The final week of the regular season is in the book. What we know now is the ones who made the state playoffs (Rabun, Jefferson, Union, Dawson, Commerce) and the ones who missed out (White, Habersham, Stephens, Lumpkin, Banks, Towns). Here are the results from Week 12:
#1 Rabun County 49, #6 Union County 7
The Wildcats cruised to a 6th straight region championship while taking down unbeaten Union. Gunner Stockton rushed for 5 TD, and threw for 2, giving him 7 on the night, including his 100th career TD.
North Hall 40, #10 Dawson County 37
The Tigers dropped a close one, meaning they take to the road for the opening round of state. Riley Herndon’s TD catch from Zach Holtzclaw got Dawson going early, and another Holtzclaw TD pass to Dakohta Sonnichsen made it 14-7 Tigers. By the break though, the Trojans held a slim 23-21 lead, and went on to win 40-37.
#2 Blessed Trinity 35, White County 6
The Warriors’ season came to a close with a loss to BT.
#6 Commerce 22, George Walton 21
The Tigers did themselves a huge favor by winning this one, boosting the power ratings prior to playoff selection. Down 21-0 with just a few moments left in the third, the Tigers rallied for a monumental comeback behind Samuel Roach’s 107 rushing yards and 3 TD. The final tally came with 16 seconds left. Rather than go for the tie, coach Michael Brown rolled the dice and Roach pounded it in for the 2-point conversion and the win.
Elbert County 48, Banks County 13
The Leopards’ season came to a close, marking back-to-back seasons being held out of the playoffs.
East Hall 40, Lumpkin County 31
Down 6-0, Tucker Kirk threw a 2nd quarter TD pass to Trey Wilkes to go up 8-6. Kirk scored a rushing TD just before the half, leaving the Indians trailing, 26-15. It was 40-15 in the fourth, and then Lumpkin stormed back with TD runs by Kirk and BoJack Dowdy. This ends the Indians’ season.
Apalachee 56, Habersham Central 49
Same old song and dance for the Raiders, who put up a gazillion points but still fell hard to Apalachee. That ends Habersham’s season, and moved it to the bottom of the region standings.
St. Pius X 42, Stephens County 21
Despite a 1-8 record, Stephens County could have made state with a win in this one. However, St. Pius doubled up the Indians to end their season, making them 1-9 for the first time since 1967.
Athens Christian 56, Towns County 8
For Towns County, it marked the first time since 2007 that the team failed to win a game.
#9 Denmark 34, #7 Flowery Branch 14
Chestatee 70, West Hall 14
Lanier 41, Gainesville 38
#7 Prince Avenue Christian 59, Lakeview 0
Clarke Central 31, #1 Buford 28
Loganville 35, Johnson 14
Riverside 42, Providence 0