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Region 5-7A Region record Overall record Next week
Roswell 2-0 6-0 at Milton
Milton 2-0 5-1 vs. Roswell
Cherokee 2-1 7-1 at Alpharetta
Alpharetta 1-1 2-3 vs. Cherokee
Woodstock 0-2 2-5 vs. Etowah
Etowah 0-3 0-7 at Woodstock
Regoin 6-7A Region record Overall record Next week
Denmark 3-0 3-3 vs. South Forsyth
Gainesville 3-0 5-2 vs. West Forsyth
West Forsyth 2-1 4-3 at Denmark
North Forsyth 2-2 6-2 at Gainesville
South Forsyth 1-2 4-2 BYE
Forsyth Central 1-3 3-3 at Lambert
Lambert 0-4 4-4 vs. Forsyth Central
Region 7-7A Region record Overall record
Norcross 4-0 8-0 at Duluth
Archer 3-2 4-3 at Discovery
Duluth 2-1 5-2 vs. Norcross
Meadowcreek 2-2 3-5 vs. Archer
Dicovery 1-2 2-5 BYE
Berkmar 0-4 1-6 vs. Dunwoody
Dunwoody 0-5 0-3 at Berkmar
Region 7-6A Region record Overall record
River Ridge 4-0 7-0 vs. Sequoyah
Johns Creek 3-1 3-3 at Centennial
Creekview 3-1 5-2 vs. Chattahoochee
Sequoyah 2-2 2-5 at Creekview
Cambridge 2-2 3-4 vs. Riverwood
Riverwood 1-3 3-3 at River Ridge
Chattahoochee 1-3 2-4 at Cambridge
Centennial 0-4 0-6 vs. Johns Creek
Region 5-5A
St. Pius X 3-0 5-1 vs. M.L. King
Decatur 3-0 4-0 vs. Northview
SW Dekalb 2-1 2-2 BYE
Northview 1-2 2-4 at Decatur
M.L. King 1-2 1-4 vs. St. Pius X
Stone Mountain 0-3 1-3 vs. Lithonia
Lithonia 1-3 1-4 vs. Stone Mountain
Region 7-5A
Cartersville 2-0 6-1 vs. Woodland
Blessed Trinity 1-0 3-0 vs. Hiram
Calhoun 2-1 6-2 vs. Calhoun
Cass 1-2 6-2 at Cass
Hiram 1-2 1-7 at Cartersville
Woodland 0-2 3-2 at Blessed Trinity
Region 6-A (Private)
Fellowship Christian 3-0 7-0 vs. Mount Pisgah
Mount Pisgah 1-0 4-3 BYE
Lakeview Academy 1-2 3-3 at Fellowship Christian
St. Francis 0-1 1-5 at St. Francis
King's Ridge 0-2 2-3 vs. King's Ridge


Class 7A

West Forsyth 21, Forsyth Central 0

West Forsyth remained perfect in its all-time series against Forsyth Central Friday night after the Wolverines took shutout road win in Cumming behind three touchdowns from quarterback Keegan Stover and stout defensive play. West improved to third in the Region 6-7A standings at 2-1 in region contests. Central fell to 1-3 and are sixth.  

Stover notched the first of his three touchdowns of the night four minutes into the contest with a pass to senior receiver T.J. Jennings. The duo connected for another score just before the half to give West a 14-0 lead.

West’s defense continued to stymie the Bulldogs, and the Wolverines put the game away with a Stover to Orris touchdown with four minutes remaining before the defense forced a turnover on downs.

The Wolverines (4-3, 2-1) are on the road against Nov. 6 and will take on Gainesville. Central (3-3, 1-3) play away at Lambert.

North Forsyth 34, Lambert 20

North Forsyth improved to 2-2 in Region 6-7A play Friday night with the Raiders’ fourth straight win over Lambert. The Longhorns dropped to 0-4 in region play with the loss.

North opened a 13-0 lead before Lambert’s James Tyre threw a passing touchdown with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Longhorns’ two-point play was unsuccessful, keeping the score at 13-6 in favor of the Raiders.

Lambert scored just a minute into the third quarter, but special teams bit them again with a missed PAT allowing North to hold a 13-12 lead.

Following Lambert’s score, North began to pull away. The Raiders responded immediately to extend the gap to 20-12 and found paydirt again midway through the third to push the score to 27-12.

Early in the fourth, North added another touchdown to go ahead 34-12 and held on for the win.

