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2021 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9 F L AG 1 (A - 4 A)

FEATURES Letter from the Executive Director .................................................................................6 Championship Preview .................................................................................................8

11:00 AM - Portal vs. SE Bulloch

Fall Champions ...........................................................................................................20

F LAG 2 (5 A - 6 A )

Past State Champions ..................................................................................................21

12:45 PM - Lithia Springs vs. Dodge County

F LAG 3 (7 A )

TEAM INFORMATION

C LA S S 1 A P RI VAT E CHA MP I O N S H I P

Class 7A Team Information .....................................................................................10-11

5:00 PM - Trinity Christian vs. Prince Avenue

Class 6A Team Information .....................................................................................12-13

C LAS S 1 A P UBL I C CHAMP I O N S H I P

Class 5A Team Information .....................................................................................14-15

8:00 PM - Irwin County vs. Brooks County

Class 4A Team Information .....................................................................................18-19

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10

Class 3A Team Information .....................................................................................24-25

CL AS S 2 A CHAMP I O NS H I P

Class 1A-Public Team Information ..........................................................................30-31

2:30 PM - Hillgrove vs. Marietta

12:00 PM - Fitzgerald vs. Thomasville

CL AS S 4 A CHAMP I O NS H I P

3:30 PM - Carver-Columbus vs. Benedictine

CL AS S 6 A CHAMP I O NS H I P 7:00 PM - Hughes vs. Buford

Class 2A Team Information .....................................................................................26-27 Class 1A-Private Team Information .........................................................................32-33 Class 7A Flag Football Team Information .....................................................................37 Class 5A-6A Flag Football Team Information ...............................................................38 Class 4A Flag Football Team Information .....................................................................39

VIEWING INFORMATION

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11 CL AS S 3 A CHAMP I O NS H I P

12:00 PM - Cedar Grove vs. Carver-Atlanta

CL AS S 5 A CHAMP I O NS H I P

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3:30 PM - Warner Robins vs. Calhoun

CL AS S 7 A CHAMP I O NS H I P

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7:00 PM - Milton vs. Collins Hill

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2021 GHSA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS WORD FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GHSA

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elcome to the GHSA Tommy Guillebeau Football Championships presented by Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance. This year we are excited to bring you these games from Center Parc Stadium! The coaches, players, cheerleaders and band members have put in countless hours leading up to this event. I know you appreciate the work of these young people and their skills that will be on display at this outstanding venue. Special thanks go out to the staff of CPS who have worked hard to ensure that this event will provide an experience for all that will be second to none.

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GEORGIA’S FOOTBALL PROWESS TAKES CENTER STATE AT 2021 CHAMPIONSHIPS By Craig Sager II

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enter Parc Stadium will host a three-day state championship marathon to conclude an already memorable and thrilling 2021 football season. Nationally-ranked powerhouses, recruits and perennial contenders will share the ultimate stage and put the Peach State’s prowess on full display. The action will kickoff on Thursday, Dec. 9 with three-straight flag football championship showdowns, and then the Class A Private finals begins at 5 p.m. with a rematch of last year’s championship between Prince Avenue Christian and Trinity Christian. Prince Avenue Christian won 41-21 last year.

Photo courtesy of Graham David

Thursday offers a trio of outstanding matchups—opening with Region 1-AA rivals Thomasville and Fitzgerald in the noon slot. Thomasville previously defeated the Purple Hurricanes 15-8 on Oct. 22, a victory that clinched Thomasville’s region crown. Thomasville is one win away from the program’s first state title since 1988 and Fitzgerald is looking to snap a championship drought that dates back to the 1948 season. The Class 4A championship features Carver-Columbus and Benedictine in the first-ever meeting between the programs. Carver-Columbus battled past Cedartown 22-21 in a dramatic semifinal victory and Benedictine has battled past defending champion Marist (24-21) and North Oconee (42-32) in the past two rounds. Friday’s primetime matchup will be two-time defending champion Buford take it home against a red-hot Hughes team looking for the program’s first-ever championship. Hughes’ “It feels like we are playing with house money,” said Prince Avenue head coach Greg Vandagriff. 13-1 record this season is the best in the program’s 14-year history and Buford’s 13-1 record His statement points out that he had a senior-laden team last year and it is a brand new collec- includes 11 occasions of holding opponents to a touchdown or less. tion of underclassmen leading the Wolverines this year. As for Trinity Christian, they returned chasing history nearly every starter from last year’s run to the finals. Prince Avenue Christian quarterback Aaron Philo has racked up 4,204 passing yards and 44 touchdowns through the air this season and Day 3 begins with Carver-Atlanta making the short trip to Center Parc Stadium to square Trinity Christian’s senior passer David Dallas has accounted for 3,641 yards and 45 passing off with Region 5-3A rival Cedar Grove. When the two teams met previously this season, touchdowns this season. Both quarterbacks have hit this mark despite getting first-round byes. it was a 3-0 game heading into the fourth quarter before the Saints eventually won 17-0. In Class A Public, Irwin County and Brooks County will faceoff in another championship re- Carver-Atlanta quarterback Bryce Bowens did not take the reins until the following week match. Irwin County, which is appearing in its fifth-straight title game scored a 27-19 victory in against Westminster and he has been phenomenal ever since. Class 5A powerhouses Warlast year’s finals. This will be the fourth time in the last two seasons that the programs have faced ner Robins and Calhoun will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. in their first-ever meeting before the grand and Irwin County was able to hold on for a 21-13 win over the Trojans in region play. Brooks finale between Milton and No. 1 ranked Collins Hill—which is expected to be one of the most viewed Georgia High School Football games of all time. County has not lost since that defeat and has scored 52.5 ppg this postseason.

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Class 7A

Milton vs. Collins Hill Saturday, December 11 | 7:00 PM By Craig Sager II

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MILTON 13-1, REGION 5 NO. 1 SEED

he Milton Eagles swept their way to a region title for the fourth-straight year and improved their all-time region record to 29-1 under six-year head coach Adam Clack. This level of consistency has been in the program’s DNA year in and year out and the team is riding an impressive 12-game winning streak into its showdown with Collins Hill. This year’s team has scored a single-season school record 43.1 ppg and their latest win was a 52-17 victory over Walton. Milton trailed 10-0 before exploding past the Raiders, and those 52 points scored are an all-time postseason record. The biggest playmaker in the semifinal win was running back Jordan McDonald, who finished with 155 yards and four touchdowns off 18 carries. Robert Billings returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown for the final tally and quarterback Devin Farrell connected with Brooks Bortle for a 26-yard touchdown in the semifinals.

2021 RESULTS HAPEVILLE CHARTER....................................45-0 W NORTH COBB...............................................40-21 L LIFE CHRISTIAN..........................................34-14 W ST. JOSEPH’S PREP....................................28-21 W MCEACHERN...............................................42-29 W ALPHARETTA...............................................55-27 W ETOWAH......................................................54-14 W

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ROSWELL....................................................44-34 W WOODSTOCK.................................................68-7 W CHEROKEE..................................................42-14 W DULUTH.......................................................45-14 W MARIETTA...................................................38-21 W MILL CREEK................................................36-27 W WALTON......................................................52-17 W

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COLLINS HILL 14-0, REGION 8 NO. 1 SEED

ndefeated Collins Hill will attempt to win its first-ever state title and wrap up the season as the wire-to-wire No. 1 ranked team in the state. The Eagles have validated their status at No. 1 with a defensive unit that has tallied six shutouts, while surrendering just 5.8 ppg, and a star-powered offense that is scoring at a rate of 41 ppg. Collins Hill’s latest victory was another clinic in all three-phases and produced a 31-0 triumph over defending state champion Grayson--putting the Eagles (14-0) in the championship game for the second straight year. Quarterback and Missouri-commit Sam Horn completed 21 of 29 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown. Travis Hunter, the nation’s No. 1 prospect and Florida State commit, caught eight passes for 73 yards and one touchdown on offense and recovered a fumble on defense. Spenser Anderson rushed 14 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

2021 RESULTS BROOKWOOD..............................................36-10 W SPRAYBERRY...................................................1-0 F GREENVILLE CHRISTIAN.............................37-22 W ROME............................................................34-0 W ALPHARETTA.................................................42-0 W EAST COWETA...............................................34-0 W PEACHTREE RIDGE........................................63-0 W

NORTH GWINNETT.........................................35-7 W MOUNTAIN VIEW...........................................28-0 W MILL CREEK................................................40-10 W LAMBERT....................................................56-13 W PEBBLEBROOK.............................................48-6 W LOWNDES.....................................................49-7 W GRAYSON......................................................31-0 W


DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

MILTON VS. COLLINS HILL CLASS 7A SKINNY This heavyweight showdown between Collins Hill and Milton will have two of the highest-rated prospects in the nation taking the field. Florida-state bound Travis Hunter is the No. 1 rated Class of 2022 player in the country, and he has returned from a midseason leg injury to contribute in all three phases. As for Milton, junior LT Overton lines up at defensive line, and he is the No. 3 ranked Class of 2023 prospect in the nation. This will be the first meeting between Milton and Collins Hill since 2017 when they met in the first round. Collins Hill is looking for its first-ever state title and Milton is looking for its second crown since 2018.

MILTON EAGLES

COLLINS HILL EAGLES

(Milton, GA) • Red, Blue, White # Name 1 Devin Farrell 2 Cam Cainion 3 Robert Billings 4 Jordan Bride 5 Jordan McDonald 6 Debron Gatling 7 Bryce Thornton 8 Adam Freas 9 LT Overton 10 Caleb Moran 11 Owen Pauley 12 Greyson Wright 13 Brooks Bortle 14 Jack Lawson 15 Luke Nickel 16 Wyatt Nave 17 Cameron Stanley 18 Dylan Warren 19 Braxton Powell 20 Hampton McInnish 21 Brayden Holmes 22 Scott Moskowitz 23 Jackson Jenkins 24 Ben Lowery 25 Alex Genone 26 Jaden Allen 27 Jake Doster 28 Zyere Horton 29 Jackson Leach 30 Matt Meyers 31 Faisal Sokoya 32 Cole Werthman 33 Dylan Miller 34 Stephen Gregg 35 Tobi Adewoyin 36 Will Stewart 37 Dylan Lewis 38 AJ Crawford 39 Jacob Meador 40 Cooper Bradshaw 41 Garrett Spooner

Gr. QB CB SS WR RB WR FS WR DL ILB OLB OLB CB WR QB WR CB QB ILB WR CB RB RB LS WR WR FS ILB ILB WR CB ILB ILB FS FS RB CB DL RB LB WR

Pos. 12 12 11 10 12 10 11 12 11 11 12 10 12 10 9 11 12 10 11 11 11 11 12 11 10 12 12 12 10 11 10 11 12 11 9 10 9 12 10 9 10

42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 60 61 62 63 64 66 70 74 77 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 93 94 98 99

Connor Crupi Michael Phillips Jeremiah Mellem Brayden Zettler Wyatt Smalley Owen Phillips Jake Spuck Riley Gilmore Riley Phillips-Rushing Trey Harding Evan Zapata Tim Schindler Elliott Meyer Mo Clipper Jr. Gilles Tchio Brandon Best Hayden Tumminia Drew Cohen Kayden Richardson Brody Benotti Jack Mueller Ben Hartman Jordan Merriweather Tyhler Williams Aydan Smith Colin Moran Chandler Cook Chase Traubel Felipe Mota Jackson Thacker DJ Oates Keyani Mathis Jack Nickel Noah Vinson Ryan Ghea Justus Martin Tomas Funckner Terence Spencer Preston Cassidy Jackson Tanner Elliott Meyer

Head Coach: Adam Clack

(Suwanee, GA.) • Green, White, Silver CB DL SS FB DL DL DL ILB OL OL OL OL OL OL DL OL ILB DL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL TE K K K FS WR TE WR TE WR ILB DL DL DL FB

11 10 10 10 11 11 11 11 10 12 11 11 12 12 12 12 9 10 12 11 12 12 10 12 11 12 10 11 11 12 11 11 12 9 9 9 12 9 9 10 12

Assistant Coaches: Vinny Silvestri, Rob Williams, Carl Vice, Philip Broome, Drew Connell, Mike McGhee, Steven Stromie, Renaldo Smith, Lonnie Estes, Eric Tryon, Jeff Woods, Derek Gaffey, Nicole Thomas

# Name

Gr.

Pos.

