Georgia is known for its deep and passionate high school football. That depth and passion will be taken to another level as all four 6A semifinalist have a combined 52-0 record.
Colquitt County (13-0) withstood a stout challenge from South Forsyth to advance with a 49-31 victory. Twice Colquitt scored 21 unanswered points, the last of which game when trailing 31-28 early in the fourth quarter. Colquitt’s Ty Lee and Keil Pollard each scored two touchdowns while South Forsyth’s Jaylen Camp caught three touchdown passes. The win gave the Packers their 28th consecutive win.
The Packers will face Mill Creek (13-0) after the Hawks blanked Archer 23-0 on the strength of vicious defensive effort and solid placekicking. Mill Creek’s only offensive touchdown came on a Cameron Turley to Daniel Leconte 12-yard pass. Peyton Moore scored on a pick six while kicker Brenton King went 3-of-4 on fields goals. The victory put Mill Creek in the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
Colquitt County travels to north/metro Atlanta Georgia for the second straight week as Mill Creek will host. Colquitt County leads the all-time series 2-0. The teams met last season’s opener at McEachern High School with Colquitt County winning 31-14. The Packers defeated the Hawks 27-14 in the 2010 5A quarterfinals in Moultrie.
On the other side of the bracket Roswell (13-0) advanced past Collins Hill despite scoring a season-low 17 points in their 17-10 victory. Roswell quarterback Quintarius Neely engineered a 96-yard drive capped with his 17-yard touchdown to break a 10-10 tie. Neely also passed for a touchdown. Sheldon Evans rushed for over 150 yards for the Hornets.
Grayson (13-0) came from behind to defeat Westlake 35-28 after a late interception by Matthew Greenway preserved the victory. Grayson’s Cameryn Brent rushed for over 260 yards and four touchdowns. Westlake quarterback Malik Willis amassed over 200 all-purpose yards passing for three touchdowns and rushing for another in defeat.
Grayson will host Roswell in the schools first-ever meeting.
Four teams with a combined 52-0 record speaks volumes about how tough each team is. The playoff path each took to reach the semifinals is easily one of the toughest in all of high school football from coast to coast.
All four teams entered the quarterfinals ranked in the latest National High School Football Top 100, all will remain ranked when the rankings are updated Monday. Colquitt County entered the quarterfinals No.4, Grayson No.9, Roswell No.11 and Mill Creek at No. 63. Mill Creek is certain to move up with its impressive shutout victory over previously fifteenth-ranked Archer.
UPDATED: MIll Creek moved up to No. 30 in the latest National High School Football Top 100. Colquitt, Grayson and Roswell all remained the same. Archer fell to No. 33.