The Sweet 16 proved to be unsweet for a few teams (Union, Commerce, Dawson) who all saw the end of the road, while Rabun and Jefferson marched on to the quarterfinals with big wins!
THE LOCAL GAMES
*Rankings next to team name are seedings from respective region
#1 Rabun County 34, #2 Toombs County 14
The Wildcats overcame a brief deficit to score 27 unanswered behind 3 total TDs by Gunner Stockton. He threw touchdowns to Hogan Woodard and Sam Adams, and rushed for one himself. Cory Keller scored the other TD, while Edwin Diaz punched in a couple of field goals. Braxton Hicks had 2 interceptions, and AJ Wheeler one as the defense shut down a team that averaged over 30 points per game.
#1 Jefferson 28, #2 Appling County 7
The Dragons won a huge battle of top-10 programs to advance to the quarterfinals. After trailing early, Jefferson knotted it up late in the first half with a TD. That held to the break, and midway through the 3rd, the Dragons broke the tie to go up 14-7. They’d never look back, and added a couple more TDs to win 28-7.
#1 Metter 14, #2 Union County 7
Union County’s offense was unable to overcome a stout Metter D, but the same can be said for Metter’s offense against the Panthers’ defense. Unfortunately, Metter scored just enough to slide past Union, 14-7. Pierson Allison threw a pair of interceptions, including one in the red zone as the Panthers trailed 6-0 at the half. The home team went up 14-0 going into the 4th, but Union got on the board with a Jonah Daniel TD run with 3:22 left in the game. Union got the ball back at their own 5, and used penalties and a 4th down conversion to get near midfield, but Allison threw his final pass of his career, an interception by Metter, to seal the deal in the final seconds. The Panthers’ historic run ends with them at 10-2 and grabbing their first-ever playoff win.
#7 Lincoln County 21, #10 Commerce 17
The Tigers fell hard on the road, playing tough until the final whistle, and close the season with a 9-3 record and second round exit.
#1 Jenkins 42, #3 Dawson County 9
The Tigers couldn’t get much going on the road, as they fell 42-9 to close their season with an 8-4 record. Zach Holtzclaw threw a TD pass to Brody Howell for the only Tigers’ TD of the game.
#2 Buford 34, #1 Ware County 6
#1 Crisp County 41, #2 North Hall 3