Westwood receiver Jamie Davis, center, gets ready to run over a Brentwood defender on his way to the end zone Friday night during the Wildcats' GISA Class AA state semifinal playoff win. (Larry G. Williams/Special to The Herald)
CAMILLA — Attention all those naysayers who claimed that Westwood moving up in classification would spell doom for the two-time defending GISA Class A state champs.
That’s the message the Wildcats (11-2) sent to the rest of the state Friday night when they steamrolled Brentwood, 40-28, in the Class AA semifinals thanks to four rushing TDs from reigning Herald Player of the Week J.T. Edore and two touchdown passes by Mitch Good — one to Chason Worsham and the other to Jamie Davis.
The win now advances Westwood to next week’s championship game, where it will play Valwood, which beat John Milledge in Friday’s other semifinal.
SEMINOLE COUNTY 36, COMMERCE 7: The Indians advanced to the second of the GHSA Class A state playoffs Friday with a lopsided win in their opener.
Thomas Aiken and Dequan Hamlet each scored rushing touchdowns for Seminole and Jakhari Martin found the back of the end zone twice. Shavone Wiggins capped the Seminole scoring a 43-yard fumble return for a TD.
Seminole (9-2) will now host Dooly County on Friday in the second round after Dooley beat Turner, 19-18.
WILKINSON COUNTY 27, MILLER COUNTY 26: The Pirates were a stop --- one stop --- away from advancing to the second round of the GHSA Class A state playoffs Friday, but a late Wilkinson County drive turned a 26-20 Miller lead into a heartbreaking loss in Colquitt.
"There was about a minute or so left, and they got there," Miller County coach Frank Killingsworth said. "Between a couple of big plays and a couple of penalties, that last drive was a killer. All we needed was a stop, but we just didn't get it. I told the kids afterward that they played hard, and I was proud of them win or lose."
Richard Sheffield put Miller ahead late with a 45-yard fumble recovery, and before that Jacolby Jones scored twice on passes from QB Algin Merritt.
Miller finishes its season at 8-3.
EARLY COUNTY 28, SCREVEN COUNTY 7: For the second week in a row, the Bobcats went on the road and beat a higher seed, this time a No. 1 to advance to the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2006.
Early, the Region 1, No. 3 seed which snapped Screven's eight-game win streak with Friday's win, improves to 9-3 and will now face Region 6, No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian after GACS (9-3) upset Region 5, No. 1 Heard County on Friday, 52-21.
Early County star QB and Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Jacori Taylor was unstoppable Friday, rushing for 134 yards and a TD on 17 carries and throwing for 147 more -- and two more scores. Both of those went to Ladonis Bryant, who finished with 84 yards and also ran for a score, finishing with 104 yards on 11 carries.
Early County led, 21-0, at the half and never looked back. In fact, Screven -- which was averaging 27 points in its last five games -- didn't score until the final minute to avoid being shut out.
Friday's state scores --- full list
Camden County 34, East Coweta 14
Colquitt County 26, Newnan 23
Lovejoy 36, Marietta 15
Mill Creek 56, Brookwood 21
Norcross 27, South Gwinnett 7
North Cobb 42, Hughes 14
North Gwinnett 28, Grayson 10
Parkview 26, West Forsyth 23, OT
Allatoona 20, MLK Jr. 19
Gainesville 61, Kell 42
Harris County 31, Warner Robins 21
Northside-Warner Robins 45, Thomas County Central 17
Stephenson 35, East Paulding 6
Tucker 40, North Paulding 21
Ware County 20, Union Grove 13
Whitewater 34, Glynn Academy 27
Burke County 28, Monroe 6
Marist 43, Carrollton 37, 5OT
Mary Persons 3, Cairo 0, OT
Monroe Area 21, Grady 20, OT
Ridgeland 41, LaGrange 34
Sandy Creek 35, Dalton 13
South Effingham 41, Westover 28
Buford 13, North Oconee 0
Cartersville 24, Blessed Trinity 23
Carver-Columbus 45, Rockmart 16
North Hall 13, Morgan County 9
Peach County 43, Pierce County 15
St. Pius X 31, Hart County 15
Thomson 35, Johnson-Savannah 19
Washington County 28, Callaway 0
Brooks County 49, McIntosh County Academy 21
Calhoun 34, Washington-Wilkes 7
Early County 28, Screven County 7
Fitzgerald 52, Vidalia 20
Greater Atlanta Christian 52, Heard County 21
Jefferson 35, Westminster 7
Lamar County 24, Benedictine Military 21
Lovett 23, Manchester 0
Dooly County 19, Turner County 8
Gordon Lee 46, Emanuel County Institute 12
Lincoln County 21, Hancock Central 0
Marion County 31, Charlton County 12
Seminole County 36, Commerce 7
Trion 31, Irwin County 6
Wilcox County 42, Greenville 14
Wilkinson County 27, Miller County 26
Class A Private
Athens Academy 17, Mt. Pisgah Christian 13
Eagle's Landing Christian 42, Our Lady of Mercy 14
First Presbyterian Day 49, Brookstone 33
George Walton 38, Aquinas 12
Landmark Christian 10, Calvary Day 7
Prince Avenue Christian 42, Darlington 21
Savannah Christian Prep 35, Holy Innocents' 17
Walker 28, Athens Christian 7
GISA Class A Tournament
Robert Toombs 14, Thomas Jefferson 12
GISA Class AA Tournament
Valwood 27, John Milledge 23
Westwood 40, Brentwood 28
GISA Class AAA Tournament
Deerfield-Windsor 24, Stratford 17
Heritage School (Newnan) 42, Westfield 10