CARTERSVILLE 38, BAINBRIDGE 7
The Cartersville Purple Hurricanes scored on each of their first three possessions and the defense remained a force as the Canes improved to 14-0 in a state semifinal win over the visiting Bearcats.
Trevor Lawrence passed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns, Miller Forristall caught a pair of touchdowns, Tiamon Pennymon ran for a score, and Kobie Whitfield picked off a pair of passes and returned a punt for a score to lead the Canes.
Next: The Hurricanes will play Buford in the Georgia Dome, Saturday, December 12, 4:30pm, for the Class AAAA state championship.
BUFORD 35, WOODWARD ACADEMY 18
Martin Mangram scored three rushing touchdowns after halftime to lead the defending Class AAAA champion Wolves past No. 3 Woodward Academy 35-18 Friday night. Buford, making its ninth straight state title game, trailed Woodward 18-7 at one point. Buford is now 13-1. Woodward finished 13-1.
Playoff Semifinal Scores:
AAAAAA Colquitt Co. 52, Mill Creek 31 Roswell 30, Grayson 26 AAAAA
Glynn Academy 24, Ware Co. 16
Allatoona 28, Northgate 7 AAAA Buford 35, Woodward Academy 18 Cartersville 38, Bainbridge 7
AAA Blessed Trinity 12, Calhoun 7 Westminster 24, Cedar Grove 8
AA Pace Academy 45, Greater Atlanta Christian 20 Fitzgerald 40, Jefferson Co. 20
Clinch Co. 26, Commerce 19 Irwin County 19, Emanuel Co. Inst. 15
Aquinas 35, Stratford Academy 28
Eagles Landing Christian 35, Prince Avenue 14
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES GEORGIA DOME Fri., Dec. 11
1:00 pm A-Public Clinch Co. (12-1) vs. Irwin Co. (10-2-1)
4:30 pm AAA Westminster (10-4) vs. Blessed Trinity (13-0-1)
8:00 pm AAAAA Allatoona (13-1) vs. Glynn Academy (12-2)
Sat., Dec. 12
10:00 am A-Private ELCA (13-0) vs. Aquinas (10-3)
1:00 pm AA Fitzgerald (12-2) vs. Pace Academy (12-2)
4:30 pm AAAA Buford (13-1) vs. Cartersville (14-0)
8:00 pm AAAAAA Roswell (14-0) vs. Colquitt County (14-0)
Tickets $18 Presale at Schools; $20 per day at Ticketmaster and Georgia Dome. Only infants in arms do not need a ticket.