Mays advanced to the third round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs on Friday evening.
The Raiders (11-1), the No. 1 seed from Class AAAAAA-Region 5, rallied from a 22-8 deficit to defeat Lee County (9-3), 35-22. Mays shut out the Trojans in the second half, while the Raiders responded with two touchdown passes from quarterback B.J. Phillips, one each to Amir Abdul-Rahman and Jamarcus McCoy, a touchdown run by Phillips and an interception return for a touchdown by Ferlando Jordan. Junior place kicker Chloe Robinson was successful on four of her five extra point kick attempts (one was blocked). The Raiders will host Tucker (11-1), the No. 1 seed from Region 4, Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium.
Douglass was eliminated from the playoffs, 28-20, by Screven County, the Class AA-Region 4 champions. The Astros fought hard and threatened to score in the game’s final seconds, but their drive was snuffed out by the Gamecock defense. Douglass finished the season 8-4 as head coach Rodney Cofield has brought the winning tradition back to the Astro program.
Grady was eliminated from the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion, 24-21, by Woodland-Stockbridge of Henry County when the Wolfpack kicked the game-winning field goal with just three seconds left in the game. The Grey Knights were led by senior quarterback Caylin Newton, who ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Jacquez Sloan, and Jeffrey Black ran for a touchdown as well. Grady finished the season 10-2 and won the region championship for the first time since 2010.
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The South Atlanta boys team debuts at No. 2 in the Class AA rankings. The Hornets won their first game of the season last week, 94-56, over Drew of Clayton County. Last season, South Atlanta finished 25-7 and advanced to the state finals.
Mays’ girls are No. 3 in the Class AAAAA rankings. The Lady Raiders will open the season Friday at the Tennessee Turkey Jam in Germantown, TN. They finished last season with a record of 22-8 and advanced to the state quarterfinals.