North (6-2, 2-2) has a bye before taking on South Forsyth Nov. 13. Lambert (4-4, 0-4) will seek its first region win Nov. 6 at home against Forsyth Central.

Gainesville 28, South Forsyth 14

Following a 4-0 start, South Forsyth dropped its second straight matchup Friday with a 28-14 loss to Gainesville in Region 6-7A play. South fell to 1-2 in the region standings with the result.

South intercepted Gainesville at the goal line and marched the field to tie the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter with a rushing score from junior quarterback Kyle Durham.

Late in the second quarter, the Red Elephants converted a fourth-down play to set up just outside of the red zone and ultimately scored to reclaim a 14-7 lead.

South knotted the game again with four minutes left in the third quarter on a touchdown pass from Durham to tight end Devin McGlockton, but the tie was short-lived. The Red Elephants scored a rushing touchdown on their next possession.

Following Gainesville’s score, South fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Red Elephants recovered on the War Eagles’ 35-yard line. Gainesville marched the short field and opened its lead to 28-14 with 10 minutes left in the contest.

South looked to get its comeback going in the final minutes, but Gainesville came away with tipped ball interception inside the red zone with just over two minutes remaining. South’s offense did get back on the field, but a turnover on downs in the final 90 seconds iced the game.

The War Eagles (4-2, 1-2) are on the road Nov. 6 to take on region leaders Denmark.


Meadowcreek 41, Dunwoody 3

Dunwoody fell to 0-5 Friday night with a 41-3 loss to Region 7-7A opponent Meadowcreek (3-5, 2-2) at North Dekalb Stadium.  The Wildcats are winless in their opening five games for the first time since 2012.

Dunwoody trailed 34-0 in the third quarter before a converted field goal from sophomore Cooper West gave the Wildcats their only points of the game. Dunwoody is averaging just three points per game this season.

The Wildcats (0-5, 0-3) continue region play Nov. 6 on the road against Berkmar.


Class 6A

River Ridge 31, Centennial 7

Winless Centennial looked to play spoiler Friday night in a matchup with undefeated River Ridge (7-0, 4-0), but their bid fell short in the battle of the Knights vs. the Knights.

River Ridge opened the scoring with a 44-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter, and the 7-0 score remained until just before the half. With just 11 seconds remaining in the second quarter, the Knights punched the ball in to knot the game at 7-7.

Despite the tight first half, River Ridge outpaced Centennial throughout the third and fourth quarters.

River Ridge came out of the break and scored on its opening possession to put the score at 14-7 and recovered a Centennial fumble on its ensuing drive. River Ridge capitalized with a field goal to push its lead to 17-7 midway through the third quarter.

River Ridge scored another touchdown and a missed Centennial field goal kept the score at 24-7 early in the fourth.

Centennial’s upset bid was effectively ended with seven minutes remaining with River Ridge scoring on a 46-yard touchdown.

Centennial (0-6, 0-4) hosts Johns Creek Nov. 6.


Cambridge 21, Johns Creek 14 (Oct. 31)

Cambridge earned a statement win at home Saturday afternoon by ending Johns Creek’s dominance in Region 7-6A play with a 21-14 win. Johns Creek (3-3, 3-1), the two-time defending 7-6A champs, entered the game having won its prior 19 region contests.

The Bears (3-4, 2-2) kept Johns Creek off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter and came away with two turnovers and a blocked punt.

Cambridge opened the scoring in the second quarter with a touchdown run from sophomore Jack Marlow. The Bears extended their lead to 14-0 in the final minute of the first half with a touchdown run from Phillip-Michael Collins. The drive was set up by an interception from Cambridge senior cornerback Ryan Counts.

Another Johns Creek turnover led to another Cambridge score in the fourth quarter. The Bears recovered a Gladiators fumble, and on the first play of the fourth quarterback Zach Harris connected with Hayden Gardella for a 77-yard touchdown to extend Cambridge’s lead to 21-0.

Johns Creek did not roll over, though. With seven minutes remaining in the game, Johns Creek quarterback Quinn Teeples rushed in from a yard out to cut the deficit to 21-7.

A Cambridge punt pinned the Gladiators on their own 2-yard line, but Johns Creek drove the field and cut the Bears’ lead to one score with a touchdown with just under three minutes remaining.

