Week 3 was short on games (only 8) but had plenty of action, and the two marquee games sure didn’t disappoint (unless you were a Roswell or Milton fan of course). The Hornets lost by virtue of a trick play from Lambert — a hook-and-ladder with less than 30 seconds to play that flipped the field and set up the Longhorns game-winning field goal with less than five seconds to play.
Milton, which looked unstoppable on offense in week 1 against Alpharetta, got stymied by a Johns Creek defense that is making a name for itself on the AAAAAA level. The Gladiators held Milton to less than 100 yards on the ground and have only given up 7 points and 250 or so total yards in 8 quarters of AAAAAA football — for now they look like the team to beat among the local public schools, though I’m sure Alpharetta and Chattahoochee will have something to about that when region play arrives.
Speaking of region play…we’re inching that way, with some school finishing up their non-region schedule this week and others still having two games to play.
But for week four it remains non-region for everyone in north Fulton. Roswell will look to put the first dent in the Gladiator’s armor in Johns Creek’s home opener, Alpharetta and Lovejoy play in a battle of 2011 region champs and Mount Pisgah and King’s Ridge will try to push to 3-0 with their toughest games so far this season in Class-A.
So let’s tee it up for another night of football. Games, previews and picks are below.
Milton (1-1) vs. Centennial (0-2)
Milton comes in following a narrow loss to Johns Creek 14-9 in what appeared to be a defensive slugfest. Centennial comes in struggling after their second straight blowout loss, a 34-0 defeat to Etowah.
The Knights biggest struggle has been stopping the run through their first two games with both Roswell and Etowah using power running games to combine for nearly 700 yards rushing in the first two games. That won’t bode well with Milton’s running game looking to get healthy after a frustrating week two loss.
My take — Eagles cruise in this one, Knights fall to 0-3
Roswell (1-1) at Johns Creek (2-0)
Two run-first teams that have impressed in the early going this season. Roswell lost a heartbreaker in the waning seconds last week, while the Gladiators topped Milton by holding the Eagles scoreless for the final three quarters last Friday.
Look for another smash-mouth game here, with both defenses and running games being on full display. When that is the case the team that makes the least mistakes (turnovers) usually wins.
My take – Close game from the opening kick but I’ll take the Glads in their home opener
Alpharetta (1-1) at Lovejoy (1-1) @ Twelve Oak Stadium
Alpharetta got healthy last week with an easy win over Harrison, but things will get much tougher tonight against Lovejoy — the 2011 AAAA state runner-ups. The Wildcats lost on the road against Colquitt County last week 14-7, ending a 21 game regular season winning streak.
The Raiders struggled to stop the running game in week 1 against Alpharetta and that will be the key against Lovejoy and their talented feature-back Travis Custis (Georgia Tech Commit). Lovejoy also showed themselves well against Colquitt’s spread attack, which resembles Alpharetta.
My take – Should be a good one, I’ll take Lovejoy in a mini-upset though
Chattahoochee (1-1) at Douglas County (1-1)
Coming off a bye week, Chattahoochee will travel to Douglasville to take on first-year coach Jason Respert’s Tigers. Douglas County comes in with a big win over AAA school Chapel Hill(46-7) and a 36-19 loss to South Cobb last week, but Hooch is on a different level than those programs.
My take – Hooch by a couple TDs
Cambridge (0-1) vs. South Forsyth (2-0)
Game two in Cambridge football history looks like a really tough spot for the Bears. South Forsyth has two blow-out wins under their belt, beating Northview 48-19 and Forsyth Central 41-14, and appears to be poised for one of the better seasons in recent history.
Cambridge on the other hand is coming off a 48-0 loss to Riverwood and appears to have a long way to go before they can compete at the varsity level.
My take — South Forsyth climbs to 3-0
Northview (0-1) vs. Lambert (2-0)
Turnovers plagued Northview in week 1 against South Forsyth and the Titans will need to clean up those miscues in their home opener against Lambert. The Longhorns have a pair of low scoring wins over Etowah and Roswell so the Titans will need to find a way to crack that defense tonight and get the score in the 20’s if they want a chance at winning.
My take — Northview falls to 0-2 before getting to a more favorable part of the schedule next week
FCS (1-1) vs. Oglethorpe County (1-1)
Fellowship scooped their first win of the season last week against Towns County and will look to keep the ball rolling with another home game tonight against Oglethorpe County — a AA school from Lexington, Ga. The Patriots also enter with a 1-1 record, knocking off AA Harlem last Friday 35-13.
My take — Not sure here, but I’ll take the bigger school, Oglethorpe, to win
King’s Ridge (2-0) vs. Pace Academy (1-1)
King’s Ridge enters week three as the top offensive (47 points per game) and defensive (3.5 ppg) team among all Class A schools, public and private. What that means though, I’m not sure. The Tigers have beaten up on Pinecrest Academy and St. Francis, two schools that aren’t expected to much make noise this season. Things obviously get harder from here, starting with Pace Academy.
The Knights, who have a win over Whitfield Academy and a loss to Athens Academy, are sure to be the biggest and fastest team King’s Ridge has seen this season and Pace won last year’s meeting 22-13.
My take — a tight game but the home crowd pulls the Tigers through to 3-0
Mount Pisgah (2-0) at Our Lady of Mercy (1-1)
Pisgah hits the road for the first time this season, heading south to Fairburn to play Our Lady of Mercy in a battle of early season unbeatens. OLM’s first win was an impressive one, winning 38-7 over Mount Paran (thought to be a favorite in Pisgah’s Region 6). A week ago they won by a forfeiture of SW Atlanta Christian, so essentially they are coming off a bye week.
Pisgah comes in hot, with a blowout ofMount Vernonand a solid 24-13 win over Class AA Model last Friday.
My take — their closest game yet, but the Pats survive and move to 3-0
St. Francis (0-3) at Whitefield Academy (1-1)
It’s been tough sledding for St. Francis in varsity football, losing all three games including a 49-0 loss to King’s Ridge. Whitefield Academy is 1-1, with losses to Pace and a 41-0 win over Riverside Military last week
My take — Whitefield wins