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Milton hosts defending champs in crucial test
by Greg Oshust
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Staff / Erin Gray / Running back Micco Brisker (33) will try to help lead Milton to victory as the Eagles host defending Class AAAAAA state champion Norcross Friday.
Staff / Erin Gray / Running back Micco Brisker (33) will try to help lead Milton to victory as the Eagles host defending Class AAAAAA state champion Norcross Friday.
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Milton will host defending Class AAAAAA state champion Norcross, while Alpharetta goes on the road to face West Forsyth in a battle of Region 6AAAAAA powerhouses in games that highlight Friday’s north Fulton football schedule.

Coming off of a 17-10 win over local rival Alpharetta last Friday, Milton (1-0) now faces an even bigger challenge against a Norcross squad that is on a 14-game winning streak and is off to a 2-0 start – including a 21-10 win over Brookwood last Friday.

It will be the ninth meeting between the two teams – with Norcross holding a 7-1 advantage in the series. However, it will be the first time that the Eagles will face their Gwinnett County opponent since 1979 – a game the Blue Devils won 14-7.

Milton comes into the game with some momentum after its win over Alpharetta. Micco Brisker provided the Eagles with their winning margin with a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Quarte Sapp, Christian Keeney and Obe Fortune each had one interception to lead the Eagle defense.

Meanwhile, Alpharetta (0-1) will try to get back on track as it faces region rival West Forsyth in its 6AAAAAA opener.

The game features two teams who have battled for the 6AAAAAA title the last three years.

Last year, Alpharetta won the region crown. West Forsyth finished tied for second with Lambert, which was awarded second place on the basis of its win over the Wolverines during the regular season.

Alpharetta finished second to West Forsyth in 2012, with the Raiders placing first and the Wolverines second in 2011.

Quarterback Austin King completed 17 of 30 passes for 235 yards and three interceptions for Alpharetta in its loss to Milton. Miles Smith had a six-yard touchdown run and Ryan Kopec kicked a 46-yard field goal to provide the scoring for the Raiders.

Other games on Friday include Blessed Trinity at Sequoyah, Centennial at South Forsyth, Chattahoochee at North Forsyth, Habersham Central at Northview, Lakeview at St. Francis, Lambert at Johns Creek, Mount Pisgah Christian at Rabun County and Walker at King’s Ridge.

Blessed Trinity got the 2014 season off to a strong start with a convincing 42-20 victory over AAAA team St. Pius X last Friday.

The Titans scored 21 of their 42 points in the second quarter, including a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Matthew Higgins.

Milton Shelton rushed for 148 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns, while Logan Craighead had five solo tackles and four assists on defense to lead the Titans.

Roswell (1-1) bounced back from its season-opening loss to Lowndes the week before with a 42-10 win over cross-town rival Centennial.

Cambridge improved its record to 2-0 as the Bears won convincingly over Chapel Hill 42-12.

Both Northview and St. Francis opened their regular seasons with resounding wins.

Northview defeated Duluth 42-7, while St. Francis beat Providence Christian 47-10.

Fellowship Christian fell to 1-1 after a 20-10 loss to Riverside Military, while Johns Creek lost its season opener to Woodstock 9-0.

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