Photos: Athens Academy vs. Mount Paran football

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Athens Academy’s Owen Roberts reacts after the win against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy head coach Joshua Alexander with Henry Trapnell after the win against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy head coach Joshua Alexander and senior Owen Roberts celebrate after the win against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Jack Thomas reacts after the win against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy reacts after the win against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Tae Clay after the defense forced a turnover on downs late in the fourth quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s students react late in the fourth quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy cheerleaders late in the fourth quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Jack Thomas after the defense made a stop on fourth down late in the fourth quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s defense after making a stop on fourth down late in the fourth quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead carries the ball in the fourth quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Payton Bowles avoids a tackle in the fourth quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s offense before running a play in the fourth quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s William McLanahan reacts after making a tackle against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Barrett McLanahan (12) and William McLanahan (61) make a tackle in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Will Hayes (53), George Smith (51) and Trey Willis (13) after Smith’s touchdown in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s defense makes a tackle against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy reacts after a touchdown by George Smith in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Barrett McLanahan (12), George Smith and Jackson Reynolds (27) after Smith’s touchdown in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Barrett McLanahan (12), George Smith and Jackson Reynolds (27) after Smith’s touchdown in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s George Smith (51) returns a fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead (4) and Owen Roberts (7) celebrate Whitehead’s touchdown against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s George Smith (51) returns a fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead celebrates his touchdown against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead scores in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead celebrates his touchdown against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead scores in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s football team before the second half against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Joe Colley after he had his helmet taken off in the third quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Jack Thomas attempts a pass in the second quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead carries the ball in the second quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead carries the ball in the second quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Kurt Knisely gains yards after a catch in the second quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s George Smith (51) puts pressure on the quarterback against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Barrett McLanahan reacts after a tackle in the second quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Lenneth Whitehead carries the ball in the first quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy coaches cheer on the defense in the first quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s defense makes a tackle in the first quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s defense makes a tackle in the first quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s defense makes a tackle in the first quarter against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s defense makes a tackle against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy cheerleaders before the opening kickoff against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy students cheer the football team before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s football team before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy students cheer the football team before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s football team before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s football team before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s football team before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Captains from Athens Academy and Mount Paran Christian before the game in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy cheerleaders put up a sign before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s Deion Colzie before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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Athens Academy’s George Smith before the game against Mount Paran Christian in the semifinals of the GHSA Class A private school state tournament at Slaughter Field on Friday, December 1, 2017 (photo by Matthew Caldwell)

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