M.L. King 50, Stephenson 49: Blake Tibbs scored the game-winning touchdown on an 82-yard kickoff return with 16 seconds remaining for the Lions (10-0), who won the Region 2-AAAAA title. Tibbs finished with six catches for 116 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Jonquel Dawson passed for 305 yards and six touchdowns. Cornell Boyd caught two touchdown passes. For Stephenson, Justin Holmon, who ran for a score, was 7 of 9 passing for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Demarcus Sweat caught five of those passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Mike Davis led the Jaguars (9-1) on the ground with 211 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Also, Shawn Blaylock intercepted two passes for Stephenson, which finished second in the region. Both teams will host first-round state playoff games.
Marist 57, Redan 29: Myles Willis rushed for 172 yards and four touchdowns for the War Eagles, who finished the regular season 9-1. Marist had 348 yards rushing as Gray King, William Curran and Chase Masterson also scored touchdowns. Redan stayed in the game through nearly three quarters with its passing game. Monquavious Johnson passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns—67 yards to D’ounte Tolen and 55 yards to Tevin Isom. Johnson also passed for a pair of two-point conversions and ran for another. The Raiders end the season 3-7.
Tucker 57, Lakeside 7: Special teams and defense accounted for four touchdowns as the Tigers finished the regular season undefeated for the third time in the past five years. Terrell Simmons (31 yards) and Austin Benton (15 yards) each scored on interception returns for the Tigers. Also, Dominic Sanders returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Marqeeye Biggs returned a punt 77 yards for a score. Also, four players—Dallas Rivers, Juwaan Williams, Jordan Landry and Yusuf Minor—ran for touchdowns as the Tigers piled up 302 yards rushing. Solomon Jackson led the defense with eight tackles, including two sacks.
St. Pius 21, Woodward Academy 6: Trey White, who had missed the previous two weeks with a sprained ankle, rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Lions (10-0) won the Region 5-AAA championship. Geno Smith scored on a 42-yard run and intercepted two passes for St. Pius. Smith had 107 yards rushing as the Golden Lions gained 328 yards on the ground. T.J. Holloman had 15 tackles and Joe Crochet had 13 to lead the defense, which created three turnovers.
Cedar Grove 20, Washington 15: Marlon Coley scored on a 2-yard run and added a two-point conversion run with 53 seconds remaining to lift the Saints (7-3) into the playoffs. Xavier Cooper caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Johnathan McCrary and returned an interception for a touchdown for the Saints. The Saints finish as the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AAA and play at Troup County on Nov. 11 in the first round of the state playoffs.
Columbia 35, Grady 7: The Eagles scored 23 points in the second quarter to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time since 2005. Jabari Menefee passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns, and Kenno Loyal ran for three scores for the Eagles (6-4). Mials Woodberry and Gerald Everett each caught a touchdown pass. Dextin Love led the defense with 11 tackles.
Dunwoody 49, Douglass 8: The Wildcats’ defense dominated, holding the Astros to minus-10 yards rushing and 110 yards total offense. Dunwoody (6-4) had 11 tackles for loss and five sacks in the season finale. Connor Weaver led the defense with five tackles, including three for losses. Also, Dazel Claytor returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight game. Joseph Farrar led the offense with 107 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Tim Nelson, Aaron Alexander and Temyrick Mosley each ran for a touchdown, and Justin King passed to Ryan Gaines for a score. The win marked the Wildcats’ sixth straight winning season.
McNair 32, North Springs 0: Jeremiah Anderson rushed for more than 150 yards and two touchdowns for the Mustangs (1-9), who avoided their second losing season in 25 years of football. Defensively, Jalandis Sellers had three interceptions and returned one 25 yards for a touchdown. Also, Michael Corley had eight tackles and two sacks.