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Friday Night Lights: Week 3
by Chase Wallace
September 07, 2012 12:05 AM | 4366 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johns Creek quarterback Skye Overton will lead the Gladiators into action against Milton tonight. Both teams are 1-0.
Johns Creek quarterback Skye Overton will lead the Gladiators into action against Milton tonight. Both teams are 1-0.

Well week two sure was an exciting one…we saw an upset in Alpharetta, an astounding win by Roswell, and a number of other thrilling finishes around the area. Personally I didn’t do so hot, 4-4 overall, but there is always next week right? And I promise a better showing in Week 3.

Eight games make up tonight’s schedule, highlighted by Milton and Johns Creek, two teams that really impressed in their season opening wins. We’ll also get a chance to see if Roswell is as good as they looked in week 1; if Centennial is as bad; and if Alpharetta can rebound after a week 1 setback.

Elsewhere BT will continue trying to iron out their offensive kinks and King’s Ridge and St. Francis will do battle in the only other game between north Fulton schools.

I’ll be at the Etowah-Centennial game and will have a full recap and stat sheet shortly after the final whistle. For the other games don’t forget to check the Friday Night Football Notebook on Page C2 each week for a full recap on the past week’s action.

Let’s tee it up! Games, schedules and picks are below.

Milton (1-0) vs. Johns Creek (1-0)

Both teams had impressive wins in their season opener, with Johns Creek pounding Woodstock 28-0 on Aug. 23 and Milton beating defending region champion Alpharetta 35-28 last week.

Tonight’s game sets up as a battle of speed vs. power. The Gladiators and their option offense will rely on Skye Overton, Chase Solomon and Matt Azemar to create some deception in the backfield and try to find a crease in the defense. Milton, and their massive offensive line, will surely look to pound away at an undersized Gladiator defensive front with their talented duo of running backs, Barber and Paulk.

My take — Milton’s size presents problems up front for the Glads. Eagles by 2 scores

Roswell (1-0) at Lambert (1-0)

Roswell got a huge performance in week 1 from their running attack led by 260+ from Andrew Kwateng and another 93 from Shakur Jackson. Lambert, who is building their own reputation as a smash mouth team, beat Etowah 14-7, shutting down the Eagles running attack and forcing Etowah (who run a similar offense to Roswell) to throw the ball 38 times.

This game definitely sets up as a slugfest, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see either team win it.

My take – First to 20 wins, Roswell gets there and jumps to 2-0

Alpharetta (0-1) at Harrison (1-0)

Alpharetta was up-ended in week 1 by Milton, which should be a quick attention getter for a squad with aspirations of making some noise in November. Harrison won their season opener with a narrow win over Woodstock, but the Hoyas are young and will have a hard time matching Alpharetta’s athleticism.

My take – Raiders play with a chip on their shoulder and win comfortably

Centennial (0-1) vs. Etowah (0-1)

Centennial struggled in their season opener at Roswell, giving up nearly 400 yards on the ground in a 42-13 loss — scoring their only touchdown when the game was well out of hand.

If they want to contend this week they’ll have to find a way to get their passing game clicking — tallying only 78 yards on 36 passes won’t cut it — and find a way to stop an Etowah offense that is very similar to the Hornets.

My take – Etowah wins, Knights fall to 0-2

Blessed Trinity (1-1) vs. Hart County (0-1)

The BT offense struggled again in a week 2 loss to Lovett, while the defense gave another solid effort. There is no shame in losing to a strong program like Lovett, but to be the state playoff team BT wants to be they will have to find that happy medium between their offense and defense.

Hart County, in extreme NW GA, is usually a pretty good program and a state playoff team. They lost their opener to Cedar Shoals (a AAAAA school) 21-0 and that is pretty much all I know about them.

My take — Home field pushes the Titans to 2-1 heading into their bye

Fellowship Christian (0-1) vs. Towns Co. (0-2)

Turnovers plagued FCS last week, losing five fumbles in a 32-12 loss. Towns County is a program that traditionally has struggled, and is playing a non-region schedule this year. They are 0-2 this year but both losses have been within 10 points.

My take — Fellowship wins at home

Model (1-0) at Mount Pisgah (1-0)

Two teams in similar spots, coming off a bye and with big wins in week 1 against schools in their first GHSA game — Model beat Christian Heritage 40-16 and Pisgah put 55 points on Mount Vernon Presbyterian. This week should be a much better measuring stick for each school, and if Pisgah can pull it out I think they will establish themselves as a team to be reckoned with in 6A.

My take — Pisgah doesn’t score 55, but they play well enough to win

King’s Ridge (1-0) at St. Francis (0-1)

King’s Ridge won in dominating fashion against Pinecrest in week 1 and St. Francis lost a last minute heartbreaker to Mount Vernon Presbyterian 35-28. The Knights have played well in their two games, but King’s Ridge appears to be a little more seasoned at this point.

My take — Tigers win big again



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