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Columbus area high school football roundup: Which playoff teams advanced?

Central’s Xavier Billingsley Jr. and Trevon Miller combine on the tackle of McGill-Toolen quarterback Sheldon Layman, forcing an incomplete pass in the second quarter of their game Friday night, November 16, 2018, in the quarterfinals of the AHSAA state football playoffs at Garrett-Harrison Stadium.
Central’s Xavier Billingsley Jr. and Trevon Miller combine on the tackle of McGill-Toolen quarterback Sheldon Layman, forcing an incomplete pass in the second quarter of their game Friday night, November 16, 2018, in the quarterfinals of the AHSAA state football playoffs at Garrett-Harrison Stadium. Special to the Ledger-Enquirer

Those pesky Yellow Jackets from McGill-Toolen don’t sting these Central Red Devils anymore.

Central had lost to McGill-Toolen in the AHSAA Class 7A semifinals the past three years, including in overtime last season. But the Red Devils left no doubt this time.

Again showing they are worthy of the No. 1 ranking, the Red Devils blanked the visiting No. 5 Yellow Jackets 14-0 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in their quarterfinal showdown Friday night.

Central (12-0) stayed undefeated while McGill-Toolen finished 10-3.

Their semifinal game also will be at home, 8 p.m. Nov. 23, against unranked Lee-Montgomery (8-4), which upset No. 3 Auburn 12-6.

Central’s defense dominated. The Red Devils allowed only four first downs and 68 total yards, including minus-14 yards rushing.

Leading the Central defense were junior linebacker P.J. Ramsey with 5 tackles and junior end/linebacker B.J. Randolph with 1 1/2 of Central’s seven sacks.

Senior quarterback Peter Parrish scored all of the game’s touchdowns: a 1-yard run with 1:56 left in the second quarter and a 14-yard run with 9:32 left in the third quarter. Sophomore kicker Noah Pell converted both extra points.

Senior running back A’montae Spivey led the Red Devils in rushing, gaining 120 yards on 23 carries. Parrish rushed for 69 yards on 19 carries

Parrish completed 8 of his 14 passes for 74 yards. Central’s leading receiver was Eddie Williams, who had three receptions for 19 yards.

Central gained 277 total yards (199 rushing) and 16 first downs.

Marion County 48, Montgomery County 21

Tied 21-21 at halftime in the second round of the GHSA Class A public-school playoffs, the host Marion County Eagles controlled the second half.

Marion, seeded second in the 24-team bracket, improved to 11-0 while 18th-seeded Montgomery County finished 8-4.

In the quarterfinals 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, the Eagles will host seventh-seeded Schley County, which beat 10th-seeded Trion 40-13. It will be their third meeting this year. Marion won both previous games, 28-7 in the opener and 21-6 for the region championship.

Junior quarterback Trice McCannon accounted for four touchdowns. He rushed for 223 yards and three scores on 18 carries, and he completed 4 of 7 passes for 138 yards and another score with no interceptions.

Senior running back Travon Mathews rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.

Senior wide receiver Akem Slaughter had two catches for 34 yards and one touchdown. Senior receiver/defensive back Josh Rodgers added one catch for 51 yards and an interception.

Marion rushed for 462 yards on 30 carries, part of 600 yards in total offense.

The leading tackler was senior safety/linebacker Phillip Dixon with eight. Junior defensive end Fred Alridge had seven tackles and one sack.

Baldwin 21, Columbus 0

Following their first state playoff football victory in 44 years last week, the visiting Columbus Blue Devils were shut out in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs.

Columbus ended its season 7-5, the same record as Baldwin.

All the scoring came in the first half.

North Cobb Christian 20, Brookstone 17

The visiting Brookstone Cougars “lost a heartbreaker” in the second round of the GHSA Class A private-school playoffs after winning their first state playoff game in 10 years last week, said head coach Blair Harrison.

The Cougars cut a 17-0 deficit to 20-17 and appeared to have recovered their onside kick to give themselves a chance for a tying or winning drive, but the officials ruled otherwise.

“They actually fumbled and we picked it up,” Harrison said, “and they said they were down. We had several things not go our way tonight. Clock ran out.”

The Cougars, seeded 21st in the 24-team bracket, finished the year 7-5. Fifth-seeded North Cobb Christian improved to 10-1.

Senior running back Jeremiah Burgess led Brookstone in rushing with 59 yards on 10 carries. Junior running back Clark Smith added 57 yards on six carries. Senior quarterback Ben Sloan completed 7 of 16 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. Senior wide receiver Chris Edmonds had three catches for 91 yards.

Scoring for Brookstone were Sloan on a 1-yard run, Edmonds on a 42-yard pass from Sloan and junior kicker Wes Pahl on a 32-yard field goal.

Brookstone’s defense created three turnovers and allowed only six points in the second half.

“I feel like we had a great year,” Harrison said. “We finished second on our side of the region, better than last year. We won a playoff game for the first time in 10 years, better than last year. We lost to the No. 4-ranked (Class A) team in the state by 3 on the road. We averaged over 40 points a game in the regular season, much improved from last year.

“I think that our successes show the progress we have made the last two years. We will miss our seniors, but they have nothing to hang their heads about. Their hard work and leadership has laid the foundation that we needed to get this program relevant again. And we are back.”

Greene County 37, Chattahoochee County 22

After winning their first state playoff game in nine years during the first round last week, the visiting Chattahoochee County Panthers, seeded 12th in the 24-team GHSA Class A public-school playoffs, couldn’t keep their momentum going against the fifth-seeded Greene County Tigers, which received a bye into the second round.

ChattCo trailed 16-8 in the first quarter. The second and third quarters were scoreless, then the Tigers outscored the Panthers 21-14 in the final quarter.

The Panthers finished their season 8-4. The Tigers improved to 10-2.

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272, @MarkRiceLE.

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