AA blog: Here’s what we learned Friday
Here’s what we learned Friday in Class AA:
- The No. 5-ranked Calhoun Yellow Jackets’ hopes of reaching the state finals for a sixth consecutive season are still in tact after they hosted and edged the No. 3-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans, 31-30. The Spartans missed what would have been a game-winning 26-yard field goal as time expired. The Yellow Jackets (11-1) will now play the No. 6-ranked Benedictine Cadets (12-0), one of two remaining teams with an undefeated record. The Cadets have yet to be challenged thus far in the playoffs, outscoring their opponents 113-19 in the first two rounds, including a 52-7 second-round win over Fitzgerald.
- Two No. 1 seeds were eliminated Friday. The previously undefeated and No. 4-ranked Washington-Wilkes Tigers were absolutely stunned by the unranked Bowdon Red Devils, a No. 2 seed from Region 5. It was only last season that the Tigers defeated the Red Devils, 66-28, in the first round. The Red Devils (11-1) ended the Tigers’ 11-game, season-long win streak and will travel to play the No. 7-ranked Brooks County Trojans (11-1), who are averaging nearly 55 points through the first two rounds and defeated Bleckley County, 55-28, in the second round.
- The other No. 1 seed to fall was the No. 10-ranked Heard County Braves. The No. 8-ranked Jefferson Dragons edged them in a high-scoring contest, 61-57. Though the Dragons have dealt with injuries this season and are a two-loss team, their hopes of repeating as state champions are still alive – at least for this week. Now they must travel to play the state’s No. 1-ranked team, the 12-0 Lamar County Trojans.
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