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Houston teams advance in state football playoffs

The Westfield Hornets are headed back to the GISA Class AAA championship game after defeating rival Deerfield-Windsor 28-7 on Friday night in Perry.

Westfield built a 21-0 lead in the first half thanks to a fumble return for a touchdown on Deerfield’s first offensive play by Tucker Moody, and two long touchdown runs by fullback Josh Jenkins.

Jenkins would finish the game with 164 yards on just 10 carries.

Despite the early Westfield lead, Deerfield made it interesting.

The Knights scored with 12 seconds remaining in the first half to cut the advantage to a two-possession game. Deerfield then took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and marched 13 plays to the Hornet 19-yard line before safety Giles Amos ended the threat with an interception in the end zone. The takeaway was one of five interceptions forced by Westfield in the game, including three in the fourth quarter alone to secure the victory.

Westfield will defend its GISA Class AAA state title on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Mercer University Stadium against the Pinewood Christian Patriots. Pinewood advanced by beating John Milledge, 28-21.

In GHSA action, both Northside and Houston County advanced to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals with wins over the weekend.

The Eagles got all they could handle from a resilient Dalton team in a 30-21 win over the visitors from north Georgia on Friday night.

Northside jumped out to a 17-0 lead early, but trailed 21-20 in the third quarter after the Catamounts found their rhythm throwing the football. In the fourth quarter, Northside’s physical superiority took over as the team held the ball for over 10 minutes and closed the contest out running the football.

Tailback Willie Jordan led the Eagles with 151 yards on the ground, while quarterback Tobias Oliver added 146 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Northside will host Glynn Academy this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Terrors advanced by beating Creekside 31-21.

Houston County’s explosive offense had little trouble against the Sequoyah Chiefs on Saturday as the team rolled to a 43-12 victory in the second round.

The Bears built a 28-0 lead at the half thanks to three touchdown passes from standout sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm. Fromm finished the contest with 410 yards through the air and extended his touchdown total to 30 on the season.

Houston County played without leading rusher Kenny Gant, who head coach Von Lassiter confirmed before the game had been dismissed from the team. Junior Korey Engram started in his place and ran for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to seal the win.

The Bears will travel to Stockbridge on Friday night. Stockbridge advanced with a 27-7 win over Stephenson.