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** Note: Bainbridge lost a coin toss to determine the game site, so the Bearcats’ semifinal will be played Friday night in Cartersville. **
Class AAAA Quarterfinals Roundup
Buford 49, Thomson 7
How the game was won: Xavier Gantt and Martin Mangram each scored two touchdowns in the first half as visiting Buford jumped out to a 35-0 lead at the break. The Wolves held Thomson, which averages over 300 yards rushing per game, to 7 yards rushing in the first half and 57 for the game.
Top performers: Christian Turner of Buford rushed 10 times for 186 yards and a 70-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the game’s final points. … Gantt scored on runs of 53 and 8 yards and finished with 81 yards rushing. … Mangram’s runs were both from 7 yards out. He finished with 41 yards on the ground. … Wolves QB Mic Roof was 6-of-9 passing for 104 yards and an 18-yard touchdown to Brandon Marsh right before halftime. … Joshua Blackwell had a 13-yard rushing score in the third. … Buford finished with 355 yards rushing.
Cartersville 38, Jonesboro
How the game was won: Trevor Lawrence’s arm was too much for the Cardinals to handle as he threw for four touchdowns. Cartersville led 21-7 at the half behind Lawrence’s 15-of-21 passing for 200 yards and two touchdown passes.
Top Performers: Trevor Lawrence tossed four touchdowns, going 24-of-36 for 315 yards and 4 TDs. He hit Miller Forristall from 29 yards out in the first quarter, Antoine Jefferson for a 7-yard score and Terrius Callahan on a 28-yard strike to end the game. …Tiamon Pennymon ran in a 5-yard touchdown. …Jonesboro scored its first points of the game on an 81-yard screen pass from Zerrick Cooper to Jordan Griffin. Cooper later found Joshua James on a 3-yard strike.
Bainbridge 18, St. Pius X 17
How the game was won: Dameon Pierce rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead Bainbridge past visiting St. Pius X. Pierce’s second score, which proved to be the game-winner, gave the Bearcats their first lead of the entire night with 1:44 remaining. The Golden Lions missed a 59-yard field goal in the final seconds.
Top performers: Pierce finished with 23 carries for 216 yards and two touchdowns. … Brett McLaughlin accounted for Bainbridge’s other score when he plunged in from one yard out in the first quarter. … Nkem Njoku of St. Pius X blocked a punt and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to begin the scoring. He added a three-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Golden Lions a 17-3 advantage. … St. Pius X also got a 33-yard field goal from Nick Jones.