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Class A-Public quarterfinal action

Championship games will be at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.

Class A-Public

Emanuel County Institute 44, Irwin County 25

How the game was won: ECI took an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. The Bulldogs fell to the Indians in last year’s semifinals 19-15 and atoned for the defeat by using a balanced offensive attack.

Top Performers: Emanuel County Institute racked up 426 yards of total offense and rode the arm of Rhett Gay, who threw for 197 yards and three touchdowns on 12-of-17 passing. On the ground the Bulldogs chewed up 229 yards on 36 rushes. Jamoni Kelly led the rushing attack with 161 yards on 19 carries.

Clinch County 44, Commerce 0

How the game was won: Defending Class A-Public state champion Clinch County controlled the game from opening kickoff. A 23-yard fumble return touchdown and scores from 15 and 72 yards out produced a comfortable 22-0 lead for the Panthers. Clinch County would score three more touchdowns before the end of this quarterfinal match up to hand the Tigers’ their largest margin of defeat since 1987 (54-0 Lincoln County)

Top performers: Colten Manac and Octavius Morris returned fumbles for touchdowns. Trezman Marshall and Dexter Mcneil both scored on 15 yard runs. Charles Mcclelland had a 72-yard touchdown run.

McIntosh County Academy 39, Greene County 22

How the game was won: McIntosh County Academy held Greene County star running back Devin Wynn to just 99 yards and flipped the script on the Tigers by rushing for 390 yards in the win.

Top Performers: JP Palmer rushed 14 times for 232 yards and four touchdowns as he stole the show from Devin Wynn. Ahmaud Jackson and Jonathan Jason scored touchdowns in the win.

Macon County 28, Manchester 14:

Macon County scored a 55-13 win over Manchester in its season finale three weeks ago, and once again dominated in the quarterfinals, taking a 28-7 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs opened the game with a 5-play, 71-yard drive and got on the board with just 90 seconds off the clock. K’Hari Lane eluded the Manchester pass rush and connected with Trey Brown for a 59-yard touchdown minutes later to grow the lead to 14-0. Manchester got on the board with 3:16 left in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Deenizeo Gamble. Lane and Brown connected again for a 6-yard touchdown to give Macon County a 21-7 lead at the half and Aukeeveous McLendon made it a 28-7 advantage with a 22-yard touchdown run in the closing minutes of the third quarter.

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