Kell ended Marist's 28-game home playoff winning streak with a dominant 30-7 win in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs. The Longhorns raced to a 23-0 second-quarter lead, as three different players players scored. Early in the second quarter, quarterback Clay Dodson threw a backward pass to receiver Brendan Langley, who then tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Devon Williams. The double-pass score gave Kell a commanding 16-0 lead. The Kell defense held Marist to just one first-half first down.
Camden County 34, North Cobb 0: Host Camden County dominated the game on the ground with J.J. Green gaining 104 yards on eight carries including a 34-yard touchdown run. Kevonn McKenzie added an additional 93 yards on 11 carries including a 33-yard touchdown run.
Colquitt County 31 East Coweta 10: The host Packers cruised thanks to a stifling defensive effort. The Colquitt County defense limited East Coweta to 133 yards. Quarterback Cole Seagraves threw for 212 yards, and Willie Woodyard rushed for 121 yards.
Dacula 17, Norcross 10: With 13 seconds left, Rocky Capobianco scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to put the visiting Falcons ahead for good. Marcus Cox also scored from nine yards out. The Blue Devils led at halftime 7-3, with Alvin Kamara providing the score.
Grayson 32, Collins Hill 7: The host Rams jumped out to an early lead behind a Nick Schuessler touchdown run. Devin Gillespie added a 5-yard touchdown run before Robert Nkemediche scored and recorded a safety for the final points.
Hillgrove 49, Beach 12: Elijah Ironside threw for 133 yards and three touchdowns while running for 51 yards and another score. Kenyon Drake ran 10 times for 86 yards and also caught a 28-yard touchdown for the hosts. JoJo Marshall had two touchdown receptions.
M.L. King 30, Coffee 22: The hosts took a comfortable lead into the fourth quarter and cruised to victory. Blake Tibbs returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Joshua Sanford caught two touchdown passes from Jonquel Dawson, and Cornell Boyd also had a 59-yard touchdown reception.
McEachern 56, Benedictine 12: Kell Parham rushed for three touchdowns while Trent Thompson passed for another three for host McEachern. On defense, South Carolina commit Darius English forced two fumbles and recorded two sacks.
North Gwinnett 49, Archer 3: The host Bulldogs spoiled the first playoff game in Archer’s history. Quarterback Scott Hosch completed 24-of-27 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were to Chad Scott.
South Cobb 32, Windsor Forest 28: The visiting Eagles overcame a late 28-14 deficit to defeat Windsor Forest. With 1:24 remaining in the game, Ryan Sumner caught a Stephon Masha pass to score the winning touchdown. Running back Chris Beck added three touchdowns for the Eagles.
Walton 48, Milton 14: Running back Tyren Jones scored five first-half touchdowns in leading the host Raiders to a 41-7 lead at the half. Zack Blaylock returned an interception 77 yards for a score and Parker McLeod hit Tim Dalton on a 32-yard touchdown pass.
West Forsyth 13, Etowah 7: The visiting Wolverines lead 13-0 at the break. Jake Wieczorek scored from six yards out in the first quarter. The extra point was missed after a second-quarter touchdown.
Chattahoochee 65, Habersham Central 48: Chattahoochee scored a school-record 65 points, as Travis Marshall threw two touchdown passes to Will Johnson and a 68-yard touchdown pass to Alec Rubin. Chase Nelson and C.J. Leggett kept it balanced on the ground with Leggett rushing for two touchdowns and Nelson rushing for three, including a 34-yard score.
Clarke Central 35, Lambert 32: Running back Quenshaun Watson scored four times, twice on runs and twice on receptions from quarterback Cameron Johnson for the host Gladiators. His 71-yard rushing touchdown with 4:34 left in the game gave Clarke Central the lead for good.
East Paulding 10, Southwest DeKalb 6: In a low-scoring affair, the host Raiders scored 10 unanswered points to top Southwest DeKalb. Tailback Terrell Hannah tossed a five-yard pass to quarterback Trey Lane to take the lead, while Miles Hemphill sealed the deal with a 31-yard field goal.
Heritage-Conyers 13, Rome 10: Harrison Kulp gave the host Patriots the lead in the second overtime with a 27-yard field goal. Rome countered with a pass inside the 1-yard line, but a fumble on the next play was recovered by Heritage to end the game.
