In the first full Friday night of high school football, we wrote 35 recaps of metro Atlanta games. Led by Collins Hill’s comeback victory over Roswell in a game that was televised by GPB, there were several exciting games around Atlanta.
St. Pius X got off the schneid with their first victory over Westminster since 1992, while North Atlanta defeated South Atlanta 3-0 in a defensive struggle. Creekview took “The Battle of Hickory Flat” over their Cherokee County neighbors, Sequoyah.
Collins Hill quarterback Bradley Johnson hit Tevin Holiday with just over four minutes left to lead the Eagles to the 24-21 win, their third in two years against Roswell. The Eagles sealed the victory late with a Connor Boston interception of a Ryan Monty pass. Andrew Kwateng scored twice to lead the Hornets. Collins Hill running back Jordan Parker scored twice and Michael Blanchard added a 30-yard field goal. Fullback Corey Wilson opened the scoring for Roswell with a 1-yard TD run.
St. Pius 28, Westminster 21: St. Pius ended a 67-yard touchdown drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Logan Rosborough with 56 seconds remaining in the game to defeat host Westminster. Geno Smith added 135 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns for the Golden Lions.
North Atlanta 3, South Atlanta 0: Matt Headley’s 30-yard field goal in the second quarter was all the scoring visiting North Atlanta would need to defeat South Atlanta. Marcus Lee had 13 tackles and three sacks for North Atlanta.
Creekview 24, Sequoyah 14: Quarterback Aiden Hall connected with Riley Davis on passes of 31 and 21 yards for the host Grizzlies, who improved their record against Sequoyah in the Battle of Hickory Flat to 3-1.
Starr’s Mill 23, Coosa 21: The visiting Panthers overcame a 21-7 deficit in the middle of the 3rd to beat Coosa. Austin Ingram kicked the game-winning 25-yard field goal with 4:47 remaining.
Etowah 48, Berkmar 14: Etowah scored early and often with six different Eagles claiming touchdowns in the victory. The visitors held steady with a 28-0 halftime lead before the Patriots scored twice in the second half.
East Coweta 31, Chapel Hill 6: After storming out to a 17-0 halftime lead, the host Indians cruised to victory. They rushed for all four of their touchdowns, and Michael Willis scored two with 5 rushes for 42 yards.
Central Gwinnett 54, Mountain View 14: Central Gwinnett used a strong rush attack as George Morris scored four touchdowns on 80 yards from 13 carries. The host Black Knights added to a 27-14 halftime lead and didn’t allow a second half score.
Stockbridge 28, Dutchtown, 12: Stockbridge QB Leon Prunty rushed for two touchdowns, and Malik Bryan returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score and had a rushing touchdown of 20 yards.
North Clayton 7, Riverdale 0: North Clayton’s Malcolm Frederick returned a punt 55 yards in the first quarter, and the Eagles defense stopped Riverdale on the North Clayton 7-yard line as the game clock ran out.
Northview 35, Meadowcreek 0: Three players handled all the scoring for host Northview. Quarterback Evan Jack rushed for two scores and running back Terrence Jack rushed for three. Peyton Ericson was perfect on five extra points for the Titans.
Centennial 27, Campbell 22: The Centennial defense recovered a late fumble and the Knights drove 67 yards as Jimmy Meyer scored a 1-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds left for a come from behind victory for the visitors.
Newton 21, Shiloh 0: The visiting Rams took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after two turnovers by Shiloh. After Donald Clark muffed a punt on his own five-yardline, B.J. Reid scored on a three-yard run to give Newton a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing possession, the Generals snapped the ball over their punter’s head and the loose ball was recovered by the Rams’ Tyrique Brown in the end zone with 8:53 left in the second.
In the third quarter, Javonte Williams closed out the scoring with an 80-yard touchdown run.
Upson-Lee 6, Woodward Academy 3: Woodward kicker Alex Robinson booted a 24-yarder in the fourth quarter with 3:54 left, but Upson-Lee’s Tyler Stewart hit field goals of 27 and 34 yards out in the first half.
Mill Creek 35, Dacula 27: The visiting Hawks were led by quarterback John Russ, who threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns. Mill Creek also got 49 yards and two touchdowns from running back Jacorey Lewis.
Holy Innocents’ 17, Riverwood 7: The Golden Bears took a 17-0 lead on a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown by linebacker John Galloway. The visiting Raiders added a late touchdown to avoid the shutout.