The Gladiators’ comeback bid ultimately fell short, however. Cambridge held on for the upset win in the final two minutes to break the Gladiators win streak that began on their opening region game of the 2018 season.

With the loss, Johns Creek is now tied for second in the Region 7-6A standings with Creekview at 3-1 behind undefeated River Ridge. Cambridge is tied with Sequoyah for fourth in the region standings, but the Chiefs holt the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bears.  

Cambridge is home again Nov. 6 to take on Riverwood. Johns Creek is on the road against Centennial.


Sequoyah 23, Chattahoochee 14 (Oct. 31)

Chattahoochee dropped its Saturday afternoon matchup with Sequoyah to put the Cougars at 1-3 in Region 7-6A play. The teams battled in a low-scoring affair for three quarters, but the Chiefs outpaced Hooch in the fourth quarter to take the win.

Hooch struck early with a touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jaylen Smith to fellow senior Jordan Palmer to take a 7-0 lead. That score remained until Sequoyah tied the contest with a touchdown late in the third quarter.

Smith and Palmer connected on a 14-yard play for the duo’s second touchdown connection of the game early in the fourth to go ahead 14-7. The lead did not last long with Sequoyah responding with their own passing score two minute later.

The Chiefs took their first lead of the game with eight minutes remaining with a safety and extended the margin to 23-14 with a touchdown on their next possession. Chattahoochee was unable to score, resulting in their second straight loss.

Hooch (2-4, 1-3) is on the road Nov. 6 at Cambridge.


 Class 5A

Blessed Trinity Cartersville (POSTPONED)

One of the state’s most anticipated games for Oct. 30 between Blessed Trinity and Cartersville, both ranked the top-five in Class 5A, was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

The first matchup between the squads since BT took down the Canes for the 2018 Class 4A state title will be played at a later date. As of Oct. 30, a rescheduled date had not been announced.


Lithonia 28, Northview 20

Northview dropped its second Region 5-5A contests Friday at home, falling to Lithonia 28-20 to put the Titans at 1-2 in region play. The Titans are tied at fourth in the region standings.

The two teams exchanged scores throughout the night. The Titans tied the contest with a touchdown and converted two-point play in the fourth quarter, but Lithonia added a rushing score and held Northview off the board in the final minutes to secure the win.   

The Titans (2-4, 1-2) are on the road Nov. 6 to take on Decatur.

Class A-Private

Fellowship Christian 49, King’s Ridge 13

Fellowship Christian downed King’s Ridge for the eight straight year Friday night and maintained its outright lead in the Region 6-A standings and unblemished record (7-0, 3-0). The Paladins have won 18 straight region contests dating back to 2017.

Fellowship struck early and often during the contest, opening a 21-0 lead in under eight minutes of play.

Quarterback Eli Hildebrandt got the scoring started with a long touchdown pass on a screen play to Brady Niblock. After forcing a three-and-out, the Paladins marched 57 yards in three plays capped off by a three-yard touchdown by Josh Cole to put the Paladins up two scores. With four minutes left in the first half, Murphy Reeves added a 67-yard touchdown to give Fellowship a sizeable early lead.

Reeves was back in the end zone just a few minutes later, rushing in from 20-yards out to extend Fellowship’s lead to 28-0. Midway through the second, Reeves was back in paydirt, rushing in from 3-yards out to push the score to 35-3.

A second Fellowship quarterback, Caleb McMickle, also had a touchdown throw, hitting Lawson Haigler for a 12-yard score to extend the margin to 42-3.

Reeves, who surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the game, scored touchdown No. 4 of the game and his 16th of the season early in the fourth quarter to put Fellowship up 49-6.

Logan Hewlett converted two field goals for the Tigers.

Fellowship can clinch its fourth region title in five years Nov. 6 at home with a win over Mount Pisgah. King’s Ridge (2-3, 0-2) will host neighboring St. Francis.


Mount Pisgah 31, Lakeview Academy 15

Mount Pisgah opened its region schedule with a road win Friday night, taking down Region 6-A newcomers Lakeview Academy 31-15.

The Patriots scored 24 unanswered points to open the contest before Lakeview scored a touchdown just before the half to put the score at 24-7.

That score remained until early in the fourth quarter when Mount Pisgah extended its advantage to 31-7.

Lakeview added a touchdown midway through the final quarter, but the Patriots held on to take the win.

The Patriots (4-3, 1-0) are on the road against region leaders Fellowship Christian Nov. 6.

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