Longest scoring plays in state finals history

Thomas O’Leary of St. Pius made a 47-yard field goal and Buford’s Matthew Bonadies kicked a 43-yarder in this year’s Class AAA championship game. They are two of the 11 longest field goals in finals history. Taylor Lamb’s 75-yard touchdown pass to Tydus Curtis in Calhoun’s loss to Jefferson was the eighth-longest touchdown pass in a championship game. Here are the longest scoring plays in state finals history.

TD runs

99 – Sean Dawkins (Parkview) 2000

94 – Ronnie Smith (Peachtree Ridge) 2008

92 – Harry Bunch (Adairsville) 1970

91 – Greg Reid (Lowndes) 2007

89 – Ray Doran (Morrow) 1987

88 – Monte Williams (Commerce) 2000

86 – Jerome Johnson (Central Macon) 1972

86 – John O’Neal (Valdosta) 1953

86 – Hollis Register (Ocilla) 1953

85 – Corky Ormond (Savannah Country Day) 1970

85 – Ray Johnson (Americus) 1975

84 – Wesley Melvin (Fort Valley) 1952

83 – Charles Maloney (Cook) 1949

82 – William Kent (West Rome) 1985

80 – Joe McCluskey (West Rome) 1985

80 – James Brantley (Vidalia) 1955

TD passes

97 – Robert Johnson to Leonard Davis (Americus) 2000

89 – Eric Thomas to Steve Player (Lowndes) 1980

89 – Harrison Curry to Will Austin (Savannah Christian) 2010

85 – Christian Milstead to DeAngelo Smith (Camden County) 2008

83 – Dustin Taliaferro to Garrett Embry (Roswell) 2006

82 – Doug Elstad to Ed Helms (Avondale) 1971

77 – Wesley Hardin to Felton Cook (Palmetto) 1983

75 – Taylor Lamb to Tydus Curtis (Calhoun) 2012

75 – Mike Johnson to Reggie Brown (Carrollton) 1998

75 – Dwight Dasher to D.J. Donley (Charlton County) 2005

75 – Justin Elder to Arties White (Mary Persons) 1993

75 – Keith Taylor to Morris Jackson (Waycross) 1977

72 – Skip Ramsey to Phil Connell (North Springs) 1974

72 – Ronnie Bell to Jarrett Davis (Sandy Creek) 2009

72 – Connor Shaw to Chris Lipscomb (Flowery Branch) 2008

71 – Lorenzo Dennard to Alfonzo Dennard (Wilcox County) 2007

70 – Jimmy Echols to Jack Leard (Washington-Wilkes) 1966

Field goals

50 – Greg Johnson (Parkview) 2001

50 – Justin Moore (Marist) 2008

50 – Ammon Lakip (Chattahoochee) 2010

48 – Reid Harden (Marist) 1987

47 – Thomas O’Leary (St. Pius) 2012

46 – Adam Griffith (Calhoun) 2011

45 – Adam Griffith (Calhoun) 2010

44 – Matt Herring (Valdosta) 1996

44 – Billy Thompson (Flowery Branch) 2008

43 – Colin Gallagher (Marist) 2006

43 – Matthew Bonadies (Buford) 2012

42 – Drew Butler (Peachtree Ridge) 2006

42 – Devon Pike (Northside Warner Robins) 2009

41 – John Kasay (Clarke Central) 1985

41 – Matt Ehasz (Camden County) 2009

40 – Ricky Chaney (Waycross) 1977

40 – Scott Walton (Marist) 1984

Kick returns

99 – Chris Covington (Brookwood) 2002

98 – Donald Person (Carver) 1967

98 – Andrew Williams (Thomson) 1985

96 – Ean Days (Camden County) 2009

90 – Gaines Wilson (R.E. Lee) 1961

88 – Profail Grier (Palmetto) 1988

88 – Andre Sims (Brookwood) 2010

87 – Jimmy Burson (LaGrange) 1958

86 – Rodney Harris (Duluth) 1980

85 – Anthony Johnson (Screven County) 1994

75 – Franklin Banks (Lincolnton) 1960

Punt returns

81 – Larry Perryman (Cedar Grove) 1991

75 – John Copeland (Valdosta) 1966

75 – Giles Smith (Valdosta) 1962

68 – Joe Williams (Early County) 1998

67 – Quincy Brown (Lincoln County) 1987

62 – Steve Murphy (Camden County) 2009

61 – Eddie Woody (Marietta) 1967

60 – Harry Clifton (Blakely-Union) 1956

Fumble returns

92 – Thomas Jenkins (Johnson County) 1979

81 – Justin Williams (Charlton County) 2004

74 – Ronald Burse (Duluth) 1974

74 – James Bailey (Villa Rica) 1986

71 – Jack Richardson (Wayne County) 1959

70 – Ronnie Thompson (Fitzgerald) 1964

Interception returns

79 – Garrison Hearst (Lincoln County) 1989

73 – Dan Coxwell (Thomson) 1967

73 – David Williams (Worth County) 1990

72 – Maxwell Taylor (Valdosta) 1953

70 – Tavaris Williams (Lowndes) 2007

65 – Sammy Powell (Quitman) 1950

65 – George Harrison (Rockmart) 1950

65 – Johnny Gresham (Washington-Wilkes) 1960

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4 comments Add your comment

aaron ashmore

December 20th, 2012
9:19 am

As always, great article. I love reading different tibits of info on Ga Football.

Stinger63

December 20th, 2012
1:39 pm

I agree aaron, nice to see this type of information. Look at all the familiar names on that list!

BullDawg Rick

December 20th, 2012
11:56 pm

I remember Doug Elstad’s throw.. Was vs THe Wildcats of Valdosta & at that time the state record..

BTW. Valdosta beat us 62-12 :(

Camden 79

December 21st, 2012
6:21 am

Yes awesome article, my wife and I witnessed the 85 yd. T.D. from Christian Milstead to DeAngelo Smith against peachtree ridge, it was our second state championship and Camden would repeat the following season against northside warner-robins…