Blessed Trinity 31, West Laurens 0
The Blessed Trinity Titans managed to shut out quarterfinals opponent West Laurens en route to a Class AAAA semifinals appearance. Senior Aaron Werkheiser gave the Titans their first points of the game with a 34-yard field goal in the first before a 15-yard rushing touchdown by Freshman Justice Haynes, and a pair of second-quarter rushing touchdowns from Elijah Green extended the Blessed Trinity lead to 24-0 at the half. Junior quarterback Duncan Reavis put the game away in the third when he found tight end James Bryant for a 45-yard score. The Titans will now face off against Woodward Academy in the semifinals.
Woodward Academy 31, Cartersville 28
Mike Wright passed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the Woodward comeback after the War Eagles trailed 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-7 at the break. Cartersville built its lead on a 65-yard pass from Dee Webb to Devonte Ross and a 10-yard touchdown run from Quante Jennings Jr. before Woodward got on the board with 3:29 left in the first half on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Wright to Jacorrei Turner. Cartersville responded with a 32-yard interception return by Amarai Orr before the break, and Wright’s 2-yard touchdown run with 8:04 in the third quarter made it a 21-14 game. Webb connected with Sam Phillips on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 6:38 left in the third quarter to put the Hurricanes up 28-14, but it was the last time the Cartersville offense found the end zone. James Mayfield, who was a perfect 3-for-3 on point-after attempts, kicked a 26-yard field goal with 3:20 left in the third quarter to get Woodward within two scores (28-17). Wright then found his brother, Alan, on a 13-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass and D.A. Allen for the go-ahead score with 1:01 left on the clock. Woodward is in the semifinals for the first time since 2015.