--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.