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FAET's football players had three goals for this season: avenge both of last year's losses, finish the regular season 9-0 and win a playoff game. Now, they need a new goal.

FAET's football players had three goals for this season: avenge both of last year's losses, finish the regular season 9-0 and win a playoff game. Now, they need a new goal.

The Grizzlies scored on an 8-yard pass from Quantez Snow to Kija Jackson with eight seconds left to beat Fairmont Heights and earn their first football playoff win in school history, 6-0, in Saturday's Class 1A North region semifinal.

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"It feels great," FAET linebacker Ben Witherspoon said, "but we've got a new goal. We've got to keep it moving, win the next playoff game. That's our next goal."

Next weekend, the Grizzlies (10-0) will host Surrattsville, a 42-18 winner over Forestville in the other North semifinal, for the region title and a chance to move on to the state semifinals.

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The Hornets (6-5) managed to put the ball in the end zone late in the second quarter when Christian Bangura hit Demetrius Boyd with a 26-yard pass, but a holding call negated the score and the game seemed destined for overtime.

Early in FAET's final possession, penalties backed them up and the Hornets put pressure on Snow, who scrambled for 18- and 27-yard gains when he couldn't find receivers open. His 27-yard run took the Grizzlies to the Hornets' 16-yard line with 16 seconds left. Robert Murphy III carried three times to get FAET to the 8.

Snow, a junior, tossed the ball to the right side of the end zone where Jackson caught it with a stride to spare.

"I was very nervous but I knew if I kept calm and stayed focused I would come through and we came through with the win," Snow said.

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To catch the game winner, Jackson fought off a bad memory of a similar situation.

"It was so fantastic that I got to get the winning touchdown for my team," he said. "A while back, I dropped a championship touchdown for my rec team and that was going through my mind, so when I caught the ball, I thought about all that and then I finally [got the touchdown] for my team to keep going."

Murphy ran the ball 35 times for 135 yards for FAET, which has made it to the playoffs in both of its varsity seasons.

Douglass 50, Lake Clifton 6. Douglass running back Maurice McFadden knows what it feels like to win a state football championship and he wants his Ducks teammates to have the same experience.

McFadden ran for three touchdowns in the Ducks' Class 1A South region semifinal victory over Lake Clifton Saturday evening at Poly. Last season, he helped No. 4 Franklin win a Class 3A state championship.

"It would mean a lot to win another one because I'm a senior and I would like to go out with a bang. There's no greater feeling than to win a state championship."

Last year, the Ducks reached the state title game for the first time in school history before falling to Fort Hill.

McFadden ran for touchdowns of 47, 31 and 8 yards and sophomore quarterback Dariun Miller threw three touchdown passes in the victory, which had a running clock with 8:14 left in the third quarter when the Ducks' lead surpassed 35 points. McFadden rushed for 195 yards on 16 carries.

Douglass (10-1) scored less than four minutes into the game when Miller hit Jordan Wilkes with an 18-yard touchdown pass. McFadden, who scored all of his touchdowns in the third quarter, made it 28-0 just after the half with a 47-yard touchdown run.

The Lakers (7-3) scored their only points on Arnold Davis' 94-yard touchdown run 24 seconds later. That cut the lead to 28-6, but the Ducks scored three more times to finish off the quarter with a 44-point lead.

Edmondson 36, Northwestern 0. The Red Storm forced a rematch of last year's region championship with Douglass, who they will meet for the Class 1A South title Saturday at Poly at 4 p.m.

Edmondson (10-1) moved the ball well but was not able to reach the end zone until quarterback Michael Taylor hit 6-foot-6 Kani Coles for a 22-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.

While the Red Storm's defense held, the offense drove to the red zone on its first three possessions, but two ended in turnovers, including one on the 1-yard line. They fumbled away their second possession at the 1 and then Northwestern's Darius Gladden picked off Taylor on third-and-goal from the 9.

Once Taylor hit Coles for the initial touchdown, he added a 4-yard scoring pass to Brian Campbell and then hit Deonte Grandy with the conversion pass for a 14-0 halftime lead.

Damani Thomas rushed for 170 yards on 16 carries. He had 10 carries for 125 yards in the first half.

Campbell, Corye Smith and Hill added touchdown runs of 29, 2 and 38 yards, respectively, to boost the lead to 36 and kick in the running clock with 5:41 left in the game.

The Wildcats finish 6-5.

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