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Week 11 (Oct. 27) football recap

Region title races take shape entering final week of regular season

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Class 7A

Woodstock 37, Roswell 10 — After a promising start, Roswell couldn’t contain Woodstock’s potent offense as the Hornets fell to 1-3 in region play.

Midway through the second, a rushing score from Joseph Daniels and a Caden Long field goal tied the contest at 10-10. However, Woodstock would reel of 27 unanswered points.

A 50-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Bass, one the state’s leading quarterbacks in 7A, got things rolling for the Wolverines. Less than three minutes later Woodstock scored again, giving them a 24-10 halftime lead.

Roswell drove inside red zone early in the third, but a turnover on downs ended the drive. A Hornets interception once again put Roswell in striking distance, but a fumble inside their own five-yard line proved another missed opportunity.

Woodstock added two field goals in the fourth to seal the game.

South Forsyth 43, Forsyth Central 10 — South continued its dominance over Forsyth Central with a rout of the Bulldogs Friday night.

For the second straight week, South got multiple defensive touchdowns as they recovered a fumble for  a score and ran back an interception for a 63-yard touchdown.

Jared Honey found the end zone twice and Drew Morris and Jaylen Leak added rushing touchdowns.

South opened a 29-3 at the half and cruised to the win which puts the War Eagles at 4-0 in region play.

South faces West Forsyth (7-2, 3-1) next week. With a win, South will capture its second region title in three years.

Milton 34, Lambert 10 — Milton’s game plan was to start fast against Lambert in a key region matchup Friday night, head coach Adam Clack said. Syaire Waters 71-yard touchdown rush on the Eagles’ opening offensive play did just that.

Milton’s lead was short-lived as Lambert responded with a Marcus Chatelain rushing score a few minutes later. But Milton’s defense held Chatelain to just over 150 yards on 44 carries throughout the night, and his touchdown in the first half would be Lambert’s only of the game.

Solomon Vanhorse scored on a 60-yard rush and Waters found the end zone again on a flea flicker to put Milton in the lead for good.

Jordan Yates added a score and two field goals in the second half put the game out of reach for the Longhorns.

Milton sits second in the Region 5-AAAAAAA standings entering the final week of the regular season. If West Forsyth beats South, the region title will go to the winner of tiebreaking procedures between the three teams.

West Forsyth 35, North Forsyth 16 — West’s Cade Vela opened the scoring with a 64-yard rush and the Wolverines led throughout against North Friday night.

North’s Arthur Boyze hit a 39-yard field goal on the Raiders opening possession of the second half to cut West’s lead to 21-16. But that score was North’s final points of the night.

Vela intercepted a Ben Bales pass and returned it 18 yards to put West up 28-16 midway through the third.

Just three minutes later, the Wolverines were back on the board with a passing touchdown.

North had three possessions in the fourth quarter, but all would end in turnovers on downs.

West now has a chance to win the Region 5-AAAAAAA championship in head coach Shawn Cahill’s debut season. If West can down South Forsyth and Milton drops its game to North, the Wolverines can take the title depending on tiebreakers.

 

Class 6A

Alpharetta 41, Dunwoody 0 — After their last few games got off to rough starts, Alpharetta left no doubt against Dunwoody Friday night. The Raiders opened a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and held the Wildcats to a shutout to remain unbeaten in Region 7-AAAAAA play.

Quarterback Matthew Downing threw three touchdown passes, including two to Spencer Gaddis, and Nolan Edmonds score two rushing touchdowns. Luke Estes caught a touchdown reception and Marcus Hill also rushed for a score in the rout.

Alpharetta’s shutout was just its second in the last three seasons.

With their win and Chattahoochee beating Northview, the Raiders game next Friday against Hooch will be a winner-take-all contest for the region title. Alpharetta’s last title came in 2014.

Centennial 45, Pope 17 — Centennial closed out its regular season with a seventh consecutive win Friday night in a rout over Pope.

The Knights held Pope scoreless in the second half while their offense put on another scoring display.

