The second round of the AAAAAA playoffs went to the black except for Houston County’s away win in North Atlanta. Hughes dominated again to advance to the quarterfinals and continue to look like the favorites to win the state championship. Check out how the second round matches played out below.
Georgia Class 6A Football State Playoff Bracket
77 Hughes, 16 North Forsyth: The Panthers quickly finished off North Forsyth in the second round of the AAAAAA State Playoffs Friday night, beating them 77-16. Air Noland threw five touchdown passes in the first half, three going to Jaden Barnes. With the win, the Panthers have reached the quarterfinals for the third straight year and will host Woodward Academy next Friday.
Rome 35, Alpharetta 14: Alpharetta was no match for Rome, who led 21-14 at halftime and scored a second-half shutout to win the game 35-14. Javarius McDearmout rushed for two first-half touchdowns and quarterback Reece Fountain was returning after injuring himself in last week’s first-round win over Paulding County. Wolves host Marist in next week’s quarterfinals.
Roswell 49, Allatoona 31: Allatoona amassed 532 yards of offense, but it wasn’t enough to beat Roswell on the street. The Hornets held at least a two-touchdown lead throughout the second half, winning the game 49-31. They were driven on by Nykahi Davenport, who rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. The Hornets travel to Thomas County Central next week in the Class AAAAAA Quarterfinals.
42 Gainesville, 21 South Paulding: The Red Elephants’ resurgent season continued on Friday night with a 42-21 win over South Paulding to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in eight years. They narrowly led 14-7 at halftime before beating South Paulding 28-14 in the second half. Baxter Wright threw two first-half touchdown passes to Darius Cannon in the first half, and Naim Cheeks added a second-half touchdown run. Gainesville hosts Houston County in the Class AAAAAA Quarterfinals next Friday.
49 Thomas County Central, 14 St. Pius: With a 7-7 tie after the first quarter on Friday night, Thomas County Central scored 42 unanswered points to defeat St. Pius 49-14 in the second round of the AAAAAA class playoffs. The win put the Yellow Jackets in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Next Friday they host Roswell in the Quarterfinals.
Houston County 41, North Atlanta 31: Houston County was the only No. 4 to advance to the second round and they will be the only No. 4 in the quarterfinals after beating North Atlanta 41-31 on the road Friday night. The Bears trailed 24-10 before a back-and-forth went down the stretch in favor of Houston County. Ryan Taleb had a great game for the Bears, scoring two touchdown runs in the second half. The Bears travel to Gainesville in the quarterfinals next week.
23 Woodward Academy, 7 Lee County: Woodward Academy led 20-0 in the second half in a dominant defensive display. They won the game 23-7 over Lee County and advanced to the AAAAAA Quarterfinals. Ben Grice threw a touchdown pass for the win and Devin Collier scored on an 18-yard run. The rest of their points came from three field goals from Hudson Hanges. Woodward will travel to No. 1 Hughes in the quarterfinals next week.
Marist 32, Northside Warner Robins 13: Northside Warner Robins was no match for Marist, who dominated the second half and won 32-13. At the break, the War Eagles took a narrow 7-6 lead before taking a 25-7 lead in the second half. Marist quarterback Jack Euart rushed for two touchdowns and Joseph Pizzo contributed a touchdown run of his own. The War Eagles travel to Rome next Friday for the Quarterfinals.