After five seasons of competing, the Locust Grove Wildcats finally punched their ticket to the postseason with a 20-19 overtime victory over Jonesboro last Friday. Tyler Sellers rushed for two scores and Garrett Wallace ran for 108 yards. Cortez McDowell had eight catches for 111 yards.
Now, the Wildcats (6-4) will travel to Kathleen to meet the Veterans Warhawks (7-3), who are also making their first playoff appearance. The Warhawks are coming off their seventh straight win, a 38-20 victory against Baldwin last Friday.
Also in Class AAAA, Eagle’s Landing ended its four-year postseason drought with a 31-0 triumph over Riverdale last Friday. Bradley Dewberry, Sedrick Palmer and Corey Holloway all rushed for touchdowns.
Dewberry also had a TD pass to Cymeon Burden and intercepted two passes for the Golden Eagles, who reached the eight-win mark for the first time in school history.
This Friday, Eagle’s Landing heads south to face Mary Persons (9-1) for the fifth time. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 4-0 but these teams have not played since 2009.
Mary Persons edged West Laurens 34-31 last week.
In Class AAAAAA, Luella (5-5) returns to the playoffs, ending a four-year drought. This will be just the Lions’ second appearance. Luella didn’t play last week but ended the regular season with a 13-7 shortcoming to Newton on Nov. 1.
Up next for the Lions are the North Cobb Warriors (8-2), who defeated Campbell 38-0 last Friday. Jeremy Bell blocked a punt and returned it for a score. J’Vonte Herrod rushed for two touchdowns, and Tyler Queen and Torrance McGee both ran for a TD.
In Class AAA, Henry County (3-7) is back in the playoffs after not qualifying last season. The Warhawks will battle Callaway (9-1) in Hogansville. The Cavaliers cruised past Rockmart 47-6 last Friday.
Also in Class AAAA, Stockbridge (9-1) returns to the dance which the Tigers have become familiar with the last couple of seasons. They will host Westside-Macon (7-3). The Seminoles own a 4-0 record in the all-time series but these teams haven’t met since the 2007 season.
Malik Bryan rushed for two touchdowns, and Maetron Thomas and Javon Brandon both ran for a TD in Stockbridge’s fifth straight win, a 31-7 triumph over Upson-Lee last week.