Duluth 28, Archer 24: Myles Campbell scored on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Anfernee Stewart to give host Duluth a 21-7 third-quarter lead. Stewart had two touchdown passes.
Whitefield Academy 38, Walker 13: Running back Richard Sherrell led the Wolfpack past the visiting Wolverines with 120 yards and one touchdown. Whitefield Academy ran 22 times for 307 yards.
Lambert 28, Northwest Whitfield 7: David Broadus scored a quarterback sneak from one-yard out and threw a touchdown pass to Chris Laye as the host Longhorns took care of Northwest Whitfield. Daniel Myers added a 10-yard scoring run for Lambert.
Blessed Trinity 17, Benedictine 14 (OT): Davis Plowman kicked a 27 yard field goal to win it for host Blessed Trinity just minutes after a missed field goal attempt by Benedictine. Jordan Denson added two rushing scores for the Titans.
Lowndes 45, Pebblebrook 14: Lightning delayed the contest for more than half an hour, but the host Vikings raced to a 17-0 halftime lead and got three second-half rushing touchdowns from Nick Burgman to pull away from Pebblebrook. Josh Clemons added an interception and scored once on the ground for Lowndes.
Milton 38, Cherokee 14: Trevon Paulk scored on a 95 yard run on the games first play from scrimmage for Milton. He would finish with 216 yards and three scores on the night for the visiting Eagles.
South Forsyth 24, Forsyth Central 6: Quarterback Jantzen Jeffrey scored two rushing touchdowns, including an 80-yarder in the third quarter to break open the game. Hunter Beeghley had a 58-yard scoring jaunt for the host War Eagles, who also got a safety on a sack by Chris Ford.
Pope 31, Wheeler 7: Quarterback Holland Frost accounted for four touchdowns (three rushing and one passing) for visiting Pope as the Greyhounds rebounded from a 7-0 first-quarter deficit. Pope led 21-7 at the half.
North Cobb Christian 42, Mt. Zion-Carroll 6: The hosts (1-0) jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead behind scores from Daniel Galanos and Corey Harris and never looked back. Harris finished with three scores, one of them going for 69 yards on the ground.
Marist 44, Douglass 6: Marist 44, Douglass 6: Marist quarterback Myles Willis scored on three touchdown runs for the host War Eagles. The Astros’ highlight of the night was a 71-yard pass from Trent Francis to Santonio Carter.
Hiram 21, Douglas County 14: Kevin Mitchell scored the go-ahead rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to pace the visiting Hornets. Hiram also got a 35-yard scoring strike from Roderick Harrison to Mike Wilson and Caemon Watkins returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Johns Creek 38, Rome 14: An 81-yard punt return from Chase Solomon in the third quarter paced the Gladiators (1-0). Solomon finished with 128 yards rushing for the hosts. Skye Overton threw for 57 yards and ran for two scores for the victors.
Stone Mountain 38, Westside-Macon 20: Stone Mountain QBs Cordero Cook and Markuss Eligwe each threw for a touchdown pass, and Willie Parker had 103 yards rushing with a touchdown on 13 carries. Eligwe also rushed for a touchdown for the host Pirates.
King’s Ridge Christian 34, St. Francis 0: Tarez Miller led the visiting Tigers with 15 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns while the defense opened the season with a shutout. Devon Schmitt added three receptions for 71 yards and a score.
Westlake 14, Washington 6: Visiting Westlake used a balanced attack to defeat the Bulldogs. Renard Battle was 6-12 for 112 yards and a touchdown passing. Running back Charles Purnel added 99 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Lions.
Allatoona 34, Kennesaw Mountain 0: Allatoona ran Miles Jones for 225 yards and two touchdowns with quarterback Jeremy Uzee adding two passing touchdowns. The host Buccaneers built on a 13-0 halftime lead in the victory over the Mustangs.
Decatur 57, North Springs 6: The Bulldogs took care of business early, building a 57-0 halftime lead over the visiting Spartans. Decatur scored on a kickoff return, punt return and safety. Bulldog quarterback Vito Antinozzi threw just five passes.
Briarwood Christian (Ala.) 21, Eagle’s Landing Christian 18: The host Chargers led 18-7 at the half, but missed three extra points and watched Briarwood storm back in the second half. John Tatum scored twice, while Keyante Green his paydirt once for ELCA.