Friday's GHSA/GISA state playoff scores
GHSA Class AAAAAA
Brookwood 24, Lassiter 21, OT
Camden County 52, Hillgrove 17
Colquitt County 30, McEachern 28
East Coweta 25, Newton 20
Grayson 49, Wheeler 9
Hughes 37, Rockdale County 3
Lovejoy 51, Tri-Cities 13
Marietta 30, Lowndes 27
Mill Creek 41, Alpharetta 39
Newnan 38, Alcovy 0
Norcross 34, Chattahoochee 0
North Cobb 42, Valdosta 14
North Gwinnett 49, Johns Creek 19
Parkview 20, Walton 17, 2OT
South Gwinnett 27, Milton 20
West Forsyth 66, Collins Hill 41
Allatoona 24, Conyers Heritage 21
East Paulding 31, Clarke Central 23
Gainesville 41, Rome 14
Glynn Academy 26, Jones County 14
Harris County 31, Northgate 14
Kell 19, Southwest DeKalb 14
MLK Jr. 34, Sequoyah 14
North Paulding 63, Flowery Branch 43
Northside-Warner Robins 41, Effingham County 13
Thomas County Central 27, Creekside 24, 2OT
Tucker 42, Creekview 25
Union Grove 21, Bainbridge 14
Ware County 27, Lakeside-Evans 7
Whitewater 49, Lee County 7
Burke County 35, Perry 7
Cairo 24, Riverdale 13
Carrollton 40, Stephens County 7
Dalton 17, Carver-Atlanta 14
Grady 27, River Ridge 17
LaGrange 59, Chestatee 46
Marist 56, Gilmer 0
Mary Persons 40, Statesboro 14
Monroe 33, Griffin 17
Monroe Area 21, Shaw 14
Ridgeland 45, Washington 21
Sandy Creek 55, Eastside 0
South Effingham 43, Westside-Macon 33
Stockbridge 27, Worth County 14
Wayne County 35, Baldwin 14
Westover 26, Jonesboro 21
Blessed Trinity 35, White County 14
Buford 41, Cedar Grove 27
Callaway 49, Tattnall County 7
Cartersville 56, Jackson County 21
Carver-Columbus 42, Dodge County 21
Hart County 32, Adairsville 11
Johnson-Savannah 32, Chapel Hill 23
Morgan County 24, Gordon Central 21
North Hall 38, Woodward Academy 7
North Oconee 37, Ringgold 14
Peach County 35, Jefferson County 21
Pierce County 33, Central-Carroll 27
Rockmart 34, Appling County 33
St. Pius X 72, Dawson County 28
Thomson 27, Jackson 3
Washington County 55, Pike County 7
Brooks County 22, Macon County 18
Calhoun 42, Wesleyan 10
Early County 40, Bleckley County 20
Fitzgerald 35, Northeast-Macon 19
Greater Atlanta Christian 35, Model 6
Heard County 56, Rabun County 29
Jefferson 42, Kendrick 8
Lamar County 51, Cook 13
Lovett 27, Coosa 0
Manchester 41, Greene County 23
McIntosh County Academy 27, East Laurens 6
Vidalia 57, Westside-Augusta 0
Washington-Wilkes 66, Bowdon 28
Westminster 34, Pepperell 0
GISA Class AAA Tournament
Deerfield-Windsor 42, Tattnall Square 21
Heritage School (Newnan) 42, Pinewood Christian 27
Stratford 24, Bulloch 7
Westfield 10, Trinity Christian-Sharpsburg 7
GISA Class AA Tournament
Brentwood 37, Gatewood 7
John Milledge 41, Memorial Day 0
Valwood 51, Trinity Christian-Dublin 7
Westwood 35, Edmund Burke 20
GISA Class A Tournament
Frederica 43, David Emmanuel 22
Robert Toombs 48, Curtis Baptist 7
Thomas Jefferson 56, Randolph Southern 0
GRIFFIN — No one celebrated.
That might have been the most surprising thing about Monroe's 33-17 victory against Griffin in the Class AAAA state playoffs Friday night.
That's Griffin, the No. 5-ranked team in the state. That's Griffin, a program with mountains of tradition and a home-field advantage.
