Calhoun holds off Buford in overtime

Calhoun 27, Buford 24

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Calhoun defensive back Heath Everett (18) hits Buford tight end Mikey Bart to break up a pass in the first half. The Yellow Jackets pulled out a win in overtime, ending the Wolves' streak of state championships at four.  JASON GETZ/ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
JASON GETZ/ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
Calhoun defensive back Heath Everett (18) hits Buford tight end Mikey Bart to break up a pass in the first half. The Yellow Jackets pulled out a win in overtime, ending the Wolves' streak of state championships at four.

ATLANTA — Adam Griffith kicked his fourth field goal of the game, a 32-yarder in overtime, as Calhoun ended Buford’s streak of Georgia High School Association Class AA state championships at four with a 27-24 payback victory Friday at the Georgia Dome.

Buford (14-1) had defeated Calhoun (15-0) the past three seasons, including 31-24 in overtime last year, and the Yellow Jackets’ victory this time prevented the Wolves from setting a GHSA record with five consecutive state titles.

Down 24-10 with less than 2 minutes left in regulation, Buford got within a touchdown on Sam Clay’s 24-yard pass to Paris Head with 1:12 remaining.

The Wolves tied it with 39 seconds left after a 40-yard fumble return by Dillon Lee on a botched Calhoun punt attempt. David Petroni’s extra point tied it.

In overtime, Buford lost its fourth fumble of the game and Griffith kicked the winner for Calhoun on first down.

CLASS AAAA

TUCKER 22, LOVEJOY 7

Jordan Landry ran for 90 yards on 11 carries and raced 35 yards for Tucker’s first touchdown as the Tigers capped their first undefeated season by defeating Lovejoy for the Class AAAA title at the Georgia Dome.

The title was Tucker’s second in Franklin Stephens’ five years as coach.

Tucker (15-0) had 199 yards to just 31 yards for Lovejoy (14-1) while taking a 15-0 halftime lead.


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