By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Public school No. 1 seeded Seminole County squeaked into the second round of the playoffs, while private school top seed Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy won easily. Meanwhile, both 1o seeds — Dooly County and Holy Innocents’ — pulled upsets. Here’s a look at what went down Friday night, as well as next week’s match ups.
No. 1 Seminole County 21, No. 16 Wilkinson County 14. Seminole County got one of its big weapons back just in time and thwarted an upset big by the Warriors. Thomas Aiken, Seminole County’s 6-0, 230-pound sophomore running back, missed the entire regular season serving a lengthy suspension in alternative school. He returned to the field with a vengeance, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead a ground attack that gained nearly 400 yards, according to the Albany Herald.
No. 9 Charlton County 35, No. 8 Commerce 21
No. 5 Johnson County 29, No. 12 Emanuel County Institute 20
No. 4 Irwin County 49, No. 13 Trion 26
No. 3 Clinch County 30, No. 14 Claxton 0
No. 6 Hawkinsville 17, No. 11 Mitchell County 12. The Red Devils trailed at 6-3 at halftime but came back to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2006.
No. 10 Dooly County 37, No. 7 Lincoln County 13. The Bobcats sent legendary head coach Larry Campbell and his team home after the first round for the first time since 1996. Dooly County, which beat Lincoln County in the semi-finals last season, scored 28 consecutive first-half points to take a 28-7 lead at the half. Quarterback Kereon Merrell threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score.
No. 2 Marion County 30, No. 15 Turner County 0. The Eagles dominated as Johnny Royal ran for two scores while Lorenzo Smothers and Terence Riley added rushing touchdowns as well.
Next Week’s Quarterfinals
No. 9 Charlton County at No. 1 Seminole County
No. 5 Johnson County at No. 4 Irwin County
No. 6 Hawkinsville at No. 3 Clinch County
No. 10 Dooly County at No. 2 Marion County
Region 1 (1)
Region 2 (3)
Region 3 (1)
Region 4 (3)
No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 41, No. 16 Athens Christian 3. The defending private school champions dominated the Eagles, as running back Lane Timpson ran for three touchdowns in a game that was just 13-3 at halftime.
No. 8 Darlington 41, No. 9 Christian Heritage 17.
No. 5 Prince Avenue 51, No. 12 Brookstone 0. Zantravious Shields ran for three of the Wolverines’ seven rushing touchdowns as Prince Avenue took the first step toward getting back to the private school title game for the second consecutive season.
No. 4 Calvary Day 42, No. 13 First Presbyterian 35. Quarterback Michael Peterson threw five touchdown passes, two to Derrick Kirkland and the game winner to Milan Richards with just over two minutes left in regulation to lift the Cavaliers into the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999.
No. 3 Aquinas 42, No. 14 Savannah Christian 14. The Irish led 21-7 at halftime and pulled away in the second half. Savannah Christian took away the run, yielding just 82 yards on the ground, so Aquinas took to the air as sophomore quarterback Liam Welch threw five touchdown passes, three to Chris Lambert.
No. 6 Mount Paran Christian 31, No. 11 Our Lady of Mercy 24. The Eagles beat the Bobcats for the second time this season as Dorian Walker and Taylor Trammel combined for 203 yards rushing. Mt. Paran won the season opener for both teams, 36-7.
No. 10 Holy Innocents’ 27, No. 7 Landmark Christian 17. Senior Clay Pfohl ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns, and Trey Wright added a 65-yarder to help the Bears defeat Landmark for the second time this season. Holy Innocents’ won 29-28 on Nov. 1.
No. 2 Mount Pisgah Christian 40, No. 15 St. Anne Pacelli 7. Ben Miller grabbed four touchdown passes from quarterback Aaron Winchester, as the Patriots led 40-0 at the half.
Next Week’s Quarterfinals
No. 8 Darlington at No. 1 ELCA
No. 5 Prince Avenue at No. 4 Calvary Day
No. 6 Mount Paran at No. 3 Aquinas
No. 10 Holy Innocents’ at No. 2 Mount Pisgah
Region 3 (1)
Region 5 (2)
Region 6 (3)
Region 7 (1)
Region 8 (1)