Saturday State Championship Recap

We’ll have a feature on the Colquitt/Archer contest. Here are the recaps from the earlier contests.

Buford 55, St Pius X 10

Buford won its eleventh title overall and tenth in the last 14 seasons with a dominating   win over St. Pius Golden Lions Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

The Wolves (15-0) fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter after a Dalton Wilson 60-yard touchdown run on fourth and 1, but stormed back  to score the last 34 points of the first half. Brett Shepherd took a direct snap 61 yards for the Wolves and then Brandon Marsh hit Aaron Auer for a 39-yard touchdown pass for Buford’s first lead. A punt return for touchdown by David Curry and a fumble return by Quay Picou gave Buford a 27-10 lead. Then, Evyn Cooper rushed eight yards for the final touchdown of the first half. It came with 8:07 remaining in the second quarter.

Joshua Thomas added a 15-yard run in the third quarter and Marsh again hit Auer for a 58-yard touchdown pass to put the Wolves up 48-10 at the end of the third quarter. A running clock was implemented in the fourth period. Conner Tarleton closed the scoring with a 1-yard run with 2:12 remaining.

St. Pius (12-3) finished as the state runner up for the second time in the last three years; both times against Buford.

Benedictine 45, Greater Atlanta Christian 21

One of the oldest programs in Georgia finally won its first state championship with a 45-21 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian. The Cadets (13-2) rolled up 398 yards of total offense, as wide receiver Brad Stewart set the tone early with a touchdown reception in the first quarter. Stewart had four catches for 150 yards and on defense, the senior had two interceptions to kill Spartan drives.

Joseph Holguin had a 74-yard fumble recovery on one of the Spartans’ four turnovers. Greater Atlanta Christian finishes the season at 14-1 in their second state championship appearance. The Cadets avenged a week 1 loss against the Spartans.

Mt. Paran 49, ELCA 7

Mt. Paran Christian opened up a 42-7 lead and coasted in the second half to win the Class A (Private) state championship by a score of 49-7 over Eagles Landing Christian Academy. Dorian Walker rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, while Taylor Trammell added 81 yards on 16 carries and a score for the 14-0 Eagles. ELCA’s seven game winning streak was snapped as the Chargers finish with a 7-7 record.

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