*Grayson is the first Georgia team in the highest classification to beat all five of its playoff opponents by at least 20 points since Warner Robins in 1976. Grayson didn’t have a playoff game closer than 24 points.
The Rams were Georgia’s most talented team, even after running back Phil Mafah, a Clemson signee, was sidelined with an injury before the playoffs. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in the regular season and probably was the team’s best player. The Rams also played without Daejon Reynolds, a Florida signee who was lost to injury in preseason.
A couple of teams, such as Marietta’s 2019 champion, might’ve had more absolute blue-chip talent, but perhaps none had so much depth of talent. In addition to Mafah and Reynolds, Grayson’s senior class was blessed with QB Jake Garcia (signed with Miami), DE Victoine Brown (Louisville), DE Noah Collins (Georgia Tech), WR Jamal Haynes (Georgia Tech), LB Sebastian Sagar (Georgia Tech), DB Jibrahn Claude (Buffalo) and LB Fernando Sanchez (Central Michigan).
That list doesn’t do justice to the wealth of really good players that aren’t necessarily blue-chip prospects – like LB Grady Bryant, who had a team-leading11 tackles for losses this season; DB/RB Jayvian Allen, the team’s leading tackler who scored three touchdowns in the championship game when given wildcat duty near the goal line; and WR Jaden Smith, who had 11 TD receptions.
And don’t forget Deyon Cannon, the junior quarterback who led the team to a 9-0 start before giving way to Garcia, a mid-season transfer. The smooth handoff between mature team players ensured nothing would stand in the way of a historic team that started and finished the season No. 1.