The state championships opened in Georgia on Friday with championships decided in classifications 1A Public, 3A and 5A from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
In 1A Public: Irwin County (10-3-1) took a 7-6 lead on a 93-yard touchdown run by Ziaire Andrews late in the first quarter, that proved to be the only highlight for the Indians. The Panthers from Clinch County scored 18 unanswered points in their 24-7 victory for its sixth state championship in school history. Shannon Young rushed for two touchdowns, Trezman Marshall and Charles McClelland each rushed for a touchdown. Clinch County (13-1) finished with 292 rushing yards and attempted only two passes- both incomplete.
In 3A: Westminster scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and overtime in come-from-behind fashion to defeated Blessed Trinity (13-1-1) 38-31 to win the 3A title between the two Fulton County private schools. Blessed Trinity’s Milton Shelton toted the mail 37 times for 257 yards and three touchdowns however fumbled in overtime while reaching to cross the goal line on the games final play.
Trailing 31-17 Westminster’s Rankin Woley hit Joe Egan for an 11-yard touchdown pass to make it 31-24. Following a successful onsides kick, Isaiah Malcome rushed in from 21 yards to force overtime. Malcome scored from 3-yards out in overtime to put the Wolves up 38-31 and won it after Shelton’s fumble. Malcome finished with 126 yards and two touchdowns rushing, Woley added 91 yards and a rushing touchdown for Westminster (11-4).
In 5A: Allatoona outlasted Glynn Academy 10-6 to win its first state championship and the first public school (Cobb County School System) from Cobb County to win a state championship. Brandon Rainey broke the scoreless tie with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter capping an 80-yard drive for a 7-0 Allatoona lead. Allatoona (14-1) later added a 29-yard field goal by Skyler Davis in the 4th for a 10-0 lead. Glynn Academy (12-3) scored its only points on the games final play as Deejay Dallas rushed in from 9-yards out for the final margin. The defenses controlled the game as both held their opponent under 200 total yards of offense (Allatoona 189 Glynn Academy 146). Glynn Academy had a field goal blocked, missed another and had a free kick bang off the right upright no good in the game.