33

Rich Dorsey

LB

12

1

Aaron Horton

2

Christian Harris

DB

12

35

Ethan Campbell

DB/WR

9

DB

12

3

37

Nahrell Zeigler

DB/WR

10

Cameron Pedro

WR

12

40

Quinten Grambo

LB

10

4

Donald Griffin

LB

11

41

CJ Hector

WR/DB

9

5

Jaylon Harris

RB

12

42

Jacari Thomas

LB

9

6

Spenser Anderson

RB

12

49

Alijah Patillo

WR/DB

9

7

Jayden Davis

DB

11

50

Cedric Richardson

OL/DL

12

8

Jaiden Faison

LB

12

51

Davis Hamilton

OL/DL

12

9

Ethan Davis

WR

11

52

Giles Mboumi

OL/DL

12

11

Coby Rogers

WR

12

12

Travis Hunter

WR/DB

12

53

Luke Thomas

LB

11

14

Richard Ransom

LB/WR

12

54

Lucas Kulig

OL/DL

12

15

Michael Cruise

LB/RB

11

55

TK Lanier

OL/DL

11

16

Roberto Bryant

DB/WR

12

56

Jaylen George

OL/DL

12

17

Ryan Stephens

RB

12

57

Nick Igbeare

OL/DL

10

18

Dion Crawford

LB/TE

11

58

David Reyes

OL/DL

12

19

TJ Wilcox

QB

9

60

Jamorea Mcbride

OL/DL

12

20

Claudin Beauvoir

RB/LB

11

61

Jadon Martin

OL/DL

9

21

Sam Horn

QB

12

62

Matthew Luperdi

OL/DL

12

22

Brandon Brown

DB

11

63

Cam Daniels

OL/DL

9

23

Asani Redwood

DL/TE

12

53

Javyon Hatch

OL/DL

9

24

Sharief Pennington

WR

11

64

Collin Rogers

OL/DL

11

25

Chase Nash

WR/RB

10

70

Jeremy Henry

OL/DL

9

27

Mente Bridge

DB

12

72

Robby Watson

OL

12

Malik Clarke

OL/DL

12

28

Cortez Hayes

LB

10

77

29

Michael Taylor

WR/DB

10

79

Logan Arnold

OL/DL

10

31

Jordan Tally

WR/LB

10

80

Isaiah Richardson

WR

11

30

Kaden Christy

WR/DB

10

84

Isaac Bonacci

K

11

32

Devin Davis

DL/TE

12

85

Alfredo Cordero

K

11

Head Coach: Lenny Gregory

Assistant Coaches: Dante Williams, Drew Swick, Todd Wofford, Hayden Gregory, Jared Carkuff

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Class 6A

Hughes vs. Buford Friday, December 10 | 7:00 PM By Craig Sager II

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HUGHES 13-1, REGION 4 NO. 1 SEED

angston Hughes has been on a warpath over the last two seasons and will be making its championship debut riding a 13-game win-streak. This moment has been years in the making with Hughes’ breaking to the scene in recent years with a young and extremely talented group that is the bulk of this year’s lineup. Head coach Daniel Williams has been able to rotate a ton of guys defensively, and the offense is a balanced machine that has racked up 189 rushing yards per game to go with 182.9 passing yards per game. Sophomore quarterback Prentiss “Air” Noland has thrown for 2,473 yards and 33 touchdowns, with seniors Rodney Shelly (10) and Armani Tookes (8) combining for 18 of the team’s receiving scores. Defensively, Michael Watson II is a multi-year starter at linebacker and has led the way with 165 tackles this season.

2021 RESULTS NEWTON...........................................................7-6 L ALLATOONA.....................................................6-0 W HARRISON..................................................38-14 W MAYS........................................................... 34-6 W M.L. KING.....................................................55-0 W WESTLAKE..................................................31-24 W NORTH ATLANTA............................................68-7 W

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LOVEJOY.......................................................28-7 W TUCKER.........................................................48-3 W MORROW......................................................72-0 W GLYNN ACADEMY........................................42-14 W SHILOH.........................................................28-8 W NORTHSIDE-WARNER ROBINS.....................48-7 W DACULA......................................................47-28 W

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BUFORD 13-1, REGION 8 NO. 1 SEED

o. 1 ranked Buford is making its 18th finals appearance since 2001 and is one victory away from the program’s 14th all-time state crown. Head Coach Bryant Appling took the reins in 2019 and will be looking to win his third-state title in three seasons. The Wolves held No. 7 ranked Carrollton to six points in their 21-6 semifinal win. It was the 11th time in 14 games that the Wolves held an opponent to a touchdown or less. Buford (13-1) is allowing just 6.4 points per game, which is second-best in the state behind Collins Hill’s 5.8. Buford’s Ashton Daniels threw two touchdowns passes, and Victor Venn ran for 103 yards and a score on 17 carries. Carrollton got inside the Buford 20-yard line three times but turned the ball over on downs once, in the fourth quarter, and settled for two field goals by Jacob Russell.

2021 RESULTS NORTH COBB..............................................35-27 W CLARKE CENTRAL.........................................16-3 W MYERS PARK (NC).....................................44-17 W CHAMINADE-MADONNA..................................7-0 L CENTRAL GWINNETT.....................................41-0 W HABERSHAM CENTRAL.................................58-0 W SHILOH.........................................................37-0 W

LANIER..........................................................56-0 W WINDER-BARROW........................................38-2 W DACULA........................................................42-7 W KELL...........................................................38-14 W LOVEJOY.......................................................44-7 W LEE COUNTY..................................................27-0 W CARROLLTON................................................21-6 W


DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

HUGHES VS. BUFORD CLASS 6A SKINNY

Buford defeated Hughes 44-15 in last year’s quarterfinals in the only meeting between the programs in their respective histories. This year’s showdown will put a bevy of future college-bound prospects on display. Hughes has four of the top rated 34 juniors in the state—including 6-foot-7 offensive tackle Johnathan "Bo" Hughley and 6-foot-5 four-star tight end Jelani Thurman. Hughley and Thurman are prime examples of the tremendous size Hughes’ roster boasts. Buford has one of the most star-studded group of seniors in the state and that group consists of quarterback and Stanford-commit Ashton Daniels, four-star athlete Isaiah Bond, Alabama-commit and safety Jake Pope and three-star running back and Colorado-commit Victor Venn among many others.

HUGHES PANTHERS

BUFORD WOLVES

(Fairburn, GA) • Green, Gold # Name

Gr.

1

Antonio Martin

2

Xavier Smith

(Buford, GA) • Gold, Green

Pos.

34

Jaiden Jordan

RB

9

RB/LB

12

35

Tequarvious Brown

RB

10

QB

12

36

Jimmy Leverette

LB

12

Damion Dalton

DL

12

3

Terrance Love

DB/WR

11

37

4

Lataj Wright

DB

12

38

Montrell Godly

LB

`10

5

Armani Tookes

WR/RB

12

39

Nacori Holmes

LB

12

6

Rodney Shelley

WR/DB

12

40

Rhyan Lester

LB

9

7

Air Noland

QB

10

42

Xavier Flounnary

DB

12

Alan Gonzalez

K

12 12

8

Josh Horton

DE/TE

11

43

9

Michael Watson

LB/TE

12

44

Antonio Walker

DL

10

Tyson Knight

DL/TE

12

45

Kamaje Bryant

DE

9

11

CJ Lockhart

WR/RB

11

48

Alijah Maddox

DL

11

12

Ahmad Howard

DE/LB

11

49

Terrance Brown

DB

9

Aiden Watkins

DL

10 10

13

Artagus Allison

WR/DB

12

50

14

Xavier Leonard

LB

10

51

Tony Saylor

OL

15

Charles Daniel

DL/RB

11

52

Cam Williams

DL/OL

9

16

Corey Blair

QB

9

53

Jetavious Fraiser

OL

10

17

Jaylin Johnson

WR

12

54

Garrett Wilson

OL

12

Johnathan Hughley

OL

11 10

18

Jailon Brown

WR/DB

12

55

19

Demtry Wells

DB

11

57

D'Markus Brown

DL

20

Justin Bonds

RB/LB

10

58

Dontrell Glover

OL

9

21

Jamarion Harris

RB

11

61

Aiden Ferguson

OL/DL

12

22

Santonio Jones

DB

9

62

Jordan Cox

OL

10

23

Zack Flemming

DB

11

63

Jamari Freeman

OL/DL

12

24

Jakari Martin

DB

11

70

Dantrae Mann

DL

12

25

Andrez Johnson

LB

12

80

Jeremy Jenkins

WR

10

26

Torey Arnold

WR/DB

10

81

Juan Pena

K

12

27

Donavan Hindsman

DB

12

82

Kaleb Young

WR

9

28

Devon Wright

DB

11

83

Jamir Bilal

WR

9

31

Brandon Gates

DB

9

85

Jamari Bilal

WR

9

33

Jelani Thurman

DE/TE

11

99

Kintavious Williams

DL

12

Head Coach: Daniel Williams

Assistant Coaches: Allen Williams, David Hart, Ben Arnold

# Name 1 Isaiah Bond 2 Jake Pope 3 Eli Parks 4 Tobi Olawole 5 CJ Clinkscales 6 Victor Venn 7 Victor Payne 8 Ryland Gandy 9 Aubrey Smith 10 Davis Peek 11 Dawson Andrew 12 Ashton Daniels 13 Tristan Gabrels 14 Cole Taylor 15 Peyton Rinker 15 Callum Fraser 16 Will Harkness 17 Dylan Wittke 18 Aiden Wilson 19 KJ Bolden 20 Jalen Neal 21 Tyshun White 22 Kobi Blackwell 23 Je'Marcus White 24 Hysan Dalton 24 Defarris Nixon 25 Jordan Castro 26 Zack Salo 27 Ryan McKinnis 27 Devin Williams 28 Eli Kiep 29 Japhet Mubenga 29 Jeremiah McKinzie 30 Eddrick Houston 31 Jack Damron 32 Christian Butler 32 Jake Humphrey 33 Nate Norys 34 Trelain Maddox 35 Bryson Banks 35 Chris Garland 36 Alijah Williams 36 Sam Harkness 37 Mantrez Walker 38 Evan Leonardo 38 Tayshaun Pittman 39 Viktor Ruiz 40 Corbin Mewborn 40 Justin Baker

Gr. WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB WR/DB RB/DB RB/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB TE/DE RB/LB QB QB WR/DB TE/DE QB WR/DB QB QB WR/DB RB/DB WR/DB RB/DB FB/LB WR/DB RB/DB WR/DB WR/DB RB/LB RB/DB WR/DB TE/DE RB/DB TE/DE WR/LB FB/LB FB/LB FB/LB RB/DB FB/LB RB/DB FB/DE WR/DB RB/LB WR/LB FB/LB WR/DB FB/LB RB/DB

Pos. 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 10 11 12 10 12 11 11 10 10 10 10 12 12 10 11 12 11 9 10 12 10 10 11 11 10 12 10 10 9 11 9 9 10 11 12 11 9

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 54 55 56 58 60 61 62 64 65 66 67 68 70 71 72 73 75 75 76 77 78 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 87 88 89 89 90 91 93 95 97 99

Cannon Goldin Issac Melber Malik Spencer Wyatt Hays Jaydon Mason Tafirenyika Jaji John Frazier Jordan Allen Jadon Perlotte Joseph Miller River Wilson Ian Chandler Hayden Gower Pierce Demarco Wyles McCammon Aiden Jeter Rex Polly Oscar Mendoza Drew Avant Trevor Gutierrez Paul Mubenga Antoine Belt Jacob Nixon Daniel Kim Dale Greene Jackson Favors Devin Forrester Sho Mitchell Jeremiah Maxey Jayvin Bennett Nicco Maggio Jeremiah Willingham Cooper Purcell Abe Gonzalez Jake Boggs Joshua Thomas Braden Bickers Cooper Berry Caleb Tetteh Josiah Wyatt Braxton Guiney Javias Robinson Eli McElwaney Christhoper Larrazabel Kenyon Rivera Michael DiGiacomo Brian Benitez Mason Turner Mario Ventura Daniel Ortiz Alejandro Mata

RB/LB WR/DB WR/LB WR/LB FB/LB FB/LB FB/DL WR/DB RB/LB OL/DE OL/DE OL/DT OL/LB OL/DE OL/DE OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT OL/DT TE/DE WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB TE/DE TE/DE TE/DE WR/DB WR/DB TE/DE WR/DB TE/LB TE/DE FB/LB FB/LB P/K LB/K P/K

9 10 12 10 10 10 10 9 9 12 12 11 10 10 10 11 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 12 10 12 11 9 9 10 9 12 11 11 10 9 10 12 11 9 11 11 9 10 11 11 10 11 12

Head Coach: Bryant Appling

Assistant Coaches: Gus Condon, Michael May, Matt Winslette, Fyrone Davis, Bryan Rogers, David Snell

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2021 GHSA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class 5A

Warner Robins vs. Calhoun Saturday, December 11 | 3:30 PM By Craig Sager II

D

WARNER ROBINS 13-1, REGION 1 NO. 2 SEED

efending state champion Warner Robins is heading to a fifth-straight Class 5A title game following an emphatic 40-15 road win over No. 5-ranked Creekside in the semis. Warner Robins led 23-0 at halftime and 40-7 in the fourth quarter. Chaz Sturn rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries, and Fred Perry rushed for 60 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries. Warner Robins’ edge in total yards was only 340-291, but the Demons intercepted three passes and finished the game with zero turnovers. Defensively, junior five-star Vic Burley registered three tackles for losses. Senior Jay Carter has tallied 130 total tackles this season with a team-high 23 tackles for loss and the Demons have produced 17 interceptions and 16 recovered fumbles this year.

