Before we head into the off-season and into National Signing Day on Wednesday, I wanted to take one final look at the GHSA State Championship Games this past weekend. On behalf of GPB Sports, I’m going to hand-out our All-Finals Awards and name our All-Finals Team.
In 3A-7A the state championship games were decided by an average of one touchdown. I found it surprising that in this day of wide-open offenses, state championships were won this year with strong ground games and smothering defenses.
The biggest surprise of the state championships was Marietta’s defense. Easily their most outstanding effort of the season holding Lowndes to a mere nine points. The Vikings entered Georgia State Stadium 14-0 and averaging nearly 40 points per game.
We had long state championship droughts broken and several impressive streaks extended. Marietta won its first state championship since 1967. Irwin County it’s first since 1975. Harrison won its first-ever in the 28-season history of the program.
Eagles Landing Christian won its state record fifth consecutive championship with no end to the Chargers dominance in sight. Blessed Trinity became the 12th program to win three straight titles. Cedar Grove became the third DeKalb County program with three (joining Lakeside and Avondale) and those three coming in the last four seasons. Buford won its 12th overall state title moving into second place all-time in Georgia history behind only Valdosta.
So, time now to hand out the rewards. And when you get down to the All-Finals team, you’ll notice I may have multiple players at some positions. I rewarded who I felt should be rewarded.