Quarterback Max Brosmer had three total touchdowns, including two passes to Blane Mason. Julian Nixon, Emeka Nwanze and Cal Dickie also scored for the Knights.

The game marked the fifth consecutive in which the Knights scored 45 points or more.

The win sealed Centennial’s second straight trip to the postseason. The Knights can still host a playoff game if Alpharetta beats Chattahoochee next Friday.

Chattahoochee 50, Northview 28 — Losing their starting quarterback to injury didn’t stop Hooch’s scoring ability Friday night.

After losing Jack Corrigan to a gruesome injury last week, the Cougars put up their highest point total of the season against Northview.

Backup QB Damon Stewart had multiple touchdowns and Andrew Thomas scored twice in the win.

Hooch opened a 28-0 halftime lead, but Cougar mistakes allowed Northview to crawl back into contention.

Northview scored 16 straight points in under six minutes following two Hooch turnovers to cut the lead to 28-16. An 80-yard touchdown rush from Thomas would put the momentum back in the hands of the Cougars. They would go up 42-16 on a pass from Stewart to T Lee.

Northview scored twice in the fourth, but a touchdown run from the Cougars’ Ben Lawrence put the game out of reach with five minutes left in the game.

Chattahoochee will play for its first region title since 2011 when they face Alpharetta next Friday in a winner-take-all contest. If the Cougars lose, they will drop to third in the region standings and play on the road in the first round of the state playoffs.

Johns Creek 31, North Atlanta 20 — Johns Creek scored 31 straight points through the third quarter to improve to 3-4 in region play with their win over North Atlanta.

Nate Hope scored four total touchdowns, two receiving and two rushing, to fuel the Gladiators’ 31-0 lead.

North Atlanta then scored 20 unanswered points, including three touchdowns in a six-minute span in the fourth quarter. However, it was too little too late for the Warriors.

With their region record now at 3-4, Johns Creek still has a shot to make the playoffs for the second straight year. The Gladiators are tied with Cambridge and Pope for the final spot.

Johns Creek beat Pope but fell to Cambridge earlier this season. Cambridge lost to Pope and beat Johns Creek, so the final spot could be decided on tiebreaking procedures.

Johns Creek closes out its regular season against Dunwoody (2-7, 0-7) next Friday.

 

 

Class A-Private

Mt. Paran 35, Mount Pisgah 17 — Mount Pisgah fell short of capturing a sub-region title Friday night in a battle of two of the top teams in Class-A Private.

Both teams entered the game with 6-0 region records and ranked in the top-7 in the power rankings. The winner would be advance to play for the region title in next week’s play-in games.

Though they matched up on paper, the Eagles used consistent scoring to deny Mount Pisgah their first region title since 2013.

A 78-yard touchdown pass to Kai Williams opened the scoring and put the Patriots in the lead in the opening minute. However, Mt. Paran score 21 unanswered to take the lead for good.

A pass from Jacob Cendoya to Trey Murphy and a field goal cut the Eagles’ lead to 21-17 late in the third, but Pisgah was held scoreless in the fourth. A turnover on downs and a missed field goal kept the Eagles’ firmly in the lead.

St. Francis 28, Pinecrest Academy 23 — St. Francis outscored Pinecrest 21-6 in the second half to improve to 2-4 in region play with one game remaining.

The Knights trailed 17-7 at the half, but cut the lead on their opening drive of the third with a touchdown rush from Sean Paradise.

Two touchdown connections from Sam Hines to TJ Tampa in a four-minute span gave the Knights a 28-17 lead early in the fourth.

Pinecrest would cut the lead to one score, but St. Francis held on for their first ever win over the Paladins.

Fellowship Christian 35, King’s Ridge 7 — Fellowship won its fifth straight over King’s Ridge Friday night with a strong offensive showing.

The Paladins put up 476 yards of total offense and Merrick Haigler rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Brooks Bryant was 11-15 passing for 203 yards and a touchdown.

Fellowship’s defense held the Tigers to just 133 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers.

The Paladins opened a 14-0 lead and scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half.

The defending region champion Paladins will enter next week’s play-in games at fourth from Region 6-A Div. B.

 

 


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