South Forsyth 38, Lambert 0 — In perhaps Forsyth’s most heated rivalry, South Forsyth remained unbeaten with a convincing shutout win over Lambert Friday night.
Jared Honey scored a 61-yard rushing touchdown in the opening minutes and the War Eagles kept their foot on the gas the remainder of the game.
South scored 17 points in the second quarter and added 14 in the third to power their way to a win in both team’s region opener.
Quarterback Cal Morris connected with Jaylen Pearson for two touchdowns in the win.
Lambert’s shutout loss was its first since 2011.
Milton 17, West Forsyth 14 — Milton head coach Adam Clack got a win over his former school as the Eagles outlasted West Forsyth in a region thriller Friday night.
Milton took a 17-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter on a Hayden Hairston 23-yard field goal. West Forsyth then drove 69 yards on eight plays but faced a 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line.
West quarterback Zachary Burns rolled to his right but passed left to a waiting Garrett Woodall. Woodall came down with the reception, but was tackled mere inches from the goal line, forcing a turnover on downs.
Milton took over, rushed for a first down and then ran out the clock in victory formation.
Roswell 36, Lassiter 30 (OT) — Roswell captured their 15th straight region victory by outlasting Lassiter Friday night. Both of Roswell’s wins this season have come in overtime.
The Hornets opened a 23-0 lead in the first half, but Lassiter fought back to tie the game at 30-30 late in the fourth.
Lassiter looked poised to capture the win in regulation by recovering a blocked punt at Roswell’s 15-yard line with under 20 seconds remaining. However, their field goal attempt was missed.
Lassiter opened overtime on offense but again failed to make a field goal.
Roswell’s Kamonty Jett secured the win with a touchdown rush for the Hornets. Roswell rushed for nearly 400 yards in the win.
North Forsyth 58, Forsyth Central 0 — North Forsyth put on another offensive display Friday night, blasting Forsyth Central to open Region 5-AAAAAA play with a win.
The Raiders got five touchdowns from Bryson Trigg in the first half and led 41-0 at the half.
North’s defense held the Bulldogs to under 100 total yards of offense and forced five turnovers.
Chattahoochee 38, Johns Creek 31 — Chattahoochee ended their two-game skid against Johns Creek and improved to 4-1 in region play with a close win over the Gladiators Friday night.
Hooch led 22-17 after a back and forth first half, but Johns Creek would take the lead on a 28-yard pass from Zach Gibson to Zach Williams. Hooch responded with a 4-yard touchdown rush from Andrew Thomas on its ensuing drive.
But Johns Creek was back on top just over a minute later as Gibson connected with Nate Hope for a 68-yard touchdown to put Johns Creek on top, 31-30.
Chattahoochee reclaimed the lead early in the fourth with passing score from Jack Corrigan to Marcus Stephen.
Johns Creek had a drive to potentially force overtime late in the fourth, but a turnover on downs allowed Hooch to secure the win.
Alpharetta 37, Pope 14 — Alpharetta got off to a slow start but put up 30 unanswered points against Pope to remain perfect in Region 7-AAAAAA.
Matthew Downing threw three touchdowns passes and Nolan Edmonds scored on rushes of 53 and nine yards in the win.
Alpharetta’s defense forced two turnovers and held Pope to one score after their game-opening drive.
Cambridge 38, Dunwoody 16 — After starting the season 0-5, Cambridge has now put together a win streak after their lopsided victory over Dunwoody Friday night.
Cambridge jumped out to a 21-3 lead with scores from Matt McCree and two touchdown throws from Hogan Dykes.
The Bears’ Ty Wald and Mccree scored in the second half with Victor Valentine adding a field goal.
Cambridge’s 38 points was its highest total of the season.
Centennial 48, Northview 17 — Centennial’s Max Brosmer had another standout performance for the Knights in their fourth-straight region win.
Brosmer went 13-18 passing for 320 yards with three touchdowns and added 29 yards rushing.
The Knights’ Emeka Nwanze rushed for 103 yards.
Northview took an early 7-0 lead, but Centennial scored 20 unanswered points and led 27-10 at the half.
Two big plays from Centennial — a 60-yard touchdown pass to Cal Dickie and 80-yard scoring rush from Nwanze — allowed the Knights to cruise to the win in the fourth quarter.
Blessed Trinity 50, White Co. 14 — Blessed Trinity used a strong second half to improve to 5-0 all-time in Region 7-AAAA.
Early turnovers from both teams resulted in plenty of scoring in the first half, but BT would be the only team to find the scoreboard in the second.
BT rushed for 245 yards in the win and recovered three White County fumbles.
Whitefield Academy 31, Fellowship Christian 24 — Fellowship’s loss to Whitefield Friday night wasn’t as devastating as their last-second loss to Walker last week, but it was another distressing loss the came late in the game.
Fellowship led 24-10 early in the fourth quarter, but Whitefield cut the lead a single score with a 70-yard touchdown pass just a few minutes later.
Whitefield then recovered an onside kick and later scored to tie the game at 24-24.
On Fellowship’s ensuing drive, a holding call negated a long touchdown pass and the Paladins were eventually forced to punt.
With six minutes remaining, Whitefield got another long scoring play, a 40-yard rush, to take the lead and hold on for the win.
Fellowship’s two straight region losses are its first since 2014.
Mount Pisgah 49, St. Francis 27 — Mount Pisgah scored over 45 points for the fourth consecutive game and remained unbeaten in region play with a win over St. Francis Friday night.
St. Francis scored a touchdown on their opening possession for the second straight game, but Mount Pisgah put up 21 unanswered to regain the lead for good.
St. Francis trailed by 28-20 early in the third, but Pisgah scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter and hung on for the win.
Patriots’ quarterback Jacob Cendoya had four total touchdowns in the win and Kai Williams rushed for two scores.
King’s Ridge 14, Pinecrest Academy 7 — King’s Ridge snapped a four-game losing streak and earned their first win over Pinecrest since 2013 Friday night.
The Tigers trailed early after Micky Mangan connected with Michael Birozes for a 90-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.
Pinecrest held their slim 7-0 lead until late in the first half. The Tigers would tie the game with a touchdown reception from Hayden Milling in the final minute of the second quarter.
In the low-scoring affair, the final score of the game came from Tigers’ quarterback Casey Flanigan who rushed in from one yard out in the third quarter.