Heading into the final week of the regular season, the final playoff spots were up for grabs in regions 6-AAAA, 5-AAA and 6-AA.
Chamblee earned the No. 4 seed in 6-AAAA with a dramatic 16-8 win over Miller Grove and Towers beat Carver Atlanta to secure the fourth spot in 5-AAA. Chamblee will play at Hiram and Towers will play at Eastside in the first round of the state playoffs.
Avondale needed a win to secure the final spot in 6-AA and got it 77-7 over Cross Keys.
In the 6-AAAA showdown, Chamblee led 16-0 at halftime and held off a fourth-quarter surge by the Wolverines. Facing third down at the Chamblee 10 with 10 seconds remaining, Blake Summers caught a low pass from Roma Fulton at the 3 and fell down. Time expired as the Wolverines were out of time outs.
“We knew three weeks ago we’d have to win our last three games,” Bulldogs coach Michael Collins said. “We lost so many close games last year. To be able to pull out a close one like this should help us with momentum and give us confidence going into the playoffs.”
Chamblee scored on a 35-yard fumble return by Kristopher Parks and a 20-yard run by Ronald Herndon. Fulton scored Miller Grove’s touchdown on a 2-yard run. He also completed a two-point conversion pass.
Towers needed similar dramatics in a 29-14 win. Devin Johnson scored on a 2-yard run and a 90-yard kickoff return as the Titans led 13-6 at halftime. Johnson had 250 all-purpose yards.
After Carver took the lead 14-13 early in the third, the Titans closed out the game with 16 straight points. Miles Gooch passed for 200 yards and a touchdown. Jimmille Jackson, Antwan Jackson, Jhacobe Campbell and Denzell Byars all played well defensively, said coach Jonathan Sanks.
Southwest DeKalb 27, Stone Mountain 14: Marques Dixon rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on six carries for the Panthers, who overcame a 14-12 halftime deficit. The Panthers failed on all three extra-point attempts. Jonathan Mincy had a touchdown catch and Toran Davis scored on a 30-yard run. Defensively, Jabari Carney had 20 tackles and two sacks. Terrance Smith, Imani Wakeel and T.J. Stripling each had 12 tackles. The Panthers host Northwest Whitefield in the first round of the playoffs.
Stephenson 44, Douglass 6: Raymond Sanders rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns for the Jaguars. Jordan Tarver went 5-for-7 for 67 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars’ defense held the Astros to 115 yards total offense. The Jaguars host Bradwell Institute in first round.
ML King 20, Union Grove 0: Mack Brown rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown for the Lions, who clinched the No. 2 seed in the state playoffs from Region 2-AAAAA. Cameron Myers ran for a touchdown and passed for another. Imani Wilkins led the defense with 10 tackles. The Lions host Jenkins in the first round.
St. Pius 10, Dunwoody 7: The Golden Lions clinched the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AAA. Joey Gargiulo kicked a 44-yard field goal I the third quarter that broke a 7-7 tie. St. Pius held Dunwoody to 23 yards offense in the second half. Cole Moon led the Golden Lions with 199 yards rushing and a touchdown. Justin King scored on a 33-yard run for the Wildcats.