Alpharetta (9-2) advanced to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs with a 41-23 victory over South Gwinnett – the first state playoff win in school history -- last Friday.
The Raiders led 17-10 at halftime and then outscored the Comets 24-13 in the second half to pull away for the win.
Austin King threw for 216 yards and three touchdowns, including a 49-yard pass to Rustin Suter and a 43-yard strike to Daniel Clements, to lead the Raiders.
Alpharetta will now host Collins Hill in a second-round game Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Raiders face a tough challenge against a Collins Hill which is 10-1 and ranked sixth in the state in last week’s Georgia Sports Writers Association AAAAAA poll.
The Eagles, who beat Walton 41-7 in their first round game last Friday, have averaged about 41 points a game in their last five contests.
Blessed Trinity (8-3) got its state playoff run off to a strong start with a 41-14 win over Jackson County in its AAA first-round game last Friday.
Chad Manthey rushed for 228 yards on 37 carries and a touchdown, while Conor Davis completed 12 of 13 passes for 173 yards and threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Colin Bradley and Carter McManes ran in for three scores to lead the Titans.
Blessed Trinity will host White County, a 52-28 winner over Adairsville in the first round last Friday, in a AAA second-round contest Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Mount Pisgah Christian (10-0) begins its quest for the Class A private school championship as it hosts Pacelli in a first-round game Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The undefeated Patriots are the No. 2 seed in the Class A private school playoffs after finishing in that position in the classification’s last regular-season power rating, while Pacelli is 15th among the 16 teams in the field.
“We had a great season,” Mount Pisgah Christian coach Mike Forester said. “I am really proud of the effort and leadership of our seniors. We also had outstanding play from our quarterback Aaron Winchester on offense and our free safety Jacob Delk [on defense]. We have entered a new season as we begin the playoffs this week. We are hosting our first playoff game in school history. There is a lot of excitement around our school community. However, the most important thing for our team is to stay focused, forget the past and press on to meet the challenge ahead.”
Milton (8-3) saw its season come to an end after the Eagles lost to North Gwinnett 34-10 in their first-round AAAAAA game last Friday.