In Gwinnett County, No. 7 Parkview defeated No. 3 Colquitt 40-21. Colquitt had reached the quarters or better each season since 2009.
Though it was more expected, Calhoun also surrendered a long streak of reaching the quarters when the Yellow Jackets lost to No. 1 Peach County 35-0 in AAA. Calhoun had gone to the quarters 11 straight times.
In a AA shocker, No. 7 Brooks County defeated Rockmart 41-3. Rockmart, the 2018 AA runner-up, entered 11-0 and had won every game this season by 17 points or more, seven against other playoff teams. But Brooks was the first top-10 team that Rockmart had faced.
Madison County and North Murray, which had never won playoff games until this season, won again. Madison County, the AAAA Cinderella with a 6-6 record, beat Mary Persons 35-14 while North Murray of AAA defeated Jackson 24-14.
Douglass beat Jefferson County 12-8 in AA and qualified for the final eight for the first time since 1995, when Jamal Lewis was a star running back at the Atlanta city school. Richmond Hill (last quarterfinal in 1996), Oconee County (2001), Metter (2003) and Warren County (2007) also broke long droughts of winning second-round games.
Hebron Christian reached the quarters for the first time with a 35-6 victory over No. 8 Mount de Sales in a Class A private game.
Hebron was one of six unranked teams to beat top-10 opponents. The others were Starr’s Mill (over No. 6 Kell 45-28 in AAAAA), Hart County (over No. 3 Pierce County 32-29 in AAA), Warren County (over No. 8 Bowdon 34-14 in A public), Mount Paran Christian (over No. 9 Darlington 16-13 in A private) and Savannah Christian (over No. 7 Savannah Country Day 35-14 in A private).