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How the new top 10 teams fared in Week 12


1. (1) Colquitt County (10-0)

Last week: Beat Camden County 28-24. Sihiem King scored on a 48-yard run to put Colquitt County up 28-24 with 7:49 left. King also scored on an 89-yard run and finished with 233 yards rushing. Camden got the ball once more but didn't get past midfield. Next: Friday vs. Rockdale County (5-5)

2. (2) Grayson (9-1)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Mill Creek (7-3)

3. (5) Valdosta (9-1)

Last week: Beat Lee County 22-21. Trailing 21-15, Valdosta drove 75 yards and scored the game-winner on a 2-yard pass from Seth Shuman to Rico Ramsey with 1:10 left. Valdosta got 45 yards on the drive on Lee County penalties. Next: Friday vs. Newton (5-3)

4. (4) Dacula (9-1)

Last week: Beat Parkview 35-0. Dacula clinched a share of the Region 8 title, the team's first region championship since 2005. RB Kelan Fraise rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Next: Friday vs. Peachtree Ridge (7-3)

5. (6) North Gwinnett (8-2)

Last week: Beat Mountain View 35-14. North Gwinnett clinched Region 7. Ryan Lovelace rushed for 128 yards on eight carries and scored on a 97-yard run. John Urzua was 16-of-30 passing for 283 yards and two touchdowns, one a 74-yarder to Kyler Knudson. Next: Friday vs. Central Gwinnett (6-4)

6. (3) Lee County (7-2)

Last week: Lost to Valdosta 22-21. Lee County outgained Valdosta 253-113, according to the Albany Herald. Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio was disappointed in the three 15-yard penalties, two for rouging and one for pass interference, that aided Valdosta's 75-yard, game-winning drive. "Twice the game was over," Fabrizio told the Herald. "I'm proud of our kids and they fought hard, but I'm telling you that game was over." QB Garet Morrell was 18-of-25 passing for 184 yards. Next: Friday at Lovejoy (7-3)

7. (8) Milton (9-1)

Last week: Beat Wheeler 35-9. Milton clinched its first region title since 1952. Austin McCloud was 5-of-5 passing for 118 yards and threw an 85-yard TD pass to Obi Fortune. Micco Brisker scored four touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Northview (7-3)

8. (NR) Mill Creek (7-3)

Last week: Beat Peachtree Ridge 34-7. Mill Creek won its fifth consecutive game and got the No. 2 seed in Region 7. Mill Creek had 305 yards rushing, 126 and three touchdowns on 19 carries by Johnathan Hawkins and 111 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries by QB Daniel David. Next: Friday vs. Grayson (9-1)

9. (10) Tucker (8-2)

Last week: Beat Lakeside-Atlanta 45-21. Tucker won the 14th consecutive time in the series between north DeKalb County rivals. Next: Friday vs. Tift County (7-3)

10. (NR) Westlake (8-1)

Last week: Beat Campbell 42-8. Dakota Rocker was 10-of-17 passing for 264 yards and four touchdowns and scored a touchdown. RB Jorden Thomas rushed for 104 yards, and WR Ronnie Blackmon had three catches for 113 yards. Campbell was held to less than 125 yards in total offense. Westlake is ranked in an AJC poll for the first time since 2005. Next: Friday vs. North Paulding (4-6)


1. (1) Ware County (10-0)

Last week: Beat Brunswick 48-19. Sammy Burley returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown and a 27-0 lead in the second quarter. Xavier Hollmon passed for 179 yards. Ware also scored on a blocked punt. Brunswick QB Randon Jernigan was lost early in the game with a sprained ankle. Next: Friday vs. Starr's Mill (6-4)

2. (2) Coffee (9-1)

Last week: Beat Bradwell Institute 42-0. Coffee held Bradwell to 60 yards rushing and 0-for-5 passing. QB Tyree Park was 10-of-16 passing for 160 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 50 yards on four carries. Next: Friday vs. Mundy's Mill (7-3)

3. (3) Kell (10-0)

Last week: Beat Dalton 16-14. Kell stopped Dalton's gutsy fourth-and-1 try from the Dalton 26 in the final minute and scored on a 3-yard pass from Cameron Rosendahl to Bryson Armstrong with seevn seconds left to win. Kell had missed a fourth-down pass in the end zone minutes earlier, giving Dalton the ball with 1:57 left. Kell trailed 14-3 in the fourth quarter. Next: Friday vs. Winder-Barrow (6-4)

4. (4) Allatoona (10-0)

