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AAAAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Norcross 34, Camden County 20: Norcross went on the road to secure the program’s first-ever semifinals berth. Norcross running back Alvin Kamara rushed 27 times for 158 yards and even threw a touchdown pass on a trick play. Norcross scored twice to put the game away after trailing 20-19, with Joseph Wilber throwing a touchdown pass to Trey Smith and Kamara icing the victory with a 10-yard touchdown run.

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AAAAA roundup

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Gainesville 64, Harris County 13: DeShaun Watson went wild yet again, throwing for five touchdowns and adding two more on the ground as Gainesville hammered host Harris County. Watson had 421 yards and six total touchdowns by halftime, at which point the Red Elephants led 43-7. Caleb Hayman hauled in three of Watson’s scoring strikes, while Tray Harrison and Michael Byrd caught the other two. Chris Byrd and Jay Gaudelock added touchdown runs in the fourth quarter for the exclamation points.

Northside-Warner Robins 23, Tucker 20: Northside-Warner Robins treated its home crowd to a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Tucker. The Eagles trailed 13-3 going into the fourth quarter before Curtis Martin scored both of his rushing touchdowns, including one from 56 yards out. Martin finished with 149 yards on 13 carries. Tucker still led 20-16 thanks to Juwaan Williams’ third rushing score of the game, but Glenn Smith hit Keshun Hill from 10 yards out for the …

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AAAA roundup

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Monroe Area 47, South Effingham 8: Monroe Area raced to a 31-0 halftime lead and built a 40-0 advantage going into the fourth quarter as it coasted past visiting South Effingham. Kwan Brooks opened the scoring with a 37-yard touchdown run before adding a 17-yard scoring jaunt in the third quarter. Junior Reed also had two rushing touchdowns for the Hurricanes. Defensive tackle Travis Butts recorded a safety for Monroe Area with a quarterback sack in the endzone to make it 33-0.

Ridgeland 45, Mary Persons 14: Darrell Bridges rushed for four touchdowns to lead host Ridgeland past Mary Persons. The game’s first three scores came via Bridges’ legs and Evan Courtney added a 44-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired to account for a 24-0 Panthers’ lead. Bridges added a 31-yard scoring jaunt in the third quarter before Vonn Bell and Shaqualm McCoy had touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to put away Mary Persons.

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AAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Buford 31, Carver-Columbus 7: Carver-Columbus led 7-0 in the second quarter following an interception return for a touchdown, but visiting Buford scored 31 unanswered points to pull away. The victorious Wolves took the lead in the third quarter on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Montgomery VanGorder to Isaac Nauta. Josh Thomas added a 5-yard scoring run for the Wolves before they iced it in the fourth quarter when Bryson Jordan returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown.

Cartersville 21, Thomson 13: Cartersville quarterback Brooks Barden threw two touchdown passes. Host Cartersville opened the scoring with a Barden touchdown pass to Hayes Linn, then Thomson took back the lead with touchdowns from William Bussey and Torrie Battle, who took the snap from a Wildcat formation before scoring. Cartersville got a touchdown run from Kalin Heath in the third quarter, and Barden threw his second touchdown to T.L. Ford in the fourth.

North Hall 52, Peach County 10: Host …

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AA roundup

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Calhoun 49, Brooks County 14: Quarterback Taylor Lamb was 23-of-31 passing for 365 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for two scores, accounting for six of the Yellow Jackets’ seven touchdowns. Running back Alex Urbano rushed nine times for 122 yards, including a long of 99 yards for a touchdown. Calhoun led 28-7 at halftime.

Jefferson 53, Fitzgerald 51 (3OT): Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs connected with Tristen Jackson for a touchdown in the third overtime to tie the game at 51-51, then hit Jackson again for a two-point conversion to give host Jefferson the win. Shirreffs totaled 228 yards passing including another earlier touchdown to Jackson. On the ground, Shirreffs rushed for 81 yards and another touchdown. Sammy Williams contributed a pair of rushing touchdowns for Jefferson.

Greater Atlanta Christian 27, Early County 24: Brandon Holzgrefe hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired to give host Greater Atlanta Christian the win after Early County had …

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Class A roundup

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Dooly County 34, Seminole County 28: Dooly County trailed host Seminole County 21-7 in the second quarter but came back to earn the win. A.J. Smith passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns to lead the victorious Bobcats. Smith hit Cortney Clark from 27 yards out to pull within 28-26 before throwing the game-winner to Kris Lundy, a connection of 24 yards with nine minutes remaining. Thomas Aiken led Seminole County with 212 rushing yards and one touchdown.

