The Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane will face Callaway Cavaliers in Georgia High School Football 2020 GHSA Class 2A State Championship Game on Tuesday 29th December 12 a.m. ET at Center Parc Stadium, Atlanta in Georgia State. The game will be a rematch from a season ago, when the Cavs hosted and beat the Purple Hurricane 50-31. The Region 5-champion Cavs are seeking their first title in a program that dates to 1996, and the Purple Hurricane, champions of Region 1, have just one title to their name from 1948.
While Callaway is chasing its first state title, Fitzgerald is attempting to win its first state championship since 1948. Fitzgerald made back-to-back appearances in the Class AA state-title game in 2015 and 2016, and it came up short both years, losing to Pace Academy and Benedictine. Both teams are coming off dominant semifinal performances.
CALLAWAY VS. FITZGERALD
WHAT: Class AA state-championship game
WHEN: Dec. 29, noon
WHERE: Center Parc Stadium, Atlanta
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RECORDS: Callaway (11-1); Fitzgerald (14-0)
How they got there: Callaway def. Banks County via forfeit, def. Lovett 16-9, def. Thomasville 34-21, def. Rabun County 41-17. Fitzgerald def. Oglethorpe County 58-12, def. Northeast Macon 35-18, def. Fannin County 48-14 def. Jefferson County 24-0.
Previous meeting: Series is tied 1-1. Callaway def. Fitzgerald 50-31 in second round of the playoffs in 2019.
Top players for Callaway: RB Charlie Dixon, QB Demetrius Coleman, DB/WR Jalin Shephard, OL Lathan Patterson, DL Trey Stephens, LB LaQuize Gilbert, LB Austin Thomas. Top players for Fitzgerald: RB Mario Clark, RB Chance Gamble, QB Rashad Davis, DL E.J. Lightsey, LB Dequavion Harper.
CALLAWAY: The Cavs opened the season ranked No. 2 and after a 2-0 start, they jumped to No. 1, where they’d stay for three weeks. But COVID-19 would present a constant obstruction of their season, responsible in part for five bye weeks throughout, including in Round 1 of the playoffs when Banks County forfeited due to an outbreak.
Now, to complete their quest of conquering the state’s top four-ranked teams in order, No. 1 Fitzgerald awaits in a rematch from last year’s tournament. Coleman said that for the Cavs to beat Fitzgerald again, they can’t afford to focus on the 2019 win over the Purple Hurricane.
Now comes a rematch with a Callaway team that had their number last year. The Purple Hurricane haven’t forgotten. Revenge aside, this is a Purple Hurricane program starved for another championship, going 0-5 in title games since winning their only one, including consecutive runner-up finishes in 2015-16.
Fitzgerald is seeking its second state championship and first since 1948. The Purple Hurricane was runner-up in 2015 and 2016. Callaway is in the championship game for the first time, even though the Cavaliers have reached the Final Four in each of the last two seasons and in three of the four previous years.