North Gwinnett 31, Milton 28 — North Gwinnett scored a game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds remaining to hand Milton a heartbreaking loss at home.
Milton took a 21-10 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs took the lead less than two minutes later with a long passing touchdown and a fumble recovery that set up another score.
With just over five minutes remaining, Milton reclaimed the lead with a quarterback keeper from Jordan Yates.
North Gwinnett then compiled the game-winning drive, sealing the win with a 3-yard rushing touchdown with 10 seconds remaining.
North Gwinnett improved to 3-0 all-time against Milton with the win.
Dawson Co. 9, Forsyth Central 0 — The only player to get on the scoring sheet between Dawson County and Forsyth Central Friday night was Tigers’ kicker Peyton Allen, who led Dawson to its first win over the Bulldogs since 2013. The Bulldogs are 8-6 all-time against Dawson.
Forsyth Central’s loss was its first in a season-opening game since 2013.
Mountain View 31, Lambert 13 — Lambert fell to Mountain View to open its season for the second straight year on Friday.
After the Bears opened a 21-3 lead, Lambert cut the deficit with a Bobby Gabriel touchdown pass just before the half. However, Mountain View scored less than a minute into the third quarter to go up three scores, a lead it maintained the rest of the game.
North Forsyth 28, Johns Creek 6 — By halftime the final score was already set as Johns Creek fell to 0-2 to open its first season under head coach Matt Helmerich.
North Forsyth opened a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but a 57-yard pass from Gladiators’ quarterback Zach Gibson to Matthew Casey cut the lead to 14-6 after a failed 2-point conversion.
North added two more touchdowns before halftime with the Raiders’ defense holding Johns Creek on multiple fourth down attempts to seal the win.
South Forsyth 56, Pinecrest Academy 10 — Though South Forsyth and Pinecrest are separated by just over a mile, South’s second straight blowout of the Paladins showed the programs are leagues apart.
South scored four touchdowns in the opening quarter, including three strikes from Cal Morris, before scoring 28 more points in the second quarter.
Jared Honey and Jordan Brunson each had two rushing scores for South in the win.
Alpharetta 29, Gainesville 7 — Alpharetta’s Dylan Schorr went 5-5 on field goals against Gainesville Friday night, kicking the Raiders to their first victory of the season.
Schorr connected from 25, 28, 33, 26, and 35 yards in a game that saw Alpharetta score 16 of its points in the second quarter.
Quarterback Matthew Downing threw a 67-yard touchdown pass, and Nolan Edmunds added a 1-yard rushing score for the Raiders.
Creekview 41, Cambridge 28 — Cambridge pounced on Creekview early, but a big third quarter from Creekview powered the Grizzlies to their sixth straight win over the Bears.
Cambridge quarterback Hogan Dykes hit Ridge Polk for a 47-yard touchdown in the opening minutes, and the two teams exchanged scores with the Bears holding a 14-13 lead at the half.
Creekview scored three unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter, enough separation to keep the Bears at bay when a failed onside kick late in the fourth sealed the Grizzlies’ win.
Chattahoochee 22, Rockdale Co. 13 — Chattahoochee downed Rockdale County for the second straight year, sealing the win with a touchdown in the final half of the fourth quarter.
Both teams exchanged the lead in the first half, with the Cougars holding a 15-13 edge at halftime.
Midway through the fourth, Chattahoochee’s Brendan Huet came up with an interception, setting up the game-sealing touchdown for the Cougars.
Wheeler 42, Centennial 38 — Centennial opened its season, the first under head coach Michael Perry, with a heartbreaking loss to Wheeler at home.
In a back-and-forth game that featured six lead changes, the Knights led 30-28 with four minutes remaining before on onslaught of scoring.
Wheeler took a 35-30 lead with just under four minutes to go, but Centennial responded with a rushing touchdown from Emeka Nwanze to reclaim the lead with 1:35 remaining.
On its ensuing drive, Wheeler converted a third and long from its own territory, eventually setting up a touchdown pass with just 10 seconds remaining to go up 42-38.
With one final chance, Centennial quarterback Max Brosmer’s desperation pass was intercepted.
Blessed Trinity 35, St. Pius X 21 — Playing in their 10th all-time meeting, Blessed Trinity knotted the all-time series at 5-5 with a win over rival St. Pius Friday night.
The Golden Lions tied the game 14-14 late in the third quarter, but BT responded less than a minute later with a 57-yard pass from Jake Smith to Ryan Davis.
The Smith-to-Davis connection was the first of three unanswered scores from the Titans who opened a 35-14 lead midway through the fourth.
Jake Smith had two passing touchdowns, and running back Steele Chambers compiled two rushing scores and a touchdown throw in the win.
Mt. Paran 27, Fellowship Christian 7 — After beating Mt. Paran in the regular season and knocking the Eagles out of the playoffs last year, Fellowship Christian struggled Friday night in their first regular season loss in 12 games.
The Eagles held a 19-0 lead at the half after converting five of eight third-down conversions and two fourth-down conversions to keep drives alive. Meanwhile, Fellowship’s offense compiled just 24 yards of total offense in the first half.
A 58-yard touchdown rush from Merrick Haigler pulled the score to 19-7, but the Paladins were unable to close the gap.
Rabun Co. 62, Mount Pisgah 21 — Mount Pisgah’s game against Rabun County was called a “no-contest” in the second quarter due to lightning last season. This year, the game went the distance with the Patriots on the losing end of a lopsided loss.
Mount Pisgah tied the game 7-7 midway through the first, but it would be the last time the game was close. The Wildcats would open a 45-14 lead at the half and cruise to a 62-21 win.
The Patriots are now 1-2 all-time against the Class AA Wildcats.
Holy Innocents’ 35, St. Francis 18 — St. Francis dropped it season-opener on Saturday night to Holy Innocents’ for the second straight season.
The Knights struck first with a 40-yard touchdown rush from Sean Paradise, the first of back-and-forth scoring between the teams.
The Golden Bears scored a touchdown with eight seconds remaining in the second quarter to go up 28-18, securing the win after holding the Knights scoreless in the second half.