2021 RESULTS VALDOSTA...................................................48-20 W ARCHER......................................................50-34 W NORTHSIDE-WARNER ROBINS.....................49-7 W HOUSTON COUNTY........................................49-9 W LEE COUNTY................................................56-30 W CAMDEN COUNTY.......................................77-34 W WARE COUNTY.............................................29-21 L

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WAYNE COUNTY..........................................70-14 W COFFEE.........................................................22-7 W VETERANS....................................................59-3 W JONESBORO................................................64-20 W CARTERSVILLE...........................................24-17 W JONES COUNTY...........................................49-21 W CREEKSIDE.................................................40-15 W

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CALHOUN 12-2, REGION 7 NO. 2 SEED

o. 6-ranked Calhoun squared off with No. 9-ranked Blessed Trinity eight weeks after beating the Titans 32-27 in the regular season, and the Yellow Jackets came away with another win — this time by a margin of 24-7 — to advance to the state finals for the first time since 2017 and the first time ever as a Class 5A program. Calhoun dominated the first half, taking a 21-0 lead late in the second with Christian Lewis’ third touchdown pass of the night and second in a row to Cole Speer (his first went to Emaree Winston in the opening frame). On defense, the Yellow Jackets held Blessed Trinity to a missed 37-yard field goal attempt in the first, Quin Smith hauled in an interception in between the two Lewis-to-Speer connections, and Mason Green and Peyton Law registered a sack and a fumble recovery respectively on back-to-back plays to close out the half.

2021 RESULTS DALTON.......................................................42-35 W MCCALLIE (TN)............................................38-20 L RIDGELAND...................................................56-7 W WOODSTOCK...............................................56-16 W CEDARTOWN.................................................31-7 W HIRAM.........................................................63-17 W BLESSED TRINITY.......................................32-27 W

WOODLAND-CARTERSVILLE........................52-6 W CASS...........................................................35-14 W CARTERSVILLE............................................21-14 L DECATUR.....................................................35-21 W WARE COUNTY............................................49-42 W CLARKE CENTRAL.........................................31-7 W BLESSED TRINITY.........................................24-7 W


DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

WA R N E R R O B I N S V S . C A L H O U N CLASS 5A SKINNY Warner Robins is in the state finals for the fifth straight time—joining Buford, Calhoun, Irwin County and Eagle’s Landing Christian as the only other programs to match that feat; Calhoun’s five-year run to consecutive finals came in 2008-12. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two powerhouses. Additionally, this is the second-straight year that the Class 5A championship has pinned Region 1 against Region 7. Last year, Warner Robins defeated Region 7’s Cartersville in a runaway 62-28 final. Both Warner Robins and Calhoun have been tested with loaded schedules. Calhoun will be Warner Robins’ eighth ranked opponent and Warner Robins will be Calhoun’s seventh-ranked opponent.

WARNER ROBINS DEMONS

CALHOUN YELLOW JACKETS

(Warner Robins, GA) • Red, White

# Name

Gr.

1

Daveon Walker

2

(Calhoun, GA) • Gold, Black

Pos.

40

Jakobi Johnson

MLB

11

# Name

Gr.

Pos.

38

Jacob Greeson

W/OLB

11

WR/SS

12

41

Khebrion Puchoon

OLB

11

1

Luke Hawkins

WR/DB

12

40

Drew Ferguson

W/LB

11

Christon Lane

LS/QB

12

42

T.J. Thomas

RB/CB

10

3

Antwon Jackson

CB/WR

12

44

Xavier Felder

MLB/OLB/TE

10

2

Brendan Gray

WR/DB

12

42

Nathan Fuller

W/LB

11

4

Dk Sturn

WR/RB

12

45

Brennan Long

P/K

12

3

Peyton Law

WR/DB

12

43

Ben Williams

TE/LB

10

5

Chaz Sturn

CB/WR

11

46

Zequan Kinchens

OLB/TE

10

4

Christopher Lewis

RB/LB

12

44

Mason Green

W/LB

12

6

Jafredrick Perry

FS/WR

12

47

Jermon Rountree

TE

11

5

Cole Speer

WR/DB

12

45

Brooks Brannon

W/LB

10

7

Malcolm Brown

RB/OLB

11

48

Javarius Williams

WR

10

6

Gage Leonard

RB/LB

12

51

Omarie Shoulders

OL/DL

12

8

Jeff Davis

QB

10

54

Jaden Murray

NG

10

7

Ben Nation

TE/DE

12

52

Jai Hogan

OL/DL

12

9

Elijah Antonio

OLB

11

55

Adrian Allen

T/G

11

8

Gavin Velarde

WR/LB

12

12

57

Brent Grant

DE/T/G

10

12

10

WR

WR/DB

OL/DL

Marquiz Gray

Quin Smith

Kristyane Gregory

10

9

53

58

Thomas Davison

T/G/C

11

12

10

11

TE/DE

OL/DL

SS/FS

Lex Walraven

Matt Scoggins

Cian Lewis

10

54

11 12

Deuce Petty

WR/QB/FS

12

60

Amontee Washington

DT/G

12

11

Cam Curtis

WR/DB

11

55

Thomas Wells

OL/DL

10

13

Isiah Canion

QB/WR

10

61

Caden Pollack

G

11

12

Dustin Kerns

WR/DB

11

56

Christian Smith

OL/LB

10

13

Montrez Dinkins

MLB/TE/OLB

12

62

Noah Stovall

T

12

12

63

Cameron Hunter

DE/DT

10

12

10

WR

WR/DB

OL/DL

Johnathan Allen

Blaze Hammett

Lance Chastain

14

13

57

14

Christian Lewis

QB

12

58

Lance Mauldin

OL/LB

11

15

Trey Townsend

QB

10

59

Christian Bell

OL/DL

10

16

Camran Dodd

WR/OLB

12

62

Tye Massey

OL/DL

12

17

Carlos Orozco

K

12

64

Terry Moss

OL/DL

11

18

CJ Hawkins

WR/DB

11

65

Christopher Ellis

OL/DL

10

66

John Ross

OL/DL

10

67

Jackson Hamby

OL/DL

12

68

Jose Orellano

OL/DL

11

70

Kendrick Kirby

OL/DL

12

Jace Warren

OL/DL

12

15

Jay Carter

MLB/TE

12

65

Lamartreal Carter

C

11

16

Demetrius Austin

WR

12

67

Brandon Delacruz

G

12

17

Cam Flowers

QB/FS/SS

10

70

Dezma Hodges

NG

12

18

A.J. Howard

CB

11

72

Zackary Dixon

G/T

12

20

Emanuel Brown Jr.

WR/CB

11

75

Nick Reeves

G/C/T

10

21

Aamir Quick

WR

11

76

Chancellor Brooks

T

12

19

Isaac Brooks

WR/OLB

11

22

Ronjaden Adair

SS/SB

11

77

Jose Gonzalez

C/T

12

20

Jacob Black

WR/DB

11

23

Ju'shiyne Dion-jackson

RB

10

81

Emandre Brown

WR/CB

10

21

Caden Williams

RB/LB

10

24

Antwan Nelson

FB/MLB/OLB

12

82

Myles Joyner

WR

10

22

Kaleb Ray

RB/DB

11

26

Kaivion Braswell

CB

10

83

Christian Mcmann

WR

10

23

Jacob Shuler

WR/DB

10

71

27

Ja'lean Robinson

OLB

10

84

Daniel Barber

K

11

86

Vic Burley

DE/DT

11

10

11

12

WR/DB

OL/DL

FS

Aaron Reyes

Braydon Hammontree

Rodrick Mcdaniel

24

72

28

Conner Dancey

OL/DL

10

29

Jeremiah Jackson

WR

11

87

Chayce Smith

DE/DT

11

30

William Gunnings III

RB

10

88

Nathaniel Sanford

DT

12

31

Jalin Baker

FS/SS

12

89

Jackson Mccook

K/P

11

32

Jahziah Avilez

WR

10

90

Peter Wade

DE

11

33

Jalen Miller

FS/WR

10

91

Tre Carr

DT/DE

35

Titorio Smith

RB

11

93

Jarvis Lamar

DT/DE

36

Donavan Sutton

OLB

12

94

Sean Morris

37

Jaquis Bender

CB/SS/FS

12

96

Darius Perkins

Head Coach: Marquis Westbrook

Assistant Coaches: Jeremy Edwards, Jordan Singletary, Jeremy Avery, Dedrick Early, Kelly Chastain, Antonio Talton

25

Beau Black

WR/DB

10

73

26

Stover Morgan

WR/DB

10

75

Derek Green

OL/DL

12

10

76

Kelly Wells

OL/DL

11

27

Jaquan Mcclarty

RB/DB

28

Nate Fowler

WR/DB

11

77

Brody Balliew

OL/DL

11

12

29

Walker Roe

WR/OLB

10

80

Isaac Green

WR/DB

10

10

31

Eric Pittman

WR/DB

11

82

Bryant Arnold

WR/DB

10

DT

12

32

Montaze Byrd

WR/DL

10

86

Alexis Vazquez

WR/DB

10

DE/DT

12

33

Corbin Fuller

RB/LB

11

99

Sergio Sanchez

K

10

Head Coach: Clay Stephenson

Assistant Coaches: Terry Morrow, Tommie Hoblitzell, Chase Arnold, Franco Perkins, Barry Hall

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2021 GHSA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class 4A

Carver-Columbus vs. Benedictine Friday, December 10 | 3:30 PM By Craig Sager II

I

CARVER-COLUMBUS 13-1, REGION 2 NO. 1 SEED

n the semifinals, host Carver-Columbus trailed the whole game until Jaiden Credle’s 54-yard touchdown with 2:27 left and Devin Riles’ game-deciding two-point conversion that gave them the one-point victory. Cedartown opened up a 14-0 lead off of a pair of rushing touchdowns by Cedric Washington in the first quarter. Carver was able to even up 14-14 at the half with a 12-yard Riles touchdown run and a 54-yard touchdown pass from Riles to Cam Hudson. Washington returned to the endzone for his third score on a 33-yard carry to put the Bulldogs back up 21-14 and the teams battled back-and-forth until Credle’s late score. Cedartown forced a turnover on downs inside the 10-yard line with just six minutes left before Carver’s defense got the stop and set up the game-winning drive. Carver-Columbus will make its first appearance in the finals since 2007.

2021 RESULTS LEE COUNTY.................................................25-22 L SPENCER......................................................34-8 W SPRING VALLEY (SC)..................................28-15 W KENDRICK.....................................................38-0 W SHAW............................................................43-7 W LAGRANGE..................................................42-27 W JORDAN...........................................................1-0 F

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TROUP...........................................................36-0 W COLUMBUS...................................................60-6 W HARDAWAY....................................................38-7 W WEST LAURENS............................................22-7 W HAPEVILLE CHARTER..................................52-12 W DOUGHERTY................................................16-14 W CEDARTOWN...............................................22-21 W

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BENEDICTINE 12-2, REGION 3 NO. 1 SEED

o. 2-ranked Benedictine bested visiting North Oconee by a margin of 42-32 in a semifinals game that featured four lead changes to advance to the state title game for the first time since 2016. Holden Geriner put the Cadets on the board with a scoring strike to Zaquan Bryan before the Titans took a 14-7 lead with Dominic Elder’s 3-yard run and Khalil Barnes’ reception of a Max Wilson touchdown pass. Geriner found Bryan for another touchdown early in the second, and following a North Oconee three-and-out, Kameron Edge put Benedictine up 21-14. The Titans added a field goal before the break and a Brooks Thompson touchdown reception early in the second half to reclaim the lead, but Edge hauled in a touchdown pass from Geriner on third-and-long and Justin Thomas found the end zone shortly after for a 35-24 Benedictine advantage. Geriner added a touchdown run for the game’s final points.

