The final eight teams have been set in Georgia class 5A. Defending state champion Gainesville (Region 8-5A) is still in the field. Region winners Creekside (4-5A), Tucker (6-5A), North Paulding (5-5A), Warner Robins (2-5A), Kell (7-5A) and Ware County (3-5A) all remain. Mundy’s Mill (4-5A) is the lone team in the final eight that is not a region champion. Region 1 is the only region not represented in the final eight.
Sophomore quarterback Felix Harper passed for three touchdowns as Creekside advanced to the quarterfinals. They will travel to North Paulding who won the coin toss for home field advantage.
Warner Robins defeated Richmond Hill for the second consecutive season in the playoffs. Caden Johnston passed for two touchdowns, both to Marquez Callaway and rushed for a touchdown. Warner Robins scored two defensive touchdowns on a Callaway interception return and a Shamair Mitchell fumble return. Richmond Hill quarterback Nick Fitzgerald passed for three touchdowns.
Chase Noonan passed for three touchdowns while Brandon Townsend returned two of his four interceptions for touchdowns as North Paulding defeated Stephenson. North Paulding will host Creekside next week.
Ware County got two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown from running back Dedrick Mills. Quarterback Jamar Johnson passed for two touchdowns and Rayquan Chatman returned an interception for a touchdown. Marcus Ivory passed for Northside-Warner Robins’ lone touchdown to Jurmon Weaver. Ware County will travel to Tucker next week.
Gainesville advanced to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. DeShaun Watson passed for five touchdown and combined for over 500 yards of offense rushing and passing.
Cameron Rosenthal passed for a two touchdowns while sophomore Evan Carnes caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a touchdown as Kell advances to the quarterfinals for the second time in four years. Randrecous Davis rushed for two touchdowns for Mays. Mays finished 9-3 in their first season under head coach Corey Jarvis after going 5-5 and missing the playoffs last season.
Duke Shelley rushed for a touchdown and Erick Webber kicked three field goals as Tucker withstood a late East Paulding rally to advance. Mitchell Webb passed for a touchdown for East Paulding. Tucker will host Ware County as they won the coin toss.
Mundy’s Mill advances to the quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The Tigers are 8-4 and the eight wins are a school record for wins and they continue to keep only their third winning season in history alive with the victory over Lee County.