By David Purdum / For the AJC
In the final game of his prolific high school career, Cedartown running back Nick Chubb was held to 71 yards on 19 carries in a 63-10 loss to No. 1 Sandy Creek. Chubb finishes his senior season with 2,710 yards and 39 touchdowns. He rushed for 5,431 yards combined in the past two seasons.
Sandy Creek running backs Delvin Weems and Eric Swinney each rushed for more than 100 yards. Swinney had four touchdowns, and Weems finished with three. Javon Jackson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown for the defending state champions, who extended their unbeaten streak to 26 games.
Sandy Creek will face Chestatee in the second round.
Upset: Alexander pulled off the biggest upset of the first-round. The Cougars, the fourth seed out of Region 5-AAAA, knocked off Region 7-AAAA champion Dalton, 13-10. Andrew Chandler’s field goal as time expired gave Alexander its first playoff win since 1996.
Second-round showdown set: No. 3 Monroe Area will host No. 4 Carrollton in the second round, after both teams advanced Friday. Monroe Area rushed for 501 yards in a 68-39 win over Banneker. Carrollton held Northwest Whitfield to 55 yards rushing in a 52-10 win.
Goal-line stand: Quen Head intercepted a pass in the end zone with four seconds to play to help Mary Person knock of Eagle’s Landing, 16-14. The Mary Person’s defense forced four turnovers in the game.
Defense: No. 2 Griffin recorded its fifth shutout of the season, blanking Rutland, 34-0, Friday. The Bears advanced to face Statesboro in the second round.
First-time: The Lanier Longhorns beat Carver-Atlanta, 26-7, for the fourth-year program’s first playoff victory.
Gametime: The AAAA state championship game will be played at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 14, the GHSA announced this week.
Most importantly: AJC reporter David Purdum correctly picked 15 of 16 first-round Class AAAA games. Westover’s 27-7 win over Liberty County was his only loss.