Last night, four Cobb Schools 6A teams played their first postseason games in playoff bids for a state championship. Two moved on and two ended their seasons.
The #1 seed in 6-6A, Allatoona, extended their undefeated season with a shutout of Johns Creek, 24-0. The Buc defense was characteristic of their play all season in shutting down the Gladiator offense all night. Allatoona hosts Dacula next Friday at Buccaneer Stadium.
#2 Kell Longhorns fell to the Cambridge Bears in their final game of 2020. The Longhorns got behind early and went to halftime down 14-0. A four-TD third quarter gave Kell some life, but the deficit remained two scores, 27-14. Another Bear TD in the fourth put the game away for Cambridge with a final of 36-14. Despite the challenges of 2020, the Longhorns logged an impressive first season in 6A, having moved up from 5A this year.
#3 Sprayberry traveled to Canton to take on the Creekview Grizzlies. The Yellow Jackets took the lead early, 7-0, but the Grizzlies were able to tie it up before halftime. Sprayberry came out of the halftime break with a new plan and never looked back, hanging 20 unanswered points on Creekview in the second half. Another score from each team made the final score 34-14. The Yellow Jackets travel southwest next Friday to face Region 5 winner, Carrollton.
#4 Kennesaw Mountain lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the River Ridge Knights. The Mustangs were making their first postseason appearance in school history, and played a very competitive game against the Region 7 champ. A back and forth first half resulted in a Knight advantage at halftime, 21-14. Another score in the third put the Mustangs behind by double digits, 28-14. Kennesaw was able to battle back in the fourth, tying the game with 2:28 left to force overtime. The Knights scored on their first possession to bring the score to 35-28. When the Mustangs responded with a TD of their own, Head Coach Caleb Carmean made the call to go for a 2-point conversion and the win, but it didn’t succeed and the Mustangs lost their first playoff game by a single point, 35-34.
Great season for all 6A teams. Good luck to Allatoona and Sprayberry next week as they continue their quest for a state title.