ROSWELL, Ga. — Milton used steady offensive play and a stout performance from its defense in a lopsided win over Roswell Friday night in the historic North Fulton rivalry series.
Milton’s offense moved the ball effectively throughout the night and accumulated just under 400 yards of total offense. Quarterback Jordan Yates accounted for four total touchdowns, three passing and one rushing, to lead the Eagles.
Roswell’s offense put up 249 yards of offense in the first half, but two costly turnovers in the red zone kept the Hornets to just seven points. Milton’s defense would hold Roswell to under 100 yards in the second half.
Roswell’s three-game win streak over Milton ended with the loss.
Milton converted a 4th-and-1 in its own territory on the Eagles’ opening drive and went on to score with a touchdown rush from Yates.
Roswell responded with an 82-yard drive, capped off by a touchdown pass from Cordel Littlejohn to Tyneil Hopper to tie the game at 7-7.
The Eagles faced another fourth down in their own territory on their ensuing drive, but a little trickery led to another score.
On 4th-and-3 from their own 24, Milton ran a fake punt on a direct snap to Jordan Davis who rushed 30-yards for a first down. Milton would later score on a 3rd-and-17 from Roswell’s 18-yard line with a pass from Yates to Holden Shaw.
The first of Roswell’s red zone turnovers occurred on their next drive.
Syaire Waters intercepted a Littlejohn slant in the end zone for a touchback. That turnover resulted in quick points for Milton who used a 75-yard pass from Yates to Dash Hairston to go up 21-7.
Hairston had three receptions for 99-yards and two touchdowns.
The Hornets had another chance to cut the lead, but a fumble following a Roswell’s Caleb Guidry after a reception at the 15-yard line turned the ball over to Milton.
The score would remain 21-7 until early in the fourth quarter when Yates and Hairston connected for another touchdown. Hayden Hairston added a field goal to give Milton a 31-7 lead with four minutes remaining.
Milton added nine points to their lead in 15 seconds when Roswell was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, leading to a safety. DJ Albright then returned the free kick 60-yards for a touchdown.
The game ended the non-region schedule for both teams, with Milton sporting a 4-1 record and Roswell falling to 1-4.
The win propels Milton to its first 4-1 start since 2014, the last year Milton captured a region title.
For Roswell, the game was the fourth frustrating loss for a team with 22 new starters and an almost entirely new coaching staff.
Both teams begin region play next Friday. Milton will host West Forsyth, head coach Adam Clack’s former team, while Roswell takes on Lassiter (4-1).