Grayson took care of business against Colquitt County and Walton outlasted Lassiter, as both teams advance to their first state title contest. Grayson rallied for a 35-31 victory on the strength of a 87-yard final drive orchestrated by QB Nick Schuessler. The senior punctuated the drive with a short touchdown pass to Marcus Lindquist. Walton star back Tyren Jones continued his offensive onslaught with 187 yards and a long score that gave Walton a two-score cushion in a 30-24 defeat of Lassiter.
Lovejoy sent Warner Robins packing behind a stellar defensive effort spearheaded by Jermaine Hough. The senior DB's two INTs led to a pair of Alejandro Bennett scoring passes in the 21-6 semifinal win. Travis Custis topped the 100-yard mark to lead the offense. Tucker kept its undefeated season and championship hopes intact after a 17-16 win over Northside Warner Robins. Justin Rivers scooped up a fumble and returned it 100 yards for the decisive score late in the fourth.
Burke County allowed nearly 400 total yards to DeShaun Watson, but aided by a ground attack that produced three 100-yard rushers, the Bears bested Gainesville 63-28 to move on to the finals for the second time in school history. The running of Montrese Kitchens (157 yards), Donquell Green and Corey Mayton proved to be the difference. Peach County’s defense stifled Cairo’s attack and Ryan Bowman had a pick-six in the Trojans' 16-7 victory. Peach County is in pursuit of its fourth championship in seven years.
Buford uncharacteristically committed three turnovers and fell behind by a score but rallied for 21 unanswered points to drop Carver, 28-13. They will meet Calhoun in the title game after the Yellowjackets racked up more than 500 yards in a 51-14 rout of Appling County.
Jonathon Chamblee’s three scores powered Savannah Christian to a 27-0 victory, while Landmark Christian's Cantrell Frazier’s late score with under a minute left to clinch a 14-7 win against ECLA and land a spot in the title game.