Last week: Beat Chapel Hill 42-6. Josh Bettistea rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Allatoona led 35-6 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Carver-Atlanta (8-2)

5. (5) Lanier (10-0)

Last week: Beat Apalachee 55-17. Lanier led 41-10 at halftime and finished its first 10-0 regular season. Tahj Tolbert was 4-of-5 passing for 102 yards and three touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Sequoyah (5-5)

6. (6) Creekside (8-2)

Last week: Beat Stephenson 34-27. Creekside took a 14-0 lead on two Felix Harper TD passes in the first quarter and never trailed. Bricen Terry rushed for 196 yards on 29 carries. Harper was 11-of-14 passing for 110 yards and three touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. New Manchester (6-4)

7. (7) Mays (8-2)

Last week: Beat Miller Grove 29-6. Mays led only 13-6 in the fourth quarter before breaking things open. Charlie Patrick rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. QB Asahnia Aderhold passed for 125 yards and rushed for 91. Marquez Daniel was credited with five sacks. Next: Friday at South Paulding (8-2)

8. (9) Northside-Warner Robins (9-1)

Last week: Beat Houston County 34-33. Willie Jordan's 3-yard run with 49 seconds left helped rally Northside from a 33-20 deficit in the fourth quarter. Jordan rushed for 109 yards. Justin Alonso was 4-for-4 on extra points, including the game-winner, and kicked a 33-yard field goal. Northside clinched its 14th region title, eighth in the past 10 seasons. Next: Friday vs. Northside-Columbus (4-6)

9. (10) Harris County (8-2)

Last week: Beat Shaw 48-38. Harris County trailed 21-7 in the first half but overwhelmed Shaw with 537 yards of total offense. TaQuon Marshall rushed for 264 yards and three touchdowns, and Tae Crowder ran for 230 and four. Next: Friday vs. Warner Robins (6-4)

10. (8) Stephenson (7-3)

Last week: Lost to Creekside 34-27. Stephenson's Dewann Ford threw four TD passes, two to Dexter Neal. His fourth was a 59-yarder to Khalil Ladler with 2:30 left, pulling Stephenson within 34-27. Stephenson got a final possession with 41 seconds left but didn't make anything of it. Next: Friday vs. Alexander (8-2)

Class AAAA

1. (1) Buford (10-0)

Last week: Beat Stephens County 56-0. Luke Humphrey was 7-of-8 passing for 116 yards and three touchdowns. Xavier Gantt returned the second-half kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Stephens County had less than 50 yards in total offense. Next: Friday or Saturday vs. fourth-place team from Region 7 (to be determined today in mini-games)

2. (2) Griffin (10-0)

Last week: Beat Eastside 48-28. Griffin trailed 21-6 but came back to win its 25th consecutive game. Malik Miller rushed for 305 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore QB Tylan Morton passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Liberty County (4-6)

3. (3) Cartersville (9-1)

Last week: Beat Pickens 27-2. Cartersville held the state's leading rusher, Shannon Brooks, to 111 yards on 29 carries and clinched a region title. Cartersville QB Trevor Lawrence was 16-of-22 passing for 237 yards. Next: Friday vs. White County (6-4)

4. (4) Marist (9-1)

Last week: Beat Chamblee 47-22. Griffin King rushed for 60 yards and two early touchdowns on five carries as Marist took a 37-0 first-half lead. Michael Addicks scored four touchdowns on short runs. Next: Friday vs. Whitewater (7-3)

5. (5) Sandy Creek (9-1)

Last week: Beat Fayette County 23-8. Sandy Creek clinched the No. 2 seed from Region 5 and beat its county rival for the eighth consecutive time. Fayette also made the playoffs, for the first time since 2007. Next: Friday vs. Columbia (7-3)

6. (8) Woodward Academy (8-2)

Last week: Beat Carrollton 10-0. Elijah Holyfield rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown, and Jes Sutherland was 16-for-24 passing for 208 yards. Carrollton was held to 112 yards in total offense. Andre Newton had three tackles for losses totaling 37 yards. Next: Friday vs. Lithonia (6-4)

7. (6) St. Pius (8-2)

Last week: Beat Redan 45-13. St. Pius held Redan to 36 yards in total offense, minus-5 rushing, and led 35-6 at halftime. Brian O'Reilly had a 65-yard touchdown on the return of a fumble. Next: Friday vs. Fayette County (4-6)

8. (9) Cairo (8-2)

Last week: Beat Worth County 27-20. QB Jeremiah Hill rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries in the Region 1 championship game. Next: vs. Veterans (3-7)

