MOULTRIE -- Three of Region 1-AAAAA's four representatives in the Class AAAAA state playoffs advanced on Friday and Tift County nearly did as well.
Colquitt County will move on to the second round for the first time since 1999 after its 7-3 victory over Tri-Cities and will meet Region 4-AAAAA champion Starr's Mill in Fayetteville.
Region 1 champion Lowndes had little trouble with Douglass, winning 42-18 to raise its record to 10-1.
The Vikings will be back at Martin Stadium at 8 p.m. Friday to meet Union Grove, the No. 3 team from Region 4, which eliminated Glynn Academy 24-6 on Friday.
The Wolverines are now 9-2.
And Valdosta overcame a 21-6 halftime deficit and got a field goal from Trey Miley with 1:28 remaining to knock off Riverdale 30-28.
The Wildcats, the Region 1 runners-up, will travel to meet top-ranked Camden County, which eliminated Newnan 50-0 on Friday.
Stephenson, the Region 2 champion, avoided a first-round upset by edging Tift County 6-3.
The Blue Devils took its first possession and marched to a Charlie Edwards field goal, but never scored again.
Stephenson's Jeffery Tarver scored on a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give Stephenson the victory.
Andre Anderson ran for 109 yards on 24 carries for 10-1 Stephenson.
The Blue Devils finish the season with a 7-4 record.
Lowndes rolled up 388 yards on the ground against Douglass, the No. 4 team from Region 2.
Lynn Williams scored the Vikings first touchdown on a first-quarter, 1-yard run, and the second on a 4-yard run in the second quarter.
Williams finished with 84 yards and Darriet Perry added 61.
But the Vikings leading rusher was senior Stanley Dickson, who had 19 carries for 133 yards.
The Vikings defense was led by Jermel Demps, who picked off three Astros passes.
After trailing by 15 at the half, Valdosta scored three unanswered touchdowns to take a 27-21 lead, only to fall behind again 28-27 at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.
But the Wildcats, who rallied from a 14-10 halftime deficit to beat Colquitt County 24-14 the week before, drove to Riverdale 10 in the closing minutes to set up Miley's game-winning field goal.
Miley had earlier missed one other field goal attempt and two extra points,
As he did against the Packers the week before, sophomore quarterback Alfrie Johnson brought the Wildcats back.
Johnson made three big runs, including one on a fourth-and-3, on the drive to the winning field goal.
He rushed for 195 yards on 24 carries and passed for another 101 yards.
Steve Dawson caught two passes for 30 yards and rushed for another 42.
The biggest upset in the Class AAAAA playoffs on Friday came when Walton, the No. 4 team in Region 6, upset Region 5 champion Harrison 27-26. Walton will meet Central Gwinnett in the second round.
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