“They’ve got a good football team,” Galbraith said of the Region 6AAAAAA Raiders. “They’ve got good athletes and they made plays.”
Alpharetta (1-1) took control early behind quarterback Josh Dobbs, who is committed to Arizona State.
On the first drive of the game, the Raiders went 68 yards with Dobbs scoring on a 3-yard run. Thomas Waller’s first of five successful extra points gave the guests a 7-0 lead.
Harrison (1-1), from Region 4AAAAAA, lost a yard on its opening possession and Alpharetta responded with a touchdown. Julian Macon’s 3-yard run put the Raiders ahead, 14-0, with 4:02 left in the first quarter.
After forcing the Hoyas to punt, Alpharetta moved 58 yards with Daniel Clements catching a 16-yard touchdown pass from Dobbs, making the score 21-0 with 10:04 to go in the second period.
Harrison punted on the ensuing possession but got the ball back on an interception by Damon Cowan. Starting at their own 18-yard line, the Hoyas drove to Alpharetta’s 5 before settling for a 22-yard field goal from Jimmy Hutchinson, cutting the deficit to 21-3.
The Raiders went from their own 17-yard line to Harrison’s 25 on the next drive, but missed a field goal attempt from 42 yards away.
When the Hoyas got the ball back, they lost a fumble deep in their own territory that was scooped up by Alpharetta’s Michael Downing, who went 2 yards into the end zone to give the Raiders a 28-3 lead just seconds before halftime.
Another lost fumble by Harrison set the stage for the next scoring in the contest, a 22-yard field goal by Waller, increasing Alpharetta’s advantage to 31-3 with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter.
Three possessions later, the Raiders’ Devin Mayers intercepted a pass. A 49-yard drive concluded on an 8-yard touchdown run by Dobbs and Alpharetta had a 38-3 edge early in the final period.
The Hoyas rebounded with an 80-yard scoring drive. Carter Chatham reached the end zone on an 8-yard run but the snap from center was mishandled on the point-after, making it a 38-9 game at the 8:08 mark of the fourth quarter.
Following a punt by the Raiders, Harrison committed its fourth turnover of the night on another fumble.
“We just turned the ball over too much and you can’t beat anybody like that,” Galbraith said.