Etowah 28, Roswell 21 — Roswell fell to 1-2 in region play with their fourth loss of one score or less this season in Friday’s tilt against Etowah.
Etowah scored a touchdown on its opening drive and opened their lead to two scores after stopping a long Roswell drive with a fumble recovery. Roswell quarterback Cordel Littlejohn scored on a 37-yard touchdown rush early in the second before Roswell tied the game at 14-14 before the half.
Midway through the fourth, Etowah had regained a two-score lead, but Roswell gave themselves a chance with a touchdown with three minutes remaining.
Roswell would get the ball back with under a minute remaining, but an Etowah interception dashed the Hornets’ hopes of forcing overtime.
Milton 17, Forsyth Central 0 — It took nearly three full quarters, but Milton was finally able to break out for 17 points and their sixth straight win over the Bulldogs.
Though Milton put up 508 yards of total offense, it wasn’t until a field goal in the final three minutes of the third quarter the Eagles found the scoreboard.
Jordan Yates and Solomon Vanhorse scored rushing touchdowns in the fourth to power the Eagles to 2-1 in region play.
Milton’s defense held Central to 135 yards of total offense and 1-12 on third down.
West Forsyth 28, Lambert 24 — After four straight losses to Lambert, West finally got over the Longhorn hurdle with an electrifying win over their cross-town rivals Friday night.
Lambert led 24-21 with under three minutes remaining before West drove over 90 yards to take a 28-21 lead.
The Longhorns still had 50 seconds to work with and drove inside West territory with just a few ticks remaining. A penalty against the Wolverines as time expired put Lambert inside West’s 30-yard line for one final chance in an untimed down.
However, the subsequent pass would be knocked down in the end zone, securing West’s first win over Lambert since 2012.
With the win, the Wolverines improved to 2-1 in region play while Lambert fell to 0-3.
South Forsyth 47, North Forsyth 10 — North vs. South featured one of the top offenses in 7A from North and one of the state’s best defenses in South. In the end, it was South’s defense powering them to their fourth straight win over the Raiders.
South forced four interceptions and ran back three for scores while limiting North quarterback Ben Bales, one of the top QBs in the state for yards, to 246 yards in 22 completions.
South running back Jared Honey had three touchdowns for the War Eagles.
With the win, South remained unbeaten (3-0) in Region 5-AAAAAAA. North’s loss was its first in region this year (2-1).
Alpharetta 14, Cambridge 6 — Neither team had much success in the second meeting between Alpharetta and Cambridge, but for the second straight year the Raiders would earn a closely contested win.
Alpharetta held Cambridge to just 102 yards of total offense and had two rushing touchdowns from Nolan Edmonds.
Cambridge built a 6-0 lead on two field goals from Victor Valentine, but would be held scoreless in the second half.
Alpharetta remained unbeaten in Region 7-AAAAAA with the win with two games remaining.
With the loss, Cambridge’s win streak ended at three games. The Bears close out their regular season against North Atlanta this Friday in a must-win for any hope of a playoff berth.
Chattahoochee 46, Pope 41 — Chattahoochee looked well in control against Pope Friday night, leading 39-13 at the half, but the Greyhounds would battle back in the second half to nearly complete the improbable comeback.
Pope scored three unanswered touchdowns to cut Hooch’s lead to just 39-34 midway through the fourth.
The Cougars’ Max Webb, who rushed for nearly 200 yards in the game, responded with Hooch’s sole score of the second half.
Pope scored once again with under four minutes remaining and forced a Chattahoochee punt to have one more shot at the comeback.
However, Hooch’s Andrew Thomas, who also had Hooch’s first touchdown reception of the game, intercepted Pope to ice the game.
Chattahoochee improved to 5-1 in region play and sits third in the region standings with games against Northview and Alpharetta remaining.
Centennial 45, Dunwoody 7 — Centennial added to its winning streak, now at six games, with a dominate win over Dunwoody Friday night.