2021 RESULTS CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (FL)'..................42-27 L BEAUFORT (SC)............................................33-23 L NORTH OCONEE..........................................48-17 W WAYNE COUNTY............................................51-7 W WARE COUNTY............................................49-42 W BURKE COUNTY..........................................59-28 W JENKINS.......................................................49-6 W

SOUTH EFFINGHAM......................................56-7 W NEW HAMPSTEAD.......................................70-28 W ISLANDS.....................................................58-13 W THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL..........................59-0 W LUELLA.........................................................63-7 W MARIST.......................................................24-21 W NORTH OCONEE..........................................42-32 W


DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

CARVER-COLUMBUS VS. BENEDICTINE CLASS 4A SKINNY Carver-Columbus and Benedictine will meet for the first time, and it will be a contrast of styles as Carver-Columbus’ downhill offense goes up against a potent Benedictine offense led by quarterback and Auburn-commit Holden Geriner. Carver is averaging nearly 300 rushing yards per game and also has the ability to spark the passing game with Devin Riles. Benedictine’s offense is more evenly distributed with a 226.5 averaging passing yards per game and 228.9 rushing yards per game. In terms of major contributors, Carver’s Jaiden Credle and Benedictine’s Justin Thomas have both rushed in 23 touchdowns this season. Credle has also racked up 388 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while Thomas has contributed 779 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns through the air.

BENEDICTINE CADETS

CARVER TIGERS

(Savannah, GA) • Maroon, White

(Columbus, GA) • Maroon, White # Name

Gr.

Pos.

42

Kourtney Kelley

LB

10

3

Jamari Riley

RB

11

45

Darron Reed

LB

11

5 6

Devin Riles

QB

12

46

Anthony Wilson Jr

LB

9

Keshaun Davis

QB/WR

9

47

Jaylan Piett

LB

10

7

Isaiah Jenkins

WR

11

48

Malik Jones

LB

12

8

Jakobi Hatter

WR

11

50

Nate Bailey

LB

12

9

Terel Dewberry

WR

11

53

Kelton Smith

OL

11

10

Jacobie Hunter

WR

10

55

James Jackson

LB

12

11

Tyler Parks

WR

11

56

Keshawn Hearns

OL

12

12

Jaklan Carter

WR

11

57

Elijah Pritchett

OL

12

14

Jacorey West

DB

9

58

Santrevious Richardson

DL

9

17

Raheum Brown

WR

11

59

Ernest Stanley

DL

12

18

Gentry Sherman

WR/RB

11

61

Deion Shorts

OL

9

19

Martavious Mccoy

QB

11

64

Anthony Harvey

OL

10

20

Antonio Watts

DB

12

66

Baylin Carr

OL

9

21

Jaiden Credle

RB

12

68

Ryan Hardman

OL

11

22

Damien Givens

RB/DB

12

69

Jacorey London

DL

9

23

Marquis Davis

DB

11

71

Kameron Dawkins

OL

10

24

Kolin Hidge

RB

9

80

Williams Bonilla

WR

12

25

Jayshawn Washington

DB

12

81

Cameron Hudson

WR

12

26

Kameron Jackson

WR

9

82

Brandon Hardrick

WR

12

27

J'Vion Luster

DB

11

83

Clarence Buford

WR

9

28

Kobe Passmore

RB

12

84

Damien Gaston

WR

9

29

Michael Merriwether

DB

12

85

Braylon Jakes

WR

9

31

Brandon Webb

RB

11

87

Shyheim Price

WR

9

32

Keemon Smith

RB

11

89

Cartez Walker

WR

10

34

Cortez West

LB

11

90

Jakevion Parker

DL

10

35

De'Mariyon Bryer

LB

12

91

Cameron Crowell

DL

12

37

Kavin Logan

RB

9

92

Jayden Witherspoon

DL

9

38

Deandre Pridgett

LB

11

93

Kaleb Thomas

LB

9

39

Christopher Smith

DB

11

94

Treyvon Ford

DL

11

40

Jatavious Wisdom

RB

9

95

Miquon Meriwether

DL

11

41

Dontaivious Carter

DE

12

96

Treacy Sales

OL/DL

12

Head Coach: Corey Joyner

Assistant Coaches: Uyl joyner, Johnny Marshall, Mario Nazien, Johnny Garner, Michael Ohso, Anthony Harvey

# Name 1 Za'Quan Bryan 2 Kameron Edge 3 Houston Jackson 4 Justin Thomas 5 Charles Iannone 6 Jakobe Gadsden 7 RaSean Matthews 8 Ashley Edwards 9 Lamont Mitchell 10 Keiran Glover 11 Holden Geriner 12 James Moore 13 Holden Sapp 14 Na'Seir Samuel 15 Lawton Smith 15 Cameron Gonzalez 16 Marque Williams 17 Luke Kromenhoek 18 Areyion Guyton 19 Irvin Jobes 20 Ben Hollerbach 20 Jack Ganem 21 Hudson Grove 22 Conner Graham 23 Jamel Mainer 24 Jackson Graham 25 Grayson Spence 25 Gavin Salisbury 26 John Farrell 27 Cody Brinson 28 DeBarry Greene 29 Sam Ippolito 30 Michael Smith 31 Christian Harris 32 Wilkes Albert 33 Bryce Baker 34 Alden Swift 35 Michael Hogan 36 Thomas Blackshear 37 Robert Leonard 38 Asher Sigmon 39 Colin Smith 40 Caleb Jones 41 Liam Hogan 42 Joshua Paige 43 Cameron Outler 44 Hunter Dunn 45 Evan Scarbrough 46 Andrew Tramell 47 Kaden Johnson 48 Colby Brennan 49 Ty McCurry

Gr. RB/DB RB/DB QB/DB RB/DB TE/LB RB/DB RB/LB RB/LB RB/LB RB/DB QB WR/DB WR/LB RB/DB TE/LB WR/DB WR/DB QB/LB RB/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB K K/DB TE/DB RB/DB RB/DB WR/DB RB/DB RB/DB RB/LB RB/DB TE/LB FB/LB FB/LB FB/LB TE/LB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB K TE/LB WR/DB WR/LB RB/DB FB/LB RB/DB FB/LB RB/LB WR/DB FB/LB TE/DE

Pos. 11 12 10 12 11 12 10 10 11 11 12 11 12 10 12 9 9 10 9 10 12 9 11 11 12 11 12 9 12 11 10 12 12 9 10 10 9 9 9 9 11 11 9 10 11 12 12 12 10 9 9 9

50 51 52 53 54 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99

Cole Walker Reece Reddick Shayne Strickland Noah Williams Brian Johnson Blake Maxheimer Jeremiah Thomas Drew Morin Hunter Odom LeVar Loadholt Wray Akins Jackson Goette Blake Schwabe Raphael Scroggins Caden Singleton Talan Waddell Nyle Rehman Jacobe Ward Louis Strickland-Marino Mayes Keck Henry Hale Saddam Wade Patrick Cazaubon Bo McNamara Connor Burnett James Wise Lawrence Rivers Andre Dixon Harry Glazier David Conner Immanuel Pitts Cole Semien Antonio Hansen-Mann Bo Tallevast Reid Ferraro Attilio Balbo La'Don Bryant John Best John Lilly Alijah Alexander Joseph Stoever Luc Wenzel-Di Furia Thomas Wiggin Sam Lecates Tyler Brown Zachary Maxwell Connor Ferguson Herbert Scroggins III Paul Thompson Ross Ducey Mac Kromenhoek Drake Wilson

OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/LB OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL OL/DL WR/DB TE/DL WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/LB TE/DL LS WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/DB K TE/LB TE/DL WR/DB OL/LB WR/DB

10 9 12 10 12 9 10 12 11 11 11 9 12 9 11 10 12 9 9 9 12 10 9 11 9 10 9 11 10 9 11 11 10 11 11 12 10 10 9 11 11 9 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 12 9

Head Coach: Danny Britt

Assistant Coaches: Matthew Burke, Trevor Coleman, Alfred DeFilippis, Carey Harriott, Galen Houston

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2021 GHSA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2021 GHSA FALL STATE CHAMPIONS CROSS COUNTRY - BOYS AAAAAAA................................................................................................................................... Mill Creek

ONE-ACT PLAYS

Ethan Ashley, Denmark, 15:45.78

AAAAAAA..........................................................................................................................................Milton

AAAAAA.............................................................................................................................. Richmond Hill

AAAAAA........................................................................................................................... Houston County

Nathan Soloman, Shiloh, 15:55.97

AAAAA................................................................................................................................Warner Robins

AAAAA............................................................................................................................................Decatur

AAAA................................................................................................................... Thomas County Central

Christian Gonzalez, Decatur, 15:56.91

AAA................................................................................................................................... Franklin County

AAAA.......................................................................................................................................... Chestatee

AA..................................................................................................................................Davison Fine Arts

Sage Walker, Druid Hills, 16:84.63

A-Private....................................................................................................................Lakeview Academy

AAA........................................................................................................................................ Westminster

A-Public............................................................................................................. Georgia Military College

Matthew Fernando, Westminster, 15:59.05

SOFTBALL

AA....................................................................................................................................... Pace Academy

AAAAAAA.......................................................................................................................... North Gwinnett

Edward Blaha, Pace Academy, 16:28.36

AAAAAA........................................................................................................................................ Lassiter

A-Private................................................................................................................... Whitefield Academy

AAAAA.......................................................................................................................................Starr’s Mill

Joe Sapone, Holy Innocents’, 16:22.25

AAAA................................................................................................................................. Central-Carroll

A-Public.................................................................................................................................... Armuchee

AAA.................................................................................................................................... Appling County

Trace Harris, Armuchee, 17:47.68

AA......................................................................................................................................... Heard County A-Private.....................................................................................................................................Wesleyan A-Public................................................................................................................................. ACE Charter

VOLLEYBALL CROSS COUNTRY - GIRLS

AAAAAAA.........................................................................................................................................Walton

AAAAAAA...................................................................................................................................... Marietta

AAAAAA...........................................................................................................................................Buford

Samantha McGarity, Harrison, 18:39.48

AAAAA......................................................................................................................................... St. Pius X

AAAAAA............................................................................................................................... North Atlanta

AAAA................................................................................................................................................ Marist

Simone Rojas, Evans, 18:55.33

AAA................................................................................................................... Greater Atlanta Christian

AAAAA......................................................................................................................................... St. Pius X

AA/ A-Public...................................................................................................................... Pace Academy

Grace Von Biberstein, St. Pius, 18:56.64

A-Private.....................................................................................................................................Mt. Paran

AAAA................................................................................................................................................ Marist Ruby Little, Marist, 18:54.24 AAA........................................................................................................................................ Westminster Palmer Walstead, Westminster, 19:22.64 AA....................................................................................................................................... Pace Academy

CHEERLEADING AAAAAAA............................................................................................................................ South Forsyth AAAAAA.................................................................................................................................... Creekview AAAAA..........................................................................................................................................McIntosh AAAA........................................................................................................................................... Jefferson AAA....................................................................................................................................Dawson County

Caroline Hood, Pace Academy, 19:09.32

AA.....................................................................................................................................Bleckley County

A-Private.....................................................................................................................................Wesleyan

A-Private.....................................................................................................................................Mt. Paran

Joyce Cara, Atlanta International, 19:18.89

A-Public.................................................................................................................................. Gordon Lee

A-Public.................................................................................................................................... Armuchee

COED........................................................................................................................................... Northgate

Marissa Kimple, Armuchee, 20:03.77

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AAAAA Rome Rome Bainbridge Buford Warner Robins

AA Lanier Lanier Brown Decatur Richmond Acad. Murphy Grady Rossville TIE-Rossville/LaGrange Valdosta Valdosta TIE-Avondale/Thomasville Wayne County Waycross Waycross Rossville Cedartown Douglas County West Rome North Fulton Dalton St. Pius X North Springs Woodward Acad. Westminster Southwest DeKalb Southwest Atlanta Americus Americus Avondale Waycross East Rome Model Mary Persons Commerce West Rome West Rome West Rome West Rome Central, Carrollton Central, Carrollton R.E. Lee Mitchell-Baker Pepperell Cartersville Mitchell-Baker Greene-Taliaferro Washington County Elbert County Washington Co. Washington Co. Carrollton Cartersville Americus Americus Buford Buford Charlton County Charlton County TIE-Charlton Co./Dublin Buford Buford Buford Buford Calhoun AAA Buford Buford Calhoun Westminster

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2021 GHSA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class 3A

Cedar Grove vs. Carver-Atlanta Saturday, December 11 | 12:00 PM By Seth Ellerbee

S

CEDAR GROVE 11-3, REGION 5 NO. 1 SEED

T

CARVER-ATLANTA 11-2, REGION 5 NO. 2 SEED

ophomore Jamar Graham has emerged as a state-championship caliber quarterback for the Saints and in the 27-6 semifinal victory against Appling County, Graham passed for three touchdowns to ensure another trip to the finals. Rashod Dubinion – an Arkansas-commit – is a 5-10, 185-pound threestar running back that scored on a 5-yard run against Appling. He is speedy and difficult to tackle. Cedar Grove holds an 8-1 edge in the series against Carver, which dates to 1990. The teams played each season from 1991 to 1997 and then didn’t meet again until last season. The closest margin of victory for Cedar Grove against Carver was the 17-0 victory this year. Carver enjoyed a forfeit victory last season against Cedar Grove, but the Panthers have never outscored them. The Saints have beaten White County (79-0), Southeast Bulloch (48-10), Crips County (28-6) and Appling to earn the berth in the title game.

he Panther's path to the title game has impressive and after going through Region 5 with one loss – to Cedar Grove – Carver defeated North Hall (56-17), Liberty County (53-6), Burke County (46-14) and Pierce County (19-17) on the road. Carver’s stalwart in the playoffs has been Quintavious Lockett who scored on runs 5, 2 and 1 yard to lift the Panthers past Pierce County in the semifinals, finishing with 15 carries for 135 yards. The 5-foot-11, 230-pound senior back rushed for two touchdowns in Carver’s quarterfinals victory over Burke County. Senior back Jarveous Brown has 144 carries for 1,490 yards and eight touchdowns. Quarterback Bryce Bowens was 6-of-10 passing for 255 yards and three touchdowns against Burke County. He is 67-of-105 passing for 1,473 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. Deandre Buchannon has 24 receptions for 560 yards and seven touchdowns to lead receivers.

