The Creekside Seminoles will be making their first trip to the Georgia Dome with a shot at bringing home their first-ever state title. Creekside easily handled Kell 55-10 in the semifinals to advance improving to 14-0 under first-year head coach Olten Downs who came over from Riverdale this season.
Kell led 3-0 after their first drive in the opening quarter and from there it was all Creekside after they exploded for 21 points in the second quarter. Running backs Dexter Knox and Bricen Terry rushed for three touchdowns each while Elliot Berry and Julian Gibbs added rushing touchdowns. Creekside rushed for over 430 yards in the win. Kell’s only touchdown came on a 67-yard pass from Matthew McGuigan to Julian Burris. Kell entered the game averaging nearly 400ypg, finished with just over 300 yards of total offense against Creekside.
In the postseason the Seminoles are averaging 46.2ppg and allowing 14.75ppga. They’ve scored 40 or more points in their last six games and have not given up more that 21 in a game during that span.
Creekside is playing inspired football with the loss of teammate DeAntre Turman who died from injuries sustained in their season opening scrimmage. They’ve dedicated this season to him. Dr. Patrick Kerr has since donated his Kerr Collar, a neck protection device, to Creekside and they have been wearing it as a team since the final week of the regular season. They are the only football team currently in the nation with their entire team equipped with the Kerr Collar.
The Tucker Tigers scored 20 unanswered points after trailing 14-0 to eliminate Gainesville 20-14. Deshaun Watson rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown giving the Red Elephants a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Tucker’s Joe Farrar hit Detrick Dukes on a 9-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7 and that held until halftime. Farrar would throw his second touchdown pass in the third quarter hitting Dominick Sanders from 33 yards out to even the game at 14.
Tucker (14-0) put together their game winning drive late in the fourth quarter using 11 rushing plays to go 53 yards capped by a 6-yard Dominick Sanders touchdown run. The extra point failed but Tucker led 20-14 and held on for the win. Watson, Georgia’s all-time passing leader, finished with 185 yards passing falling 213 yards short of becoming the first Georgia player with two 4,000 yard seasons.
Tucker and Creekside enter the 5A title game with a combined 28-0 record with Tucker averages 41.7ppg this season but only 25.0ppg in the postseason. Creekside leads the all-time series 1-0 with a 27-22 victory in the second round of the playoffs in 1998.
Tucker will be going for their third state title in six years and first since 2011. Bryan Lamar is in his second season as head coach of the Tigers with a 24-3 record entering the title game.