The 2016 GHSA Prep football Champions have been crowned and the Georgia Dome has seen its last GHSA title tilts. The 2017 championship games will be played elsewhere and the word is that they will be played next door to the Georgia Dome at the Atlanta Falcons new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Looking ahead to next year after what we Prep Football fans got to see over the two days last weekend seems fruitless at this point in time. There were some great games played and the turf at the Dome was graced with some outstanding talent.
It was an amazing weekend buffet of games. The festivities began and ended with two stellar overtime games. I don’t think that has ever happened at any time in the short history of Georgia Dome title games. Friday morning, Eagles Landing Christian Academy topped Fellowship Christian School, 34-27 in double overtime, and on Saturday night Grayson beat Roswell, 23-20 in a single extra period game. What transpired between those two outstanding games was enjoyable indeed.
Cedar Grove, one of the many talent-laden teams in Metro Atlanta beat Greater Atlanta Christian, 30-19 for the Class AAA crown. The Rome Wolves captured their first Title in any GHSA sport by beating perennial power Buford 16-7. Friday’s nightcap game saw the state’s winningest program, the Valdosta Wildcats, beat the Tucker Tigers, 17-7.
Saturday’s games saw the Macon County Bulldogs top the McIntosh County Academy Buccaneers, 35-0 to capture the Class A Public Trophy in the opening game of the day. It was a record-breaking game as the Bulldogs’ Quarterback, K’hari Lane broke Hutson Masons’ touchdown passes in a season record. Lane hit wide receiver Trey Brown with two scoring strikes in the final stanza to break Masons’ mark of 54 and finished his stellar career with 56 touchdown passes.
Benedictine Military avenged a 54-28 quarterfinal loss last year to the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes in Saturday’s second game. The Cadets exploded for 35 first half points in a 49-26 win. Then in the day’s third game, another group of Purple Hurricanes, this group from Cartersville, won their 30th game in a row and captured their second GHSA Title in as many years by topping previously undefeated Thomson, 58-7.
The Grayson Rams, a top five nationally-ranked power and the number one team in Class AAAAAAA in the state, and the number two ranked Roswell Hornets, also a top nationally rank team, brought the curtain down at the Georgia Dome with one of the best championship performances ever in the Georgia Dome. The Hornets tied the game on the last play of regulation, and then the Rams prevailed in the first overtime period on a field goal.
It was just what the name implies, a GHSA Prep Football Championship weekend. There were defensive struggles, offensive explosions, a single overtime game, a double overtime game and record-breaking performances as well.
The Prep Georgia Dome Football finales were in a word outstanding!