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North Fulton Football Forecast: Week Nine
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Woodstock Wolverines (2-4, 1-2) at Roswell Hornets (3-3, 1-2): Roswell will seek its second region win of the season when Woodstock visits the Hornets’ Nest. The home team is coming off of a thrilling 21-19 win against Wheeler in which Shakur Jackson, Sheldon Evans and Mechane Slade each had rushing touchdowns in the win. Roswell will also look to receive offensive contributions from quarterback James Whitaker and wide receiver Colin McCaulley. Woodstock dropped its last game to Cherokee, 35-27. Roswell’s three-game winning streak against Woodstock was snapped last season when the Wolverines emerged with a 26-24 victory in the last meeting between the two squads
Milton Eagles (5-1, 2-1) at Lassiter Trojans (3-3, 2-1): Milton returns to action after a bye week and travels to Marietta looking to get back on the winning track against Lassiter. The Eagles five-game winning streak ended on Oct. 4 when they lost to Etowah, 24-15. Running backs Chad Toliver and Micco Brisker will continue to receive carries replacing All-State candidate Treyvon Paulk. Quarterback Austin McLeod will pilot an offense that has averaged a region-high 37 points per game. The Eagles defense has been of the stingiest in the state, allowing only 13 ppg this season. Lassiter has won the last four meetings between the two schools, including last season’s 47-30 victory.
Alpharetta Raiders (4-2, 3-0) at Chattahoochee Cougars (3-3, 1-2): Alpharetta will look to extend its winning streak to four games as it travels to Chattahoochee, who lost a close contest to South Forsyth, 31-24, last week. The Raiders offense, which has scored at least 23 points in each contest this season, continued its strong form in a dominating 45-6 win over North Forsyth last week. Lem Cobbs had a game-high 113 yards rushing the victory. Alpharetta’s defense, allowing only 16 points per game, was paced by Bryce Grauss’ 11.5 tackles in the victory. Senior quarterback Taz Wilson had 333 yards passing and two touchdowns in the South Forsyth defeat. Alpharetta won last season’s contest, 21-19, after Chattahoochee won the first two meetings between the schools in 2006 and 2007.
Johns Creek Gladiators (0-6, 0-3) at Lambert Longhorns (3-3, 2-1): The Gladiators will travel to Suwannee seeking their first win of the 2013 season. Johns Creek dropped its last contest to West Forsyth, 42-13, despite 131 rushing yards from senior running back Chase Solomon. He also had a touchdown and threw for 69 yards in the loss. Scott Stupeck contributed eight tackles on defense. Lambert has won its last two games, including edging Centennial, 24-23, last week. Johns Creek has defeated Lambert two out of the last three seasons, including a 35-28 triumph in 2012.
Centennial Knights (1-5, 1-2) at South Forsyth War Eagles (5-1, 2-1): The Knights look to avoid a three-game losing streak when they travel to Cumming on Friday night. Quarterback Tee Holland had a touchdown pass to Caden Herring while Marvin Taylor and Patrick Inwood each has a rushing score for Centennial in its 24-23 loss to Lambert last week. South Forsyth has already surpassed its 2012 win total of four and defeated Chattahoochee, 31-24, last week. Centennial defeated South Forsyth 22-10 last season.
Creekview Grizzlies (4-2, 2-0) at Cambridge Bears (2-4, 1-1): It continues to be a record-setting season for the Bears as their 14-0 win over Forsyth Central last week gave the program its first-ever shutout and assured that they will have a multiple-win campaign for the first time as well . Quarterback Brian Moore had two touchdown passes, one each to Christian Thompson and Hunter Smith, in the victory. Creekview has won four of its last five contests, including a 35-28 victory over Northview last week. Creekview shutout Cambridge, 41-0, in last season’s game.
North Spring Spartans (1-5, 0-2) at Northview Titans (3-3, 1-1): Northview will look to win its third game out of four when it hosts North Springs. The Titans’ defense has allowed only 24 points per contest this season, which is in stark contrast to the 40 ppg given up in 2012. Offensively, DJ Pearson has nine touchdown passes and averaged more than 300 yards per contest this season while Matt Biondich has had 100 or more yards receiving in five games this season, including 202 against Creekview on Oct. 11. The Spartans have lost their last four games, including a 36-27 defeat to Sequoyah last week. Northview beat North Springs 56-0 last season.
Towers Titans (4-3, 0-3) at Blessed Trinity Titans (3-3, 1-1): Blessed Trinity will look to get a home victory over Towers after dropping a double-overtime loss to Decatur last week. After starting the season 4-0, Towers has lost its last three contests, all in region, including a 43-7 defeat to Woodward Academy last Friday. Blessed Trinity won last year’s game, 59-12.
Mount Paran Christian Eagles (5-1, 2-0) at Fellowship Christian Paladins (4-2, 1-1): The Paladins will welcome the Eagles to Roswell coming off of a disappointing 25-20 loss to Walker last week. Senior quarterback Hunter Bryant had 169 yards passing in the loss, bringing his total to 1,015 along with nine touchdowns on the season. Seniors Jack Wise, Taylor Cookston and Travis Kinney each had one touchdown in the game. Mt. Paran earned a hard-fought 28-17 win at Whitefield Academy last week and has been placed on several state-wide top-ten polls. The Eagles won 49-13 over the Paladins last season.
King’s Ridge Tigers (2-4, 1-2) at Walker Wolverines (4-2, 2-1): The Tigers travel to Marietta, looking to snap a four-game losing streak. King’s Ridge dropped their last contest 14-6 against Mount Pisgah Christian. Walker survived a late push by Fellowship Christian last week to get the 25-20 win. The Wolverines won the first-ever meeting between the two schools, 24-6, last season.
Whitefield Academy Wolfpack (2-4, 0-3) at Mount Pisgah Christian Patriots (6-0, 2-0): The Patriots welcome the Wolfpack looking to build on it’s best-ever start to a season in program history. The Mt. Pisgah defense, allowing only 8 points per game this season, continued its stellar effort in last week’s 14-6 win over King’s Ridge. Jacob Delk, Oz Dixon and Nicky Piccapietra all had interceptions in the win, while Patrick Messinger and Tommy Pease both earned sacks. Shingi Chigwere also had seven tackles for the Patriots. Whitefield is on a two-game losing streak and lost 28-17 in a home contest to Mt. Paran last week. The Wolfpack have won all six contests against the Patriots, including a 28-6 win last season.
St. Francis Knights (5-2, 1-1) at Lakeview Academy Lions (1-5, 0-3): The Knights continue to be one of the hottest teams in Fulton county, winners of four consecutive contests including a dominating 41-0 win over Baconton Charter on Oct. 12. St. Francis averages a region-high 33 points per contest behind quarterback Joey Roche. It will travel to Gainesville to face a Lions squad that earned their first win of the season last week over Cross Keys, 42-0. Lakeview won last season’s contest, 35-0.
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