Eagle’s Landing Christian 42, Savannah Christian 7: Quarterback Dalton Etheridge led host Eagle’s Landing Christian with 75 rushing yards and three scores on 10 carries. In the air, Etheridge threw for 189 yards and connected with Davis Carrandi and D.J. Curl on touchdown throws. Lane Timpson scored the other touchdown for Eagle’s Landing Christian on a 1-yard run. Curl also intercepted a Savannah Christian pass, one of three turnovers.

Emanuel County Institute 27, Trion 10: James Brown led host Emanuel …

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Lovejoy 21, North Gwinnett 6

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Lovejoy’s offense – powered by five bullies on the offensive line, left handed gun-slinging quarterback Alejandro Bennefield, a bevy of filthy-good receivers, and Georgia Tech-bound running back Travis Custis – usually gets the headlines.

But Friday night against North Gwinnett, the Wildcats put their defense on display. The unit stifled North Gwinnett’s potent offense, holding the Bulldogs without a touchdown en route to 21-6 win in one Class AAAAAA quarterfinal, at Twelve Oaks Stadium in Lovejoy.

In fact, Lovejoy’s defense outscored North Gwinnett’s offense, which had been averaging nearly 40 points per game. And the defensive touchdown put the game away, for all intents and purposes.

Midway thorough the third quarter with Lovejoy up 7-3, North Gwinnett’s defense, which played valiantly in its own right, forced a Lovejoy punt. The Bulldogs took over on their 26-yard line. But four plays into the drive, North Gwinnett quarterback Michael …

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GAC 27, Early County 24

By Robert Haddocks

Brandon Holzgrefe kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift Greater Atlanta Christian to a 27-24 win over Early County and send the Spartans to the Class AA state semifinals.

Early County drove 91 yards in less than two minutes to tie the score at 24-24 with 59 seconds on the clock. GAC quarterback Rafe Chapple didn’t have his best night, but he completed five straight passes on the game-winning to set up the chip shot field goal, which sneaked just inside the right upright.

On the game-winning drive, GAC took advantage of a short field after Early County kicked the ball out of bounds at the GAC 47-yard line. The resourceful Chapple found Peter Whiteneck for two short completions and then dumped off two passes to Kyle Scales to put the Spartans within Holzgrefe’s range at the 18-yard line. He completed his third pass to Scales on the drive and, after an illegal substitution by Early County, a Scales run put the ball on the two-yard line with two …

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Colquitt County 31, Parkview 15

By Michael Alpert

For the AJC

Colquitt County’s three touchdowns in a span of two minutes and 40 seconds in the third quarter turned a touchdown deficit into a 31-15 victory over host Parkview in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals.

Colquitt’s first victory in its last four games against Parkview advanced it to face Norcross in next week’s semifinals, the Packers’ fourth consecutive season at least that far.

“This never gets old. Just the places and times change,” Packers coach Rush Propst said of the run toward repeating Colquitt’s only state championship of 1994.

Colquitt, fourth-seeded from Region 1-AAAAAA, spotted Parkview a touchdown in the second quarter, before quickly turning the tables. Three plays after Cole Segraves’ 4-yard touchdown run tied the game with 8:51 left in the third quarter, Tim Sanders made the second of three Colquitt interceptions, and a snap later Segraves passed 35 yards to Bobby Hill for a 14-7 lead the Packers wouldn’t relinquish. Parkview fumbled the …

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North Cobb 42, Mill Creek 35

North Cobb and Mill Creek came into their Class AAAAAA quarterfinal matchup averaging a combined 90.5 points through the first two rounds, so a 7-0 game early in the second quarter was not what many people had expected to see.

Then the turnovers started, and the offensive fireworks began.

North Cobb turned four of Mill Creek’s six turnovers into 28 points in a 12-minute span midway through the second half and went on to defeat the Hawks 42-35 in Acworth on Friday. The victory puts North Cobb (11-2) in the state semifinals for the first time since 1959. Mill Creek (9-4) fell one game short of reaching the semifinals for the first time in the program’s nine-year history.

North Cobb trailed 21-7 at halftime but got back into the game on its first possession of the second half, driving 55 yards in six plays. Mill Creek appeared ready to answer the score, but Jacorey Lewis fumbled at the 7-yard line at the end of a 38-yard run, and the Warriors’ Emmanuel Slaughter recovered.

That …

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Marist 15, Stockbridge 7

Marist ended the most successful season in Stockbridge school history and outlasted the host Tigers 15-7 in a Class AAAA quarterfinal Friday night.

