Cedar Grove Saints (11-2, 3-0)
Cedar Grove has been the best team in the class since 2016, when Smith led the team to its first state title, beating Greater Atlanta Christian 30-19 in the Georgia Dome. Smith followed his 2016 title with a 2018 championship victory against Peach County (14-13) in the title game. Jadon Haselwood caught a game-winning touchdown pass as time expired. In 2019, Cedar Grove defeated Crisp County 21-14 to win the championship, and last season Cedar Grove beat Region 5 foe Carver-Atlanta 56-26 in the title game.
The Saints defeated Oconee County 23-0 in the semis. Against Oconee, the Cedar Grove defense was formidable, accounting for six tackles for loss while holding the Warriors to 113 yards of offense. AJC Super 11 selection Kayin Lee is a four-star prospect committed to Ohio State and anchors the defense from the cornerback position. Sophomore quarterback E.J. Colson leads a Saints offense that has outscored opponents 471-220 this season.
Sandy Creek Patriots (12-2, 2-1)
Since winning three titles in four seasons from 2009-2012 under head coach Chip Walker, Sandy Creek has not advanced to a title game. The Patriots, however, are poised to win the program’s fourth title – and first under head coach Brett Garvin after beating Carver-Atlanta in the semifinals.
In 2009, Sandy Creek won its first title in Class 4A before dropping to Class 3A in 2010 and defending. The Patriots moved back to Class 4A in 2012 and captured the team’s third title.
Senior quarterback Geimere Latimere and his brother – freshman Amari – have had a hand in 56 touchdowns for the high-powered Patriots offense. At quarterback, Geimere is 166-of-302 passing for 2,747 yards and 37 touchdowns and has rushed for 10 touchdowns. Amari has 112 carries for 648 yards and 10 touchdowns with two touchdown receptions. Cameron Watts (15 touchdown receptions) and Kaleb Cost (10) lead receivers. Travis Franklin and Dorian Graham each have four touchdown runs and lead the rushing attack.