MILTON, Ga. – The Milton Eagles had unbeaten and state-ranked Lassiter on the ropes in the first half last Friday night, but the Trojans recovered and scored a knockout punch in the second half to win 47-30 and all but wrap up the Region 5-AAAAAA title.
The Eagles led 23-6 midway through the second quarter and had two chances to expand their lead. But a missed field goal and a fumble thwarted the two opportunities, and Lassiter scored late in the half to close within 23-13.
Milton jumped out to an early 9-0 lead, scoring a safety on a bad Lassiter punt snap and following with a short drive capped by Peyton Barber’s 7-yard run.
The Eagles answered a Lassiter score with an 80-yard touchdown drive. Barber went in from the 3, and he added his third touchdown on a 21-yard run to make it 23-6 after the Eagles stopped a fake punt by the Trojans near midfield.
Lassiter scored early in the third period after intercepting a pass, but the Eagles answered in just two plays. Barber went 29 yards on the first play after the kickoff, and Treyvon Paulk scored a 52-yard run to give Milton a 30-20 lead.
But it was all Lassiter after that. The Trojans scored touchdowns on all five of their possessions in the second half, while Milton missed a field goal and had two three-and outs following Paulk’s scoring run.
Quarterback Eddie Printz passed for 420 yards and four touchdowns for the Trojans, including a 66-yarder to Ryan Jenkins, who started for the Eagles last year before transferring to Lassiter.
Paulk had 129 yards on 22 carries and Barber added 113 yards and three TDs on 22 attempts. But the Eagles had just 60 yards through the air, with Malik Mitchell and Eric Abbott, Milton’s top two receivers, managing just one reception each.
Lassiter leads the region at 3-0, with Milton in a three-way tie for second at 2-1. The Eagles (5-2 overall) play at Walton (2-1, 5-2) Friday night, with the winner likely finishing second in the region and earning a home game in the first round of the state playoffs.