Alexander (6-4) returns to the postseason for the first time since 1997, clinching a spot by defeating Fayette County, 44-0, in a Region 5-AAAA play-in game last week. Junior running back Mikell Lands-Davis ranks among the state leaders in rushing yards (1,759) and touchdowns (21). Defensively, Taylor Schartle has emerged as a productive force, posting a team-high 105 tackles on the season.
Alexander visits Dalton (8-2) in the first round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA playoffs on Friday.
“The players are excited about their accomplishments, but know there is still work to be done,” Alexander head coach Matt Combs said. “The team that has the best ball security and third-down conversions will win on Friday.”
Chapel Hill (5-5) emerged from the regular season with a third-place finish in Region 4-AAA and a place in the GHSA playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Panthers have won four of their last five contests, including a 34-12 victory over Jackson-Atlanta on Nov. 8.
Chapel Hill travels to Fort Valley and faces Peach County (7-3) in the first round. The Panthers boast one of the top rushing attacks in the state led by sophomore Jamarcus Morrissette who has more than 1,600 yards on the ground.
Harvester Christian Academy (11-0) continued its run toward an Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama (ICSGA) championship with a 29-24 win in the semifinals over Lafayette Christian Academy on Nov. 8. Two running backs ran for more than 100 yards, Zachary Eichelkraut (216) and Raymond Price (106). Bryce Yerkey had a team-high 16 tackles in the win. The Hawks will face Holy Ground for the championship at A.J. McClung Stadium in Columbus on Nov. 16.
King’s Way Christian School (11-0) won the Georgia Association of Christian Schools for the second time in three seasons with a 28-24 win over Appling Christian on Nov. 1. Tommy Inthavong caught a 12-yard TD pass from Tucker Bryant with 28 seconds left to secure the victory.