Week 6 is here…pretty much the halfway point for everyone in the season, either reaching their fifth game this week or having played five games and resting up on a bye week.
Week 5 didn’t bring too many surprises, but we did see a lot of big offensive numbers posted in winning and losing efforts. Andrew Kwateng ran for over 300 yards and 3 TDs in Roswell’s loss to Milton, moving him near 900 yards for the season and placing him third in the state in rushing yards. Milton’s Peyton Barber isn’t far behind Kwateng with 765 yards on the season — after his 264 yard performance last week — ranking him 6th in the state.
Alpharetta’s Josh Dobbs, who threw for over 500 yards last week, leads all of Georgia quarterbacks with 1,313 passing yards, Centennial quarterback Chase Rosenberg had the best game of his career last week, completing 80% of his passes for 347 yards and three TDs, and Johns Creek quarterback Skye Overton had another huge week of his own — accounting for five total touchdowns.
If anything, there is no shortage of offense in north Fulton this fall.
Week 6 brings a number of key region games that should have heavy playoff implications.
In 5AAAAAA, playoff hopefuls Milton and Roswell face teams of similar ilk in Wheeler and Etowah, Johns Creek and Chattahoochee square off in a battler of 6AAAAAA unbeatens and Blessed Trinity will take on Woodward Academy in a game of early 6AAA favorites.
So let’s tee it up for another night of football. Games, previews and picks are below.
Milton (3-1) at Wheeler (3-1)
Coming off a 45-31 win to Roswell last Friday, Milton can go a long way towards improving their state playoff chances by knocking off Wheeler this week — one of three teams perceived to be in the middle of 5AAAAAA with Roswell and Etowah, assuming Lassiter and Walton are at the top and Cherokee and Woodstock are at the bottom.
A win would give the Eagles tie-breakers over Roswell and Wheeler and let them focus on cracking into that top 2 — Lassiter and Walton were both Final Four teams a year ago.
Wheeler is the surprise team in 5AAAAAA thus far. Normally a struggling program, the Wildcats and 6-foot-7 quarterback Elijah Staley raced out to a 3-0 start before losing to Etowah last week in the final minute.
My take —Eagles win third straight, Milton by 10
Roswell (1-3) vs. Etowah (2-2)
Coming off a loss to Milton, this may be a must win for the Hornets if they have state playoff aspirations — falling to 0-2 with losses to Milton and Etowah would be a deep hole to climb out of.
Etowah enters the game 1-0 in 5AAAAAA, and fresh off a 31-27 come-from-behind win over Wheeler. But they have had their struggles too, losing to Pope and Lambert and losing starting quarterback Reeves Johnson for the season two weeks ago.
Both teams are similar, with smash-mouth approaches from pro-style offense so this one should be won or lost on the line-of-scrimmage.
My take – Tight game but Roswell scores late to win
Johns Creek (4-0) at Chattahoochee (3-1)
Surely the game of the week in Johns Creek, North Fulton, and Region 6AAAAAA, Johns Creek will travel to Chattahoochee looking they are the top team in their city.
The Gladiators have been rolling through four games with big wins over Woodstock, Roswell, Centennial and they are the only team to beat Milton (and contain Peyton Barber).
Chattahoochee is the winners of three straight, but the competition hasn’t exactly been great — Forest Park, Douglas County and North Forsyth.
Hooch won last year 19-16 in overtime, with two good defenses you can expect this one will have a similar score.
My take – Gladiators in a nail-biter
Alpharetta (1-3) at South Forsyth (3-1)
Joshua Dobbs became just the eighth quarterback in state history (according to ghsfdaily) to throw for over 500 yards last week — tossing for 512 yards, 5 TDs and running for another against one of the top 5 teams in the state. But the Raiders lost by three touchdowns (63-42) and if their going to make a third straight trip to state they’ll need to sure up that defense quickly.
They’ll get a chance this week against South Forsyth, who lost their region opener to Lambert last week.
My take – Another shootout, but the Raiders defense get enough stops to win
Centennial (0-4) vs. West Forsyth (4-0)
0-4 vs. 4-0 doesn’t spell good news for Centennial. West Forsyth is ranked No. 5 in the state in AAAAAA and has been rolling over people with their running game. While the Knights have had some success moving the ball of late, they have struggled to stop the ground game in all four of their losses this season.
My take — WF rolls to 5-0
Cambridge (0-3) at Pope (2-2)
Cambridge was shutout for the second time in three games last week in a loss to Osborne. Pope, a state playoff team for the last two years, seems to be finding their stride after a 0-2 start — beating AAAAAA Etowah in overtime and topping Northview by two touchdowns next week.
My take — Bears fall to 0-4
Northview (0-3) at Riverwood (4-0)
Northview played what may have been their best half of the season last week against Pope, racing out to a 14-10 lead in the first two quarters before eventually losing 45-27. Riverwood is the surprise team in 7AAAAA, jumping out to their first 4-0 start since 1986 with their best win coming last week against Sequoyah (20-14).
My take — Closer game than most expect, but I’ll take Riverwood by a field goal
BT (3-1) at Woodward Academy (3-1)
The region opener for Blessed Trinity and it should be a good one as they travel to 9th ranked Woodward Academy. With not a lot of separation between 6AAA schools, a game like this could end up deciding the region champion, although I’m sure St. Pius X and Cedar Grove will have something to say about that.
My take — Woodward by a touchdown
Mount Pisgah (2-1) vs. Southwest Atlanta Christian (0-4)
Pisgah returns home and should be well rested after a bye week while SWAC is struggling as much as any varsity program in the state. The Warriors lost their first two games by forfeit because they didn’t have enough equipment to play and dropped their last two (to Walker and Gordon-Lee) by a combined score of 111-14.
My take — Pisgah wins big
*Records, scores, and historical information pulled from ghsfha.org