Defending 4A state champion Sandy Creek (11-0-1) will host Griffin (12-0) in the quarterfinals after winning the coin toss. This is easily a contest that could be a finals tilt yet the brackets were drawn how they were so they meet now. Sandy Creek’s tie came against Plant (FL) in the season opener. Plant (FL) is still alive in the Florida 8A playoffs.
Sandy Creek is ranked nationally while averaging 46.0ppg and allowing 15.2ppg. Griffin has an explosive offense and many figure they match-up well with Sandy Creek across the board. The Bears enter the contest averaging 44.0ppg while allowing 8.7ppga. Sandy Creek won the last meeting 22-15 in 2009 and won their first of three state championships since 2009. Griffin leads the all-time series 2-1. Sandy Creek won the state title
Of the eight remaining teams, Wayne County (3-4A), Alexander (5-4A), Carrollton (5-5A) and Stockbrige (4-4A) are not region champions. Region 5-5A has three of the final eight teams, Sandy Creek, Carrollton and Alexander, which all come from Division B of the region which is split into sub-regions.
Below are the updated brackets and notes from some of the games.
Sandy Creek is rounding into form as they have their full team in tact. Quarterback Cole Garvin passed for two touchdowns and did not throw an incomplete pass in the win over Chestatee. Damarre Kitt returned a punt for a touchdown and had a receiving touchdown while Eric Swinney rushed for three touchdowns.
Jaquez Parks passed for two touchdowns and Devontae Freeman rushed for two touchdowns as Griffin advanced. Griffin will travel to Sandy Creek in the quarterfinals.
Will Garrett passed for two touchdowns and Jarvis Terrell rushed for two touchdowns as Carrollton held off Monroe Area after trailing early in the game.
Javon Brandon scored twice while Malik Bryan, Cam Maddox, Maetron Thomas added rushing touchdowns for Stockbridge in their shutout victory over Westover.
Quarterback Chase Martenson rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another as Marist shutout Gilmer. Marist lost the coin toss with Burke County and will travel there for their quarterfinal meeting.
Mikell Lands-Davis rushed for five touchdowns (three were 58 yards or longer) as Alexander advanced. Baylor Whitfield passed for a touchdown to Isaac Zico for Alexander’s other touchdown. Alexander, located in Douglas County, is 8-4 and in the midst of their best season since 1997. Tario Fuller rushed for three touchdowns for Lanier. Lanier posted a school record 9 wins in their fourth season, all under former Collins Hill head coach Billy Wells.
Reginald Grubbs, Donquell Green and Donqual Young each rushed a touchdown as Burke County moved on. They will host Marist next after winning the coin toss. Mary Persons was held scoreless they final six quarters of this years playoffs.
Malique Jackson rushed for two touchdowns and Krenwick Sanders returned a kickoff for a touchdown as Wayne County advanced to play Alexander in the quarterfinals. Wayne County has won 10 games in a season for the first time in 20 seasons. Logan Byrd passed for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown for Veterans in defeat. Veterans finished their most successful season in school history with an 8-4 record. It was their first winning season and their first season winning more than four games in their four-year history.