For Lovejoy, it was nothing but smiles since the Wildcats punched their ticket to a second consecutive title game. But unfortunately for Landmark Christian, it wasn’t a joyous moment since the War Eagles (9-4) were unable find their way back to the Georgia Dome.
This coming Saturday evening, Lovejoy (13-1) will face 14-0 Norcross for the right to be called the first Class AAAAAA state champion.
Landmark would’ve had a rematch (from the regular season) with rival Eagle’s Landing Christian on Friday afternoon for the Class A Private state title but Prince Avenue Christian held off the War Eagles 32-22 in Bogart last week.
Josh Nobles caught two touchdown passes and Jeremiah Kirkland, who eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark, ran for a TD in Landmark’s final game of the season.
Last Friday, the War Eagles got caught up in a cycle of unsuccessfully trying to catch up with the Wolverines the entire contest. However, it did leave room for a nail-biting finish.
With 2:51 left in the fourth quarter, Kirkland capped a 16-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, cutting the deficit to 24-20. Then, the War Eagles halved the margin when Ben Baggett found Will Walters in the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Now needing just a field goal, Landmark coach Wayne Brantley opted to try to regain possession with an onside kick but the Wolverines secured the bouncing ball.
Then five plays later, Conner Sibley rebuilt Prince Avenue’s lead with a 24-yard TD run with 1:59 remaining and Carl Mattox capped the scoring with a two-point conversion.
On the War Eagles’ next possession, Stockton McGuire was picked off by Titus Campbell to seal things for the Wolverines (11-2).
Even though Lovejoy surrendered a season high in points, the Wildcats still came away with their 12th consecutive win, a 63-42 victory over North Cobb at Twelve Oaks Stadium. Travis Custis rushed for 290 yards and five touchdowns (runs of 4, 63, 28, 24 and 23 yards).
Brandon Davis, who also caught a TD pass, returned an interception 80 yards for a score and Montrell Custis returned an INT 50 yards for a touchdown. Alejandro Bennifield had two TD passes.
Norcross, Lovejoy’s final opponent, defeated Colquitt County 41-27 last Friday.