State playoff Semifinals Roundup: Northside holds off St. Pius in

AAAA semis

The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Tijuan Green ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns to lead Northside-Warner Robins to a 20-17 win over St. Pius in the Class AAAA state semifinals Friday night.

The Eagles (14-0) advance to next week's championship game.

Green, who had 19 carries, scored twice in the first quarter on a 2 and 63 yard runs for Northside. The Eagles were in control of most of the game, but the Golden Lions (11-3) started to cut into the lead.

Chris Philpott made a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. Then Jonathan Tinsley scored on a 40-yard touchdown after halftime for St. Pius and trimmed the lead to 13-10. The Golden Lions were gaining momentum and were on the verge of scoring until a turnover on a Will Asip


The Eagles later scored on Green's 4th-and-1 plunge for a touchdown in the fourth, putting Northside up by 10 points.

St. Pius scored with 1:17 remaining in the game when Dylan Knight connected with Joey Flint on an 18-yard touchdown. The Golden Lions tried an onside kick, but Nortside recovered and went on to run out the clock.

Dublin 65, Lovett 7

ATLANTA - Ben Cochran threw for 128 yards and three touchdowns and Jamon Morris had 124 yards rushing and three scores to lead Dublin to a 65-7 victory over Lovett in the Class AA state semifinals on Friday.

The Fighting Irish (14-0) advance to next week's championship game.

Dublin jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on Cochran's 25-yard touchdown pass to Morris, a 1-yard rushing score by Thomas Barnes and Brian Wilcher's 6-yard TD run. Wilcher, who had seven carries, added 78 yards on the ground.

Lovett (11-3) cut the lead to 21-7 when West Barnwell scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter, but they didn't get closer. The Fighting Irish went on to score 20 unanswered points before halftime.

Lions quarterback Chris Meyer threw for only 22 yards, while Lovett was held to less than 40 yards rushing for the game.

Peach County 43,

Washington County 29

ATLANTA - Duranzo Brown ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns and Bryan Ellis threw for two scores to lead Peach County to a 43-29 win over Washington County in the Class AAA state semifinals on Friday.

The Trojans (13-1) will play for their second straight title next week against Shaw, which beat Carver-Columbus 16-14 earlier Friday.

Washington County (11-3) took a 26-21 halftime lead on a 43-yard field goal by Dykel Johnson, his second from that distance in the game.

Peach County opened the second half with a strong drive, highlighted by Ellis' 49-yard pass to Keith Searcy, who finished with four catches for 89 yards. Brown, who had 15 carries, capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown to give the Trojans a 29-26 lead.

After Washington County tied the game at 29-29 on Johnson's 38-yard field goal, the Trojans regained the lead when Brown scored on a 35-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth. Then Ellis connected with Udom Umoh on a 10-yard touchdown with just over three minutes left in the game.

Ellis, who completed 14 of 16 passes, threw for 217 yards but had two interceptions for Peach County. Mareo Howard rushed for 82 yards on 12 carries in the victory.

Rosco Wells led Washington County with 94 yards rushing on 15 carries.

Rod Lattimer returned an interception 38 yards for a score in the first quarter to give the Golden Hawks an early 14-0 lead.

Shaw 16,

Carver-Columbus 14

ATLANTA - A 28-yard touchdown pass from Cam Greathouse to Arsenio Williams late in the first half gave Shaw the lead, and its defense held in the second half as the Raiders edged Carver-Columbus 16-14 in an all-Columbus Class AAA state semifinal on Friday.

The Raiders (12-2) advance to next week's state championship game.

Shaw made a 16-14 halftime lead hold by shutting out Carver in the second half.

Shaw stopped the Tigers (12-2) in the fourth quarter. The Carver drive ended with a dropped pass on fourth down by receiver Eric Washington.

Carver-Columbus took a 14-10 lead in the second quarter when running back Jarmon Forston took a toss handoff then connected with Jarvis Jones for a 57-yard


But the Raiders quickly responded on their possession on Greathouse's scoring pass to Williams with :28 seconds left in the first half. Marist 27, East Paulding 7

ATLANTA - Preston Lyons ran for 216 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Gary Marshall had two rushing touchdowns to lead Marist to a 27-7 win over East Paulding in the Class AAAA state semifinals Friday night.

The War Eagles (13-1) will play for the state title next week against Northside-Warner Robins, which beat St. Pius 20-17 on Friday night.

Marist took a 13-0 lead into halftime on a 4-yard rushing touchdown by Marshall and Colin Gallagher's 27- and 32-yard field goals. In the first half, the War Eagles held East Paulding to less than 60 total yards on offense.

Lyons, who had 17 carries, scored on a 43-yard touchdown for Marist. Then Marshall, who threw for 24 yards and had 89 yards on the ground, added a 29-yard touchdown run to give the War Eagles a 27-7 lead in the third.

Chas Henry, who completed 3 of 16 passes, threw for 25 yards and scored the Raiders' (12-2) lone touchdown on a 7-yard run. Chris Smith led the team with 33 yards on seven carries.