Lovejoy 42, Upson-Lee 3: Quarterback Travis Custis led the Lovejoy offense with 158 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown. The defense played its part for the host Wildcats and Damarques Gates returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Pope 52, Mays 35: Holland Frost scored twice, including a 71-yard scamper in the third quarter. Myles Everrett caught a touchdown for the host Greyhounds, and then returned an interception 40-yards for a score to ice the game in the fourth quarter.
Allatoona 47, Franklin County 21: Visiting Franklin County led 21-19 at halftime, but could not slow down the Buccaneers offense in the second half. Miles Jones led the rushing attack for Allatoona with 256 yards and two scores. T.J. Herron added 51 yards and three scores.
Burke County 42, Drew 7: Burke County dominated visiting Drew with stout defense and a punishing ground game. The Bears were led by running back Donquel Green, who ran the ball for 171 yards and three touchdowns.
Carrollton 28, Columbia 0: Quarterback Dallas Dickey scored three touchdowns in the host Trojans’ romp. Carrollton held Columbia to just 13 rushing yards and 161 total yards. The Trojans rolled up 327 yards on the ground.
Flowery Branch 41, Johns Creek 38: With three seconds left, a 41-yard hail mary pass from Canler Coker deflected off three defenders and fell into the arms of Casey Osborne to win it for the visitors. Skye Overton’s 4-yard run J.C. Fowler’s field goal had put the Gladiators ahead.
Henry County 28, Thomson 7: The host Bulldogs' only score came on a 17-yard touchdown reception by Torie Battle. Henry County gained 215 yards of total offense, as quarterback Chris Moody threw for 100 yards, ran for 68 and scored three total touchdowns.
St. Pius 48, Shaw 14: The host Golden Lions won without attempting a single pass. St. Pius outgained the Raiders 460 to 145 in total yards and were led by quarterback Trey White, who rushed for a game-high 137 yards and a touchdown.
Stockbridge 26, Washington County 17: Stockbridge running back Evan Jones scored all four touchdowns for the Tigers, including scoring runs of 26 and 30 yards. The host Tigers were led on defense by Jason Allen, who had 12 tackles and an interception.
Woodward Academy 44, LaGrange 25: The host War Eagles rushed for 364 yards, as Quincy Wolf led the charge with 80 yards and a touchdown. Jollyce Myrick added 88 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Blessed Trinity 44 Heard County 19: Chris Dore led the way in the Titans’ home victory over Heard County with big plays on both sides of the ball. Dore scored on a 64-yard touchdown reception and added three interceptions on defense. Blessed Trinity led 30-6 at halftime.
Buford 49 Temple 13: The Wolves led 35-6 at halftime, as quarterback Sam Clay threw for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a 53-yard run. Buford limited Temple to 53 yards rushing and 125 yards overall.
Carver-Columbus 38, Lovett 7: The host Tigers rushed for 354 yards while holding Lovett to 33. Cequanti Ford ran for two first-half scores as Carver raced to a 26-0 lead at the break. The Lions avoided a shutout when quarterback Luke Hart hit Brooks Shoen on a 2-yard pass.
Westminster 34, Callaway 15: The visiting Wildcats pulled away in the second half after leading 10-7 at the break. Danny Catan ran and threw for one score. Nigel Walker scored two touchdowns runs and Harrison Bucker netted two field goals.
Bowdon 57, Holy Innocents' 43: Bowdon's Maricio Askew carried the ball 24 times for 208 yards, amassing an incredible six touchdowns (five rushing and one receiving). Quarterback John Galloway ran for 120 yards and two scores for the host Golden Bears.
Eagle's Landing Christian 34, Mt. Paran 14: The host Chargers scored a 74-yard touchdown on the first play and led 14-0 at halftime. The Eagles cut the lead to 21-14 in the fourth quarter, but two late ELCA scores put the comeback out of reach.
Landmark Christian 17, Darlington 14: Josh Vineyard nailed the game-winning field goal for the visiting Eagles from 22 yards out with 2:50 left. The Tigers had a final chance, but threw an interception. Jeremiah Kirkland and Donald Payne each had touchdown receptions for the Eagles.
Contributors: Stephen Black, Scott St. Lifer, Josh Bagriansky, Sean Conway, Thomas Watson, Robby Kalland, Jack Morbitzer