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GHSA State Championships: Not Calvary's day

GHSA State Championships: Not Calvary's day

GHSA State Championships: Not Calvary's day

Aquinas High School's Ruben Garnett (...


    ATLANTA — Liam Welch threw two touchdown passes to Daniel Lindsay, and Augusta's Aquinas High won its first Georgia state football championship with a 27-7 victory Friday over Savannah's Calvary Day.
    The win at the Georgia Dome completed a perfect season for Aquinas as the team claims the Class A Private School title.
    Welch completed 9 of 12 passes for 132 yards. Ruben Garnett rushed for 111 yards in 19 carries, scoring on a 37-yard run, as Aquinas (14-0) took control after Calvary Day (11-3) had gone ahead in the first quarter.
    Robert Heyward scored Calvary Day's touchdown on a 16-yard run and finished with 154 yards on 27 carries. But Aquinas intercepted three Michael Peterson passes and stopped Calvary Day on downs three times inside the 20-yard line.
    Aquinas took the lead for good on a 12-yard pass from Welch to Lindsay with 11 seconds left before halftime after Garnett had tied it with his touchdown earlier in the second quarter.
    Welch connected with Lindsay again from 42 yards out in the third quarter on the first play after an interception by Antonio Clark and the Irish put the game out of reach with a 33-yard touchdown run by John Morris early in the fourth quarter.
    Peterson completed 16 of 38 passes for 173 yards, but was intercepted by Lindsay and Chris Lambert as well as Clark. Peterson came in with 40 touchdown passes to five interceptions.
    Aquinas reached the title game with a dramatic 17-16 comeback victory over Mount Pisgah Christian in the semifinals. Welch threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Morris with 16 seconds left and Justin Thompson kicked the deciding extra point.
    Calvary Day started the season with two losses before winning 11 consecutive games, including a 35-34 overtime victory over defending champion Eagle's Landing Christian in the semifinals of the playoffs.

Another year, one more title for BHS

    ATLANTA — Thomas Wilson and Joshua Thomas each had two touchdown runs as Buford stormed back from a 13-point deficit to defeat Washington County 35-19 for the Georgia Class AAA state championship Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
    It was the sixth title in seven years and 10th overall for Buford (15-0), which set a state record for points in a season with 707 — 47.1 per game.
    Wilson, who finished with 118 yards on 14 carries, had a 21-yard touchdown run to put Buford ahead early the third quarter. He also scored from 35 yards out with eight minutes left.
    Thomas had a 16-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and a 5-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining that clinched it for the Wolves. Thomas ran 14 times for 94 yards.
    Washington County (14-1) closed to within 28-19 on a 64-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Gray to D. J. Sanders.
    Gray completed 16 of 30 passes for 231 yards, but was sacked four times.
    Sanders also scored when he got behind the Buford defense for a 41-yard TD catch on the first play of the second quarter.
    After Sanders' first score, Melvin Hill gave Washington County a 13-0 lead when he returned a punt 86 yards after getting a second chance thanks to a Buford penalty.
    The extra point was blocked, though, and Buford closed to 13-7 at halftime when Isaac Nauta caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Mitchell with 13 seconds left.

The Buford defense, led by linebacker Korie Rogers, held Washington County to 42 yards rushing.

It was a record seventh consecutive state championship game for Buford, which won the Class AAA title last year and four straight Class AA championships from 2007-2010.

Buford broke the previous state record for points in a season set by Dublin with 682 in 2006. The Wolves' first real challenge of the season was in the semifinals, when they defeated Callaway 24-14 after trailing 14-7 at halftime. No previous team had come within 24 points.

Buford finished with 395 yards total offense to 273 for Washington County

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