2021 RESULTS

2021 RESULTS

TUCKER.......................................................52-10 W COLQUITT COUNTY.......................................28-19 L GAC...............................................................47-0 W CARVER-ATLANTA........................................17-0 W REDAN..........................................................47-8 W LOWNDES....................................................45-38 L SALEM..........................................................63-0 W

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WESTMINSTER............................................42-10 W DOUGLASS....................................................56-0 W SANDY CREEK..............................................40-35 L WHITE COUNTY.............................................79-0 W SOUTHEAST BULLOCH................................48-10 W CRISP COUNTY..............................................28-6 W APPLING COUNTY.........................................27-6 W

WEST FORSYTH.............................................38-8 L PROVIDENCE DAY (NC)................................36-24 W REDAN..........................................................54-6 W CEDAR GROVE................................................17-0 L WESTMINSTER............................................36-20 W DOUGLASS....................................................56-0 W SANDY CREEK.............................................36-29 W

GAC.............................................................22-20 W SALEM.............................................................1-0 F NORTH HALL...............................................56-17 W LIBERTY COUNTY..........................................53-6 W BURKE COUNTY..........................................46-14 W PIERCE COUNTY..........................................19-17 W


DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

C E D A R G R OV E V S . C A R V E R - AT L A N TA CLASS 3A SKINNY Two Region 5 rivals enter the state title game with varying paths. Cedar Grove has been here. The Saints have won three state titles (2016, 2018 and 2019) in the past five seasons and new head coach John Adams, wants his first. Last season’s quarterfinal exit for Cedar Grove was the earliest postseason loss since 2014 when it lost in the second round. Carver-Atlanta is enjoying its first state title game since an appearance in 1967 and a first-ever title berth for head coach Darren Myles, who has been coaching the Panthers since 2005. Under Myles, Carver’s best postseason result was a loss in the 2017 5A semifinals and two quarterfinal appearances – 2007 and last season. Carver defeated defending-champion Pierce County 19-17 in the semifinals to earn the berth in the championship game.

CARVER-ATLANTA PANTHERS

CEDAR GROVE SAINTS

(Atlanta, GA) • Maroon, Black

(Ellenwood, GA) • Blue, Silver, White # Name

Gr.

Pos.

29

Kenard Hannah

CB

10

# Name

Gr.

Pos.

36

Jorryn Butler

WR/CB

10

Xzavier Bailey

RB/CB

9 11

1

Quintavious Davis

WR/CB

12

38

2

Kiontae Strozier

CB/WR

12

40

Travarie Porter

MLB

3

Jarveous Brown

RB/SB

12

41

Devon Meadows

MLB

11

11

4

Devonte Amasiani

OLB

12

42

Travion Huff

MLB

12

9

5

Quintavious Lockett

RB/MLB

12

43

Antergioes Mcclinton

CB/WR

10

6

Tobias Robinson

WR

12

44

Jamontez Hines

DE

10

7

Jarvis Russaw

CB/FS

12

45

Marcus Young jr

MLB/DE

10

8

Curtis Ward jr.

SS/WR

12

46

Tony Cody

RB

9

9

Deandre Buchannon

WR

11

46

Tyquavius Williams

WR

10

10

Terrell Lightfoot jr

TE/DE

12

50

Dexter Mitchell

T

11

11

Dialo Mosley

MLB

12

51

Moses Umoren

T

12

1

Ricky Lee

CB, WR

11

30

Antwan Davis

LB

9

2

Quinterio Lawson

RB, LB

11

31

Cordaro Johnson

WR

10

4

Kayin Lee

CB

11

34

Everett Roussaw,jr

LB

6

Bernard Mack

WR, RB

11

35

Deon Burns

DE, OLB

7

Rashod Dubinion

RB, ATH

12

36

Patrick Baker

WR

9

8

Carlton Madden

DE, OLB

12

37

Robert Snell

SS

12

Joshua Peterson

DB, LB

11

9

Gary Turner jr.

DB, QB

12

38

10

Jabari Cleckley

QB

12

40

Amari Forte

K

11

11

Trevon Ferrell

WR

12

44

Lamarcus Parks

DE

9

12

Bryce Bowens

QB

11

52

Eric Brovo

K

10

12

45

Paul Banks

LB

10

13

Dashawn Calhoun

QB

10

53

Tasai Berry

G/DT

12

Joshua White

DE, DT, OL

12

14

Zyee'k Mender

WR/CB

11

54

Naim Bilal

NG

11

15

Frederick Bailey jr.

RB/WR

12

55

Julian Jordan

MLB

10 12

12

Donovan Johnson

DB

13

Janiran Bonner

WR

12

51

14

Barry Jackson

DB, WR

11

52

Christen Miller

12

16

Adam Sheely

QB

10

56

Jalen Smith

DE/G

15

Jamar Graham

QB

10

53

Javon Beckford

DT, G

9

17

Kenneth Collier

QB

9

57

Aquantis Clemmons

DT

11

Kyle Mosley

DL, OL

10

18

Justin Johnson jr

WR/CB

10

58

Jadarius Armour

T

10

18

Jarvis Murray

CB/WR

11

60

Ja'corey Johnson

C/DT/G

10

19

Laterance Holliday jr

QB

11

61

Jabari Thomas

G

9

20

Jaquavious Bryant

RB/OLB

9

61

Romell Pina

C

12

21

Rodrick Hunter

FS/SS

10

62

Jacob Thomas

T/G

9

22

Shoun Bilal

RB

11

63

Antonio Johnson

DT/NG

12

24

Joshua Stone

FS/WR

10

64

Keith Furlow

T

9

16

Camren Jackson

DE, OLB

12

54

17

Demarcus Smith

RB

10

55

Michael Turner

OL, DT

12

18

Jakyre Horton

FS, SS, WR

10

56

Jeremiah Sweet

T, G

11

19

Emmanuel Poitier

QB, WR

9

58

Solomon Hall

T

11

20

Julius Armstrong

OLB, SS

12

61

Darius Neals

OL

11

21

Joseph Slaughter

DB

10

68

Jerrod Sumlin

C, G

9

25

Kani Smith

WR/CB

9

68

Jamarcus Spears

DT

22

Quandarius Sypho

WR

11

71

Uriah Scott

G

11

25

Darryl Sims

DE

10

69

Gerald Smith

DT

9

Brandon Clemons

OL, DL

10

26

Amari Russell

RB

10

70

Kelton Mccrary

DE/T

10

27

Jeremiah Arnett

WR

11

71

Michael Rucker

DT/DL

9

28

Taurin Kemp

RB/CB

10

71

Michael Rucker

DT/DL

9

23

Jeremiah Stallworth

DB

11

72

24

Keith Bass

LB

9

74

Tyler Lawrence

OL, DL

10

25

Elliot Colson Jr.

QB

9

75

Kendell Brown

OL, C

11

29

Jaiden Dowdell

MLB

9

73

Demetrius Thomas

G

9

9

76

Javon Braden

OL, DL

9

30

Jontavious Smith

CB/WR

10

75

Isaiah Conn

G/DT

12

31

Kari Porter

WR

9

77

Marquis Bentley jr.

G

12

32

Tayvion Mann

RB

10

80

Marquise Williams

WR

9

33

Martavious Carter jr

MLB/OLB

11

81

Brian Akomeah-Saki

P

12

34

Zachary Hosch

OLB

12

84

Luqman Henderson

WR

10

26

Bo Walker

RB

27

Adley Raphael

12

77

Amarhi Summers

OL

12

28

Lakhi Roland

WR, CB

10

84

Maurice Wyche

WR

11

28

Ventrilo Dunlap

LB, RB

11

99

Adonijah Green

DE

11

Head Coach: John Adams

Assistant Coaches: Kendrick Collier, Henry Mabry, Terrance Hill, Patrick Prioleau, Camden Terry, William Hannah

Head Coach: Darren Myles

Assistant Coaches: Keevin Bell, Ralph Harrison, Robert Zachary, Jeremiah Abby, Aurelius Smith Jr., Patrick Perry

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2021 GHSA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class 2A

Fitzgerald vs. Thomasville Friday, December 10 | 12:00 PM By Seth Ellerbee

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FITZGERALD 12-2, REGION 1 NO. 2 SEED

T

THOMASVILLE 13-1, REGION 1 NO. 1 SEED

he Purple Hurricane claimed a semifinals victory over Swainsboro to put Fitzgerald into the finals for a second-consecutive year for a chance at the program’s first state title since 1948. Fitzgerald jumped out to a 14-0 early in the first quarter and 20-6 after the first quarter while holding Swainsboro scoreless for the rest of the game. In the finals, Fitzgerald will be paired up against a Thomasville team that served the Purple Hurricanes their second loss of the season (15-8) back in October. DeNorris Goodwin leads the running game and has 190 carries for 1,145 yards and 16 touchdowns. Eight other players have rushed for touchdowns for Fitzgerald. The Purple Hurricane have gotten touchdown receptions from six players. Fitzgerald’s path to the state championship went through Dodge County (15-6), Fannin County (28-14), Putnam County (21-7) and Swainsboro.

homasville is in the title game for the first time since 1993 after beating Callaway in the semifinals. In the semis, Malik Harper returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown and Daniel Belvin added a 30-yard field goal later in the first quarter to build a 10-0 lead. Quarterback Shannen White found Jordan Williams for an 81-yard touchdown in the second quarter and added a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cole Shaw in the third quarter to push Thomasville’s lead to 24-0. White scored on a 32-yard keeper that put the Bulldogs up 31-6 with 6:51 left in the game. White is 106-for-190 passing for 1,885 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season. Harper has 207 carries for 1,208 yards and 22 touchdowns. In the Region 1-2A title game on Oct. 22, Thomasville defeated Fitzgerald 15-8 to win its third region title since 2017. In the playoffs, Thomasville defeated Washington County (42-7), Heard County (42-16), Rabun County (49-24) and Callaway (31-6).

2021 RESULTS

2021 RESULTS

IRWIN COUNTY...........................................18-15 W TURNER COUNTY........................................34-12 W DODGE COUNTY............................................15-6 W CAIRO.........................................................29-13 W PIERCE COUNTY.............................................17-0 L BERRIEN.....................................................50-14 W EARLY COUNTY.............................................22-0 W

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WORTH COUNTY..........................................28-13 W THOMASVILLE................................................15-8 L COOK..........................................................46-26 W DODGE COUNTY............................................15-6 W FANNIN COUNTY.........................................28-14 W PUTNAM COUNTY..........................................21-7 W SWAINSBORO...............................................27-6 W

BROOKS COUNTY........................................42-34 W THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL........................23-14 W CAIRO.........................................................26-21 W BAINBRIDGE...............................................28-10 W OCONEE COUNTY...........................................20-6 L EARLY COUNTY.............................................41-7 W WORTH COUNTY............................................42-7 W

COOK..........................................................28-13 W FITZGERALD..................................................15-8 W BERRIEN.....................................................35-14 W WASHINGTON COUNTY..................................42-7 W HEARD COUNTY..........................................42-16 W RABUN COUNTY..........................................49-24 W CALLAWAY....................................................31-6 W


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FITZGERALD VS. THOMASVILLE Since 2000, Fitzgerald has been to the state championship game five times – 2000, 2015, 2016, 2020 and this season, but has yet to come away with a victory. The program has one state title under head coach Early Wheby in 1948. Thomasville has five titles but hasn’t won a state championship since 1988 to go with state title victories in 1945, 1958, 1973, 1974. The Bulldogs last played for a state title in 1993 under George Bobo. Zach Grage coached at Thomasville since 2016 and his best finish was a semifinal appearance in 2019 before this season. Tucker Pruitt took over at Fitzgerald in 2017 and has led the Bulldogs to a semifinal (2018) and the state title game in 2020 and this season.

