Oklahoma State quarterback commit Jelani Woods from Ellenwood, Ga., helped lead his Cedar Grove High School team to a 30-19 win over powerhouse Greater Atlanta Christian Friday afternoon to win the Georgia High School Association Class 3A State Championship in the Georgia Dome. It was the first ever state championship in football for the Saints of Cedar Grove.
"Just amazing that we accomplished this together," said Woods, who committed to Oklahoma State after visiting Stillwater for the OSU spring game and then came back on Sept. 3 for the season opener and made his official visit. Woods will enroll in January and be on campus early to go through off season and spring football.
"We all came together after last season and dedicated ourselves to this season. We had a theme D-E-T! Dedication, effort, and toughness."
Woods started out on fire – as did Cedar Grove – in taking a 23-9 lead at halftime. Woods mixed the running game and a lot of zone read concept in with a mixture of quick and downfield passes. Woods connected for the first touchdown and his first scoring pass of the day. Grant Walker at running back was a big part of the offense.
In the third quarter there were some tough times for Woods and the Saints as Woods had a snap in the shotgun formation go through his hands and as he scrambled back to try and recover it the ball went through his legs and was recovered by GAC. A few series later, Woods threw an interception although you have to give GAC credit as the defender made a great play on the ball.
Then with the lead whittled to 23-19, Woods, Walker, and the Saints offense went 80 yards to put the game away in the final five minutes. Walker was the workhorse running the ball and then after a couple of lost yardage plays took the Saints back to third-and-goal from the 13-yard line, Woods threw a perfect fade to Dennis Bell.
Woods threw it up soft and high and allowed Bell to get the ball at its highest point up and over the defense for the touchdown and the 30-19 lead with about two and a half minutes left in the game.
After a stop, Woods and his offense ran off the clock to end the game.
The 6-7, 225-pound Woods also had offers from the likes of Michigan, Louisville, South Carolina and others but has stayed strong with his commitment to Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State fans will be able to see another Cowboy commitment from Georgia tomorrow as running back J.D. King of the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane will take on Benedictine in the Georgia Class 2A State Championship. The Georgia State Championship are streamed on the internet by Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB).