The No. 1 ranked Tigers advanced to the Class AAAAA Final Four with a 29-0 victory over the Gators at Hallford Stadium on Friday.
Joseph Farrar rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns and Yaquis Shelley returned an interception for a touchdown for Tucker, which will meet Gainesville in the next round after a coin flip on Saturday determines which No. 1 seed will have home-field advantage.
Similar to the quarterfinals matchup three years ago, the Tigers (13-0) were the better team by far, holding Ware County (11-2) to just three first downs (all in the first half) and just 92 yards of total offense.
After forcing the Gators into their first of nine punts, the Tigers got into the end zone nearly halfway through the first quarter when Farrar ran for a 5-yard score. Following Ware County’s next punt, Tucker doubled its margin when Farrar slipped into the end zone from 2 yards out with 2:32 left in the frame.
There would be no more scoring the rest of the half but Dominick Sanders would make a highlight worthy one-handed catch for a first down.
In the second half, Eric Webber made a pair of field goals to help extend the lead and Jammar Johnson committed an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone to give the Tigers two more points.
Then midway through the fourth quarter, Shelley made Johnson’s night a little less memorable when he picked off a long pass in the middle of the field and returned it 65 yards for the game’s final TD.
Elijah Sullivan rushed for 77 yards for the Tigers, who also handed Ware County its first scoreless outing since 2011.
Tucker is now 2-0 all-time against Ware County and has outscored the Gators 71-3.
Other quarterfinal scores:
Marist 42, Burke County 20
Carrollton 24, Stockbridge 14
Callaway 35, St. Pius 21
ELCA 24, Darlington 10