Both Alpharetta and Milton get their seasons underway as the Raiders host the Eagles in a battle of local powerhouses at Alpharetta Stadium Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The non-region battle features an Alpharetta team that is looking for a second consecutive Region 6AAAAAA championship and a Milton squad that is aiming for a 5AAAAAA crown after finishing runner up last year.
Milton has had the upper hand in the rivalry with six wins in their eight games, including a 31-24 victory in overtime in 2013.
Both teams feature major NCAA Division I commitments and prospects, with defensive end Andrew Butcher (Tennessee) and quarterback Austin King (North Carolina State) leading the way for Alpharetta and linebacker Quarte Sapp – who is being recruited by a number of Division I schools, but hasn’t committed yet – and offensive lineman Nick Wilson (Stanford) leading the charge for Milton.
A battle of Roswell cross-town rivals will take place Friday as Roswell hosts Centennial in a 6AAAAAA contest at the Hornets’ Nest at 7:30 p.m.
Roswell has won 11 of the 14 contests between the two teams, with the Hornets beating the Knights 39-30 last year.
It will be the season opener for Centennial, which will try to bounce back from a 1-9 record, while Roswell attempts to get into the victory column after a 37-14 season-opening loss to Lowndes last Friday.
Blessed Trinity will certainly have its hands full in its season opener Friday as the Titans go on the road to face state powerhouse St. Pius X at 7:30 p.m.
It will be a battle of former region rivals, with both teams playing in 6AAA before St. Pius moved up to AAAA this season.
St. Pius won the first five games of the rivalry before Blessed Trinity broke through with a 21-20 win last year.
Cambridge will try to stay on a roll following its 42-6 season-opening win over Holy Innocents’ last week as the Bears go on the road to take on Chapel Hill in the first-ever meeting between the two teams Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Quarterback Brian Moore completed 14 of 23 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 45 yards and had two more scores, while wide receiver John Hurst had six receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead Cambridge (1-0) to the win over Holy Innocents’.