Round 1 quick hits | Georgia high school football playoffs Class AAAA

--Elijah Holyfield returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, the Georgia commitment’s first of three touchdowns in the War Eagles’ 48-7 win over North Oconee.

Holyfield also had two rushing touchdowns, and quarterback Ryan Clover threw two long touchdown passes to Jacob Robertson and Joshua Johnson to lead undefeated Woodward Academy into the second round. The War Eagles will host upstart Spalding next week.

Holyfield finished with 133 yards rushing on 15 carries with three touchdowns.

--Cartersville QB Trevor Lawrence completed 15 of 21 passes with two touchdowns in the top-ranked Purple Hurricanes’ 42-7 win over Columbia on Friday. Star running back Tiamon Pennymon returned to action after missing the last three games with a shoulder and told the that he felt good after the win. “It’s a good feeling to be back out there,” Tiamon said.

The Purple Hurricane will host Liberty County in Week 2.

--Defending champion Buford posted its sixth shutout of the season in a 35-0 win over Fayette County. Since losing to McEachern of Class AAAAAA in Week 3, the Wolves outscored their next eight opponents 387-18. Buford will host Worth County in the second round. Like Buford, Worth County also was a 35-0 winner over Locust Grove in the first round.

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Quick second-round hits

Marist (9-2) at Mary Persons (11-0): The undefeated Bulldogs, champions of Region 2-AAAA, need a clock-killing drive in the fourth quarter to hold off Wayne County in a 14-13 win in the first round. Marist also found itself in a tight game in the first round, but scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to put away Pickens 42-17.  Michael Addicks had two touchdowns runs in the decisive fourth quarter for the War Eagles, who reached the second round for the fourth straight season. This will be the first meeting between Mary Persons and Marist.

Carrollton (6-5) at Jonesboro (10-1): The Cardinals, champions of Region 4-AAAA, trailed Thomas County Central 14-0 at halftime, but rallied from behind to advance to the second round. Jonesboro’s Kali James recovered a fumble with 1:10 to play, and Asael Castaneda made a 35-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to help the Cardinals prevail. Carrollton had a much easier time in their first-round win, limiting Stephens County to 158 total yards in an impressive 34-7 victory. Five different players scored five touchdowns in Carrollton’s win.