Round 1 Scores & Recaps (Saturday RESULTS)

Friday night saw Commerce and Dawson punch tickets to the second round. Saturday featured Jefferson and Rabun doing the same.

THE LOCALS

#1 Rabun County 35, #4 Haralson County 7

The Wildcats used a 28-0 first half en route to a 35-7 win in the first round of the playoffs. Gunner Stockton tallied 4 TDs (2 passing, 2 rushing), eclipsing 9,000 career passing yards and his 40th passing TD of the season and 20th rushing TD of the season. Lang Windham had a rushing and receiving score, and Adriel Clark caught his 24th TD pass, 3 shy of the state single-season record. Rabun held Haralson scoreless until 1 minute left in the game.

#1 Jefferson 65, #4 Mt. Zion – Jonesboro 0

It was never in question, as the #1-ranked Jefferson Dragons scored at will in the first half, going up 56-0 at the break. Malaki Starks threw a TD and ran for another, while Jordan Perry had a pick six and a receiving score. Carter Stephenson threw and ran for a TD as well. Jefferson held Mt. Zion to 17 total yards, only 4 first downs, and -18 rushing yards. The Dragons put up over 400 yards of offense, mostly in the first half.

#2 Heard County 31, #3 Union County 28

The Panthers nearly pulled off a huge upset, falling just short in a 31-28 game. Jonah Daniel put up 110 total yards in a valiant effort, as both teams scored on their opening drives to knot the game at 7 each. Heard County took a slim 14-7 lead into the second quarter, and Union pulled within 28-14 on a Kaston Hemphill TD pass to Noah Underwood. Carson Walker had also scored a rushing TD. Mason McCombs hit a field goal before the break, making it 28-17. Near the end of the third, McCombs hit a 40-yard FG to cut it to 28-20, but Heard responded with a field goal with a little over 7 minutes left in the game. Walker got a TD run, and Daniel a 2PC with under 5 minutes to play to get within 31-28, though Heard would hold on for the win.

FRIDAY

#1 Commerce 52, #4 Manchester 20

The Tigers didn’t disappoint, and scored a program record 52 points in a playoff game. Commerce got a Trey Huff first quarter TD, then came one from Elijah Burns, then Michael Sherman in the second. Add in a Diaz FG before the break, and it was 24-0 Commerce. Manchester put 12 points up in the third, but Dreylan Martin got some of that back with a TD run to make it 31-12 going into the final quarter. Martin got another TD in the fourth to make it 38-12, and Manchester pulled within 38-20. Shawn Cunningham had a late score as the Tigers rolled into the second round.

#1 Rockmart 48, #4 White County 35

The Warriors fell behind quickly, but ended very strong in a valiant effort. White County was down 20-0 at the end of the first quarter. The rest of the way, the Warriors outscored Rockmart 35-28. J Ben Haynes notched a rushing score to open the second quarter, though Rockmart responded to pad the lead at 27-7. Just before the half, Haynes connected on a 27-yd TD to Darius Cannon to cut it to 27-14. Silas Mulligan’s 1-yard plunge in the third bridged the gap to 27-21 before Rockmart pounded out an 80-yd TD on the ensuing kickoff in response. Mulligan scored again from 7 yards out midway through the third, making it 34-27. Two straight TDs by Rockmart put the game out of reach, though Haynes threw his final TD pass of his amazing career to Reece Dockery to cap the scoring. In his final game, Haynes delivered 2 passing and 1 rushing TD.

#2 Rome 35, #3 Habersham Central 14

The Raiders were within 14-7 after a quarter, though Rome notched a late TD to close out the first half up 21-7. That score held up to the fourth quarter, when Joshua Pickett had an electrifying 80-yd TD run to cut the deficit to 21-14. Rome responded with a TD pass to re-up the lead, and extended it to 35-14 a bit later.

#3 Dawson County 45, #2 Adairsville 31

The Tigers went on the road and smoked Adairsville, 45-31 to advance to the second round. It looked the part of a low-scoring game, when Dawson went up 7-0 and held a 7-3 lead after one quarter. However, things picked up in the second. A 1-yd Zach Holtzclaw TD run, followed by a Conley Dyer 40-yd TD run made it 21-3 Tigers. The tides quickly turned with a 9-minute flurry of TDs for Adairsville, who took at 24-21 lead into the locker room. Dyer opened the second half scoring with a 39-yd TD, followed by a Holtzclaw 75-yd TD pass to Dakohta Sonnichsen to re-up the lead to 35-24. Caleb Bonesteel hit a clutch field goal before the end of the third, pushing it to 38-24. Adairsville got a big-time TD pass to cut it to within 38-31, and then recovered an onside kick. However, a botched fake punt led to a Dawson TD to seal the win, 45-31. The Tigers advanced to take on powerhouse Oconee County in round two.

#1 Callaway 7, #4 Banks County 0 (FFT)

Callaway won against Banks in a forfeit by the latter, who cited COVID-19 issues within the program.

THE OTHERS

#2 Archer 21, #3 Gainesville 14
#1 Buford 48, #4 Douglas County 0
#1 Cherokee Bluff 35, #4 Lafayette 7
#2 North Hall 36, #3 North Murray 28
#2 Denmark 63, #3 Discovery 0
#2 Carver, Atlanta 32, #3 Hart County 21
#2 North Cobb Christian 28, #3 Lakeview 7
#2 Flowery Branch 40, #3 Luella 7 (Saturday)

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