FITZGERALD PURPLE HURRICANE

THOMASVILLE BULLDOGS

(Fitzgerald, GA) • Purple, Gold

# Name

Gr.

(Thomasville, GA) • Red, Gold

Pos.

36

Michael Martinez

K

12

Cameron Johnson

RB

9

1

Anthony Hill

LB

12

37

2

Zytavious Wilcox

LB

12

38

Eathin Rodgers

RB

12

Orian Bly

RB

9

3

Donald Wilcox

RB

12

39

4

Sultan Cooper

QB

11

42

Brandon Brown

LB

10

12

43

Drew Moore

TE/LB

11

Makavious Wynn

RB

9 12

5

Antonio Hill

DB

6

Daniel James

DE

11

44

7

Denorris Goodwin

RB/DB

12

48

Lathan Curry

RB/DL

12

50

Xavier Walker

OL/DL

11

51

Michael Green

OL

12

52

Jarius Lampkin

DL

10

53

Colin Mazzilli

OL

10

54

Roderick Morgan

OL/DL

10

55

Michael Smith

OL/DL

12

56

Lavon Simmons

OL

10

57

Trey Washington

DL

10

58

Qualee Green

OL

10

59

Christian Riggins

OL/DL

10

60

Rashad Barlow

OL

10

61

Gabe Pearce

OL

10

62

Quincy Deberry

OL

9

63

Randy Shavers

OL

9

64

Cason Brown

OL

9

8

EJ Lightsey

LB

9

Julian Deans

WR/DB

11

10

Taylor Spivey

P

12

11

Jamar Joseph

WR/DB

11

12

Jaden Stanley

LB

12

13

Jakorrian Paulk

RB

12

14

McKenzie Wilcox

TE

11

15

Robert Brown

LB

11

16

Khalil Williams

TE/DE

11

17

Laphabion Boone

QB/DB

10

18

Jaheim Love-Tillman

DL

12

20

Demetrius Brown

DB

11

21

Deshaun Robinson

DB

11

22

Kyndryck Magwood

DB

11

23

Sylon Davis

RB/LB

11

72

Kyler Krause

OL

9

24

Randy Givens

LB

10

74

Kellon Wynn

OL

12

25

Cam Jackson

RB

11

75

Timothy Lord

OL/DL

11

26

Cam Baker

DL

10

78

Sean Mazzilli

OL

9

27

Jay Alexander

DB

10

81

Calvin Tillman

WR

10

29

Dewayne Westbrook

LB

9

84

Makhia Davenport

WR

10

30

Tylar Williams

RB

10

88

Don Hill

DL

12

31

Trent Jenkins

LB

10

89

Jamari Flemming

WR

10

32

Diontae Paschal

RB

9

92

Erick Trejo

K

10

33

Diondre Paschal

RB

10

99

Drew Wiley

LS

12

Head Coach: Tucker Pruitt

Assistant Coaches: Jerry Junior, Andy Dent, Will Winston

# Name 1 Oxzavier Rivers 2 Malik Harper 3 Malik Duncan 4 Tyrundai Hayes 5 Jimmy Bowdry 6 Logan Haka 7 DJ Thurman 8 Shannen White 9 Ricky Fulton 10 Evan Wynn 11 Messiah Wilson 13 Kanye Stephens 14 Jayveioun Cody 15 Cole Shaw 16 Jayden Alston 17 Parker Beckham 18 Jordan Williams 19 DJ Johnson 20 Geremiah Humbert 21 Luther Marable 22 Andrew Cannon 23 Joe Williams 24 Kamarius Bradshaw 25 Mason Beckham 26 AJ Bogan 27 Beck Nicholson 28 Avon Laing 29 Marquis Alexander 30 Monleth Perkins 31 Daniel Belvin 33 JeRay Randall Jr 34 EJ Bean 35 Deltrioz Grimsley 36 Jamarion Mills 37 Jalen Peterson 38 Carlos Smith 39 Keymon Jefferson 40 Elijah Bevard 41 Anthony Anderson 42 Ty Anderson 43 Jamykal Jones 44 Craig McCray 45 Mark Futch 46 Bray Eubanks 47 Dillon Brown 48 Tyreek Williams 49 Keshawn Jordan 50 Blease Conklin

Gr. WR RB/LB DB LB DB WR WR QB RB DB QB LB WR WR LB/RB QB WR DB TE/LB LB WR DB LB TE DB DB DL DL LB K WR/DB RB DB DB OLB RB/LB LB/TE DL RB LB/RB DL DL/OL DL LB DB DB DL/LB OL

Pos. 12 12 11 12 12 11 11 12 11 11 9 12 12 10 11 10 11 12 9 12 11 12 11 12 11 11 12 12 11 11 11 9 11 11 9 10 9 10 9 12 12 11 12 11 12 10 10 11

51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99

Michael Garland Sedarius Robinson Jacob Tyson Jaiwan Anderson Hunter Blanton Roddy Johnson Talmadge Vinson Brandon Myrick Cam Bates Hakeem Myrick Kam Wallace Caden Shokat JJ Jackson Kelvin Williams Angelo Brooks Bryce Metcalf Akia Tisby RahQuez Smiley Jay Harrison Jaylen Walden Mac Mobley Ayden Aque Jaylen Mills Tyler Hayes Demarion Young Brock Shiner Jamal Sloan Jon-Henry Ellis Simon Harper Colin Crocker Brandt Herndon Nolan Barnes Devin Lewis Matthew Delarber Trip Gebel Santana Harris Don McCall Javon Pittman Kiff Parrish Vance Vinson Romarion Andrews Russell Dickerson Andrew Bennett Caden Fiveash Colby Hall Demari Munden Dakarri Meeks Callaway Conklin Owen Everett

LB OL OL OL/DL DL DL DL OL OL/DL OL/DL OL OL OL OL DL/OL OL LB OL OL OL OL OL DL DL DL OL DL OL OL TE WR WR DB WR WR LB WR TE DB WR DL K K TE K DB DL K WR

12 10 12 12 9 10 10 9 11 11 11 11 11 9 11 9 11 10 9 9 10 11 10 9 9 11 10 11 11 11 10 12 9 11 9 9 10 12 9 9 11 12 10 10 10 9 9 9 9

Head Coach: Zach Grage

Assistant Coaches: Jeremy Rayburn (OC/TE), Brian Simmons (DC/S), Daryl Jones (OLB), Willie Frederick (ILB), C.J. Easterly (OL), Jonathan DeLay (QB), Lee Caquelard (WR), Tyler Brown (WR), Anthony Hill (DB), Taurean Batten (DL), Bull Barge (CB), Ben Peirce (VC)

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2021 GHSA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Class 1A-Public Irwin County vs. Brooks County Thursday, December 9 | 8:00 PM By Seth Ellerbee

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IRWIN COUNTY 12-2, REGION 2 NO. 1 SEED

BROOKS COUNTY 11-2, REGION 2 NO. 2 SEED

rwin County favors the run and averages 261 rushing to 121 passing yards per game led by quarterback Cody Soliday, head coach Casey’s son. Cody is 86-of-163 passing for 1,676 yards and 26 touchdowns. Nine players have caught touchdowns for Irwin County. Evan Ross (4 TDs) and Bryce Clements (4 TDs) have the most touchdown receptions, but Eli Roberts, Malachi Hadden, Bo Payne and Mason Snyder have three touchdown receptions each. Irwin’s top play maker is junior Damarcus Lundy. The 5-foot-11, 184-pounder has 174 carries for 1,562 yards and 19 touchdowns and four receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Soliday has nine and Marcus Edwards and Shane Marshall each have six touchdown runs. In the playoffs, Irwin defeated Johnson County (35-7), Lincoln County (51-27), Macon County (28-15) and Wilcox County (41-27).

rooks County is well balanced offensively and averages 241 rushing to 174 passBterback ing yards per game, led by Jamal Sanders. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound junior quaris 106-of-174 passing for 2,224 yards and 27 touchdowns. Senior receivers

2021 RESULTS

2021 RESULTS

FITZGERALD.................................................18-15 L MONROE.....................................................52-26 W WILKINSON COUNTY.....................................63-0 W TIFT COUNTY................................................16-14 L BROOKS COUNTY........................................21-13 W LANIER COUNTY..........................................56-28 W ATKINSON COUNTY.....................................63-12 W

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CHARLTON COUNTY.......................................36-7 W CLINCH COUNTY...........................................42-7 W TURNER COUNTY........................................35-12 W JOHNSON COUNTY.......................................35-7 W LINCOLN COUNTY.......................................51-27 W MACON COUNTY.........................................28-15 W WILCOX COUNTY.........................................41-27 W

Tramaine Demps (12) and Willie Brown (11) combine for 23 touchdowns to lead the receiving stall. Ja’Maurion Fountain (3 TDs) and Wisdom Harris (1 TD) are other targets for Sanders. On the ground, Omari Arnold has been a stalwart. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back has 196 carries for 2,224 yard and 37 touchdowns. When Arnold is held up, Sanders can create with his feet and has 93 carries for 495 yards and 12 touchdowns. Janavien Leggett (3 TDs) and Chris Cole (1 TD) also have rushing touchdowns. In the playoffs, Brooks County has beaten Montgomery County (49-13), Washington-Wilkes (61-28), Warren County (51-30) and Metter (49-7).

THOMASVILLE..............................................42-34 L COOK..........................................................42-20 W MITCHELL COUNTY.......................................43-0 W IRWIN COUNTY............................................21-13 L ATKINSON COUNTY.......................................64-6 W LANIER COUNTY............................................48-7 W CHARLTON COUNTY.......................................42-7 W

CLINCH COUNTY.........................................56-16 W TURNER COUNTY........................................70-41 W MONTGOMERY COUNTY..............................49-13 W WASHINGTON-WILKES...............................61-28 W WARREN COUNTY.......................................51-30 W METTER.........................................................49-7 W


DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

IRWIN COUNTY VS. BROOKS COUNTY CLASS 1A-PUBLIC SKINNY

In his second stint as Brooks County’s head coach, Maurice Freeman doesn’t know what it means to miss the playoffs. Freeman coached the Trojans to the team’s only state title in 1994 and coached until 1997 before retaking the job in 2008. Since then, he’s led Brooks to the playoffs each season but lost in the title game in each of the past two seasons – last year to Irwin County and to Dublin in the 2A title game in 2019. Irwin is back and trying for its fourth overall championship and third-consecutive title. In 2019, Buddy Nobles coached the Indians to a 13-0 record as he neared the end of a heroic fight against cancer. Last season, head coach Casey Soliday defended Nobles’ title in an emotional fashion. Irwin previously beat Brooks County 21-13 on Sept. 24 this season.

IRWIN COUNTY INDIANS

BROOKS COUNTY TROJANS

(Ocilla, Ga) • Red & Black

# Name

Gr.

1

Nehemiah McCoy

2

(Quitman, GA) • Blue, Red

Pos.

41

Demetrice Battle

WR/DB

9

RB/LB

12

42

Weston McCranie

RB/DB

9

Jaken Thomas

REC/DB

10

43

Travis Cockfield

DL

11

3

Bo Payne

RB/DB

11

44

Nick Merritt

RB/LB

9

4

Demarkas Lundy

RB/LB

11

46

Nick Driscoll

RB/LB

6

Malachi Hadden

REC/DB

11

48

AJ Maybie

LB

7

KJ Wilcox

RB/DB

10

50

Toby Brown

OL

12

8

Luke Snyder

QB

9

51

Jacob Brown

OL

9

9

Evan Ross

REC/DB

11

52

Kellen Wynn

OL/DL

10

Cody Soliday

QB/P

11

11

Eli Roberts

TE/DL

12

53

Nash Howell

OL/DL

12

Tyon Jones

WR/DB

9

54

Antawii Deans

OL

12

13

Caleb Barrett

RB/DB

9

55

Sam Guy

OL/DL

9

14

Bryce Clements

TE/LB

11

56

Chance Green

OL/LB

15

Mason Snyder

QB/DB

11

57

Tyrese Wilson

16

Brodie Suggs

DE/TE

9

58

Logan Williamson

17

Ricky Smith

RB/LB

11

60

18

Marcus Edwards

RB/LB

12

19

Wesley Walters

WR/LB

10

20

Jordan Dunlap

REC/DB

12

21

Caleb Howell

RB/LB

11

22

Trey Laster

WR/LB

11

23

Matthew Payne

RB/LB

12

24

Shane Marshall

RB/LB

9

25

Carter Pace

RB/DB

10

26

Mister Graham

RB/DB

10

27

Cooper Yanzetich

K/P

# Name

Gr.

Pos.

