We hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving Day last week and got your fill of all of the weekend's great playoff football action. We zip around the state to highlight the top performances from the state quarterfinals. Here's a look at the updated state brackets.
An improbable 23-yard touchdown pass on 4th down spelled the end of the fall for No. 2 Camden County, as Colquitt County scored a huge 32-31 upset in the quarterfinals. Cole Segraves connected with Bobby Hill on the decisive drive then followed it up with a successful two-point conversion toss to Ty Smith. The win marked the third straight semifinal appearance for the Packers… West Forsyth’s Cinderella season came to a screeching halt against top-rated Grayson, 33-7. The Rams unleashed junior Robert Nkemdiche in the rushing game and the junior responded with four touchdowns to power the offense. The win sets up a rematch of last year’s semifinal outing between Grayson and Colquitt County... Lassiter continues to knock off the state’s elite while also ascending itself to elite status. Eddie Printz passed for more than 250 yards and fired a touchdown in Lassiter’s 24-14 defeat of No. 3 MLK… Walton took down Dacula behind a strong overall performance by Zack Blaylock. The senior hauled in a 95-yard pass for a score and picked off a pass with 16 seconds to play to cement a 21-13 victory.
Warner Robins continued its turnaround from a 2-8 2010 campaign by stomping East Paulding, 20-10. The defense bent, allowing 327 yards to EP, but didn’t break by limiting the Raiders to its lowest output of the season… The beat goes on for Tucker, which clinched a berth in the semis for the 10th time in the program’s history. Jordan Landry topped the 100-yard mark and found the end zone on a pair of long runs to notch a 42-34 win against Flowery Branch... Travis Curtis collected 203 yards and two scores in Lovejoy’s 14-0 defeat of Ware County. Northside’s Miguel Williams tallied nearly 200 yards of offense in a 36-8 beat down of Tri-Cities.
Burke County bounced Allatoona from the playoffs behind a late Corey Mayton touchdown. Allatoona star RB Miles Jones had 114 yards and two scores in a losing effort... Buoyed by the strong play of sophomore QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville ended Sandy Creek’s 41-game win streak. The talented signal-caller had 169 yards passing and 120 yards rushing to overcome 250 rushing yards and two TDs by Michael Hilton.
Buford put up another dominant performance in a 49-13 pasting of Elbert County. Sam Clay moved the chains on offense and fired a touchdown pass in the win.
Jeremiah Kirkland took a screen pass and weaved through a gaggle of tacklers for a 28-yard score to power Landmark Christian to a 28-21 win against Aquinas.
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