With week 9 here and only four games left for everyone in north Fulton, things are really starting to get interesting in the race to the state playoffs.
Alpharetta, Chattahoochee and Johns Creekare deadlocked with Lambert at 2-1 in 6AAAAAA as each team battles for one of three playoff spots behind West Forsyth — one of those four won’t make it and with a pair of head-to-head games between those four schools this week they will be huge games.
Milton has a shot to lock up a region title against Lassiter for the first time since 1952, but it won’t be easy as they faceoff with one of the best teams and most explosive offenses in the state.
Northview still has a shot in 7AAAAA, albeit a long shot, and face a must-win game against North Springs this week while Mount Pisgah is picking up steam for a possible run to the Class-A playoffs.
So let’s tee it up for another week. Game, previews and picks are below.
Milton (5-1, 3-0) vs. Lassiter (6-0, 3-0)
The game of the week in North Fulton— and one of the better matchups in the state tonight — as Milton and Lassiter square off in a battle of high-powered offenses. The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in the state, feature heavy talent at QB with Eddie Printz and a host of D1 caliber receivers — including Milton transfer Ryan Jenkins, a Clemson Commit.
Milton will counter with their running game, which has been nearly unstoppable this season, rolling up 300+ yards five different times. But as always seems to be the case in games like this, the better defense may shine through.
My take — Too close to call almost, but Printz and Lassiter prevail
Roswell (1-5, 0-3) at Woodstock (1-5, 1-2)
Both teams are coming off a bye week, and looking to salvage their season with a strong final stretch. Roswell enters as the loser of five straight — four of which came by 2 TDs or less — while the Wolverines ended their own five-game losing streak by beating Cherokee 28-20 two weeks ago.
My take – Roswell scores late to win
Alpharetta (3-3, 2-1) vs. Chattahoochee (4-2, 2-1)
Alpharetta finally seems to be hitting their stride and they may be doing so just in time, with key games against fellow 2-1 teams Chattahoochee, Lambert and Johns Creek on the horizon — three games that will undoubtedly determine their playoff fate.
Chattahoochee is in a similar situation, with matchups against Alpharetta, Lambert and West Forsyth in their next three.
My take – Raiders win a third straight
Centennial (1-5, 1-2) vs. South Forsyth (3-3, 0-3)
Centennial pulled off the upset of the week — and probably of the year — by upending first-place and previously undefeated Lambert last week. The Knights held the Longhorns to just seven points and only allowed one completed pass in the game.
Can Centennial keep that momentum rolling? That will be the test this week against South Forsyth — a team that is reeling in their own right with three straight losses in region play.
My take – I’d expect a close game, but I’ll take South in a nailbiter
Johns Creek (5-1, 2-1) vs. Lambert (5-1, 2-1)
Two teams here that got off to a 5-0 start before losing last week. The Glads lost to undefeated West Forsyth while Lambert well to then last place Centennial.
Like the Alpharetta-Chattahoochee game, this may work out as a play-in game to the state playoffs. The winner will be 3-1 with an all important tie-breaker over the other while the loser is 2-2 and in a tie for fourth place with the Chattahoochee-Alpharetta loser.
My take — Johns Creek by 10
Cambridge (0-6, 0-2) at Creekview (5-1, 2-0)
Cambridge continues to struggle as a first-year school and after rolling up over 600 yards against Northview last week, the Grizzlies continue to look like the class of 7A-AAAAA. Anything other than a Creekview win would be a huge surprise here.
My take — Creekview cruises
Northview (1-5, 1-1) at North Springs (0-6, 0-2)
Last week’s loss to Creekview pretty much wipes any hope of a No. 1 seed in 7A-AAAAA out the window, but the Titans did do some things well — scoring more points against Creekview than any team this season behind another strong game from DJ Pearson at quarterback. If Northview can win its next three games, or even 2 of the next 3, they will go into week 10 with some reasonable playoff hopes.
My take — Titans bounce back with a win
Blessed Trinity (5-1, 2-0) at Towers (0-7, 0-3) — At Avondale Stadium
Four straight wins for BT and the Titans are up to No. 8 in the Class AAA poll. This week they travel to Towers for what looks like a small bump in the road before their region game against St. Pius in two weeks that could decide the 6AAA championship.
My take — Titans win big
King’s Ridge (3-3, 0-2) vs. Walker (6-0, 2-0)
Three straight losses for King’s Ridge and now they get to face Walker— one of the state’s surprise teams at 6-0. The Wolverines have steam-rolled pretty much everyone in their way this season behind the play of running back Evan Kasian — who has over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
My take — Walker by two touchdowns
Mount Pisgah (4-2, 1-1) at Whitefield Academy (4-2, 2-0)
By beating King’s Ridge last week, Mount Pisgah kept their playoff dreams afloat. The Patriots are currently ranked 14th in the Class A power rankings while King’s Ridge (21st) and Fellowship (23rd) are slowly starting to fade — the top 16 after will make state.
Whitefield, conversely, is ranked 20th despite a perfect region record. So this is another big one for Doug Dixon’s boys.
My take — Pisgah by a FG
Fellowship Christian (1-5, 0-2) at Mount Paran (1-5, 1-1)
A young FCS team really struggled to stop the run last week against Walkerand they’ll get a heavy dose of the running game again against MountParan, who is 1-5 but has played a very tough schedule.
My take — Mount Paran wins
St. Francis (3-4 overall) vs. Lakeview Academy (3-2 Overall)
It took a while to get started, but the St. Francis Knights have the ball rolling now with three straight wins — including a last second victory over Baconton last week. With a win this Friday they can even things up at .500 and have a shot at finishing their first varsity season over .500.
Lakeview Academy, in Gainesville, is an option based school that is playing a non-region schedule. The Lions beat Cross Keys 44-6 last Friday.
My take — Knights make it four straight