Turnovers, penalties, and defense resulted in the 2004 Class A Football Championship being shared by the past two Class A champions, Hawkinsville and Clinch County, as they fought to a 14-14 tie Friday night in Hawkinsville.
After each team intercepted the other in the final two minutes, Clinch missed a 36-yard field goal as the game ended. Hawkinsville had taken a 7-0 lead in the first half before Clinch roared back for a 14-7 advantage. The southern Red Devils tied the game in the third, and had another touchdown called back on a penalty.
This is the fifth time in GHSA history that a football title has been shared. GHSA rules prohibit playing an overtime in title games.
Reports indicate Clinch County, by holding Hawkinsville to less than 60 yards rushing, may have set a new national all-time record for yards rushing allowed in a season. The previous record was 144, and the Panthers tough defense looks to have allowed less than 100 yards all season.
Congratulations to Hawkinsville and Clinch County on great seasons and their Class A state championship.