6A - COLQUITT COUN TY 28, ARCHER 24
Colquitt County finally got its title after years of coming
just a game or two short. Packers running back Sihiem King
rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns and helped seal
the victory with pounding runs late to wind the clock down.
The win completed Colquitt County’s perfect 15-0 season
and provided a sense of relief for coach Rush Propst after
the Packers had reached the state semifinals the previous
five years without winning it all.
Archer’s Dylan Singleton scored three touchdowns — two
runs, one catch — but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell and
finished 11-4 for the year.
5A - NORTHSIDE 25, MAYS 18
Northside overcame an 18-7 halftime deficit to beat Mays
for its third state title (first since 2007). Eagles sophomore
Tobias Oliver rushed for 122 yards in the third and fourth
quarter. He also threw a 70-yard touchdown to Nate Greene to
get the comeback started in the third quarter. Oliver finished
with 154 yards on the ground and 94 through the air, scoring
on a 47-yard run and completing a two-point conversion pass
to put Northside up for good.
Northside finished the season 14-1, Mays 12-3.
4A - BUFORD 55, ST. PIUS 10
Buford won its third straight state title — seven of the last
eight — in dominating fashion, even after St. Pius scored the
first 10 points of the game.
The Lions didn’t score again.
Buford piled up 55 straight points and finished with 417
total yards. Brett Shepard had a long touchdown run, Aaron
Auer caught a 39-yard touchdown pass and David Curry
returned a punt for a score.
The scoring kept on from there, as the Wolves added
points late in the fourth quarter with a running clock.
St. Pius finished the season 12-3 and felt the sting of a
loss to Buford in the state title game for the second time
(2012). For Buford, it was the 11th title in school history,
10th in the past 14 seasons.
3A - CALHOUN 27, WASHINGTON COUNTY 20
Calhoun used a trick play in the fourth quarter — a 40-yard
pass on a reverse — to win its second state title in four years.
Baylon Spector took the surprise handoff and passed to Carson Brown, a play that took Washington County by surprise.
The Yellow Jackets completed an undefeated season after
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through for the
state title after
Northside claimed its third
state title thanks to a furious
second half comeback.
Benedictine secured the
Calhoun quarterback Kaelan Riley finished 11-of- 22 with
first championship in school
history with a 45-21 upset of
previously undefeated GAC.
holding Washington County to three points in the second half.
It was the first loss of the season for the Golden Hawks, the
second consecutive year their season ended with a loss in the
164 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 78 yards, too.
2A - BENEDICTINE 45,
GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN 21
Benedictine won its first state title in school history thanks
to two first-half touchdown catches by receiver Brad Stewart
and a strong defensive effort.
Stewart caught passes of 29 and 74 yards for scores as
the Cadets built a 30-14 lead by halftime.
Greater Atlanta Christian entered 14-0 and stars Micah
Abernathy and Darius Slayton did everything they could to
keep up on the scoreboard. Abernathy scored on a 58-yard
run and a long kickoff return by Slayton set up another
It wasn’t enough, as the Cadets pounded the ball with
Chance Jackson in the second half. He finished with 69 yards
and John Kennedy added 47.
Quarterback Stevie Powers finished with 260 yards
passing on only nine completions. He had two touchdowns
passing and two rushing scores.
1A PUBLIC - HAWKINSVILLE 15, IRWIN COUNT Y 6
Hawkinsville turned a handful of Irwin County mistakes
into a state title in Public side of the single-A bracket.
Most of Irwin County’s slips were on special teams. The
Red Devils blocked a punt and extra point, recorded a safety
on a kickoff and stopped the punter 32 yards behind the line
of scrimmage after a bad snap.
Hawkinsville also grabbed an interception and three
fumble recoveries. It was the sixth title in school history, the
first since 2004.
The Red Devils managed only 85 yards of total offense.
Irwin wasn’t much better, finishing with 166 yards. It was
capitalizing on those mistakes that made the difference.
1A PRIVATE - MOUNT PARAN CHRISTIAN 49, EAGLE’S
LANDING CHRISTIAN 7
Mount Paran finished off its undefeated season (14-0)
season with a dominating performance against perennial
power Eagle’s Landing. The Eagles out-gained ELCA 441-182
to bring the state title home to Kennesaw for first time after
starting the football program in 2007.
GISA - AAA - THE WESTFIELD SCHOOL 52,
PINEWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 7
The Hornets claimed their second straight championship
and finished with the most wins in school history ( 13-1).
Coach Ronnie Jones, in charge since 1993, has guided his
bunch from Perry to a 75-14 record since 2008.
GISA - AA - MEMORIAL DAY SCHOOL 42, PIEDMONT 35
The Matadors earned their second straight state title and
third since 2009 with a close victory over Piedmont.
The victory capped a season that ended with 10 consecutive wins after Memorial Day opened the slate with two
straight losses. Coach Michael Thompson is 74-15 since
taking over in 2008. The Matadors were 7-34 the previous