Harrison coach Matt Dickmann said he didn't want to jinx anything after his team's final touchdown at the end of the third quarter, so he tried not to think about how close the Hoyas were to their first-ever state championship.
But when the final whistle was blown, it was indeed his Hoyas receiving the Class 6A trophy.
The Hoyas defeated Allatoona 20-7 for the crown after a rain-soaked affair at Georgia State Stadium Friday night.
The Hoyas finished the 2019 campaign undefeated at 15-0. Their state title was the fourth in Cobb County history.
Harrison beat Allatoona 21-17 on Oct. 11 in a regular-season game that ultimately decided their region title. It was the only game they won by less than 18 points this season.
Dickmann and the Hoyas knew this would be another close one, but after they scored first in the opening quarter, they never had to look back.
Allatoona actually controlled time of possession 26:04 to 21:56, outgained the Hoyas on the ground 167 yards to 88, and had almost identical total offensive yards at 205 for Harrison and 206 for Allatoona.