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Postseason football: Alexander advances; Panthers, Hawks end seasons
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Special Photo<br>Harvester Christian’s Ryan Reagan blocks for Raymond Price during a playoff game against Heritage Christian on Nov. 1. The Hawks lost in their league’s title game to Holy Ground Baptist in Columbus on Saturday.
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Harvester Christian’s Ryan Reagan blocks for Raymond Price during a playoff game against Heritage Christian on Nov. 1. The Hawks lost in their league’s title game to Holy Ground Baptist in Columbus on Saturday.
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Alexander (7-4) continued its special season with a stunning 13-10 road win over Dalton (8-3) in the first-round of the Class AAAA Georgia High School Association (GHSA) playoffs on two fourth-quarter field goals.

Cougars’ running Mikell Lands-Davis continued his stellar junior campaign, rushing for a game-high 198 yards and one touchdown in the victory. The all-state candidate now has rushed for 1,957 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season.

Sophomore quarterback Baylor Whitfield had a game-high 141 yards passing in the contest while seniors Taylor Schartle (13) and Leundre Agree each notched double-digit tackles for the Cougars. Alexander’s defense held Dalton to its second-lowest point total of the season and snapped the Catamounts’ eight-game winning streak.

The Cougars, making their first postseason appearance since 1997, will look to match their win total from that season on Friday against Lanier (9-2) in Sugar Hill. The Longhorns defeated Carver-Atlanta 26-7 last week and have won four of their last five contests.

Last Friday night marked the end of the season for Chapel Hill (5-6) as the Panthers dropped their first-round contest in the GHSA Class AAA playoffs in Fort Valley to Peach County, 28-21. Even without top running back Jamarcus Morrissette, the Panthers were still able to rush for 345 yards in the contest behind the efforts of quarterback Logan Johnstone, Quincey Shelton and Aaron Jeffries, who had two rushing touchdowns in the contest. Chapel Hill has made the playoffs the past two seasons.

Harvester Christian Academy’s (11-1) season ended with a 35-6 loss to Holy Ground Baptist Academy in the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama (ICSGA) championship game held at A.J. McClung Stadium in Columbus Saturday. The Hawks’ lone score came on a seven-yard rushing touchdown by Zach Eichelkraut in the third quarter.

It was the first loss of the season for Harvester, which participates in eight-on-eight football, and ends a season that marked a remarkable turnaround for a program that went winless in its 2012 campaign.

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