Trojans officially set all-time Georgia high school football record for consecutive wins
J.T. Wall doesn't care much for stats and streaks, aside from the one that matters most – state championships.
On Friday night, though, the John Milledge Academy head coach let loose a little bit, as the Trojan players and coaches celebrated and hugged it out, with fireworks exploding overhead, following a 42-7 over Heritage Newnan in round 2 of the GIAA Class AAA state playoffs on Log Cabin Road.
The victory marked consecutive win No. 48 for the JMA football program, officially setting the new record in Georgia high school football, previously held by the Buford Wolves program from roughly 20 years ago.
The fireworks display after the game was really impressive, as were the offensive fireworks in the first half of the game. JMA (11-0) actually fell behind 7-0 after the Hawks hit an 84-yard scoring pass on the first play from scrimmage. The Trojans never flinched, however, as quarterback Briggs Eady responded with a 55-yard scoring run on the ensuing possession. Eady then hooked up with Javion Butts on a touchdown pass, and Butts followed that up with a 33-yard scoring run on the next possession, suddenly staking the Trojans to a 21-7 lead.
Baylen Zielenski then got into the act with a pick-six, while Eady scored another touchdown in the final seconds of the first half.
Next up for JMA is a state semifinal showdown vs. the Valwood Valiants, who held on for a 15-8 victory over Terrell Academy down in South Georgia on Friday night. The Trojans and Valiants have two common opponents this season. JMA defeated Federica Academy 63-13 while Valwood beat Federica 32-21; JMA defeated Brookwood 56-19 while Valwood lost to Brookwood 19-18. In other words, the Trojans will be another prohibitive favorite next Friday night.
Despite the fact that JMA was in the same region this season as Stratford, Tattnall Square, FPD and Mt. de Sales, the Trojans are in a different playoff classification, Class AAA, while the old Macon schools are competing in the Class AAAA state playoffs.