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Area teams advance to second round of state football playoffs
by Greg Oshust
November 20, 2013 12:10 PM | 1571 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Holy Innocents’ player Justin Ruiz (10) defends teammate Reed Wilson (28) during practice.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Holy Innocents’ player Justin Ruiz (10) defends teammate Reed Wilson (28) during practice.
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Lovett, St. Pius X, Woodward and Marist are the local teams left standing after the first round of the state football playoffs last Friday.

Lovett (10-1) will host Kendrick, the third seed from Region 7AA, in a second-round Class AA game at Conley-Oakley Field Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Lions got their bid for the AA title off to a good start with a 56-21 victory over Union County last Friday.

Lovett jumped out to a 42-0 lead in the first quarter, with Willie Candler, Grant Haley and Jay Harris each scoring two touchdowns. The Lions gained 384 yards on the ground.

St. Pius (8-3) faces a tough challenge in its second-round AAA contest as it goes on the road to face Cartersville the top seed from 5AAA, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Golden Lions began their quest for a second straight AAA finals appearance with a 31-21 win over Hart County last Friday.

Trailing 14-7 at halftime, St. Pius outscored Hart County 24-7 in the second half to come from behind for the win.

Dalton Wilson rushed for 138 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown on a 1-yard run, while Joey Connors gained 131 yards on 12 carries and had two scores on rushes of 37 and 3 yards as St. Pius accumulated 460 rushing yards.

Woodward (8-3) will also be moving on to the second round, where it will face the daunting task of playing defending AAA champion Buford Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The War Eagles advanced with a 53-21 win over North Oconee in their first-round contest last Friday.

Elijah Holyfield rushed for 82 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns, while quarterback Terry Googer passed for 113 yards, throwing for two scores and rushing for another, and Quincy Wolff scored on a 94-yard kickoff return to lead Woodward.

Marist (10-1) will try to keep its state title hopes alive as it hosts Gilmer, the second seed from 7AAAA, at Hughes Spalding Stadium Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The War Eagles advanced to the second round of the AAAA playoffs with a 41-13 win over Stephens County in a first-round contest Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Quarterback Chase Martenson rushed for three touchdowns – including one for 39 yards -- and threw for two more of 57 and 20 yards in the first half as Marist held a 34-7 advantage at halftime.

Holy Innocents’ (6-4) will face a familiar opponent in its first-round Class A private school game.

The Golden Bears, the 10th-seed among the Class A private schools, will go on the road to play Region 5A rival Landmark Christian – the seventh seed they beat 29-26 in a regular-season contest Nov. 1.

Riverwood (7-4) will not be joining the area’s survivors in the second round after losing to North Paulding 50-14 in the first round of the AAAAA playoffs last Friday.

Westminster (5-6) also saw its season come to an end with a 28-0 loss to Jefferson in a AA first-round game last Friday.

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