Football season has come to an end for Atlanta Public Schools as the final two APS teams in the state playoffs Benjamin E. Mays and Henry Grady High School — were defeated Friday night.
— Mays lost a slugfest to Houston County (11-1), 42-40, in Warner Robins. The Raiders led early, 12-0, but eventually fell behind 20-19. After the Bears scored again to take a 27-19 lead, Mays rallied with two consecutive touchdowns to retake the lead, 33-27, with a little more than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. But, aided by a safety, Houston County outscored the Raiders 15-7 in the fourth quarter and hung on for the win. Randrecous Davis scored on touchdown receptions of 51 and 31 yards, and Myles Reid recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another touchdown for the Raiders, who finished the season with a record of 10-2. After posting a record of 12-3 last season, this is the first time in school history that Mays has had back-to-back seasons of at least 10 wins. In just three seasons as head coach, Corey Jarvis has compiled a record of 30-9 with two trips to the second round of the state playoffs and one to the Class AAAAA finals.
— Grady fell behind big early and could not recover in a 44-21 loss to Thomson (11-1), at The Brickyard in Thomson. The Grey Knights took an early 7-0 lead but were down 28-7 by halftime to the No. 1 seed from Region 3. Caylin Newton led the way for Grady with three touchdown passes, two to Ahmad Herron (11 and 46 yards) and one to Kemari Everette (34 yards). Grady finished the season 7-5 in the second year under head coach and Grady alum Earthwind Moreland.
Note: Five of the 11 APS high schools that compete in football finished with records above .500 this season (George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, Grady, Maynard Jackson and Mays), with four advancing to the Georgia High School Association state football playoffs (Carver, Grady, Jackson and Mays).