Deerfield-Windsor 27, Heritage School 19: Kh’Ron McClain rushed for 269 yards and two touchdowns to lead Deerfield-Windsor of Albany to its third state championship in five years and its fourth in school history. McClain and Ke’Marvin Pitts combined to bat away Heritage’s last-gasp pass into the end zone from the 14-yard line on the final play of the game to preserve the victory. McClain also broke the school’s single-season rushing record, which had been held by Tony Zenon, who is now at Georgia Tech. Deerfield-Windsor finished the season 13-1, with its only loss a 23-14 setback against North Florida Christian on Aug. 31. Heritage’s Candler Rich rushed for 105 yards on 23 carries, had five catches for 144 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown, and returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score. It was the first appearance in a state final for Heritage (11-2), a Newnan school in its seventh season of football.
Valwood 48, Westwood 13: Khary Paige rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns and Jake Lastinger passed for 94 yards and had two first-half TD passes to Char Merine as Valwood of Valdosta rolled past Westwood to complete the first undefeated season in school history. It was the first championship since 1999 and the fourth overall for Valwood (14-0), which was playing in the final for the first time since 2006. Westwood took an early 6-0 lead, but Valwood scored on its next three possessions to take control of the game. The Valiants recovered a fumble in the end zone in the closing seconds of the first half, and Dashon Day scored on a 25-yard run on the fourth play of the third quarter for a 35-6 lead. Westwood of Camilla has eight state championships, including the 2010 and 2011 titles in Class A. The Wildcats finished 11-3, with two of the losses coming against Valwood.
Frederica Academy 34, Robert Toombs Academy 30: Frederica Academy of St. Simons Island scored four fourth-quarter touchdowns after trailing 30-7 with 11 minutes remaining. Frederica had beaten Robert Toombs 28-0 in the final game of the regular season. The championship capped an 11-2 year for the Knights, who were competing in their first full season. Coach Clint Morgan’s team went 3-0 in 2011 in its inaugural season. It was the first appearance in a championship game for Robert Toombs Academy (8-6) of Lyons since 2005, when the Crusaders lost to Thomas Jefferson after winning titles in 2003 and 2004.
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