Benedictine received to open the second half and marched down the field and extended the lead to 14-0 with a Rasean Matthews touchdown run. From then on, however, Cedartown’s defense shutdown the Cadets, forced turnovers and it would be up to the Benedictine defense to hold off the Bulldogs and earn the victory. Cedartown quarterback Reece Tanner cut the deficit to 14-7 late in the third quarter on a 1-yard run. Eli Barrow led Cedartown’s defense in tackles and Harlem Diamond and Carlos Jones came up with forced fumbles to ultimately set up another Tanner 1-yard touchdown run with 4:53 left, but the Bulldogs missed the PAT and trailed 14-13.
Benedictine attempted a fake punt from its own 28 yard line and was stopped a yard short and Cedartown took over and marched down to the 1-yard line where the Cadets held strong for the victory. Cedartown outgained Benedictine 280-to196 in total yards with 243 coming on the ground. Benedictine gained 96 rushing yards off 31 carries and Kromenhoek finished 8-of-18 passing for 100 yards. Patrick Gardner, a 5-foot-11, 260-pound running back finished with a game-high 101 yards off 20 carries, but was stopped along with Tanner on the final drive. Benedictine’s Wilkes Albert (20) and Keiran Glover (18) combined for 38 tackles.