Since the end of last season, through mat drills, spring practices, summer passing camps and hot summer practices the goal of a high school football team is to win the state championship. The final two teams are left for a chance to accomplish that feat. The Georgia High School Association state championship game in class 6A (AAAAAA) is set. Here are the teams that will play and what they did in their semifinal games to advance.
Semifinal: Colquitt County at Norcross
Coming off their first ever trip to the semifinals the Norcross will make their first ever appearance in the state championship game after a 41-27 win over Colquitt County. Norcross never trailed in the game and scored the most points against Colquitt County this season. Norcross’ standout running back Alvin Kamara again put on a show in front of several college coaches in attendance rushing for 135 yards and touchdown. Kamara also caught a 65-yard touchdown pass on the night. Norcross jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never gave Colquitt County a chance to stay in the ballgame. Norcross quarterback Joseph Wilbur passed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown as well.
Colquitt County’s points were scored on a John Boatwright touchdown run, a Daniel Mobley to Bobby Hill touchdown pass and cosmetic touchdown pass late in the game from Cole Seagraves to Todd Boyd. Will Bannister kicked two field goals for the Packers.
Norcross improves to 14-0 and is the only undefeated team in Georgia’s highest classification and will face Lovejoy for the state championship next Saturday night.
Semifinal: North Cobb at Lovejoy
Lovejoy advances to the state championship game in their first season in the highest classification (6A) in Georgia with a 63-42 win over North Cobb. Overall it will be the Wildcats second consecutive state championship game in as many seasons (they lost to Tucker in the 2011 Class 4A title game). North Cobb jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter before Lovejoy would wake up. When the Wildcats did they roared and loud at that behind the running of Travis Custis and the play of their scoring defense. Custus would rip of a 63-yard touchdown run and Alejandro Bennefield would toss a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jumichael Ramos to pull the score even at 21 late in the quarter. The the Lovejoy defense went to work as Brandon Davis returned an interception 80-yards for a touchdown in the waning seconds of the first half to give Lovejoy the 28-21 halftime lead.
After the intermission the Lovejoy defense didn’t take long to score again when Montrell Custis returned and interception 50-yards for a touchdown on North Cobb’s opening possession of the half to cap 28 unanswered points by the Wildcats and give them the 35-21 lead. Lovejoy picked off North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen four times in the game.
Nick Miller would get North Cobb right back into the game returning the ensuing kickoff 65 yards to give the Warriors excellent field position at the Lovejoy 25. From there Miller would catch a 26-yard touchdown pass to pull North Cobb within seven at 35-28.
Lovejoy was not phased and promptly ripped off 21 straight points when Bennefield hit Brandon Davis for a 40-yard touchdown pass and Travis Custis ripped off two more touchdown runs of 28 and 24 yards to give Lovejoy the commanding 56-28 lead.
North Cobb would get another touchdown from running back J’Vonte Herrod but it would be answered right back by another Travis Custis touchdown run from 23-yards out. On the night Travis Custis rushed for 293 yards in 28 carries and scored five touchdowns.
Xavier Borishade returned the final Lovejoy kickoff 82-yards for a touchdown for the games final margin.
Norcross and Lovejoy will play Saturday December 15th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff scheduled for 8:30pm EST.