Lowndes went into the playoffs with three losses, but has survived the first round after shutting out No. 7 Stephenson 7-0 on Saturday at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston.
The Vikings, the No. 3 team from Region 1, will have their work cut out for them in the second round as they have to travel to play Grayson.
The Rams are 10-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAA. Grayson’s last loss was to Colquitt County in the last year’s state semifinal.
Lowndes held Stephenson to just 155 yards of offense and the Jaguars’ Mike Davis, who has committed to Florida, managed just 92 yards rushing.
Mike Moore led the Vikings with 123 yards on 22 carries.
Of this and that:
• Orion Ponder caught five passes for 52 yards, but the Albany State football team lost to Miles 20-17 on Saturday in the SIAC championship game at Panther Stadium in Atlanta. Patton Chambers kicked a 29-yard field goal with 9 seconds left to give Miles the victory.
• The Georgia and Auburn swimming and diving teams squared off at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center at Auburn on Friday with the Georgia women winning 133-110 and the Auburn men taking a 156-87 victory.
On 1-meter, Auburn’s Anna Aguero was second with a 287.85 and Georgia’s Ann-Perry Blank was fourth with a 255.00.
On 3-meter, Blank was third with a 275.93 and Aguero was fourth with a 266.48.
In the men’s competition, Owen Blank was third on 1-meter with a 323.10 and was fourth on 3-meter with a 325.20.
• The Berry College swimming and diving team was second in the Brenau College Invitational held Saturday.
Connor Walsh was eighth in the 100-yard backsroke with a 1:09.70; was seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:40.36 and was 10th in 100-yard freestyle.
• Cameron Erving was credited with an assisted tackle as Florida State raised its record to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the ACC with its 23-19 win over Miami on Saturday.
• B.J. Baker was one of Charleston Southern’s 10 seniors honored befor the Bucs 45-38 loss to Coastal Carolina last Saturday.
Baker has 38 career starts at right guard for Charleston Southern, whch will close out the season at Presbyterian on Saturday.
• Quin Roberson had three catches for 42 yards and Amel Magwood had an assisted tackle, but Valdosta State lost its third straight game on Saturday, falling to North Alabama 3023.
The Blazers are finish 6-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
The loss was the third straight in which Valdosta State surrendered a touchdown on double-digit play drive with less than a minute to play.
The three losses came by a total of 13 points with a cumulative 1:44 to go in the three games.
• Former Packers Carter Jones and Quaun Daniels helped Georgia Southern defeat Wofford 31-10 on Saturday to win the school’s ninth Southern Conference championship an its first since 2004.
• Dontrell Johnson had two solo tackles, an assist and two pass breakups in Murray State’s 56-24 victory over Austin Peay on Saturday.
The Racers are now 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the conference with a games next week at Southeast Missouri remaining.
• The Darton men’s cross country team placed 19th in the NJCAA Champinships held Saturday at the Ocotillo Golf Club in Hobbs, N.M.
Heath Lamb led the Cavaliers, finishing 68th out of 288 runners in the men’s 8,000-meter event with a time of 28:26.
Lacey Webb ran for the Darton in the 5,000-meter women’s race.
The Darton women finished 26th.
• R.J. Taylor and the Henderson State Reddies defeated Ouchita Baptist 44-36 on Saturday.