. Colquitt County rode Sihiem King the rest of the way. King rushed for 134 yards and six touchdowns on 17

Buford 35 Mary Persons 14

11:11 pm Nov. 21, 2014

By Robert Haddocks

It wasn’t the complete demolition that Buford fans have grown accustomed to, but it’s another win that puts the Wolves a little closer to familiar territory – a championship berth.

After a lopsided shutout win in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs, Buford was mildly contested, but in the end easily disposed of Mary Persons, 35-14, to advance to the quarterfinals. The Wolves (12-0) will host Marist

Hillgrove 38, Roswell 28

10:55 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Hillgrove and Roswell hit each other with one big play after another Friday in their Class AAAAAA second-round playoff game, but Hillgrove had more of them and escaped with a 38-28 victory.

Quarterback Matthew Wilson threw four touchdowns passes and ran 53 yards for another score to lead the Region 4-AAAAAA-champion Hawks (9-3).

Wilson finished 20-for-34 for 329 yards passing and ran 11 times for 71 yards. His 53-yard touchdown run on

Marist 31, Griffin 21

10:48 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Chalk one up for the triple option over the spread. There will be no repeat champion in Class AAAA.

Quarterback Sam Phelts, fullback Griffin King and the Marist offensive line ran their double-wing traditional offense to near perfection, as  the War Eagles jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and withstood a gutsy comeback by defending-champion Griffin to take a 31-21 win at Memorial Stadium in Griffin.

Marist (11-1), the No. 2

Etowah 23, Westlake 6

10:48 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Etowah advanced to its first quarterfinal appearance in school history in a 23-6 win over Westlake in a Class AAAAAA second-round matchup Friday night.

The win also gave Etowah (10-2) its first 10-win season in the school’s 37-year history. The Eagles host the Central Gwinnett/Newton winner next week.

Etowah superbly executed its gameplan to slow down a speedy Westlake defense. The Eagles ran for 291 yards and held the Lions to 23

Tucker 26, Grayson 23

10:38 pm Nov. 21, 2014

When opportunity knocked, Grayson didn’t answer. Tucker raced for the door.

Following a drop on a potential Grayson pick-6, Tucker’s Jonathan Ledbetter recovered a Grayson fumble two plays later and ran 45 yards to the end zone to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in a 26-23 victory in the Class AAAAAA second round.

Tucker advances to host McEachern, who beat Alpharetta 44-14.

The Rams (10-2) led 23-19 when Tucker quarterback

Archer 56, Lee County 13

10:28 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Archer began the season with three straight losses. Three months later, the Tigers are headed the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.

Archer quarterback Gabe Tiller threw four touchdown passes, Randy Nails scored three times, and Frank Finch returned an interception 70 yards for a score to fuel the Tigers’ 56-13 rout of visiting Lee County on Friday.

Archer, a young program in only its fifth season, advances to the quarterfinals

Allatoona 45, Coffee 14

10:22 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Fourth-ranked Allatoona leaned heavily on Russell Halimon this year on its way to 11 straight wins to open the season. Class AAAAA’s leading rusher did his thing again Friday night, but in an 45-14 win over second-ranked Coffee, the Buccaneers showed a wealth of offensive weapons.

Halimon ran 29 times for 213 yards and two touchdowns and crossed the 2,000-yard mark for the season on a 33-yard scoring run in the