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Alpharetta football dismantles Harrison
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
September 11, 2013 03:33 PM | 2436 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Senior Daniel Clements had a game-high 189 yards receiving and two touchdowns in win
Staff / Erin Gray
Senior Daniel Clements had a game-high 189 yards receiving and two touchdowns in win
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Prior to last Friday’s home contest against Harrison, Alpharetta was coming off of a disappointing overtime loss to Milton and hosting a Hoya’s squad that earned an impressive win over Woodstock in their season opener. However, behind a career-high 327 yards passing from junior Vito Priore, the Raiders gained a resounding 36-7 home victory over Harrison in Alpharetta.

“We wanted to use all three of our quarterbacks in the contest and Vito was pressed into action early,” Alpharetta head coach Jason Dukes said. “It took our offense a while to adjust but we found our stride and completed some passes in space which was important because we had some athletic mismatches in our favor.”

Ryan Kopek’s 21-yard field goal early in the first quarter gave the Raiders the early 3-0 lead. Alpharetta (1-1) was able to take a 9-7 advantage into halftime courtesy of a nine-yard touchdown pass from Priore to James Marbaugh, who jumped over a Harrison (1-1) defender on the right side of the end zone with 45 seconds left in the second quarter.

Alpharetta began to exploit its offensive advantages and senior Daniel Clements’ two touchdown catches of 63 yards and eight yards respectively in the third quarter increased the Raiders lead to 22-7 going into the final 12 minutes of play.

The final two scores of the contest came on a 42-yard touchdown catch by junior running back Lem Cobbs on a swing pass out of the backfield and a 21-yard TD catch by William Downing from Elijah Burnette.

The Raiders outgained the Hoyas in total yardage, 454-208, and held Harrison to only 83 yards of passing.

“After giving up the first touchdown, we didn’t make many adjustments,” Dukes said. “Our defensive coaches did an excellent job of game planning all week. We let our guys know that the scheme was sound and Harrison had good players over there. Our defense stayed together as a unit and got turnovers at critical times of the game.”

Austin King stated the game at quarterback for the Raiders and completed three of his five passing attempts. Clements finished the contest with game-highs of 11 catches and 179 yards receiving in the victory.

Alpharetta will return to action on Friday, hosting Lovejoy in a home contest.

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