Top-ranked Tucker will be playing for its third state championship in six seasons after knocking off defending champion Gainesville 20-14 in the Class AAAAA semifinals Friday at Hallford Stadium. The Tigers’ opponent will be No. 4 Creekside, which reached the title game for the first time in school history with a 55-10 blowout of No. 2 Kell.
Tucker, which trailed 14-0 early in the second quarter, got the game-winning score on a 6-yard run by Dominick Sanders with 2:22 remaining, capping an 11-play, 53-yard drive. Sanders also had a 33-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter and finished with 127 yards of total offense. Tucker won state titles in 2008 and 2011 and is 23-4 in the playoffs since last missing the postseason in 2006.
Creekside’s 45-point victory was the most-lopsided semifinal since 2006, when Dublin beat Lovett 65-7 in a Class AA game. The Seminoles are trying to become the first Fulton County team to win a state championship since Chattahoochee in 2010