None of that matter to the kids from Albany, who made the 135-mile trip up the road and began a a trip of their own in the playoffs, where they will travel to face No. 3 ranked Burke County next week.
"The thing that made me the proudest was how they acted after the game,'' Monroe coach Charles Truitt said. "No one celebrated. These kids are grounded. They are not satisfied. We've been here before, and they're ready for the next task.''
They were ready for the Bears, who were 9-1 until Friday night. Monroe took an early lead, led 21-17 and halftime and then took the game over in the third quarter.
Most of the buzz coming into this game was about Griffin's spread offense and quarterback Jaquez Parks, but it was Herald Dynamite Dozen QB Charles Stafford who stole the spotlight and the game.
Stafford completed 18 of 30 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a 27-yard TD.
"He was on (Friday night),'' said Monroe offensive coordinator Billy Glanton with a smile.
Everyone was smiling at Monroe.
"Charles was on the money and the defense played a great game,'' said Truitt, who challenged his secondary and his defensive line this week --- and they both had memorable games. Parks, who threw 18 touchdowns this season, was shut out of the end zone. Griffin's points came on a pick-6, a punt return and a field goal, and the Bears, who had scored 91 points over their last two games, didn't score in the second half.
"Our defense held them to under 100 yards of offense,'' Truitt said. "We put a lot of pressure on their quarterback, and our whole defense really played great against them. We challenged them to step up, and they did.''
Monroe had six sacks, including two by Cortez Banks, who had vowed to have a big game, and two by Xavier Street. Banks now has 12 sacks for the season.
Stafford opened the scoring with a 4-yard TD pass to Devonntavis Campbell, and after Griffin knotted things at 7-7, Stafford broke free for a 27-yard TD run. Chris Young's score lifted Monroe to a 21-17 halftime lead, and then Stafford threw two third-quarter touchdowns — a 14-yarder to Willie Jones, and a 29-yarder to Emanuel Davis — and Monroe's Green Wall defense did the rest.
"I just read their defense and we executed,'' Stafford said. "Everybody was on the same page. It feels good (to beat the No. 5 team in the state), but we knew we could do it. We just had to make it happen on the field. I felt I had to do my part to win the game. The offensive line did a great job. I had time to throw.''
Stafford, who has thrown for 2,741 yards, including more than 1,200 over his last four games, can be pretty lethal when he has time.
"He's been in a zone for the last three or four weeks,'' Truitt said. "He just made the plays and made the throws all night. The offensive lie protected him and gave him time to throw, and when he's got time to throw, nobody throws a better ball than Charles.''
Monroe (8-3) reached the second round of the playoffs last year before losing a 16-13 heartbreaker on the road to state-ranked Gainesville, but this year's team wants even more.
"They're hungry,'' Truitt said. "Winning this game gives us a big confidence boost going into next week's game.''
EARLY COUNTY 40, BLECKLEY COUNTY 20: The Bobcats improved to 8-3 and advanced to the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs Friday with a dominating second-half performance.
Early was ahead just 18-13 at the half, but then quarterback Jacori Taylor and running back/receiver Ladonis Bryant took over.
Taylor opened the scoring in the second half with a 20-yard TD pass to Chris Lee, then Bryant passed to Martavius Allen for the two-point conversion after Early’s kicker, Brandon Carter, was injured in the first half.
Bryant added on to the total on the next drive when he found the end zone from seven yards out, then he capped the scoring in the fourth with a 14-yard rushing score and the two-point conversion.
Bryant finished with 60 yards rushing and two scores and four catches for 60 yards, while Taylor --- who also scored on a five-yard run to open the game, then connected with Will Temples (15 yards) and Lee (25) to get the Bobcats going early --- finished with 147 yards rushing, one score and 199 yards pass on 13 of 17 for three more TDs.
On the defensive side, Early was led by Brakari Isom’s 11 tackles and Temples’ nine tackles and one sack.
Early now advances to face the winner of Saturday's late playoff game between Bacon County and Screven County.
WHITEWATER 49, LEE COUNTY 7: The Trojans' remarkable season ended Friday night thanks, in part, to four first-half turnovers Lee could never recover from.