Quarterback Max Brosmer, who led the state in passing yards entering the game, went 11-12 for 284 yards and two touchdowns.
Centennial’s offense added 233 yards rushing with Emeka Nwanze leading the team with 115 and a touchdown.
For the second straight week, the Knights’ defense allowed a single touchdown or less. Centennial’s offense has scored 45 or more points in four straight games.
Centennial has won six straight contests since their region opener loss to Alpharetta. The Knights sit in second in the Region 7-AAAAAA standings with one game remaining.
The Knights have a bye this week before taking on Pope Nov. 3.
Northview 28, North Atlanta 3 — Northview and North Atlanta were both desperate for a win entering their tilt Friday night as both teams had lost four of their past five games. And for the second straight year, Northview wound up on top, downing the Warriors to improve to 2-4 in region play.
Northview led 9-0 after the first quarter and scored 19 points in the second half while holding North Atlanta to a sole field goal in the second quarter.
Northview will host Chattahoochee this Friday before closing out their regular season against Pope on Nov. 3.
Marist 25, Blessed Trinity 24 — Blessed Trinity fought back a late Marist comeback to sneak away with a 28-26 win last season. This year, the Eagles would complete the comeback.
Blessed Trinity led 24-17 with five minutes remaining, but Marist put together an 18-play drive, including three fourth-down conversions. With under a minute remaining, Marist scored on a quarterback rush.
Then, in a decision that may eventually seal the Region 7-AAAA championship for Marist, the Eagles decided to go for two. They would convert on a pass to go up 25-24, the final score.
BT will now need a win against West Hall in their Nov. 3 season finale and Marist losses in their final two games to have a shot of repeating as region champs.
Mount Pisgah 45, Fellowship Christian 37 — Mount Pisgah remained perfect in region play with a thrilling win over defending region champs Fellowship Friday night.
Mount Pisgah’s Jacob Cendoya hit Connor Pursell for a 5-yard touchdown to give the Patriots a 38-31 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Fellowship responded with a long drive capped off by a 1-yard touchdown rush from Brooks Bryant, but the PAT would be blocked to keep Pisgah in the lead at 38-37.
Fellowship was back on the ball late in the final quarter and once again drove deep inside Pisgah territory. However, their go-ahead field goal would be blocked with 49 seconds remaining.
Cendoya then secured the win with a 72-yard touchdown rush just 20 seconds later.
Mount Pisgah faces Mount Paran next Friday in a game that will decide the Region 6-A sub-region champion.
Fellowship Christian will host King’s Ridge.
Walker 42, King’s Ridge 7 — King’s Ridge lost its fifth straight to Walker Friday night and fell to 1-5 in region play.
Walker scored on its opening three possessions and cruised to the lopsided victory.
The Tigers’ only score came off a 48-yard rush from Hayden Milling in the second quarter.
King’s Ridge will travel to play Fellowship Christian next Friday.
Whitefield Academy 25, Pinecrest Academy 7 — Pinecrest was credited with a win against South Forsyth after the War Eagles forfeited the game earlier this week, but once again, the Paladins couldn’t get it done on the field.
Whitefield led throughout the game, which saw Pinecrest score its sole touchdown on a 75-yard pass from Micky Mangan to Tripp Hochmann in the second quarter to cut the Whitefield’s lead to 9-7.
Whitefield added two touchdowns and a safety in the second half.
Pinecrest’s loss was its first all-time to Whitefield (4-1).
Pinecrest hosts St. Francis next Friday in the final game before region play-in games on Nov. 3.
Mount Paran 42, St. Francis 6 — Mount Paran forced three turnovers on downs early against St. Francis, keeping the Knights at bay and powering them to a lopsided win.
St. Francis drove deep into Mount Paran territory three times in the first half but their drives stalled out and the Eagles turned two of those turnovers into touchdowns.
Sean Paradise scored from 32-yards out on a rush with under two minutes remaining in the game.
The matchup was the second all-time meeting between the schools. Mt. Paran won 42-7 last year.