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Georgia Football State Championship Recaps

ATLANTA -- The dust has settled on Georgia high school football season and only five teams claimed a state championship.

Class AAAAA: Brookwood 52, Colquitt County 38

Jamaal Cole ran for three touchdowns, Andre Sims had an 87-yard kickoff return for a score and Brookwood defeated Colquitt County 52-38 to win the Class AAAAA state championship Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

Nick Tompkins had 144 yards rushing and scored twice for the Broncos (14-1). The teams combined for 993 yards from scrimmage, with Colquitt County (9-6) amassing 609 yards and 38 first downs.

It was just the second AAAAA title not won by a team from south Georgia since 2003 and gave Brookwood its second state championship. The Gwinnett County school also won a state title in 1996.

Tevin King had 205 yards rushing for Colquitt County and scored twice, once on a touchdown pass. Tyler Brown was 33 of 46 for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

Brookwood had 236 yards rushing and Ben McLane was 8 of 13 passing for 144 yards and a score.

Class AAAA: Chattahoochee 24, Starr's Mill 0

Senior quarterback Timmy Byerly accounted for 220 yards and his 51st touchdown as unbeaten Chattahoochee won its first state title, blanking Starr's Mill 24-0 in the Class AAAA championship game Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

Byerly, who finished with 30 passing touchdowns and 21 on the ground this season, scored on a 3-yard run and had 108 yards rushing to go with 112 passing. The Cougars, in their 20th season, had made it as far as the semifinals just once previously, losing to Brunswick in 1999.

Chattahoochee (15-0) held previously unbeaten Starr's Mill (14-1) to nine first downs and outgained the Panthers 318 yards to 195. It was the Cougars' first shutout of the season.

Chase Nelson and Kane Whitehurst also scored touchdowns for Chattahoochee, and Ammon Lakip kicked a 50-yard field goal. Byerly was 7 for 12 passing, with four passes going to Whitehurst for 83 yards.

Class AAA: Sandy Creek 14, Carrollton 7

Mike Hilton intercepted two passes to stop Carrollton drives and Sandy Creek made an early lead stand up, beating Carrollton 14-7 in the Class AAA state championship Saturday.

Sandy Creek (15-0) went up 14-0 in the first half on a 3-yard run by Ronnie Bell and a 7-yard run by Derrick Alexander. It was the second straight championship for the Patriots, who won the Class AAAA title in 2009.

Carrollton (14-1) scored on a 36-yard pass from A.J. Barge to Josh Barge late in the first half to pull within a touchdown, but missed on four other chances to score.

The last came with 1:59 left, when Carrollton's Telvin Brown fumbled on the Sandy Creek 8-yard line and the Patriots' Maceo Brown recovered.

Class AA: Buford 31, Calhoun 24 (OT)

Dominique Swope scored on a 9-yard run in overtime and Buford became just the second Georgia high school to win four consecutive state football championships, defeating Calhoun 31-24 for the Class AA title Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

Calhoun, down by 17 points in the third quarter, forced overtime on junior Adam Griffith's 45-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in regulation.

It was the third straight victory over the Yellow Jackets in the title game for the Wolves, who have won seven of their eight state championships since 2001. The only other school to win four titles in a row was West Rome, also in Class AA, from 1982-85.

Class A: Clinch County 24, Savannah Christian 14

Clinch County turned three second-half turnovers into points and beat Savannah Christian 24-14 to win the Class A state championship.

The Panthers (15-0) recovered two fumbles at the Savannah Christian 21-yard line in Saturday's game. Clinch County converted the first into a 32-yard field goal by Dalton Bennett. The kick struck the right upright but went through.

Clinch County quickly turned the second turnover into a touchdown - Tray Dorsey's 21-yard pass to Fred Tiller with 42 seconds left in the third period.

After an interception, Clinch quarterback Tray Dorsey's 5-yard run sealed the win.

Damian Magby returned a punt 42 yards for Clinch County's first score early in the second period. Savannah Christian (13-2) scored touchdowns on passes of 19 and 89 yards from Harrison Curry to Will Austin.