CANTON, Ga. – After back-to-back losses to the top two teams in Region 5-AAAAAA, Milton had no problems with the region’s last place team, rolling over Cherokee 49-7 last Friday night.
The Eagles controlled the game on both sides of the ball, with the defense holding the Warriors to minus 25 yards rushing and 33 yards of total offense. Milton recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes, returning one for a late touchdown.
Milton rushed for 347 yards but had to overcome two lost fumbles and 14 penalties for 132 yards.
Peyton Barber gained 122 yards on 11 carries to average 11 yards per gallop and scored three touchdowns.
Treyvon Paulk added 84 yards and two TDs on 15 attempts. Chris Purpura set up a touchdown with a 57-yard run, and quarterback A.J. Bush rushed for 58 yards on just four carries.
Bush passed to Malik Mitchell for a 6-yard touchdown early in the first quarter, followed by Paulk going in from the 1 after a Cherokee fumble. The Eagles started both series on or near the Warriors’ 20.
Purpura’s long run led to a 15-yard TD run by Barber, and Paulk capped a 68-yard drive with a 4-yard run before Cherokee scored to close within 28-7 at the half.
Barber scored twice in the third quarter on runs of 51 and 5 yards, and Joe Phillips added the final Milton touchdown on a 19-yard interception return midway through the final period.
The Eagles (4-2 in Region 5-AAAAAA, 6-3 overall), close out the season at home Friday against Woodstock (3-3, 3-6).
The winner finishes third in the region and will play the 8-AAAAAA runner-up in the first round of the state playoffs next week, possibly defending state champion Grayson.
Woodstock began the season with five straight losses and was defeated 31-9 last week by Wheeler. A loss would likely knock the Wolverines out of the playoffs.