9. (7) Mary Persons (8-2)

Last week: Lost to West Laurens 21-14. West Laurens forced a fumble on Mary Persons' first play from scrimmage and ran it for a touchdown. It was the first of five Mary Persons turnovers. The win gave West Laurens (7-3) the Region 2 title and denied Mary Persons of what would've been its first since 1996. Next: Friday vs. Westover (6-4)

10. (NR) Whitewater (7-3)

Last week: Beat Troup 34-21. Next: Friday at Marist (9-1)

Class AAA

1. (1) Washington County (10-0)

Last week: Beat Westside-Augusta 54-7. A.J. Gray rushed for 93 yards on three carries, passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns and returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown. Washington County became the sixth team in GHSA history to score 50 points or more in six consecutive games. The record is eight, set by Camden County in 2011. Next: Friday vs. Jackson-Atlanta (7-3)

2. (2) Calhoun (10-0)

Last week: Beat Coahulla Creek 67-0. Calhoun yield only one first down as winless Coahulla Creek had minus-17 yards in total offense. Next: Friday or Saturday vs. fourth-place team from Region 5 (to be determined today in mini-games)

3. (3) Blessed Trinity (10-0)

Last week: Beat Cedar Grove 28-21. Milton Shelton rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and QB Conor Davis scored on a 1-yard sneak in the final two minutes for the winning touchdown. Cedar Grove's LaBron Morris rushed for 153 yards. Next: Friday vs. Hephzibah (6-4)

4. (4) Peach County (10-0)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Appling County (7-3)

5. (5) Jefferson (10-0)

Last week: Beat Hart County 21-14. Jefferson County won with a goal-line stand after Hart County had a first down at the Jefferson 5-yard line with less than two minutes left. Evan Shirreffs passed for 193 yards and two touchdowns, one to Hunter Gatlin from 4 yards for a 21-14 lead with 8:40 left. Sammy Williams rushed for 117 yards. Next: Friday vs. Franklin County (4-6)

6. (6) Westminster (9-1)

Last week: Beat North Clayton 48-25. Rankin Woley was 6-for-8 passing for 184 yards and four touchdowns, all to Cole Haverty, who had six catches for 194 yards. Isaiah Malcome rushed for 120 yards, and Merrick Sims II ran for 106. North Clayton QB Jamarcus Sanders was 26-of-55 passing for 367 yards. Next: Friday at Laney (7-3)

7. (7) Central-Carrollton (10-0)

Last week: Beat Callaway 40-34. Kaleel Abdusalaan blocked a field goal with two seconds left and Dajour Riddle returned it 85 yards for a touchdown that clinched Central's first region championship since 1987. There were 27 points scored in the last six minutes. Damarious Owensby rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Central completed only three passes, but they went for 149 yards and two touchdowns, both to Jared Walker covering 80 and 42 yards. Next: Friday vs. Sonoraville (6-4)

8. (8) Hart County (9-1)

Last week: Lost to Jefferson 21-14. Hart County had a first-and-goal from the Jefferson 5-yard line in the final two minutes but couldn't get the tying touchdown. Cameron Fouch passed for 123 yards and rushed for 51. Next: Friday vs. East Hall (6-4)

9. (9) Adairsville (9-1)

Last week: Beat Gordon Central 49-14. Sidnee Johnson rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Gordon Central scored its points in the final six minutes. Next: Friday or Saturday vs. third-place team from Region 5 (to be determined today in mini-games)

10. (10) Westside-Macon (9-1)

Last week: Beat Southwest 49-20. Westside led 49-6 at halftime and got 290 of its 306 total yards before the second-half running clock, according to the Macon Telegraph. Donta Pate rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries. Marcell Williams was 8-of-15 passing for 155 yards and three touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Dodge County (8-2)

Class AA

1. (1) Greater Atlanta Christian (10-0)

Last week: Beat Wesleyan 41-0. GAC allowed fewer than 50 yards in total offense and recorded its fourth shutout of the season. Davis Mills was 13-of-19 passing for 128 yards. Next: Friday vs. Chattahoochee County (6-4)

2. (2) Vidalia (10-0)

Last week: Beat Bryan County 45-13. Nate McBride returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown, and Vidalia led 38-7 by halftime. McBride also scored on a 12-yard run and 49-yard pass from Jordan Black. Vidalia is 10-0 for the second time in three seasons. Next: Friday vs. Berrien (4-6)

3. (3) Lovett (7-3)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Bremen (6-4)