When asked whether Lee (7-4) simply had a bad game or Whitewater --- winners of nine straight coming into Friday --- was just that good, Trojans coach Dean Fabrizio didn't hesitate in his response.
"Both," he said. "We didn't play very well, and they jumped on us early. It's a disappointing way to end the season, but I'm proud of what we accomplished."
Devonte Seay scored Lee's only TD on an 18-yard TD pass from Stephen Collier.
WESTWOOD 35, EDMUND BURKE 20: Facing a No. 1 seed? On the road? Not a problem for the Westwood Wonders.
The two-time reigning GISA Class A state champion Wildcats, who moved up this offseason to AA, made quick work of the No. 1 seed Friday night thanks to monster nights from J.T. Edore and Chason Worsham.
Edore rushed for a staggering 227 yards on 23 carries and scored four times, while Worsham finished with 132 yards on 13 carries and Westwood's other TD. On defense, the Wildcats got a big game from Ridge Collins, who recovered a fumble during a crucial Edmund Burke drive.
The win now propels No. 2 seed Westwood (9-2) back to the state semifinals, where the Wildcats will host No. 4 seed Brentwood next week after it upset No. 2 Gatewood on Friday.
STOCKBRIDGE 27, WORTH COUNTY 14: Scotty Ward left Stockbridge feeling like the host Tigers couldn't do anything to stop his offense.
"We just stopped ourselves," the Worth County coach said after Friday night's Class AAAA opening-round playoff loss.
The Rams were inside the red zone seven times and racked up nearly 400 yards of total offense against the fourth-ranked team in the state, but they just couldn't punch the ball into the end zone.
"We had our chances," Ward said. "After the game I told the players that we couldn't have asked any more of them but for them to play hard. And that's what they did. They played their guts out and left it on the field."
Stockbridge took a 20-0 lead into the fourth quarter until Worth County finally found the end zone.
Lavonte Robinson caught two TD passes from quarterback Eli Reddell, the final one coming with 5:46 remaining that made it a one-possession game. However, the Rams couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick, and Stockbridge scored a final touchdown to put the game away.
Worth, which was the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAA, ends it season with an overall record of 4-7.
UNION GROVE 21, BAINBRIDGE 14: The Herald No. 1 Bearcats had four chances from the 8-yard line to tie Friday night's Class AAAAA state playoff opener, but they came up short each time and had a four-game winning streak snapped to end the season.
Starting on its own 31-yard line with 1:30 left, Bainbridge took it all the way to the 8-yard line but couldn't finish the drive. Bainbridge QB Preston Norris threw four incomplete passes in the final 24 seconds — two of which hit the hands of his intended receivers in the end zone.
The Bearcats (7-4) scored once in the first half on a 1-yard rushing TD from Cameron McDowell, who finished the game with 56 yards on seven carries and a pair of interceptions on defense. Dynamite Dozen RB Terry Lewis added the Bearcats' second TD in the third quarter on a 4-yard run.
Lewis, who finished the season with 1,119 yards on the ground, led Bainbridge with 72 yards, while Damian Bouie, who had 1,006 rushing yards this year, rushed for 46 yards on nine carries.
Union Grove RB Derrick Craine carried the Wolverines (10-1), who have now won eight straight games, with 212 yards and three TDs on 36 carries.
DAWSON STREET 22, CRISP ACADEMY 18: Turnovers were costly Friday night for Crisp County, which tossed five interceptions — two of them in the fourth quarter when they were trying to put together a comeback — and came up short in the GISA Class A state playoffs quarterfinals.
Crisp's Jeff McKinney scored on a 70-yard run, and Hunter Chambers found the end zone on a 13-yard rush in the first half, but the Wildcats still trailed at halftime, 22-12.
Banks Folsom caught a 39-yard TD pass from Chambers on a halfback pass with nine minutes left to make it a one-score game, but Dawson Street picked off two more passes down the stretch to put the game away.
McKinney ran for 85 yards and finished as the leading rusher for Crisp (7-4), which advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
THOMAS JEFFERSON 56, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0: The Patriots, the No. 4 seed out of Region 3-A, were no match for the No. 1 seed Friday as Randolph watched its season end at 5-6.
Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writer John Millikan contributed to this report