|South Forsyth War Eagles at Blessed Trinity Titans|
Blessed Trinity’s home opener against South Forsyth is one of several intriguing matchups on Aug. 24 in the second week of the prep football season.
The Titans, the defending Class AAAA state champions, opened up its 2018 campaign with a 35-13 road win at St. Pius X on Aug. 17. Elijah Green rushed for a team-high 109 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Steele Chambers had four total touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving on a 22-yard catch from Jake Smith who threw for 150 yards. Defensively, James Bryant posted a team-high seven tackles for Blessed Trinity while teammates Michael Mitchler and JD Bertrand each had four stops.
The Titans host Class AAAAAAA program South Forsyth this Friday in the first lifetime matchup of the two teams. The War Eagles won their season opener at Sprayberry 26-6 on Aug. 17.
Milton visits Alpharetta in a battle for local supremacy on Friday. The Eagles started its season on a positive note with a 21-19 win against Archer at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta on Aug. 17 in the Corky Kell Classic. After a scoreless first quarter, Milton tied the score at 7-7 in the final play of the second quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Yates to Holden Shaw. Milton took a 14-7 lead late in the third quarter on a 43-yard TD run by Yates. The Eagles’ final score of the contest was on another touchdown run by Yates, this time for three yards, midway through the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Yates finished the night with a game-high 93 rushing yards.
“I think the keys to our victory was a combination of excellent preparation by the coaches and players and the collective courage of our team’s competitive spirit,” Milton coach Adam Clack said. “I was impressed by how clean both teams played considering it was the first game of the year. On offense, Jordan Yates and Josh Edwards had huge moments supported by our offensive line led by Will Bentley. Defensively, Allen Walker and Zander Barnette really played well applying pressure in the backfield all night. Our special teams were solid as well. We executed on all extra points and we were effective in both the kick off cover and return game helping us win the battle for field position.”
This will be the season opener for Alpharetta which trails the lifetime series to Milton 9-3. The Eagles won last season’s contest 31-9.
Fellowship Christian was also successful on the road in its season opener on Aug. 17 with a 49-39 victory at Class AAAAA program North Springs. The Paladins rushed for more than 400 yards and six touchdowns on the ground with Murphy Reeves and Cam Cochran each having two scores. Reeves also had a kickoff return for a touchdown while Cam Gill caught a 90-yard touchdown pass from Brooks Bryant. Fellowship visits Pinecrest Academy this Friday and leads the lifetime series 5-3 including a 41-0 victory last season.
Chattahoochee fell in its season opener at home to Riverwood 48-14 on Aug. 17 despite rushing touchdowns from Damon Stewart and Max Webb who also had a team-high 113 yards on the ground. The Cougars look to rebound with a road tilt at Lambert on Friday. The Cougars trail the lifetime series 4-2 and dropped the last contest 41-26 in 2015.
Mount Pisgah Christian dropped its season opener at home to Holy Innocents’ 42-21 on Aug. 17. The Patriots seek their first win of the year on Friday at Mount Vernon Presbyterian. Mount Pisgah has dropped its previous two meetings against the Mustangs including a 48-14 defeat in 2013.
Wesleyan visits Chattooga following its 21-3 road loss at Class AAAAAAA program Meadowcreek on Aug. 17. The Wolves visit Class AA program Chattooga on Friday in the first lifetime meeting of the two schools.
Johns Creek won its season opener with a 48-20 home victory over Fairfield Central (SC) on Aug. 17 and will visit St. John’s (DC) on Aug. 25 in the first meeting of the programs.
Centennial dropped its season opener at home against Northside (Warner Robins) 38-14 on Aug. 17 and will return to action on Aug. 31 at Roswell.
Cambridge was defeated at Creekview 42-7 in its season opener on Aug. 17 and hosts Woodstock on Aug. 31 in its next contest.
Roswell opens its season on Friday with a home tilt against Campbell. The Hornets have won both previous meetings against the Spartans including a 37-10 victory in 2009.
St. Francis begins its 2018 campaign with a home contest against North Cobb Christian on Friday. The Knights have won six out of seven previous games against the Eagles including a 7-0 win last year.
Another local program opens its year on Friday as King’s Ridge visits Riverside Military Academy. Northview hosts Lakeside (DeKalb) in its opener the same day. Finally, Denmark will play the first game in program history on Friday when it hosts Cherokee Bluff.