40

Markel Best

LB

10

2

Jamal Sanders

QB

11

44

Jailyn Sparkman

DT

11

3

Saveon Cason

CB

11

46

De’tarjay Thomas

DE/DT

10

9 11

4

Jeremiah Henderson

OLB

11

47

Amarjae Mitchell

MLB

9

5

Willie Brown

WR/OLB

12

48

Ricky Davis

LB

10

6

Ja’maurion Fountain

DB

12

49

Ryan Mcdaniel

WR/DB

10

9

7

Tramaine Demps

WR/SS

12

51

Jamaurice Gray

OL/DL

11

9

8

Wisdom Harris

WR/CB

12

54

Christian Edgerton

ILB/OL

12

9

Treyveon Jackson

DE

12

55

Charon Wilson

OL

12

11

10

Omari Arnold

RB/DB

12

56

Aaron Burchell

G

12

OL/DL

9

11

Di'lon Harvey

DE

11

58

Micah Hunnewell

OL

9

OL/DL

9

Shyheim Alexander

OL/DL

10

12

Amar Thomas

FS/SS/WR

10

59

Jomarion Hamilton

OL

10

63

Hudson Royal

OL/DL

9

13

Legend Hallman

CB/QB

10

60

Tavis White jr.

T/DT

12

64

Josiah Marshall

OL/DL

10

14

Noah Yearby

WR

11

61

Ryan Mock

OL/DE

10

66

Gabe Arnold

OL

9

67

Camden Sadler

OL

10

15

Lawerence Holsendolph

LB

11

62

Marquis Williams

T

9

69

James Stewart

OL/DL

10

16

Javen Watts

QB

10

64

Jamon Williams

OL/DL

10

70

Marquevious Westbrook

OL/DL

9

18

Terrique Gray

DE

10

74

Jayden Williams

C/DT

10

74

William Johnson

OL

12

75

Hunter Tyson

OL

11

20

Kamari Blankumsee

OLB/RB

11

75

Zamonta Mcmillian

T

10

76

Noah Brown

OL

12

21

Janavien Leggett

RB

12

78

Wesley Freeman

OL/DL

11

12

77

Ford Dorminy

OL/DL

9

22

Camauri Brinson

WR/CB

9

81

Marquavios Pickett

DB

9

Malachi Williams

OL/DL

10

24

Antron Tucker

QB/OLB

10

83

Demurius Turner

TE/DL

9

29

Ronnie Sanders

RB/LB

9

79

30

Cameron Anderson

WR/DB

12

80

Eric Butler

WR/DB

9

32

Damarcus Wilcox

TE/LB

12

82

Chrisean Moore

REC/K

12

29

Benjamin Lane

CB

11

84

Denzell Brown

WR/LB

9

33

Paul Moffett

DB

10

85

Jaden White

WR/DB

9

33

Reagan Chastain

K

11

85

Westin Chastain

WR/DB

9

34

Djimon Fuller

RB/DL

9

86

Zack Young

WR/DB

9

36

Ulysses Tomblin

TE/DE

10

88

Tripp Poole

WR/DB

9

34

Hunter Brinson

HB

12

87

Jaden Corea

TE/ILB

11

37

Zay Payne

RB/DB

9

89

Toldrich Griffin

DB/WR

10

35

Chris Cole

RB/OLB

9

88

Ryan Reno

K

11

40

J Wynn

WR/DB

9

90

Michael Joiner

OL/DL

10

38

Jordan Maccann

WR

10

89

Jaykavion Moore

DL

10

Head Coach: Casey Soliday

Assistant Coaches: Troy Fletcher, Ben Simmons, Luke Roberts, Clayton Sirmans, Demario Barber, Pete Snyder, Justin Newell

Head Coach: Maurice Freeman

Assistant Coaches: Brandon Evans, Calvin Lucas, James Brown, Josh McFather, Lamar Thomas

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Class 1A-Private Trinity Christian vs. Prince Avenue Thursday, December 9 | 5:00 PM By Seth Ellerbee

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TRINITY CHRISTIAN 13-0, REGION 4 NO. 1 SEED

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PRINCE AVENUE 13-1, REGION 8 NO. 1 SEED

t’s a family affair for Trinity Christian with head coach Kenny Dallas coaching his sons, quarterback David Dallas and receiver Joshua Dallas. David Dallas leads a Lions offense that averages 301 passing to 147 rushing yards per game. a talented senior Laden offense has been the fuel behind the lions' offensive success. When the passing game is working, Dallas is 210-of-273 passing for 3,641 yards and 45 touchdowns. His favorite target is his brother, Joshua, who has 60 receptions for 1,142 yards and 15 touchdowns. Bryce Wilcox is another threat and has 44 catches for 680 yards and 11 touchdowns. Aaron Gates (9 TDs), Cosper (5 TDs), Javan Harrison (5 TDs), Brock Rainwater (3 TDs) and Logan Moss (1 TD) will also factor. On the ground, Dominick Cosper has 133 carries for 1,243 yards and 27 touchdowns to lead. Tyson Wall (9 TDs), D. Dallas (6 TDs), and Lane Werling (2 TDs) also factor.

he Wolverines rely on the pass and are averaging 323 passing to 85 rushing yards per game led by quarterback Aaron Philo. The sophomore is 258-of-356 passing for 4,204 yards and 44 touchdowns. Bailey Stockton (15) and Ethan Christian (14) combine for 29 touchdown receptions to lead the receivers stall. Elijah Dewitt (8 TDs), Josh Britt (5 TDs), Mac Bradley (2 TDs), Riley Cartey (1 TD) and Gaines Scoggins (1 TD) are other targets for Philo. On the ground, Philo and Bradley lead the way. Bradley has 104 carries for 649 yards and 11 touchdowns while Philo has eight rushing touchdowns on 63 carries. Stockton (5 TDs) and Dewitt (4 TDs) help while Will Goff, Peyton Talmadge and Will Frost have one rushing touchdown each. Prince Avenue beat King’s Ridge in a forfeit victory in the first round and then outclassed Brookstone (52-0), First Presbyterian (41-22) and Fellowship Christian (38-28) in the semifinals.

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2021 RESULTS

ATHENS ACADEMY........................................59-7 W MT. VERNON..................................................54-3 W FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN............................56-20 W CLAXTON.....................................................56-14 W LANDMARK CHRISTIAN................................51-0 W ELCA ............................................................34-3 W WHITEFIELD ACADEMY...............................63-14 W

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BROOKSTONE.............................................55-14 W HERITAGE-NEWNAN.....................................44-0 W ST. ANNE-PACELLI........................................63-7 W ATHENS CHRISTIAN....................................48-14 W DARLINGTON.................................................56-7 W ELCA...........................................................48-45 W

CALVARY DAY...............................................21-13 L CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (TN)..........................59-18 W PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN...........................69-14 W HOLY INNOCENTS’.........................................49-0 W WESLEYAN..................................................35-10 W HEBRON CHRISTIAN.....................................35-6 W ATHENS ACADEMY......................................49-13 W

GEORGE WALTON..........................................61-0 W LOGANVILLE CHRISTIAN...............................55-0 W ATHENS CHRISTIAN....................................44-15 W KING’S RIDGE..................................................1-0 F BROOKSTONE...............................................52-0 W FIRST PRESBYTERIAN................................41-22 W FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN............................38-28 W


DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

TRINITY CHRISTIAN VS. PRINCE AVENUE CLASS 1A-PRIVATE SKINNY Prince Avenue Christian’s state title victory over Trinity Christian in 2020 marked the first-ever championship for the Wolverines and ended a streak of five-straight A Private state titles by Eagle’s Landing Christian. The Wolverines are back and if Prince Avenue wins, it will be the second time that the A-Private title has been defended since its creation in 2012. Back again is Trinity Christian, and the Lions are blessed to have the chance for a championship after outlasting ELCA 48-45 in a double-overtime thriller in the semifinals. The Lions want their first state championship since joining the GHSA in 2018. Trinity advanced to the 3A GISA state championship game in 2017 and since joining the GHSA, the Lions advanced to the second and first rounds before last season’s appearance in the title game.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN LIONS

PRINCE AVENUE CHRISTIAN WOLVERINES

(Sharpsburg, GA) • Purple, Black

# Name

Gr.

0

Cam Rodgers

2

(Athens, GA) • Blue, Gold

Pos.

40

Landon Clare

WR/DB

11

# Name

Gr.

H/DL

9

41

Anderson Embry

H/LB

9

1

Elijah Dewitt

Dominick Cosper

RB/DB

12

42

David Comte

H/LB

9

3

Coleman Duncan

H/LB

10

43

Christian Hanson

H/LB

12

2

Ethan Christian

4

Jimbo Batchelor

RB/LB

12

44

Ryan Earl

H/LB

11

3

5

Noah Maupin

K

12

46

Trent Waldrop

H/LB

9

6

Aaron Gates

WR/DB

11

48

Cooper Bell

OL/LB

11

7

Tyson Wall

RB/DB

12

49

James Dattilio

OL/DL

9

8

Zion Marseille

H/DL

12

50

Carson Beach

OL/DL

Pos.

35

Keon Rogers

RB/DB

11

WR/DB

11

36

Charles Douglas

WR/DB

10

WR/DB

11

37

Sam Smith

WR/LB

11

Will Elrod

RB/DB

12

39

Thornton Hester

TE/DE

9

4

Bailey Stockton

WR/DB

11

40

John Luke Bishop

WR/DB

10

5

Connor Causby

RB/LB

10

41

Luke Darling

WR/DB

9

6

Brantley Parramore

WR/DB

11

42

Brody Conner

TE/LB

9

12

7

Aidan Harter

DB/WR

12

43

Joseph Bunnell

WR/DB

9

Ethan Garner

DE

12

44

Brock McDonald

LB

10 10

9

Josiah Johnson

OL/DL

12

51

Sam Taylor

OL/LB

11

8

10

David Dallas

QB

12

52

Hunter Mashburn

OL/DL

12

9

Luke Leverett

WR/DB

11

45

Jackson Lord

RB/LB

11

Javan Harrison

WR/DB

12

53

Matthew Wells

OL/DL

9

10

Zach Hill

QB/DB

12

48

Wade McCormick

LB

11

12

Austin Morrow

WR/DB

10

54

Matthew McWilliams

OL/DL

10

11

Aaron Philo

QB

10

50

Blaine Pittman

OL/DL

10

13

Zenar Coggins

WR/DB

11

55

Cam Matthews

OL/DL

10

12

Forrest Ross

QB

9

51

Jake Atha

OL/DL

9

14

Ethan McDowell

WR/DL

11

57

Turner Morris

OL/DL

9

15

RJ Coker

WR/DB

9

58

Nathan Jones

OL/DL

11

13

Gaines Scoggins

WR/DB

9

52

Steven Skaggs

OL/DL

9

16

Henry Brodnax

QB/DB

11

59

Ryan Melton

OL/DL

9

14

Riley Cartey

WR/DB

11

53

Christian Garrett

OL/DL

9

17

Lane Werling

RB/DB

11

60

Dustin Tokar

OL/DL

12

15

Brody Rogers

WR/DB

9

54

Cole Collins

OL/DL

12

18

Brock Rainwater

WR/DB

11

61

Wyatt Wood

OL/DL

12

16

Titus Watkins

QB

9

55

Noah Stowell

OL/DL

11

19

Joshua Dallas

WR/DB

12

63

Zuri Scott

OL/DL

10

17

Nick Hurley

TE/DE

10

56

Austin Head

OL/DL

10

20

Michael Conner

WR/DB

11

65

Nathan Knowles

OL/DL

10

18

Luke Lanier

QB/LB

12

57

Bo Powell

OL/DL

9

Mason Durning

LB

11

58

Ian Shook

OL/DL

11

21

Omari Stewart

WR/DB

10

66

Juan McLean

OL/DL

12

19

22

Seth Douglas

WR/DB

9

68

Micah Dell

OL/LB

12

20

Sam Dixon

RB/LB

11

60

Will Frost

OL/DL

12

23

Shawn Braxton

RB/LB

11

70

Henry Zueck

OL/DL

9

21

Brody Healan

WR/LB

11

62

Jake Hathaway

OL/DL

12

24

Bryce Wilcox

WR/DB

12

72

Andy Henderson

OL/DL

9

22

Brock Bowling

WR/DB

10

65

Cody Mitchell

OL/DL

9

25

Will Roan

RB/LB

9

73

Jonah Conaway

OL/DL

10 12

23

Maheer Mushfiq

DE

12

11

9

OL/DL

OL/DL

QB/DL

Max Gosdin

MyKiah Howard

Kaden Hanson

75

66

26 28

Brian Pierce

WR/DB

12

77

Grayson Ingram

OL/DL

9

24

Will Goff

WR/DB

10

70

Cooper Patton

K/P

9

30

Jackson Ross

WR/DB

9

80

Caden Anderson

WR/DB

9

25

Josh Britt

WR/DB

11

73

Brooks Malcolm

OL/DL

9

31

Hayes Wilson

WR/LB

9

82

Tucker Boone

WR/LB

9

26

Gideon Garland

WR/DB

9

74

Matthew Walden

OL/DL

11

32

Logan Moss

WR/DB

9

83

Will Adams

WR/DB

10

27

Bryson Franklin

P/K

12

75

Mason Goodyear

OL/DL

11

33

Brady Peterson

RB/LB

10

84

Davis Peavy

WR/DB

9

28

Jackson Zittrouer

WR/DB

11

76

Caleb Chandler

OL/DL

9

34

Sam Burgess

RB/LB

9

85

Nikolas Pagsisihan

WR/LB

9

30

Lukas Smith

WR/DB

10

77

Uriah Howard

OL/DL

11

36

Konor Howard

RB/LB

10

87

Joshua Taylor

WR/LB

11

32

Cameron Owens

P/K

11

81

Brody Tolbert

WR/DB

9

37

Peyton Roberts

WR/LB

9

88

Jay Walker

H/LB

9

33

Mac Bradley

RB/LB

9

82

Jack Lanier

TE/DE

9

39

Ben Dunphy

WR/DB

11

89

Micah Cobb

WR/LB

9

34

Peyton Talmadge

RB/LB

10

84

Judson Hartwell

QB/DE

9

Head Coach: Kenny Dallas

Assistant Coaches: Nic Dickens, Lance Duncan, Ryan Duncan, Chris Hanson, Drew Henderson, Josh Henry, Andy Ponseigo, Creighton Rollins, Roby Ross, Matt Schock, Jason Settle

