Alpharetta Raiders (1-2) at West Forsyth Wolverines (2-1): The Raiders will travel to Cumming off of a one-point loss at home to 2012 state playoff finalist Lovejoy last Friday. Alpharetta will be led by wide receiver Daniel Clements and emerging quarterback Vito Priore. West Forsyth has won its last two games over Flowery Branch and Starr’s Mill after dropping its season opener to Gainesville. Both teams tied for the region 6-AAAAAA title last season with the Wolverines holding the tiebreaker courtesy of a 63-42 win over the Raiders in 2012.
Johns Creek Gladiators (0-3) at Centennial Knights (0-3): The Gladiators or Knights will earn their first win of 2013 in the region opener for both squads. Johns Creek dropped its last game to Roswell, 41-24, but quarterback Kevin Nalecz had three total touchdowns, two rushing, in the contest. Centennial hopes to rebound off of a disappointing 52-10 defeat to Milton last Friday. Knights’ quarterback Matt Harries had 163 yards passing and linebacker Alex Estes accumulated 11 tackles in the contest. Johns Creek won last year’s contest 49-24.
North Forsyth Raiders (3-0) at Chattahoochee Cougars (2-1): After dropping its season opener to Kell at the Georgia Dome, Chattahoochee has rebounded with two consecutive wins, including a 37-26 home victory over Douglas County. Cougars’ quarterback Taz Wilson has 205 yards passing with three touchdown passes, all to senior wide receiver Collin Lisa in the win. Running back Chase Nelson added 123 yards in the contest. The Raiders have averaged 32 points per game in 2013 and defeated Cherokee 34-27 last week. Chattahoochee beat North Forsyth 47-20 last season.
Cambridge Bears (0-2) at Osborne Cardinals (1-2): The Bears will seek to enter the win column by traveling to Marietta to face an Osborne squad that has dropped two consecutive games of its own. Cambridge was defeated by South Forsyth 38-28 last Friday. The Bears opened the season against Riverwood and junior quarterback Brian Moore had 198 total yards in the game. After winning their season opener over Chapel Hill, the Cardinals have lost to McNair and Campbell. Osborne won last season’s contest 20-7.
Northview Titans (1-1) at Pope Greyhounds (0-3): The Titans earned their first win of 2013 with a 16-12 victory over Lambert last Friday. Devan Johnson’s one-yard touchdown run with: 34 seconds left in the contest gave Northview the victory. Quarterback DJ Pearson had 250 yards passing with one touchdown while wide receiver Matt Biondich had a stellar game with 141 yards catching. Pope lost its last game to Etowah, 41-7. The Greyhounds defeated Northview 31-28 last season.
Blessed Trinity Titans (1-2) at White County Warriors (3-0): Blessed Trinity is coming off of a bye week and seeks a return to the win column after dropping its last two games to Lovett and Hart County. In the Titans’ last game against Hart County, two quarterbacks, Connor Davis and Chris Keegan, each saw playing time with Keegan amassing 166 total yards, 112 of which came in the air. Junior wide receiver Robert McQuaid had 104 yards receiving in the contest. White County won its last game over Fannin County, 48-13. Blessed Trinity has won both meetings between the two squads, including last season’s 35-14 victory.
Fellowship Christian Paladins (3-0) at Christian Heritage Lions (2-1): The Paladins have continued their breakout start to the 2013 season, with three wins that has already surpassed the total from 2012. The offense, which has averaged a region-high 42 points per contest, has been piloted by senior quarterback Hunter Bryant who has seven total touchdowns in 2013. The Paladins’ defense has also been stout, allowing only 37 points this season, the lowest in the region. Fellowship travels to Dalton, facing a Heritage Christian team that has wins over Murray County and Coahulla Creek this season. The Lions shut out Fellowship 48-0 last season.
King’s Ridge Tigers (2-1) at Darlington Lions (2-1): The battle of the Tigers will take place in Rome with King’s Ridge entering the contest after suffering its first defeat of the season last Thursday at Pace Academy 39-6. Prior to that, King’s Ridge has won its first two games of the 2013 campaign, gaining victories over Pinecrest Academy and St. Francis. The trio of quarterback Henry Jones, wide receiver Penny Hart and running back Connor Henderson will trigger the King’s Ridge offense. Darlington won its game last week against Chattooga, 35-13, and won its contest against King’s Ridge 34-17.
Hebron Christian Academy Lions (2-0) at St. Francis Knights (2-2): The Knights made history last Friday with a 28-14 win over Whitefield Academy, giving St. Francis its first-ever region win over a foe outside of North Cobb Christian. Senior quarterback Joey Roche had a stellar performance in the victory, throwing for 224 yards with two touchdowns. St. Francis also amassed 159 yards on the ground, led by leading rusher Jonah Huff who had 68 yards rushing. Hebron has won its first two games of 2013 over Lakeview Academy and Cross Keys. St. Francis shut out the Lions, 23-0, in last year’s contest.