South Paulding (10-1) gained a resounding 48-21 home victory over Sequoyah (8-3). Spartans’ senior quarterback Chandler Burks had another stellar performance, throwing for 202 yards and rushing for a game-high 255 yards along with two touchdowns in the victory. Jae Bowen had 108 yards on the ground and three total touchdowns in the contest. Khalia Hackett (14) and Trevon Simmons (10) each had double-digit tackles for South Paulding.
The Spartans have now won double-digit games for the first time ever and are on a six-game winning streak, the longest in program history.
“It was a tremendous, history-making performance by all players and coaches,” South Paulding head coach Ed Koester said.
Next up for the Spartans is a road matchup against Gainesville (10-1), the defending Class AAAAA champions and the third-ranked team in the state.
The Red Elephants won their first-round matchup against M.L. King 28-14.
Behind a game-high 259 rushing yards and two touchdowns from junior Tae Ray, East Paulding (8-3) earned a 34-33 road win over Creekview (8-3) in Canton. The Raiders defense, already one of the strongest in Georgia, allowing only 15 points per contest, held the home Grizzlies to minus-nine yards rushing in the victory. The Raiders have now won at least one playoff game in each of the last four seasons.
East Paulding travels to undefeated Tucker (11-0) for its next contest. The Tigers are the top-ranked team in the state and defeated Heritage, 35-14, in their first-round game.
North Paulding (10-1) took advantage of its first-ever home playoff matchup and routed Riverwood (7-4), 50-14. Senior Cornelius Collins had a game-high 146 yards on the ground in the victory while quarterback Chase Noonan passed for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Kayden Bishop also caught two touchdown passes for North Paulding.
The Wolfpack have also achieved its first-ever double-digit win season in school history and puts its nine-game winning streak on the line at home against Stephenson (9-2), who won at Flowery Branch 27-7 in the first round.