Milton 33, North Forsyth 9
For the second straight year, Milton ran the table in Region 5-AAAAAAA and claimed the region title, the program’s first back-to-back championships. The Eagles controlled their own destiny for the region crown Friday and capped off their regular season with a 33-9 win over North Forsyth.
Milton was led by quarterback Devin Farrell who rushed for 126 yards with a touchdown and was 7-13 passing for 51 yards. Running back Ahmad Junearick compiled 108 yards rushing with a touchdown.
Jason Aussin hit a 30-yard field goal. Junearick reeled off a 62-yard rushing score, and Christian Armistead stripped the ball on a kickoff and returned it for a touchdown to give Milton an 18-3 lead at the half.
North quarterback Brady Meitz connected with Anthony Herock midway through the third quarter to cut the lead. However, Jordan McDonald had a 3-yard touchdown run late in the third, and Farrell added a 40-yard scoring rush midway through the fourth to ice the win for Milton.
Milton will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed and host Central Gwinnett (2-8) in the first round. North Forsyth still nabbed the No. 2 seed with South Forsyth beating West. The Raiders will be at home against Brookwood (5-5).
Roswell 48, Etowah 14
Roswell controlled its own destiny for the Region 4-AAAAAAA title Friday night and took care of business with a 48-14 win over Etowah. The win clinched the Hornets’ second straight region crown. Had they lost, Roswell would have fallen to the No. 4 seed.
Roswell led 14-7 before building a gap in the second half. The Hornets had two unanswered scores with a 4-yard touchdown run from Savion Mccrary and a 1-yard score from Nnamdi Orjioke early in the third quarter.
Etowah responded with a quick touchdown drive midway thorough the period, but the Hornets ran away with the win following the Eagles’ score.
Ethan Roberts connected with John Copenhaver for a 75-yard touchdown pass, and Doneiko Slaughter and Evan Plunkett returned interceptions for touchdowns to seal Roswell’s region title.
Unlike last year when Roswell hosted the Class 7A at-large bid, the Hornets will be at home against the No. 4 seed from Region 2, Wheeler (5-5).
Northview 42, Centennial 28
Northview secured its trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 Friday by taking down Centennial at home.
The winless Knights stuck with Northview through much of the game, but the Titans found separation in the second half to secure the win.
The two teams went into halftime tied at 14 before Northview’s Samuel Babadele scored on the Titans’ opening possession of the third quarter.
Centennial responded with the second touchdown connection from Jett Miller to Julian Nixon to put the score at 21-21 midway through the third.
The Titans countered with two unanswered scores, both touchdown passes from Beau Lark to Travis Buchanan, to open a 35-21 lead.
The Knights’ Richard Shaw put the margin back at one score with a 58-yard touchdown midway through the fourth, but Northview’s Marcus Godbey reeled off a 70-yard touchdown run with four minutes remaining to seal the win.
The Titans (6-4, 5-3) earned the No. 4 seed and will seek their program’s first playoff win Friday on the road against Region 5 champions Mays (9-1).
Centennial’s loss puts the Knights at 0-10 for their 2019 campaign, the program’s first winless season since 1998.
North Atlanta 42, Chattahoochee 35
Chattahoochee’s 2019 season ended Friday with the Cougars taking a close loss to playoff-bound North Atlanta on the road.
Hooch struck first in the contest, but North Atlanta put together a string of unanswered scores to lead 29-7. The Cougars added a 55-yard touchdown just before the half to put the margin at two scores at the break.
The teams exchanged scores and turnovers-on-downs before North Atlanta’s Wiley Hartley scored his sixth touchdown of the night with just over four minutes remaining to put the score at 42-21.
The Cougars did not roll over, scoring two touchdowns in 24 seconds of play to put the margin at 42-35. Hooch got the ball back again looking to complete the comeback, but North Atlanta held in their own territory to close out the game.
Hooch compiled a 3-7 overall record this year under first-year head coach Mike Malone after going 0-10 last season.
Johns Creek 49, Dunwoody 14
Johns Creek went undefeated in Region 7-AAAAAA play for the second straight year Friday with a 49-14 win over Dunwoody at home. The Gladiators had already secured the region title entering Friday’s contest.
Johns Creek quarterback Ben Whitlock connected with Dalton Pearson for two touchdowns and the Gladiators opened a 28-7 lead at the half.
The Gladiators added three touchdowns in the third quarter to cruise to the win.
The Gladiators will host Alexander (6-4) Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Johns Creek will be seeking the program’s first playoff win. Dunwoody went 3-7 overall this year and 2-6 in region play.
Blessed Trinity 35, White County 6
With its region title secured last week with a triple-overtime win over Marist, Blessed Trinity ran the table in 7-AAAA play for the second straight year with a decisive win over White County on the road Friday night.
Elijah Green had two rushing scores in the first half, including a 61-yard run, to put BT up 14-3.
Green kept the momentum going with his third rushing score to open the third quarter, and Justice Haynes added a 30-yard touchdown run to push the margin to 28-6. Midway through the fourth, Englan Williams added a touchdown.
BT (9-1, 6-0) will host Region 5’s No. 4 seed, Troup County (6-4), in the first round of the playoffs. The Titans are 8-0 in the first round of the playoffs over the last eight years.
St. Pius X 42, Stephens County 21
St. Pius X defeated Stephens County 42-21 Friday night to advance to the state playoffs for the 14th straight season.
Dennis O’Shea ran for 77 yards and one touchdown and threw for another score in his second start under center for the Golden Lions (5-5, 2-2). Fullback Jack Graham ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns.
St. Pius X will travel to Ringgold to take on Heritage the No. 2 seed out of Region 6-AAAA this Friday.
Gordon Lee 34, Mount Pisgah 20
Mount Pisgah dropped its matchup of 3-6 teams Friday with a 34-20 loss to Gordon Lee at home.
The Patriots’ Payton Broaddus hit two field goals, but Mount Pisgah trailed 27-6 in the fourth quarter.
Coleman Smith hit Tristan Freyre for a Patriots touchdown midway through the fourth to cut the lead to 27-13.
Mount Pisgah recovered an onside kick, but Gordon Lee found the end zone to extend the margin.
Garrett Sutherland hauled in a touchdown reception for the Patriots late in the contest, but it was not enough to overcome the Trojans’ lead.
The Patriots (3-7, 3-5) entered the matchup 28th in the power ratings, four spots out of a playoff berth. With Friday’s result, Mount Pisgah is assuredly out of the playoff picture. The Patriots compiled a 3-7 overall record for the second straight year.