Top stars, best performances in Friday’s Round 1 Georgia high school football playoff games

Here are some stars from Friday night’s first-round games across Georgia.

If you know of a top performance we should include, please let us know in the comments.

Pictured above is Cartersville safety Kace Adams (No. 14, photo by Josh Major), who had three interceptions Friday, two of them pick-sixes.

Malachi Singleton, North Cobb QB

Singleton rushed for two long touchdowns and threw for two more scores in North Cobb’s easy win over Camden County. 

Cade Thompson, Walton DB

Thompson recovered a fumble and returned it 100 yards in a 41-17 win over Colquitt County. 

AJ Watkins, Norcross QB

With seven seconds left on the clock, Watkins threw a touchdown pass to Nakai Poole and successfully converted a two-point attempt with a pass to Lawson Luckie to ruin Cherokee’s comeback attempt in a 28-21 win. 

Marcus Allen, Walton DB 

Allen returned a blocked field goal 85 yards for a score in Walton’s 41-17 win over Colquitt County. 

Kamryn Perry, Marietta WR

Perry hauled in two touchdown receptions in the first half of Marietta’s 28-14 win over Tift County. 

Trey Glymph, Denmark K

Glymph kicked three field goals vs. Mountain View, including the game winner in the final seconds to give Denmark a 23-20 win. 

Devin Farrell, Milton QB 

Farrell threw for 214 yards with two touchdown passes and a rushing score in a 45-14 win over Duluth. 

Josh Pickett, Lowndes DB

Pickett returned an interception for a touchdown in a 45-35 win over Harrison. 

Sam Horn, Collins Hill QB 

Horn threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two scores of 70 and 61 yards in a 56-13 win over Lambert. 

Qamar Grant, Pebblebrook QB

Grant threw a touchdown pass to Damion Thompson as Pebblebrook trailed by four points in the fourth quarter, giving Pebblebrook a 44-41 win over Parkview. 

Donovan Journey, Mill Creek RB 

Journey accounted for three touchdowns in a 49-20 win over West Forsyth. 

Chadrick Alexander II, Archer RB

Alexander rushed for three touchdowns vs. Alpharetta — scores of 73, 55 and 30 yards — in a 46-7 win. 

Gunner Stockton, Rabun County QB

Stockton threw five touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores in a 63-14 win over Pace Academy. He completed 18-of-21 passes for 302 yards and added another 154 yards on 12 carries. 

Michael Haynes, Brookwood DB

Haynes snagged two interceptions in a 56-7 win over Newnan. 

Kace Adams, Cartersville S

Adams grabbed three interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns in a 51-0 win over Lithonia.

Cole Speer, Calhoun ATH

Speer finished with five receptions for 85 yards and two scores, and he recorded an interception in a 35-21 win over Decatur. 

Thomas Castellanos, Ware County QB

Castellanos threw three touchdown passes and rushed for a score in a 42-28 win over Banneker. 

Austin Taylor, St. Pius X S

Taylor returned an interception 65 yards for a score in a 42-9 win over Cass. 

Damari Alston, Woodward Academy RB

Alston had 17 carries for 142 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-14 win over Veterans. 

Justin Thomas, Benedictine ATH

Thomas scored two touchdowns and recorded two interceptions in the first half of Benedictine’s 59-0 shutout win over Thomas County Central. 

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