Alpharetta 28, North Atlanta 0
Alpharetta retained its seat atop the Region 7-AAAAAA standings Friday night with a shutout win over North Atlanta. The win puts the Raiders at 4-0 in region play.
Will Gerdes put the Raiders on top in the first quarter with a touchdown pass. Gerdes and CJ Dobard connected for a score in the second quarter before Alpahretta’s Kristopher Thomas hauled in his third interception in two games. That pick set up another Raiders’ touchdown to give them a 21-0 lead at the half.
Gerdes and Dobard connected for a second score in the fourth quarter while the Raiders defense continued to stymie the Warriors. Alpharetta’s shut out was their second straight after downing Centennial 48-0 on Oct. 4.
Alpharetta (4-2, 4-0) goes on the road Friday to take on Chattahoochee.
Blessed Trinity 20, Denmark 19
Blessed Trinity prevailed in a thrilling matchup of two top-10 ranked teams Friday night, downing their Region 7-AAAA foes Denmark, 20-19.
After a defensive slugfest in the opening three quarters, Blessed Trinity’s Justice Haynes reeled off a 66-yard touchdown rush on the first play of the fourth to put BT ahead, 14-6.
Denmark responded with a touchdown on their ensuing drive, a 10-yard run from quarterback Aaron McLaughlin, but the Danes failed to convert the two-point play to keep the score at 14-12 midway through the final period.
The Danes moved the ball in short spurts on the next drive before McLaughlin connected with Ze’Vian Capers for a 24-yard, go-ahead touchdown with four minutes remaining.
Though BT did not have much rushing success early in the contest, they had worn down Denmark’s defense and used their rushing attack heavily to try and reclaim the lead. Elijah Green and Haynes shared carries throughout the 10-play, 80-yard drive, but it was a touchdown pass from Duncan Reavis to tight end James Bryant that put BT back in the lead with 35 seconds left.
Denmark did not fold, however, and after chipping away on the sidelines, Capers hauled in a 37-yard reception into BT territory. After a spike, one second remained with the ball on the Titans’ 30-yard line.
Denmark kicker Parker Hannon lined up for the game-winning kick, but it never got past BT’s rush, which blocked the attempt to secure the Titans’ dramatic win.
Both teams face another test Friday. Blessed Trinity (5-1, 2-0) faces ranked Flowery Branch while Denmark (5-1, 2-1) hosts Class 4A’s top-ranked team, Marist.
Fellowship Christian 48, St. Francis 21
Fellowship Christian kept its unbeaten streak alive Friday in a matchup of Region 6-A teams, downing St. Francis, 48-21, on the road. Fellowship has won its last 12 Region 6-A subregion B contests.
The game was tied 7-7 entering the second quarter before Fellowship found separation with rushing scores from Murphy Reeves, Jayven Hall and quarterback Eli Hildebrandt.
Reeves earned his third and fourth rushing scores in the second half to keep St. Francis well behind. Reeves extended Fellowship’s lead to 35-14 early in the fourth and added insurance with another touchdown with five minutes remaining.
St. Francis quarterback Josh Gil had three touchdown passes in the Knights’ loss.
The Paladins (6-0, 4-0) are on the road again Friday to take on King’s Ridge. St. Francis (3-3, 2-2) continues its three-game homestand to take on Pinecrest Academy.
Mount Pisgah 28, Pinecrest Academy 21 (2OT)
Mount Pisgah captured its second region win of the year Friday night with an overtime win over winless Pinecrest Academy in Johns Creek. Pinecrest fell to 0-6 overall with the loss.
With the game tied 14-14, Pinecrest lined up for a 49-yard field goal with four seconds left, but the kick was missed to send the contest into overtime.
The Paladins struck first and their defense forced the Patriots into a fourth-down situation. With the game on the line, Tyler Hunnicut scored to push the contest into another overtime period.
On offense to start the second overtime, Mount Pisgah’s Coleman Smith connected with Tristan Freyre for a touchdown to force Pinecrest to score on its ensuing possession. However, the Patriots’ Makael Carter intercepted a Paladin pass to end the thrilling contest.