11.25 Douglass Advances to State Football Quarterfinals for First Time in 25 Years

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

November 25, 2019

 

Douglass Advances to State Football Quarterfinals for First Time in 25 Years

The Astros are the only traditional public school located in Atlanta/Fulton County left in the state playoffs

 

ATLANTA – After a hard-fought victory last week, the Frederick Douglass High School Astros have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) state football playoffs for the first time in 25 years.

 

In fact, Douglass is the only traditional public school located in Atlanta/Fulton County still standing in all eight classifications of the state playoffs – Class A Public and Private, to Class AAAAAAA.

 

The Astros, the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AA with a record of 11-1, finished the regular season 9-1 before defeating Elbert County (48-21) in the first round. They advanced to the third round by defeating Region 4-AA champion Jefferson County, 12-8, last Friday. Douglass fell behind 8-0 before scoring 12-unanswered points, including the game-winning touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. 

 

Douglass is led by seniors Carlos Allen Jr., Keyon Coley, Rodney Davie, Kevon Godard and Isaiah Washington, juniors Arie Parker, Quandarius Sterling and De’andre Watson, and sophomores Quintavious Lockett and Quientin Williams.

 

This is the second time Astro head coach/athletic director Rodney Cofield has led an Atlanta Public School to the state quarterfinals. In 2004, Cofield led Booker T. Washington to the third round, where the Bulldogs lost to Ware County (10-7) and finished the season with a record of 11-2.

 

Douglass will travel south to LaGrange to face Callaway (Troup County), the champion from Region 5-AA, Friday. The Cavaliers are 11-1 and have not lost to a team from Georgia this season.

 

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