Head Coach: Greg Vandagriff

Assistant Coaches: Rob Ridings, Zach Lonas, Rod Dollar, Trey Skaggs, Brian Wommack, Chandler Ross, Tanner Martin, Trent Corbitt, Kendall Cook, Ray Keefer

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DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

HILLGROVE HAWKS

(Powder Springs, GA) • Crimson, Silver

Class 7A Flag Football Hillgrove vs. Marietta

Thursday, December 9 | 2:30 PM By Seth Ellerbee

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HILLGROVE

illgrove is back in the title game for the second straight season and wants a different result after losing a nail-biter against West Forsyth 2625 at Center Parc Stadium one year ago. The Hawks are 16-1 and led by senior Lacey Carter who is 159-of-211 passing for 1,473 yards and 30 touchdowns. Lauren Render is Carter’s favorite target and has 47 receptions for 539 yards and 16 touchdowns, while rushing for two touchdowns on 22 carries. Eight other receivers have at least one touchdown reception. On the ground, Carder leads the way with 65 carries for 477 yards and six touchdowns.

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MARIETTA

arietta is looking for its first championship after losing in the quarterfinals one year ago. The Blue Devils have beaten Woodstock 13-6, Mill Creek 7-6, McEachern 19-7 and Blessed Trinity 26-0 in the first four rounds. Junior quarterback Claire Hennessey is 170-of-290 passing for 1,968 yards and 36 touchdowns. McKaela Walker and Cate Gruehn each have 10 touchdown receptions, Akhaila Makenna has eight touchdown receptions and Laila Perryman has six. Walker has 40 carries for 291 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the running game. Marley Quammie and Hennessey each have two rushing touchdowns.

# Name 1 Mary Wade Latham 2 Mia Wright 3 Lacey Carder 4 Aubrey Fitzberald 5 Blye Townsell 6 Cheyenne Lentz 7 Erica Carleton 8 Nyah Felton 9 Jasmine Blackburn 10 Gabrielle DeFreezer 11 Nina Melo 12 Ryann Richards 13 Elizabeth Guendulain 14 Kayla DeFoor 15 Kaylan Sacus 16 Emily Bond 17 Meridith Dawson 18 Savana Acosta 19 Marissa Kalminski 20 Ella Grace Earwood 21 McKenzie Minor 22 Lauren Render 23 Gabbie Buice 24 Morgan McQuagge 25 Abby Cavanaugh 26 Reina Checo 27 Elizabeth Bond 28 Ava Carpinteri 30 Ariana Long 33 Tori Phelps

Pos. Dual Off. Off. Dual Dual Def. Dual Dual RB/WR Off. Dual Def. Dual Off. Def. Dual Def. Dual Off. Def. Dual Dual Off. QB Off. WR Def. Dual Def. Off.

Gr. 10 12 12 9 10 11 12 12 12 10 11 12 11 10 10 12 12 9 9 9 12 12 12 12 10 11 12 10 10 12

Head Coach: Daniel Pinckney

MARIETTA BLUE DEVILS (Marietta, GA) • Blue, White

# Name

Pos. Gr.

1

Cate Gruehn

S/RB

11

3

Caila Joseph

LB

10

4

Elizabeth Olaribigbe

DB/LB

11

5

Claire Hennessey

QB

11

7

Laila Perryman

WR/LB

12

8

Alayna Abrams

LB/C

10

9

Madison McKinley

RB/DB

10

10

Caroline Bryant

WR/DB

9

11

Harper Mangine

WR/DB

10

12

Mckaela Walker

QB

11

13

Alafair Persons

C/RB

10

14

Veronica Allen

WR/DB

12

16

Rachely Castillo

DB/WR

11

17

Makayla Dunn

LB/WR

9

19

Nakiyah Roberts-Dunn

WR/S

11

22

Akhaila Makenna

WR/LB

11

23

Malaika Theophile

C/LB

12

30

Nyriah Johnson

DB/RB

10

32

Marley Quammie

RB/LB

10

33

Kennedy Colbert

S/RB

11

34

Toni Simms

RB/LB

10

Head Coach: Nick Houstoulakis

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2021 GHSA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

LITHIA SPRINGS LIONS

(Lithia Springs, GA) • Green, Gold

Class 5A-6A Flag Football Lithia Springs vs. Dodge County Thursday, December 9 | 12:45 PM By Seth Ellerbee

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LITHIA SPRINGS

ithia Springs has had a narrow margin of victory in each of its postseason wins and is in the championship in its inaugural season after a 6-2 victory over Greenbrier. A touchdown reception from Hannah McIver was the difference for Lithia Springs in the semifinals. McIver has 18 receptions for 264 yards and six touchdowns to lead receivers. The Lions beat Grovetown 6-0, Newnan 7-6 and Heritage-Conyers 2-0 before facing Greenbrier in the semifinals. Quarterback Rashyia Minnex is 74-of-130 passing for 685 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Sophomore Neveah Shedrick leads the running game with 113 carries for 716 yards and nine touchdowns.

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DODGE COUNTY

odge County has been waiting for this moment since losing in the quarterfinals to Greenbrier last season. This year, the Indians have beaten Locust Grove 19-0, Rockdale County 24-0, Trinity Christian 14-6 and Riverwood 13-6 in the semifinals. Senior quarterback Annie Jones is 102-of-208 passing for 1,254 yards and 25 touchdowns and has 61 carries for 229 yards and five touchdowns. Sanaa Searles has 75 carries for 437 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the ground game. Altierra Gooch (6 TDs), Skye Meadows (6 TDs) and Carsen Etheridge (5 TDs) lead the receivers stall, while four other players have at least one touchdown reception. Gooch also has 15 interceptions.

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# Name

Pos. Gr.

0

Aniyah Kendrick

LB

10

1

Rashyia Minnex

QB/DB

10

2

MyAngel Ross

WR/DB

9

3

Jayden Barbara

C

9

4

Hannah McIver

WR/S

10

8

Shamiah Watkins

DB

9

9

Neveah Shedrick

RB/LB

10

10

Azaiyah Phillips

WR/LB

11

12

Jaylin Bryant

LB

9

14

Freddanay Napoleon

DB

9

16

Aniya Moore

WR/DB

11

17

Jasmine Tucker

WR

11

18

Drusilla Mfortow

LB

10

20

Rhyan Jones

DB

9

22

Jada Pierre-Louis

WR/DB

9

23

Emmani Roberts

R

10

24

LeAshia Miller

C

10

30

Dior Fortson

WR/LB

9

32

Dami Taiwo

LB

9

34

Alivia Fortner

R

9

45

Ksaja West

QB

9

Head Coach: Kendra Pleasants

DODGE COUNTY INDIANS (Eastman, GA) • Red, White

# Name 1 Sanaa Searles 2 Makiyah Roberson 4 Stephanie Cruz 5 Carsen Etheridge 6 Samantha Jackson 7 Macie Barber 8 Annie Jones 9 Harmony Smith 10 Elizabeth Sanders 11 Skye Meadows 12 Hope Sheffield 13 Michaela Robinson 14 Ileisha Mitchell 15 Marlee Moore 16 Glenna Rae Whitley 17 Gracie Callier 18 Anaya Showers 20 Trinity Brown 21 Altierra Gooch 22 Sierrah McNeal 24 Xavia Mann 25 Jawnae Cornish 26 Kadee Walker 27 Anna Bowen 28 Tajanique Walker 29 Briana Graham 30 Ina Purvis

Pos. RB/DB/PR WR/DB LB/WR LB/WR C/P/LB WR/DB QB/DB/WR WR/DB LB/DB WR/DB WR/DB WR/S LB/QB/RB LB/WR S/QB DB/WR LB/RB LB/B/WR S/WR LB/RB/PR S/WR RB/QB/DB DB/WR LB/C LB/C/B LB/DB/B LB/C/B

Head Coach: Clint Sanders

Gr. 12 12 11 12 10 12 12 10 11 12 12 12 12 9 9 9 12 12 11 10 10 9 11 9 11 11 12


DECEMBER 9-11, 2021

PORTAL PANTHERS

(Portal, GA) • Navy Blue, White

Class 1A-4A Flag Football Portal vs. Southeast Bulloch Thursday, December 9 | 11:00 AM By Seth Ellerbee

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PORTAL

he Panthers are peaking at the right time and trying for the program’s firstever state title while enjoying the team’s second championship berth after beating St. Anne Pacelli 12-6 in the semifinals. Portal’s path to the title game went through Beach (13-6), Harris County (19-0) and St. Vincent’s (14-13) in the quarterfinals. Portal favors the pass which it adjusted in its semifinal victory over St. Anne Pacelli in a rain-delayed contest. “What a crazy day with the weather and venue change, the wet field and the wet ball,” Portal head coach Jay Reddick told WSAV in Savannah. “We are a passing team, so we though that wet ball was going to hurt us. We made a change and we got it done.”

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SOUTHEAST BULLOCH

he Yellow Jackets are undefeated at 18-0 and its defense has not allowed a point scored since Nov. 16 in a 13-12 victory over New Hampstead to close its regular season. In the playoffs, the Yellow Jackets have beaten Jenkins 44-0, Northside-Columbus 20-0, Columbus 13-0 and Calvary Day 13-0. "Their offense is explosive; I wish we could run the option like they do," SEB coach Marci Cochran told the Savannah Morning News. "But our defense hung in there, pulled flags, and did what we told them to do, and it paid off today." Southeast Bulloch has had 10 shutout victories this season.

# Name

Pos. Gr.

0

Jozie Motes

WR/Rush

10

2

Blair Brannen

WR/S

10

3

Kiara Raymond

LB

9

5

Dee Harrison

C/DB

9

7

Glendia Lowe

QB

9

10

Emma Yates

LB/WR

10

12

Kelsi Williams

Rush

11

14

Mellinee West

DB

9

17

Riley Lamb

LB/RB

10

23

Libby Washington

DB

9

26

Akela Williams

LB/RB

12

28

April Barnes

WR

9

33

Maggie Jo Brannen

C

9

36

Madison Nesmith

WR

10

44

Serenity Williams

WR

9

48

Shaneisha Coleman

LB

12

80

Colby Stewart

JV

8

Head Coach: Jay Reddick

SOUTHEAST BULLOCH YELLOW JACKETS (Brooklet, GA) • Yellow, Blue

# Name 1 Gabby Rogers 2 Alex Odom 3 Kaylee Haas 4 Jaci Kitchings 5 Korine Talkington 6 Jadyn Williams 7 Navee Applebee 9 Hanna DeTerra 10 Ava King 11 Lexie Cowart 12 Megan Newham 13 Ainsleigh Littles 14 Tie Goodwin 15 Kaley Moore 16 Addie Hood 17 Delanie Thames 18 Jaidyn Sherrod 19 Lauren Erickson 20 Alana Barnard 21 Olivia Horton 22 Samantha Waters 23 Isabelle Cruz 24 Abigail Morgan

Pos. R WR/SS UB/RB WR UB RB WR WR WR/CB C UB/RB QB/CB LB RB WR /CB WR/LB WR WR LB C WR WR C

Gr. 10 10 11 9 10 9 9 11 10 9 9 11 11 10 10 11 11 11 12 11 12 9 11

Head Coach: Marci Cochran

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