The Warner Robins Demons will face the Cartersville Hurricanes in Georgia High School Football 2020 GHSA Class 5A State Championship Game on Wednesday 30th December 3 p.m. ET at Center Parc Stadium, Atlanta in Georgia State. Both have a great history of success, both have a rabid fan base and both deserve to be playing in the championship game.
The Cartersville (GA) varsity football team has a neutral playoff game vs. Warner Robins (GA) today @ 3pm at Georgia State Stadium. This game is a part of the “2020 Georgia High School Football Playoff Brackets: GHSA – AAAAA” tournament.
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The finals are being played after Christmas for the first time. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the GHSA to postpone the season two weeks, and then to avoid the Christmas weekend, the GHSA pushed the finals back four more days.
How they got there: Warner Robins def. Union Grove 49-7, def. Woodward Academy 30-7, def. Blessed Trinity 35-28, def. Jones County 56-21.
Cartersville def. Maynard Jackson 56-6, def. St. Pius 31-19, def. Ware County 34-31, def. Coffee 24-17.
Previous meeting: This is the first meeting.
Top players for Cartersville: QB Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, RB Quante Jennings, WR Devonte Ross, WR Sam Phillips, OL Hayden Cagle, LB Amarai Orr, DB Evan Slocum.
Top players for Warner Robins: QB Jalen Addie, RB Jahlen Rutherford, RB Malcom Brown, LB Ahmad Walker, DL Demarcious Robinson.
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About Cartersville: Coach Conor Foster is in his second season as head coach and had no trouble moving up in classification, as the ‘Canes got popped by the GHSA’s new multiplier. They had their 62-game regular-season unbeaten streak broken by Cherokee, but have not been stopped since. Their most significant regular-season win came against Calhoun. Their big showdown with Blessed Trinity was called off because of COVID within their ranks and caused the ‘Canes to be the No. 2 seed in Region 7.
The Hurricanes are a high-powered attack with quick-strike potential throughout the lineup. Florida signee Carlos Del Rio-Wilson has taken over the starting quarterback job since he transferred in midway through the season. He’s thrown for 1,374 yards and 12 touchdowns. Top targets are Sam Phillips (65 catches, 820 yards, five TDs) and Kentucky signee Devonte Ross (43 catches, 876 yards, 10 TDs)
Quante Jennings is the leading rusher (893 yards), but he missed last week’s game and Evan Slocum, a Wake Forest signee, moved over from safety to get the job done. Slocum is an unflappable guy who leads the team with 66 solo stops and 84 total tackles. Amarai Orr is a lockdown corner who has 10 passes defended and five interceptions.
About Warner Robins: Marquis Westbrook, the longtime defensive coordinator, was promoted to head coach last year and took the Demons to the title game. Now he’s 2-for-2. Warner Robins lost twice this year, although the Valdosta decision was reversed via forfeit. The Demons had one close Region 1 game, but prevailed over No. 3 Ware County, which wound up giving them the league’s top seed. Their biggest win came in the third round when they eliminated three-time defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Blessed Trinity.
The Demons are a dangerous offensive team behind quarterback Jalen Addie, who has thrown for 1,944 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 947 yards and 11 touchdowns. His may be the most accomplished player in the championship without a big-time offer.
The Demons have quick-strike potential with receivers Daveon Walker (43 catches, 699 yards, six TDs) and Armon Porter (28 catches, 687 yards, eight TDs), but their biggest strength is on the ground. Warner Robins averages 241 yards rushing, with Jahlen Rutherford (1,030 yards, eight TDs) and Malcom Brown (1,000 yards, nine TDs) a significant one-two punch.
The top defensive players are veteran inside linebacker Ahmad Walker, a Liberty signee who can be a load to stop. Buford struggled to slow him down last year. The question mark is whether big-time Div. I prospect Vic Burley will play. The tough-to-block defensive lineman, who has 21 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, was carted off the field two weeks ago, but speculation remains that Burley will play in the final.