4. (4) Benedictine (8-2)

Last week: Beat Long County 62-15. QB Stevie Powers was 8-of-13 passing for 204 yards and two TDs. Brad Stewart had four catches for 72 yards and one touchdown and returned a punt 71 yards for a score. Next: Friday vs. Thomasville (6-4)

5. (5) Fitzgerald (9-1)

Last week: Beat Seminole County 54-19. Fitzgerald had 340 yards and six touchdowns rushing, two by Gerald Morgan, who ran for 96 yards on nine carries. He was 3-for-6 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns, both to Trey Graham, who had three catches for 140 yards. Next: Friday vs. Bryan County (5-5)

6. (8) Macon County (8-2)

Last week: Beat Lamar County 36-21. Roquan Smith, an AJC Super 11 linebacker who typically spends most of his time on defense, rushed for 263 yards on 16 carries as Macon County ended Lamar County's run of three region titles. Next: Friday vs. Dublin (6-4)

7. (7) Darlington (9-1)

Last week: Beat Chattooga 27-14. Trey Edge rushed for 222 yaqrds and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Next: Friday vs. Washington-Wilkes (6-4)

8. (9) Brooks County (7-3)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Bacon County (6-4)

9. (10) Thomasville (6-4)

Last week: Beat Early County 31-13. Kenneth Hayes was 14-of-21 passing for 228 yards in a game that was closer than the score. Forenza Chatmon returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown to put the game away in the fourth quarter. Next: Friday at Benedictine (8-2)

10. (6) Lamar County (7-2-1)

Last week: Lost to Macon County 36-21. Lamar County's reign of three region titles was ended. Juan Tucker rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in the loss. Next: Friday vs. Swainsboro (5-5)

Class A

1. (1) Aquinas (10-0)

Last week: Beat Tattnall Square 49-21. Ruben Garnett rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, and his 49-yard TD run made it 49-14 in the third quarter in a game between unbeaten teams. Liam Welch was 12-of-14 passing for 192 yards and three touchdowns, all to Justin Gibbs, who had four catches for 104 yards. Next: State playoffs

2. (2) Marion County (10-0)

Last week: Beat Central-Talbotton 47-6. Marion County led 33-0 at halftime and coasted. Johnny Royal rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and Mykelle Kelley ran for 89 and scored three. Next: State playoffs

3. (3) Mount Paran Christian (10-0)

Last week: Beat Mount Pisgah Christian 35-21. Dorian Walker rushed for 261 yards and four touchdowns, and his 63-yard TD run broke a 21-21 tie in the third quarter. Next: State playoffs

4. (4) Calvary Day (10-0)

Last week: Beat Emanuel County Institute 42-7. Sal Calderon was 8-of-8 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yard TD pass to Jeremiah Mercer on the first play from scrimmage. Mercer had 145 yards from scrimmage and scored on a 45-yard run. A.J. Keene's 70-yard interception returned made it 28-0 in the first half. ECI's Michael Sutton, the third-leading rusher in the state, ran for 158 yards. Next: State playoffs

5. (5) Hawkinsville (9-1)

Last week: Off. Next: State playoffs

6. (6) Irwin County (8-1-1)

Last week: Beat Turner County 44-12. Robert Moore rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a game that had a running clock in the fourth quarter. QB Jakyron Young had 92 yards rushing on seven carries and intercepted a pass. Backup RB Cartabion Benyard ran for 76 yards on six carries. Ty Hogan scored one touchdown receiving a pass, another returning a fumble. Next: State playoffs

7. (8) Charlton County (9-1)

Last week: Beat Lanier County 27-0. QB Jimmy Nettles threw TD passes to Curt Nixon (27 yards) and Scott Birchall (24) while Andrew Lee rushed for 109 yards on nine carries, including a 69-yard TD run. Charlton County forced seven turnovers (four fumbles, three interceptions) and got its fourth shutout of the season. Next: State playoffs

8. (9) Savannah Christian (9-1)

Last week: Beat Montgomery County 44-8. Savannah Christian led 44-0 at halftime and invoked a running clock. Demtris Robertson scored on a 37-yard run, 31-yard reception and 55-yard run. Next: State playoffs

9. (7) Tattnall Square (9-1)

Last week: Lost to Aquinas 49-21. J.J. Battle's 60-yard run early in the second half got Tattnall Square within 28-14, but Tattnall would get no closer. Next: State playoffs

10. (10) Dooly County (7-3)

Last week: Beat Greenville 55-14. Next: State playoffs

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