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Centennial gets comeback win, Hooch still undefeated in region

Week 5 (Sept. 15) football recap

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Class 7A

Milton 28, Etowah 20 — Milton improved to 3-1 under first-year head coach Adam Clack with a close victory over Etowah (3-2) Friday night.

Milton used three touchdowns from quarterback Jordan Yates, including a reception for a score, and a strong performance from its defense to notch the win.

Etowah drove inside Milton territory in the final minute but came up short on a fourth-and-seven to seal the Milton win.

Lanier 15, Lambert 6 — For the fourth-straight year, Lanier got the better of Lambert in a battle of the Longhorns.

Lambert couldn’t find the end zone all night and had to settle for two field goals from Bryce Christensen. Multiple turnovers, including two interceptions, allowed Lanier to hold a 13-6 lead at the half.

Neither offense could find the scoreboard in the second half but an intentional grounding call in the end zone against Lambert in the final two minutes gave Lanier a safety and 15-6 win.

Duluth 42, Forsyth Central 41 (OT) — Forsyth Central had its potential first win in nearly a year slip away as a late Duluth touchdown and Bulldogs’ missed PAT in overtime proved to be the difference in a thriller.

Central trailed 27-21 midway through the third quarter before two rushing touchdowns put the Bulldogs up by eight points late in the fourth.

Duluth responded with a score in the final minute and completed a pass on the two-point conversion to force overtime.

In the overtime period, the Bulldogs scored on a rushing touchdown, but the PAT was blocked. Duluth’s 3-yard rushing score and made PAT secured the win for the Wildcats.

North Forsyth 58, Pickens 35 — North Forsyth improved to 3-1 in an offensive shootout against Pickens Friday night with 93 total points scored.

North quarterback Ben Bales and running back Bryson Trigg combined for eight total touchdowns in the win.

North scored 38 points in the first half and held at least a two-score lead for the remainder of the game to tie the all-time series between the programs at 4-4.

West Forsyth 15, Dacula 9 — After failing to score for the first three quarters, West Forsyth scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth to improve to 3-1 and win a second straight meeting against Dacula.

West trailed 9-0 entering the fourth when quarterback Zach Burns connected with Ben Bresnahan for a 23-yard touchdown seven seconds into the period.

West then used an 11-play drive, capped off by another Burns to Bresnahan touchdown pass, to take the lead. A two-point conversion put the score at 15-9 with three minutes to go and West’s defense held on for the win.  

 

Class 6A

Alpharetta 42, Northview 17 — Alpharetta improved to 2-0 in region play thanks to a three-score first quarter that powered them past Northview Friday night.

The Raiders scored on four touchdowns passes from quarterback Matthew Downing, including two for over 80 yards. The Raiders defense also put points up with two interceptions returned for touchdowns from Jaycee Horn and Dane Motley.

The game marked the seventh straight year the meeting of the two programs has been decided by over 17 points.

Pope 35, Cambridge 6 — In a battle of two teams seeking their first wins, Pope used three touchdowns in the first half to power their way to the win column. Cambridge fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Region 7-AAAAAA games.

Quarterback Hogan Dykes connected with Ridge Polk for the Bears’ sole score of the game midway through the third quarter.

Pope’s offense averaged just 8.6 points per game entering the contest.

Chattahoochee 21, North Atlanta 14 — Chattahoochee remained unbeaten (2-0) in region play with another close win Friday night against previously unbeaten North Atlanta. And for the third straight game, a late interception sealed the Cougars’ win.

The Cougars led 13-0 entering the fourth quarter thanks to a passing and rushing touchdown from quarterback Jack Corrigan, but North Atlanta cut the lead with a touchdown with nine minutes remaining in the game.

Hooch responded with a 79-yard touchdown pass from Corrigan and a two-point conversion, but the Warriors quickly cut the lead to 21-14 with six minutes remaining.

With 1:21 remaining, Hooch forced an interception from Andrew Thomas to seal the win.

North Atlanta’s defense has allowed just 14 points in three games this season entering the night.

Centennial 21, Johns Creek 17 — After being on the wrong end of a comeback win last week against Alpharetta, Centennial scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to earn its first win of the season.

Johns Creek led 17-7 early in the fourth quarter but Centennial took a 21-17 lead with a touchdown pass from Max Brosmer to Blane Mason with under four minutes to go.

Johns Creek sought a go-ahead score on their ensuing drive and got within striking distance with under a minute to go. Facing a fourth-and-1 with 50 seconds remaining, a shotgun snap sailed over the head of Gladiators’ quarterback Zach Gibson, forcing a turnover on downs and Centennial win.  

 

Class 4A

Blessed Trinity 31, Hart Co. 7 — Blessed Trinity earned a second straight lopsided win over Hart County Friday night, and it could have been a bigger margin.

The Titans had three turnovers inside the red zone, but scored 31 unanswered points after trailing 7-0 to improve to 4-1 on the season.

 

Class A-Private

Fellowship Christian 35, St. Francis 20 — Though St. Francis got off to a hot start, scoring less than two minutes into the game, it would be the Knights only lead in their region opener.

Fellowship Christian improved to 4-0 all-time against the Knights after staving off a potential St. Francis comeback. Fellowship led 28-13 at the end of the third quarter, but St. Francis cut the lead to eight points with 11 minutes remaining.

Fellowship would respond with a touchdown five minutes later to take the win and improve to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in region play.

Mt. Paran 56, King’s Ridge 14 — King’s Ridge stuck with Mount Paran in the early stages of the game, but the Eagles proved too much for the Tigers in the end.

The Tigers trailed 14-7 midway through the second quarter, but two quick scores put Mt. Paran up 28-7 at the half. The Eagles continued to run over King’s Ridge in the second half.

The meeting marked the fifth straight year Mt. Paran has beat the Tigers by 35 points or more.

Walker 35, Pinecrest Academy 13 — Pinecrest couldn’t contain Walker quarterback Joseph Vose who accounted for over 300 yards and five touchdowns in Walker’s lopsided win Friday night.

Walker opened a 35-0 lead before Pinecrest put points up in the fourth quarter.

Pinecrest scored twice in the fourth, but it was too late for the Paladins who fell to 0-3 with the loss. 


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