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Week 12 (Nov. 3) football recap

Region titles, playoff berths decided in final games of regular season

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Class 7A

Roswell 56, Cherokee 20 — It’s been far from a dream season for Roswell, but they are still in the playoffs.

Roswell’s rout of Cherokee and Lassiter’s loss to Etowah Friday night meant the Hornets and Trojans were tied in the Region 4-AAAAAAA standings. But Roswell owned the tiebreaker with its only region win of the season, a 36-30 overtime victory over Lassiter on Oct. 6.

Cordel Littlejohn threw two passing touchdowns over 50 yards and Kamonty Jett added two rushing scores in the lopsided win.

The Hornets scored at least twice in each quarter and improved to 16-2 all-time against Cherokee.

Lambert 34, Forsyth Central 19 — Bragging rights were all that was at stake Friday night between the Longhorns and Bulldogs, but Lambert ended its frustrating season on a high note.

In a closely contested game, Lambert led 27-19 late in the fourth quarter before a 42-yard rushing score from Marcus Chatelain sealed the win. Chatelain scored three touchdowns for the Longhorns.

Lambert’s season came to an end with their first sub-.500 year since the program started in 2009.

Forsyth Central failed to win a game this season, their first winless season since 1973.

Milton 49, North Forsyth 17 — For the second straight week, Milton used big plays to power their win, which earned the Eagles a second-place finish in Region 5-AAAAAAA.

Four of the Eagles’ scores came from over 50 yards and quarterback Jordan Yates racked up five total touchdowns in the win.

Syaire Waters hauled in a 64-yard score to open the game and Eagles added three Yates touchdowns to lead 28-10 at the half. Milton outscored North 21-7 in the second half.

North quarterback Ben Bales was 20-32 passing for 165 yards and had two total touchdowns.

Milton earned its first home playoff game in three years by finishing out region play at 4-1. North finished fourth in the region and earned a playoff berth for the first time 2013.

South Forsyth 28, West Forsyth 14 — South Forsyth claimed its second region title in three years with a win over West Friday night to go undefeated in region play.

The War Eagles Cal Morris had three touchdowns in the win, including two passes to Ze’Vian Capers. Jared Honey also added a 46-yard rushing score.

West scored two touchdowns in the fourth, but South’s 28-0 lead was too much to overcome.

West’s loss placed them third in the region entering the playoffs behind South and Milton.

 

Class 6A

Alpharetta 41, Chattahoochee 14 — Alpharetta won its second region title in four years with a rout of Chattahoochee Friday night.

All six of Alpharetta’s touchdowns came from plays over 20 yards. Matthew Downing threw three touchdowns and Nolan Edmonds rushed for three.

The Raiders defense held Hooch to just 39 yards in the first half and 165 for the game.

Hooch touchdowns were scored on rushes by Max Webb and Damon Stewart.

The Cougars fell to third in the region standings in the loss behind Alpharetta and Centennial.

Cambridge 44, North Atlanta 8 — Cambridge had to have a win to have any shot of making the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Bears, even with their rout of North Atlanta, it marked the end of their 2017 season.

With Pope beating Northview, the Bears missed out on the playoffs due to tiebreakers.

The Bears Hogan Dykes connected with Ridge Polk for three touchdowns in Friday’s win over the Warriors. Polk added another score on the ground. Matt Mccree and kicker Victor Valentine also added rushing touchdowns.

Cambridge’s season ended with a 4-6 overall record, all their wins coming in region play. It is their first losing season since 2013.

Johns Creek vs. Dunwoody (Game being played Saturday, Nov. 4)

Pope 47, Northview 22 — Northview’s season came to an end Friday night with the Titans’ fourth loss in five games.

Quarterback Colton McDaniel threw for over 240 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to William Caylor to cut Pope’s lead to one score late in the second quarter.

However, Northview was unable to find the end zone in the second half as Pope scored 19 unanswered points to earn the No. 4 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA.

This season was the first under head coach James Thomson. Northview has won just five games in the past two years.

 

Class 4A

Blessed Trinity 44, West Hall 21 — Blessed Trinity exploded for 31 points in the second quarter Friday night to finish region play with a 3-1 record.

BT’s Steele Chambers and Ryan DuPont each returned fumbles for touchdowns in the Titan’s huge second quarter. Chambers also added a rushing score and Jake Smith and Ryan Davis connected on passes of 73 and 53 yards, both for touchdowns.

BT’s defense held West Hall to a single touchdown before subs were brought in in the fourth.

The Titans secured their seventh straight playoff berth and will enter the state playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAA.

Class A-Private

Fellowship Christian 47, Bowdon 12 — Fellowship dominated their first meeting against Bowdon Friday night in the Region 6-A play-in games.

The Paladins led 20-12 at the break and went on to score 27 unanswered in the second half.

Fellowship entered the game ranked 23rd in the power ratings, which determine playoff berths in Class-A Private. With Friday’s win, Fellowship looks poised to earn their third playoff appearance in four years.

The final power ratings will be released early next week.

St. Francis 46, Gordon Lee 26 — St. Francis wrapped up its regular season with their highest scoring game of the year Friday night against Gordon Lee.

The Knights’ six touchdowns all come on the ground with Sean Paradise and Robert Jones III scoring three each.

St. Francis opened 21-0 lead in the second quarter and consistent scoring for the remainder of the game earned the Knights their fourth win of the season.

St. Francis entered the game 29th in the power ratings, but their win may not be enough to earn them the five-place jump they need to earn a playoff berth.

Mount Pisgah 49, Trion 42 — For the second straight year Mount Pisgah faced off with Trion in region play-in games. And for the second straight year, it was a high-scoring affair.

But unlike last year’s 59-37 loss, the Patriots held on in a night full of momentum shifts to close out the regular season at 8-2 overall.

Mount Pisgah trailed 28-21 at the half, but a 70-yard rush from Kai Williams tied the game early in the third. Just a few minutes later, Jacob Cendoya found Trey Murphy on a 62-yard pass to put the Patriots in the lead. An interception and 25-yard rushing score extended the gap to 42-28.

However, Trion would score two straight touchdowns and tie the game with just under six minutes remaining.

The Patriots recovered two fumbles in the final five minutes, eventually setting up the game winning score.

With just 14 seconds left, Cendoya found Williams for an 83-yard touchdown to seal the thrilling win.

Mount Pisgah entered the game 8th in the power ratings. If that position holds up, the Patriots would have a bye in the first round of the state playoffs.

Christian Heritage 30, King’s Ridge 27 — King’s Ridge season came to an end Friday night with a close loss in the Region 6-A play-in games.

The Tigers opened a 14-3 lead in the second quarter, but the Lions charged back to take the lead and eventual win in the second half.

King’s Ridge finished the season with a 2-8 overall record and went 1-6 in region play. The Tigers were outscored 320-163 during Jimmy Chupp’s second season at the helm.

Ogelthorpe County 36, Pinecrest Academy 34 — A trying year for Pinecrest came to a bitter end Friday night as the Paladins fell just short of their first on-field victory of the year.

A defensive play proved to be the difference in the offensive shootout.

With the game tied at 34-34 in the fourth quarter, Pinecrest gave up a safety to give the Patriots the lead.

Pinecrest lined up for a long field goal in the dying seconds, but it was blocked to dash Pinecrest’s hopes.

The Paladins compiled a 1-9 record in Terence Mathis’ first season. Their sole win came via a forfeit by South Forsyth due to playing an ineligible player.

 


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