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Round 1 football playoff recap

Five North Fulton teams advance

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Class 7A

Hillgrove 49, Roswell 7 — Roswell’s season came to an end Friday night as they were beaten in decisive fashion by Region 3 champions Hillgrove.

The Hornet’s got off to an inauspicious start when their first play from scrimmage resulted in a fumble recovery and touchdown return by the Hawks. Hillgrove would build its lead to 28-0 before Roswell got its sole touchdown of the game late in the second quarter.

The Hornets season ended with a 3-8 overall record in head coach Matt Kemper’s debut season.  

Mountain View 31, South Forsyth 13 — South Forsyth’s dominant season ended Friday night with an early exit from the state playoffs.

Facing a highly-challenging No. 4 seeded team, South couldn’t contain Mountain View late in the contest.

Jared Honey rushed for a three-yard touchdown and a South field goal knotted the game at 10-10 at halftime.

The Bears scored a touchdown on their opening possession of the first half but another South field goal kept the lead at 17-13.

However, two interceptions in the fourth, including one returned for a touchdown, doomed the War Eagles.

South finished the year with a 9-2 overall record.

Milton 44, Collins Hill 15 — Milton captured its first playoff win in three years under head coach Adam Clack in his debut season.

Milton got off to a rough start, with Collins Hill returning a fumble for a touchdown, but Solomon Vanhorse tied the game just three plays later on a 71-yard rushing score.

Vanhorse added another touchdown rush and quarterback Jordan Yates threw a touchdown to Jordan Cox to put Milton up 27-7 at the half. Yates had three total touchdowns in the win.

Milton continued its scoring onslaught in the second half, putting up 44 unanswered points following Collins Hill’s early touchdown.

Following their win, Milton will travel to take on Region 7 champions Brookwood (9-2) next Friday.

Mill Creek 29, West Forsyth 14 — West’s debut season under head coach Shawn Cahill concluded with a loss in the first round to Mill Creek on the road.

After a defensive struggle in the first half, Mill Creek led 10-0 at the break. Both offenses got going in the third quarter, but West trailed 20-0 before a Zachary Burns touchdown pass got the Wolverines on the board.

After forcing a Mill Creek punt, West’s offense looked to cut the lead further but a pick-six returned 35-yards put the Hawks up 27-7 early in the fourth.

Burns would add another touchdown pass, but a failed onside kick and a safety by Mill Creek ended West’s hopes of its first playoff win since 2012.

West compiled a 7-4 overall record this season.

North Gwinnett 55, North Forsyth 7 — North Gwinnett scored on a 79-yard pass to open the game and never let off the gas in a rout of North Forsyth Friday night.

Making their first postseason appearance in four years, the Raiders gave up 27 points in the first quarter to the Bulldogs.

North’s only score of the game came on a Ben Bales touchdown pass in the final minute of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs added 28 points following their fast start to cruise to the win.

North Forsyth’s 5-6 record marks their fourth-straight sub-.500 season.

 

Class 6A

Alpharetta 40, Gainesville 24 — Alpharetta punched its ticket to the second round with its second win over the Red Elephants this season.

Nolan Edmonds scored on a run, a reception and a kickoff return. Kevin Watkins scored on the ground, Dylan Schorr made a field goal and Matthew Downing connected with Robbie Ruppel in the win.

Alpharetta opened a 31-3 lead but Gainesville would charge back with touchdowns on the final play of the second quarter and early in the third.

However, the Raiders responded quickly with Edmonds’ 98-yard kickoff return to go up 38-17.

With the win, Alpharetta will host Douglas Co. (10-1) in the second round next Friday.

Centennial 48, Lanier 14 — After a 15-year wait, Centennial has advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

The Knights extended their winning streak to eight games with the lopsided win that saw their offense score over 45 points for the sixth straight game.

Max Brosmer threw two touchdowns passes and Cal Dickie rushed for two scores. Blane Mason found the end zone on both sides of the ball with a touchdown reception and a pick-six. Nicky Solomon added field goals of 45 and 22 yards.

Centennial will face Region 5 champions Mays (10-1) on the road in the second round.

Winder-Barrow 36, Chattahoochee 7 — Chattahoochee came up short in their first trip to the playoffs in six seasons.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a pick-six on Hooch’s second play from scrimmage and opened a 27-0 lead at the half. Max Webb’s 13-yard rushing touchdown cut the lead, but multiple turnovers on downs ended Hooch drives throughout the game.

Chattahoochee’s defense struggled to contain the Bulldogs’ rushing attack, which accounted for three of their offensive touchdowns.

Big plays were also costly as the Cougars gave up a 73-yard touchdown pass and two rushing scores over 25 yards.

Hooch compiled a 7-4 overall record this season, their winningest season since 2012.

 

Class 4A

Blessed Trinity 35, Oconee County 0 — Blessed Trinity won its sixth-straight opening round game Friday with an impressive performance over Oconee County.

BT started its lopsided victory with two touchdowns in the opening three minutes of play. Steele Chambers rushed in from 15 yards out to put BT up 7-0. On the Warriors’ opening offensive play, Jake Rudolph recovered a fumble to set up a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jake Smith to Ryan Davis.

Smith would add three more touchdowns, one rushing and two passes to Davis and James Bryant, as the Titans opened a 35-0 lead.

BT’s defense forced five sacks in the first half.

With the win, the Titans will take on Region 5 champions Cartersville (11-0) in the second round.

 

Class A-Private

Fellowship Christian 41, George Walton 35 (OT) — It took overtime to settle it, but Fellowship Christian advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year.

After a back-and-forth game, George Walton took a 35-27 lead with just under five minutes remaining. Fellowship responded a minute later with a touchdown to eventually force overtime.

Fellowship went on offense first in the overtime period and Merrick Haigler scored on a 2-yard rush. The Paladins attempt for a 2-point conversion failed as Brooks Bryant came up short on a QB-keeper.

The Bulldogs rushed the ball four-straight times during their possession, but Fellowship stopped them all for short gains to force a turnover on downs and end the thrilling contest.

With the win, Fellowship takes on Stratford Academy (9-1) on the road next Friday. Stratford is ranked sixth in the power ratings.

Mount Pisgah (BYE) — Mount Pisgah earned a bye in the first round by placing seventh in the final power ratings. The Patriots will take on Savannah Country Day (9-2) at home in the second round.

 

 


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