The Grayson Rams had a berth in the Georgia state title game within sight, the game just didn’t end quite quickly enough. It was 10 seconds too long, to be specific.
Receiver A.J. Smith hauled in a touchdown pass on a 35-yard Hail Mary with just 10 seconds remaining as No. 21 Roswell eliminated No. 13 Grayson in a Georgia Class AAAAAA state semifinal at Grayson High on Friday. The catch sealed a 30-26 victory and capped a furious final stanza with Grayson pulling into a 26-23 lead in the final minute when place kicker Will Van Pamelen connected on a 19-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining While Grayson fans began cautiously celebrating, Roswell got back to work, moving 45 yards in 18 seconds. From there, Roswell quarterback Quintarius Neely dropped back and found McKinney for a score that sent shockwaves through the stadium — where Roswell students rushed the field in celebration — and the larger Georgia playoff brackets.
Roswell’s victory ends Grayson’s season at 13-1, while Roswell advances to face off against No. 3 Colquitt County, which pulled away from a game Mill Creek squad in the second half in a 52-31 victory. The state title game at the Georgia Dome will conclude a run that has included four semifinal squads that some have considered the deepest in state history.
Given the way Grayson and Roswell finished, it’s hard to argue with that sentiment.