JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three area teams punched tickets for the state championship game and one more booked a trip to the state semifinals.
In Georgia, two local Peach State teams are still playing on.
What a week. What a season.
St. Augustine went on the road and won its ninth consecutive game with a 35-24 victory over Columbia in the Region 1-6A final. Devonte Lyons had a pair of touchdowns and Ty Baxter sealed it with a scoring run with under a minute to play to send the Yellow Jackets (10-2) into the state semifinals next week at Lake Minneola. It is St. Augustine’s first final four appearance since coach Brian Braddock’s first season in 2017. Columbia’s season ends at 5-6. The Tigers started 0-5 and won five of their next six games.
Bolles used a 32-yard field goal in overtime from Parsa Pordeli to fend off visiting Gadsden County 10-7 to advance to the Class 4A state championship game. Davis Ellis grabbed a touchdown pass from Gunner Boree in the third quarter to get Bolles (10-2) on the scoreboard and tie things at 7-all.