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MILTON — Undefeated Milton pulled away from Peachtree Ridge for a 45-14 victory Friday in the first round of the Class AAAAAAA state football playoffs.

The Lions (4-5) hung tough early and had a touchdown called back on an ineligible man downfield penalty in the first quarter before Milton (10-0) opened a big lead in the middle two quarters.

Milton led 21-0 before Jakobe Bea got Peachtree Ridge on the scoreboard with a 62-yard TD pass from Kyle Kingsbury with 4:12 left in the second quarter. The hosts added another score to go up 28-14 at halftime, and extended the edge to 42-7 after three quarters.

Nehemiah Laniyonu scored on 11-yard run to cap a 10-play, 80-yard Peachtree Ridge drive early in the fourth quarter. Laniyonu rushed 11 times for a game-high 88 yards.

Kingsbury was 8-for-11 passing for 102 yards, and Bea had five catches for 72 yards.

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