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Mundy’s Mill eliminated in quarterfinals by Gainesville

Mundy’s Mill running back Rodney Smith stiff arms Gainesville High’s Becerra while carrying the ball for the Tigers during the first half of their Friday night quarterfinals game at City Park Field in Gainesville. (Special Photo: SCOTT ROGERS/The Gainesville Times)

Mundy’s Mill running back Rodney Smith stiff arms Gainesville High’s Becerra while carrying the ball for the Tigers during the first half of their Friday night quarterfinals game at City Park Field in Gainesville. (Special Photo: SCOTT ROGERS/The Gainesville Times)

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Mundy’s Mill linebacker Jonathan Celestin, left, scrambles for a loose ball after he and teammate Josh Hill, right, forced it from Gainesville receiver Chastin Newman’s hands during the first half of their Friday night quarterfinals game at City Park Field in Gainesville. (Special Photo: SCOTT ROGERS/The Gainesville Times)

GAINESVILLE — Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 344 yards and combined for six touchdowns as the Red Elephants beat Mundy’s Mill 42-28 in the Class AAAAA semifinals Friday at City Park Stadium.

After taking a late hit out of bounds in the first quarter, Watson played with a sore left shoulder most of the night. But he put the game away with an acrobatic 12-yard touchdown run with 5:48 left in the game.

With the win, the third-ranked Red Elephants (12-1) face Tucker in the state semifinals Friday. A coin flip at 9 a.m. today will determine the home location.

On Friday, Tucker beat Ware County 29-0 in another semifinal game. It will be the first-ever meeting between Gainesville and Tucker.

Chastin Newman had five catches for 104 yards, while Red Elephants running back Michael Byrd had eight catches for 90 yards and two touchdown grabs.

Mundy’s Mill was led by senior running back Rodney Smith, who ran 32 times for 220 yards. He scored on runs of 75 and 5 yards.

With the loss, Mundy’s Mill ended its season with an 8-5 record, its best finish in school history. Smith came into the game only needing 16 yards to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. He finished the season with 26 touchdowns.