Three Atlanta Public Schools teams advanced to the second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs, with wins over the weekend.
Douglass (8-3), the No. 2 seed from Class AA-Region 6, dominated Elbert County (7-4), 28-7, Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. It was the first win in the playoffs for the Astros since a 35-21 win over Mundy’s Mill (Clayton County) in 2007.
Grady (10-1), the Class AAAAA-Region 6 champions, pounded Walnut Grove (4-7) of Walton County, 42-8, Friday at Grady Stadium. The Grey Knights, the top-seeded team from Region 6, have won eight consecutive games and are in the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Mays (10-1), the Class AAAAAA-Region 5 champions, blasted Cambridge (6-5) of north Fulton County, 42-14, Friday at Lakewood Stadium. The Raiders, the No. 1 seeded team from Region 5, are in the second round of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Head coach Maliki Battle was named “Coach of the Week” by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta.
B.E.S.T. Academy (2-9), the No. 4 seed from Class AA-Region 6, was eliminated from the playoffs by Region 8 champion Rabun County, 55-20, Friday at Frank Snyder Stadium in Tiger, Ga.
Carver (8-3), the No. 2 seed from Class AAAAA-Region 6, lost a close game to Clarke Central (7-4) of Athens-Clarke County, 35-32, Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The Panthers have been in the state playoffs for the past five years in a row.
Mays became the first APS squad to advance to the finals of the GHSA State Cheerleading Championships this weekend in Columbus at the Columbus Civic Center. The Raiders competed in the first round on Friday and advanced to Saturday’s finals, where they finished ninth out of 53 teams.