ATLANTA — Record-setting junior quarterback Deshaun Watson accounted for five touchdowns and more than 400 yards to lead Gainesville to its first state title, 49-12 over Ware County in the Class AAAAA championship game Friday night.
Watson threw three touchdown passes, two to Caleb Hayman, to raise his season total to 50, and his two touchdown runs gave him 24 for the season. He is the state career leader in touchdown throws (108) and passing yardage (4,031).
Watson completed 28 of 36 passes for 324 yards against Ware (13-2) and ran 14 times for 90 more yards as Gainesville (12-3) moved up and down the field at will.
Gainesville scored at least 40 points in all except one of its five playoff victories and went over 60 twice.
The Red Elephants had made it to the title game six times previously, the most recent a 13-12 loss to Peach County in 2009.