A last-minute drive Stockbridge drive ended 25 yards short of the goal line and Marist (12-1) advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 2008. Stockbridge moved from its own 25-yard line into War Eagles territory, when Maetron Thomas was ruled down inbounds with 17 seconds left to play. A disorganized Tigers offense completed one last-ditch pass before time expired.

With the win, Marist (12-1) stopped an 11-game Stockbridge win streak and extended its own winning streak to 11. Stockbridge (11-2), in the school’s first-ever quarterfinal game, had given up only 10 points per game on defense since a 23-0 loss to M.L. King in the season opener.

The Tigers’ offense dug its own holes throughout, committing several procedure penalties and 16 violations overall.

“If it means anything to you, it should hurt,” Stockbridge …

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St. Pius X 40, Washington County 35

St. Pius X head coach Paul Standard may be known as a conservative football coach, but his Golden Lions wouldn’t have beaten Washington County 40-35 Friday night if he didn’t open it up a little in the state AAA quarterfinals.

SPX recovered its own onside kick to begin the game, the run-oriented Lions threw the ball better than they ran it on the way to a 27-21 halftime lead, and three huge fourth-down conversions carried the DeKalb County Catholic high school to the state semifinals for the fourth time. The Lions will play host to North Hall after winning a coin toss Saturday morning to determine the site.

The Lions were led by junior wingback Branden Mitchell’s 164 rushing yards and two receptions for 42 yards and a score.

It took everything that SPX (11-2) had to overcome Washington County’s 14-3 first-quarter lead, and WaCo running back Melvin Hill. He rushed 16 times for 218 yards and three touchdowns for the Golden Hawks (11-2). Each team had three …

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Sandy Creek 31, Burke County 20

Burke County had taken the lead and the momentum in the third quarter of Friday’s Class AAAA quarterfinal at Sandy Creek.

When the fourth quarter started, Sandy Creek (13-0) responded in a big way, rallying from its second deficit of the night to take a 31-20 win.

Junior receiver Demarre Kitt hauled in a 74-yard touchdown pass from Cole Garvin with 10:24 to play, erasing a 20-17 Burke advantage, and tailback Eric Swinney finished the Bears off with a 38-yard run with 5:53 left.

“They had been stuffing the run and coach finally trusted us with that play,” said Kitt, who took a 15-yard sideline pattern, wheeled and made the lone Burke defender miss and had a straight sprint for the go-ahead touchdown. “They’re either going to make the tackle or miss. Most of the time they miss.”

Kitt finished with seven catches for 153 yards, and also had a 4-yard touchdown catch in the first half.

Burke County’s big-play machine, junior quarterback Donquell Green, rushed for 104 yards on 15 …

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Whitewater 24, Allatoona 3

In a battle of two young and very successful programs, only one could make its first trip to the state semifinals this year. It is the home team from Fayette County, who will now play the Gainesville-Harris County winner for a chance to go to the Georgia Dome.

The game was marked by a slow start on both sides of the field. By the early minutes of the second quarter, each team had punted twice and fumbled once.

The Wildcats broke the scoring drought with a 65-yard drive that consisted of 11 running plays and one key third-down pass completion. Kendall Conley scored from a yard out with 5:06 to go in the second quarter.

On the next possession, Whitewater defender Matt Ogle tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage and came up with an interception to give the home team the ball at its own 48. Aided by a pass interference penalty, the Wildcats drove inside the 20 in the final minute of the half. On third-and-5, quarterback Jay Ashley fumbled the snap, picked up the ball and ran 18 …

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Friday Night Chat: Talk live tonight about the quarterfinals!

We’re down to eight in Georgia’s seven classifications.  Check here tonight to talk about tonight’s 28 games around the state.

Most of them will be streamed live. See the links below.

If you’re watching one, check back in here and report what you see.

Prince Avenue Christian School
Athens Academy
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, 2012
7:15 PM EST

Peach County High School
North Hall High School
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, 2012
7:30 PM EST

Gainesville High School
Harris County High School
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, 2012
7:30 PM EST

Allatoona High School
Whitewater High School
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, 2012
7:30 PM EST

Buford High School
Carver High School, Columbus
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, 2012
7:30 PM EST

Thomson High School
Cartersville High School
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, 2012
7:30 PM EST

Early County High School
Greater Atlanta Christian School
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, 2012
7:30 PM EST

Lamar County High School
Lovett School
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, 2012
7:30 PM EST

George Walton Academy
Walker School
0 – 0
Fri Nov 30, …

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