Langston Hughes reached its first state championship football game in history Friday night, Carver-Atlanta stamped its ticket for the first time in 54 years, and the state’s most dominant team, Trinity Christian, needed two overtimes to get through the high school football semifinals.

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Favored teams generally had their way in the other 13 final-four games across the GHSA’s eight classifications.

Third-ranked Hughes, which opened in 2009 in Fairburn, defeated unranked Dacula 47-28 in Class 6A. Hughes moves on to face defending champion and No. 1-ranked Buford, which beat No. 7 Carrollton 21-6.

No. 8 Carver-Atlanta of Class 3A defeated defending champion and third-ranked Pierce County 19-17 on the road. Carver will face No. 5 Cedar Grove, a 27-6 winner over No. 6 Appling County.

Trinity Christian, the No. 1 team in Class A Private, beat six-time former champion Eagle’s Landing Christian 48-45 in two overtimes in a game of 13 ties or lead changes. Trinity’s closest game this season had been a 34-3 victory over ELCA on Oct. 1.

This year’s championship games will be played Dec. 9-11 at Georgia State’s Center Parc Stadium

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