*Westlake (10-2) at Carrollton (11-1): Fifth-ranked Westlake’s streak of seven region titles was snapped this season with its second-place finish in Region 4, but the Lions have reached the quarterfinals for the fourth time in seven seasons. Westlake led Region 6 champion Kennesaw Mountain 14-10 at halftime last week but pulled away in the second half for a 45-10 victory. The Lions rushed for 434 yards on 40 carries. Jai’Den Thomas (255 yards rushing) and Zina Mulbah (133 rushing) each ran for two touchdowns. R.J. Johnson, who averages 200 yards per game passing, gave the Lions the lead for good with second-quarter touchdown pass to Travis Booker. No. 7 Carrollton, the Region 5 runner-up, advanced to its sixth consecutive quarterfinal with a 43-21 victory over Region 3 champion Alcovy. Carrollton led 9-7 at halftime but used a 21-point third quarter to break it open. M.J. Morris (committed to N.C. State) passed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 2,714 and 31 for the season. Jamun Evans (136) and Bryce (107) topped 100 yards rushing. Hicks has run for 698 yards and Evans has 450 for the season. Carrollton won two previous meetings with Westlake in 1992 and 1993.
*Buford (11-1) at Lee County (11-1): This is a rematch of the 2020 state championship game, which Buford won 34-31 in overtime, and matches this year’s No. 1 (Buford) and No. 2 (Lee County) teams in 6A. One or the other has won three of the past four championships in the second highest class, as Lee County won in 2017 and 2018. (Buford also won in 2019 while in Class 5A.) Buford beat Lovejoy 44-7 last week. Ashton Daniels threw two touchdown passes, K.J. Bolden had a 26-yard touchdown reception and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, and Victor Venn had a 57-yard TD run. The win put the Wolves in the quarterfinals for the 22nd consecutive season. Lee County outlasted Cambridge 42-39 last week to reach its fifth straight quarterfinal. The Trojans had 543 total yards, led by Ousmane Kromah’s 259 yards and two touchdowns rushing. The freshman has run for 1,663 yards and 20 TDs this season. Julius McClennan ran for 116 yards, and J.D. Fugerson had nine catches for 166 yards. Malcom Jones had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and intercepted two passes.
(R7 #4) Johns Creek at (R8 #2) Dacula
(R1 #2) Northside-Warner Robins at (R4 #1) Hughes
(R4 #2) Westlake at (R5 #2) Carrollton
(R8 #1) Buford at (R1 #1) Lee County
Johns Creek/Dacula winner vs. Northside-Warner Robins/Hughes winner
Westlake/Carrollton winner vs. Buford/Lee County winner