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Jamoris Slaughter and his Tucker High teammates are now two games away from the school's first ever state championship. On Friday night, the Tigers blew out Bainbridge, 34-7, advancing to this Friday's Class AAAA semifinal at the Georgia Dome.

"I did good," Jamoris Slaughter said. "I had a big third down reception that led to a touchdown. I had a good punt return, and I had some good tackles and pass breakups."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Slaughter wasn't sure of his stats, but the defense held Bainbridge to just three first downs in the first half.

Tucker's (13-0) victory over Bainbridge sets up a big-time showdown with Northside Warner Robbins (13-0).

"I know they're undefeated and they haven't lost a game in 30-something games, three seasons, something like that," Slaughter said. "But we have something for them."

Slaughter, who will play in the ESPN High School All-American game on Jan. 5, received a visit from Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown and defensive backs coach Bill Lewis last Wednesday. They came by the school, and also stopped by Slaughter's house.

"It was nice talking to the coaches," Slaughter said. "We just talked because I already know basically everything I have to do now referring to college."

Slaughter said that he'll likely start out at corner when he arrives in South Bend, but will also cross train at free safety. He is going to try and make it up for the spring game in April.

***Slaughter isn't the only Irish recruit having success in the Georgia state playoffs.

Top-ranked Buford and four-star defensive tackle Omar Hunter avenged three consecutive playoff losses to Charlton County, by defeating them 21-14 in the Class AA state quarterfinals, last Friday night. Slaughter and Hunter talk about once every other week.

Charlton County had won three-straight state titles.

"This game isn't the end of what we want to do," the 6-foot-2, 297-pound Hunter told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "Our goal is to win a state championship, not to beat Charlton County."

The Wolves (13-0) look to make the next step, taking on Dublin (11-2) Saturday morning at the Georgia Dome, in the state semifinals.

Hunter and the Buford defense held Charlton County to just 59 yards of offense in the first half, as the Wolves opened up a 14-0 lead. The defense also forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter that set up the game-winning score.

***Joseph Fauria and his Encino Crespi teammates are one step away from a California Pac 5 Division Championship.

Playing in a downpour, the Celts (11-2) defeated Anaheim Servite in overtime, 13-10, setting up a match-up with Long Beach Poly (12-1) in the championship. The game will be played next Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Fauria, a four-star tight end, had four receptions for 49 yards, as Crespi has won eight games in a row.

It's been quite a turnaround for the Celts, as last season they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs with a 6-5 record.

***Three-star offensive lineman Michael Golic Jr. and his Northwest Catholic teammates fell to top-ranked Ansonia, 25-7, in the Connecticut Class S semifinals, last Tuesday night.

Alex Thomas led the defending state champs with 249 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He now has 44 scores on the season, setting a state single-season record.

Northwest Catholic finished the season 8-3.

***Without four-star quarterback/safety Dan McCarthy, top-ranked Cardinal Mooney blew a 21-7 lead in the Ohio Division IV state championship game, falling to Coldwater, 28-27, Saturday night.

With less than a minute remaining, Mooney scored a touchdown to cut the lead to one, but had its extra-point attempt blocked.

Mooney's 28-game winning streak was snapped.


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