No. 51 Milton upsets No. 4 Colquitt County for Georgia Class 7A state title


Some are saying that Milton’s 14-13 victory of Colquitt County is the greatest upset in Georgia high school football championship history. What can be said is that the Eagles did everything it had to do as the underdog against the Packers, who entered the game ranked No. 4 in the High School Football America 100, to claim the school’s first-ever state football championship.

Milton, which entered the game ranked No. 51 in the nation, trailed 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter. On the second play of the quarter, Josh Edwards scored on 11-yard touchdown run when Eagles head coach Adam Clack decided to go for it on a 4th and 1 situation.

CC closed to 14-13 on a Ryan Fitzgerald 24-yard field goal with 7:15 to go in the game. The Packers final drive to try to win its third state title in five years ended around midfield.

Dual-threat quarterback Jordan Yates, who is a Georgia Tech verbal commit, played a starring role throughout the game. He was 13-of-23 for 177 yards and a touchdown, plus he ran for 96 yards on 25 carries.


Milton – 7-0-0-7 – 14 

Colquitt County – 3-7-0-3 – 13 

First quarter 

C – Ryan Fitzgerald 30 field goal, 5:32 

M – Jordan Cox 66 pass from Jordan Yates (Hayden Hairston kick), 3:48 

Second quarter 

C – Ty Leggett 10 run (Fitzgerald kick), 5:28 

Fourth quarter 

M – Josh Edwards 11 run (Hairston kick), 11:47 

C – Fitzgerald 24 field goal, 7:15

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