South Forsyth 17, Roswell 14 (2OT) — South Forsyth outlasted a new-look Roswell for a double-overtime victory in the Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State Stadium.
Both offenses struggled to find success in regulation, with the game being forced into overtime after regulation ended in a 7-7 tie.
Both teams scored from quarterback rushes to open the first overtime period before South went up 17-14 with a field goal. A sack and false start penalty forced Roswell into a fourth and long from the 28-yard line. The Hornets waived the long field goal attempt and opted to go for the conversion.
After scrambling, quarterback Cordel Littlejohn’s short pass found Kamonty Jett, who streaked towards the first down marker but was ultimately tackled short of the line to gain, earning South Forsyth a monumental victory against the two-time defending state champions.
Roswell’s loss was its first of the regular season since Halloween of 2014.
Milton 31, Alpharetta 9 — Milton won its first game under head coach Adam Clack as the Eagles used stout defense and a strong offensive second half to down their crosstown rivals. Alpharetta led 6-3 at the half, but Milton would score four touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters while holding Alpharetta to a single field goal to earn the win.
Milton quarterback Jordan Yates had 238 total yards with a rushing and passing touchdown. Alpharetta’s Dylan Schorr was 3-3 on field goals.
The Eagles’ win was the first game in the series decided by more than one score in eight years.
Sequoyah 30, North Forsyth 28 — North Forsyth came up short in back-and-forth affair, with a late Sequoyah field goal proving to be the game-winner.
North trailed 14-0 before climbing back to take a 28-21 lead in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs scored but North’s Honus Wagner blocked the PAT to keep North in the lead.
However, Sequoyah would go ahead with a field goal in the final three minutes, and forced North to punt with 1:41 remaining. Sequoyah ran out the clock to deny North another chance.
North’s offense compiled 293 total yards with Jonathan Perez rushing for 123 yards and a touchdown.
West Forsyth 31, Woodstock 14 — West Forsyth led throughout head coach Shawn Cahill’s debut as West earned a win over Woodstock for the second straight year.
West led 10-0 after the first quarter and held a 24-14 lead early in the fourth before putting the game away with a 21-yard rushing score.
Though Woodstock quarterback Garrett Bass threw for 249 yards, North intercepted him four times.
Pickens 54, Chattahoochee 30 — For the second straight year, Chattahoochee lost a lopsided affair against Pickens.
Pickens scored throughout the game and led 27-16 at the break before adding another 27 points in the second half. Though Hooch scored twice in the third quarter, a scoreless fourth saw Pickens run away with the win.
The loss was Chattahoochee’s seventh straight in a season opening game.
Lassiter 45, Johns Creek 21 — Johns Creek lost its opening game under new head coach Matt Helmerich against a talented Lassiter Trojans team that saw both teams turn the ball over multiple times.
Lassiter held a 28-14 lead in the third quarter, but Johns Creek looked poised to cut that lead with the ball on the Trojans’ 3-yard line. However, a fumble would be returned 97-yards for a score and Lassiter continued to build its lead in the final quarter.
Quarterback Zach Gibson passed for nearly 350 yards with three touchdowns, but turnovers and Lassiter’s offensive firepower proved too much for the Gladiators.
Lanier 33, Northview 24 — Northview led 17-7 at the half in head coach James Thompson’s debut, but the Titans couldn’t hold on, falling to Lanier for the second straight year.
Lanier scored 13 unanswered points to open the second half and take a 20-17 lead. Early in the fourth quarter, Titans’ quarterback Colton McDaniel found Mac Bolton for a second touchdown to reclaim the lead.
However, Lanier would score a touchdown with 3:25 remaining to regain the lead.
On the ensuing Northview drive, McDaniel would be intercepted and Lanier would score again to secure the win.
Blessed Trinity 28, Westminster 0 — In a rematch of the 2015 Class AAA state championship game, Blessed Trinity shut out rivals Westminster to win its sixth straight season opener.
Steele Chambers scored three rushing touchdowns and BT’s defense held Westminster scoreless on multiple trips to the red zone.
Quarterback Jake Smith compiled 162 yards passing with a touchdown.
Fellowship Christian 47, Atkinson Co. 14 — Fellowship Christian’s offense was rolling Friday as they dispatched Atkinson County in decisive fashion.
The Paladins led 21-14 at the half, but a 26-point third quarter allowed them to pull away and win their 11th straight regular season game.
Quarterback Hunter McMickle threw for nearly 200 yards with two touchdowns while the rushing attack was led by senior Merrick Haigler who led the team in rushing yards and scored twice.
King’s Ridge 38, Glascock Co. 6 — For the second straight year King’s Ridge opened its season with a lopsided win over Glascock County.
Mount Pisgah 49, Holy Innocents’ 35 — Mount Pisgah outlasted Holy Innocents’ in an offensive shootout Friday night.
The Patriots held a 27-20 lead after a back-and-forth first half and would extend that lead with a touchdown late in the third quarter. Both teams would score twice in the next five minutes, keeping the Patriots’ lead at a single score.
Mount Pisgah was finally able to extend its lead at two scores with a touchdown pass from Jacob Cendoya to David Woodward and hold on for its third straight win over the Golden Bears.