First round recap; Second round match ups
Upper Left Bracket
No. 17 First Presbyterian Day 35, No. 16 Aquinas 10
The Vikings (7-4) took control in the fourth quarter. Trailing 10-7, they scored two quick touchdowns on a 19-yard pass from Dalton Cox to Titus Moore. Aquinas (6-5) muffed the ensuing kickoff and FPD recovered on the 20. A few plays later, Cox scored from 1-yard out for a 21-10 lead. FPD will travel to McDonough to face No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (10-0), whose head coach, Jonathan Gess, once served as an assistant at FPD.
No. 9 Pinecrest Academy 14, No. 24 Brookstone 7
The Paladins methodical offense was just enough to edge the Cougars. Pinecrest (8-3) quarterback Ryan McCarthy’s 1-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left in regulation, his second short scoring run of the game, was the difference. Brookstone (4-7) had evened the score at 7-7 with eight minutes left on a 1-yard run by quarterback Josh Long. The Paladins will travel to Norcross to face No. 8 Wesleyan (8-2) next week.
No. 13 Savannah Christian 41, No. 20 Hebron Christian 7
(Winner faces No. 4 Calvary Day)
No. 12 Stratford Academy 35, No. 21 Holy Innocents 7
The Eagles jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the Bears (5-6) and never looked back. Stratford (8-3) ended up with over 400 yards rushing, and will travel to rival No. 5 Tattnall Square Academy (10-0) next week.
No. 18 Mt. Pisgah Christian 35, No. 15 Athens Christian 26
The Patriots (6-4) built a 21-6 first-half lead and never looked back. Mt. Pisgah eventually went up 35-12 before Athens Christian (7-4) scored two late touchdowns to close the gap. The Patriots will travel to Bogart to take on No. 2 Prince Avenue Christian (10-0).
No. 10 Darlington 20, No. 23 Walker School 6
(Winner faces No. 7 Landmark Christian School)
No. 14 George Walton 38, No. 19 Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 14
(Winner faces No. 3 Fellowship Christian)
No. 11 Athens Academy 37, No. 22 Savannah Country Day 21
(Winner faces No. 6 Mt. Paran Christian)
No. 17 Turner County 41, No. 16 Terrell County 6
The Rebels (8-3) dominated from start to finish, building a 32-0 halftime lead. The game was played with a running clock in the second half. Ontario Wilson returned an interception 103 yards for a touchdown and Tamorrion Terry scored on a 59-yard run to begin the route. Turner County will travel to Montezuma to face No. 1 Macon County next week.
No. 9 Twiggs County 46, No. 24 Marion County 7
Ja’Mon Height gained 219 yards on just 19 carries and scored twice to lead the Cobras (8-3) over the Eagles (7-4). Last season in the first round of the playoffs, Twiggs fell to Marion County 22-20. The Cobras will travel to No. 8 Manchester (9-1) next week.
No. 13 Miller County 29, No. 20 Bowdon 28
(Winner faces No. 4 Emanuel County Institute)
No. 21 Irwin County 42, No. 12 Dooly County 0
(Winner faces No. 5 Mt. Zion-Carroll)
No. 15 Mitchell County 46, No. 18 Randolph-Clay 14
The Eagles (9-2) avenged an early season loss to the Red Devils (7-4) using a stingy defense and a bruising running game. Mitchell County had a goal-line stand in the first half and held Randolph-Clay to one touchdown in each half. The Eagles will travel to No. 2 Clinch County next week.
No. 10 Taylor County 34, No. 23 Trion 31
(Winner faces No. 7 Commerce)
No. 14 Greene County 49, No. 19 Wheeler County 7
(Winner faces No. 3 Pelham)
No. 11 Lincoln County 24, No. 22 Washington-Wilkes 3
(Winner faces No. 6 McIntosh County Institute)