The 64th meeting between to local foes separated by less than seven miles highlights the active slate of prep football action taking place on Sept. 14.
Roswell enters its road contest at Milton on Friday undefeated through its first three games. The Hornets earned a 21-17 road win at West Forsyth on Sept. 7 led defensively by Will Troutman who had 10 tackles and a sack in the victory. Khaleed Mobley, Doneiko Slaughter, Sam Antona, Tyron Hopper and Matt Huelsman each had more than nine tackles each for Roswell. Slaughter also posted three sacks while Antonio Hinton recovered a fumble and Abe Nyang intercepted a pass.
The Hornets’ offense was a balanced attack with 188 yards each in passing and rushing. Kamonty Jett rushed for 126 yards and had a touchdown while Jacob Jarrett caught eight passes for 126 yards. Offensive lineman Carson Barrett had a standout game while Shawn Rosenquist blocked a field goal attempt on special teams.
“The key to win was definitely defense,” Roswell head coach Matt Kemper said. “West Forsyth had played some really good teams the first two weeks and lost tough games.”
Milton also enters its rivalry game undefeated through its first three games including a 42-17 home win over Cardinal Gibbons (FL) on Aug. 31. Josh Edwards had a game-high 79 rushing yards and four touchdowns for the Eagles in the victory. Milton quarterback Jordan Yates threw for 243 yards and connected with Jordan Cox on a touchdown pass. Cox had a game-high 97 yards on three catches. The Eagles were off this past Friday, giving them extra time to prepare for Roswell.
“The bye week was much needed,” Milton head coach Adam Clack said. “I felt like the players and coaches worked for about six weeks straight with essentially no days off in preparation for the first of our season. Then you add the extra stress of playing in events like the Corky Kell and Freedom Bowl everyone clearly needed a break. While we were able to get some extra rest over the bye, we definitely utilized that time self-scout and work on areas that we need to improve upon. By the end of the week we started to turn our attention to Roswell and now we are back on schedule, following the process we have in place to be prepared each week. We know we will have to have a great week of practice and be dialed in to match the intensity that Roswell plays with. The team is definitely excited to compete against another great opponent and in front of another great crowd.”
Milton won last year’s contest 40-7 after losing its previous three games to Roswell.
There are other local battles of interest on Friday including Cambridge hosting Centennial in a Region 7AAAAAA contest. The Bears picked up their first win of the season on Sept. 7 with a 16-14 region road win at Dunwoody. Phillip Michael Collins rushed for a team-high 154 yards while teammate Stratton Tripp had 162 total yards and two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing. Jake Mcilvain had a team-high 84 receiving yards. Defensively, Josh Bodunrin posted a team-high eight tackles, TJ Mowery had six tackles and Luke Kramer intercepted a pass for Cambridge.
Centennial also found the win column for the first time in 2018 on Sept. 7 with a 35-28 region home victory over Pope. Max Brosmer threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the victory while teammate Cal Dickie rushed for 125 yards and two TDs as well. Two Knights’ receivers, Freddy Fairley (105 yards) and Drake Mason (100 yards) each had a touchdown catch.
Centennial has won both of its previous meetings against Cambridge including last year’s 24-21 victory.
Staying in the same region, Chattahoochee visits Johns Creek for another local tilt. The Cougars look to rebound from its 45-31 region home loss to Northview on Sept. 7. Max Webb had 189 rushing yards and two touchdowns and teammate Damon Stewart had 255 total yards and two touchdowns, one rushing and one passing, in the defeat. Jordan Coleman caught two passes for 119 yards and a touchdown for Chattahoochee. The Cougars lead the lifetime series over Johns Creek 5-3 and won last year’s game 38-31.
Fellowship Christian stayed undefeated on the season with a 57-20 home win over Walker in Region 6A action on Sept. 7. The Paladins jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter and controlled the rest of the contest. Brooks Bryant had two touchdown passes in the victory. Cam Gill rushed for a team-high 78 yards and three touchdowns while teammates Cam Cochran, Murphy Reeves and Joey Archer each had a TD on the ground as well. Defensively, Caleb McClung had a team-high nine tackles and Cochran intercepted a pass. Fellowship hosts Stratford Academy in a non-region contest on Friday. The Paladins have dropped both of its previous games to Stratford including last year’s 36-22 loss.
Alpharetta hosts Pope in a Region 7AAAAAA contest on Friday. The Raiders were off last week.
King’s Ridge hosts Mount Paran Christian on Friday in a Region 6A match. The Tigers had a bye last week.
Other contests on Friday featuring local teams include Northview hosting Dunwoody, Wesleyan visiting Our Lady of Mercy and Northview hosting Dunwoody.
St. Francis earned its first win of the season on Sept. 7 with a 40-0 road win at Lakeview Academy in a non-region victory on Sept. 7. Josh Gill threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns in the victory. Zay Wordsworth caught five passes for 102 yards while Jai Smith also had two TD receptions with six catches and 120 receiving yards.
“Defensively we played well to record a shutout,” Knights’ head coach Frank Barden said. St. Francis has a bye this Friday.
Blessed Trinity stayed undefeated on the season with a 38-7 home win over Benedictine on Sept. 7 in non-region action, increasing its winning streak to 10 games. Steele Chambers rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. Jake Smith completed nine of 10 passes for 138 yards, JD Bertrand had 10 tackles and James Bryant intercepted a pass on defense for the Titans who have a bye this week.
Mount Pisgah Christian dropped its Region 6A home contest to Whitefield Academy 42-7 on Sept. 7. The Patriots have a bye this week.