Colquitt County Makes Statement; ECLA, Pace Academy, Cartersville Win Georgia Titles

The Georgia high school football state championships continues at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The 6A finals featured two top 10 teams in the National High School Football Top 100 as No.2 Colquitt County face No.9 Roswell and the sites national game of the week. Colquitt County entered the contest with sights on winning a second straight state title and 30th straight game in rugged-and-expanding Georgia. Roswell-like other teams, jumped on Colquitt quick, 81 yards for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage; a 15-yard pass went from a pick six to catch and run touchdown for a 7-0 Roswell lead. Colquitt responded by lining up and going 80-yards to tie the game on a Keil Pollard touchdown run. The Packers forced a punt on Roswell’s next possession, moments later the Packers proceeded to take the lead for good on Pollard’s second touchdown run of the game for a 14-7 advantage. The Hornets would get two more goal-to-goal situations settling for field goals each time in the opening two quarters and trailed 21-13 at halftime.

In the second half Colquitt’s lead was never threatened as weaknesses from Roswell’s season scouting reports bloomed. Roswell failed to get anything vertical/down the field in the passing game when trailing by multiple scores and Colquitt added three field goals for the final 30-13 margin.

Colquitt County sits in realistic position for national title as No.3 Allen (TX) was knocked off on Friday night with only No.1 Corona-Centennial left with a game against De La Salle in Dec. 19th.(UPDATE: De La Salle defeated Corona-Centennial 28-21) (UPDATE: Katy (TX) won the national championship, Colquitt County finished second in most major rankings)

In 1A private: Trailing 14-13 in the fourth quarter ECLA scored the final 22 points to defeat Aquinas 35-14. Donald Hammonds scored rushing touchdowns from 18 and 32 yards before Kahleb Hood sealed the game with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown the final moments. Hood finished with two interceptions and 138 all-purpose yards while Hammonds rushed for 109 yards and passed 52 yards for the Chargers. Verenzo Holmes returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for Aquinas.

In 2A: Pace Academy jumped out a 21-7 halftime lead on Fitzgerald while holding the states overall leading rusher JD King to 25 yards in the first half. Fitzgerald pulled within seven points twice in the second half on a King touchdown run and a James Graham to Montrell Harris 41-yard touchdown pass. King was held to 58 yards rushing and a touchdown, Graham tallied 100 yard rushing and 41 yards passing.

Pace pulled away for good in the fourth quarter on touchdown runs by Deon Jackson and Realus George for the 42-21 final margin. Pace Academy claimed their first state championship by rushing for over 300 yards as Jackson finished with 113 yards and three touchdowns while George rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

In 4A: Cartersville was seeking its first-ever victory over Buford and first state championship since 1999. The Purple Hurricanes took a 3-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a 47 yard field goal. Cartersville recovered a Buford fumble at the Buford 10 with less than two minutes remaining n the first half. Two plays later Trevor Lawrence hit Forristall for a 5-yard touchdown pass for a 10-0 lead just before halftime. That 10-0 lead would hold as Cartersville prevailed. Buford was shutout for the first time since 2010 covering a span of 87 games.

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