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Local football teams finish regular season this week
by Greg Oshust
November 07, 2013 10:42 AM | 2847 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>
Milton's Chad Toliver (3) runs past Cherokee defensive back Asher Davis (29) during the Eagles' 42-7 win last Friday.
Staff / Erin Gray
Milton's Chad Toliver (3) runs past Cherokee defensive back Asher Davis (29) during the Eagles' 42-7 win last Friday.
Some of the area’s football teams are aiming for state playoff berths as they enter the final weekend of the regular season.

Alpharetta (7-2, 6-0) clinched the Region 6AAAAAA championship and its top seed in the Class AAAAAA playoffs with a 42-20 victory over Centennial last Friday.

The Raiders will close out the regular season at home against Johns Creek Friday.

Milton (7-2, 4-2) is also headed to the postseason as it enters the last week of the regular season tied for second place in 5AAAAAA with Etowah and Walton.

The Eagles, coming off of a 42-7 victory over Cherokee last Friday, can earn the No. 2 seed in 5AAAAAA with a win at Woodstock and an Etowah loss to Lassiter Friday.

“I feel very good about where we are at this time,” Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro said. “The team is playing well, considering we lost our SEC running back [Tennessee commitment Treyvon Paulk] in the third game of the season [to a knee injury]. Others have managed to step up and take his place, which is testament to how hard the players have worked this year.”

Cambridge (3-6, 2-3), which finished fourth in 7AAAAA’s subregion A, faces a tough challenge in its bid for a state playoff spot in AAAAA as it hosts state powerhouse Kell – the top seed from subregion B – in a play-in game Friday.

The Bears are coming off of a 36-11 loss to Sequoyah last Friday.

Blessed Trinity (6-3, 4-1) can earn the 6AAA title and the region’s top seed in the AAA playoffs with a win in its regular-season finale at Cedar Grove Friday.

The Titans put themselves in position for a region title with a 21-20 victory over St. Pius X last Friday.

“Given how tough our region is, we’re certainly happy to know we’ll be one of the four teams in the state playoffs,” Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin said. “Our goal is the region title and it’s within reach, but we’ll have to beat a very talented Cedar Grove team in order to do it.”

Mount Pisgah Christian (9-0, 5-0) will also be a state playoff team, with the Patriots the second-ranked team in the latest Class A private school power rating.

The top 16 teams in the final rankings, which will be released next Tuesday, will qualify for the postseason.

Pisgah aims for the 6A title as the Patriots – the top seed in subregion B -- hosts Mount Zion of Carroll – the fourth seed in subregion A -- in a play-in game Friday.

The Patriots are coming off of 50-14 win over Fellowship Christian (5-4, 2-3), which is the third seed from subregion B and will host second-seeded subregion A team Christian Heritage in a play-in game. Fellowship’s state playoff hopes appeared dim as the Paladins were ranked 21st in the latest Class A private school power rating.

King’s Ridge Christian (3-6, 2-4) will host Gordon Lee in a 6A play-in game Friday. The Tigers, who lost to Whitefield Academy 44-41 last Friday, are the 24th-ranked team in the latest power rating.

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