All good things come to an end. For Rabun and Jefferson, it marked the end of unbelievable seasons, as both fell on the road in the quarterfinals.
#6 Thomasville 38, #1 Rabun County 24
Rabun County (12-1) closed its season far earlier than anyone imagined. The Wildcats came in ranked #1 in the state, but ran into a buzz saw down in Thomasville. The Cats drew first blood with a long scoring run by Cory Keller, but that was about all Rabun would muster. Thomasville went up 14-10 at the break, as Edwin Diaz notched a short-yardage field goal. The Bulldogs came out unbelievable in the second half, scoring 3 3rd quarter touchdowns to pull ahead 35-10 going into the final quarter. The Wildcats made a ferocious comeback attempt, outscoring the Bulldogs 14-3 to make things interesting, but it was too little, too late.
#6 Crisp County 22, #3 Jefferson 20
The Dragons (10-2) ended their season with a gut-wrenching loss to Crisp County. On the second play of the game, Jefferson got a 79-yard TD run by Jordan Perry to go up 7-0. Crisp County scored 22 2nd quarter points to go ahead 22-7 heading into the half. Midway through the 3rd, Kade McNally scored a 13-yard TD to trim the deficit to 22-13. To open the 4th, Colby Clark notched his final high school TD on a 5-yd run. However, the 2-point try was no good, so the Dragons trailed 22-20. Jefferson had two other great chances, but missed a 30-yard field goal with 6:45 left, and Malaki Starks had a reception at the 35 in the final minute-plus, but fumbled it over to Crisp County.
#1 Buford 24, #3 Carrollton 21 (GW FG as time expired for Buford)
#3 GAC 17, #5 Hart County 16 (4th quarter comeback win for GAC)
#6 Oconee County 17, #3 Marist 7