Another Friday night is in the books and so are dozens of metro Atlanta high school football games.
Wesleyan got back on the winning track, while Tri Cities and Dacula notched wins as well. Logan Roseborough of St. Pius and Cole Slaton of North Forsyth beach carried their teams to victory. Speaking of great running back performances, SW DeKalb had three 100-yard rushers including Zavier Johnson, Malik Wright and Toran Davis.
In the Region 5-AAAA opener for both teams, the Kell Longhorns edged the visiting Hiram Hornets 6-3.
Tyler Prince scored the game’s only points for the Longhorns. Hiram trailed 6-0 before answering with a field goal. Then, on the second to last play of the game, Kell blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt by the Hornets.
Both teams now have 3-2 records. Next week, Kell hosts East Cobb rival Pope.
Brookwood 56, Central Gwinnett 14: The visiting Broncos took a 28-14 lead at halftime after trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, getting a Jamaal Cole touchdown run on a fake field goal right before the half. Brookwood pulled away in the second half with 28 more unanswered points.
West Forsyth 70, Centennial 20: In the Region 6-AAAAA opener for both teams, the Wolverines scored 42 points in the first half as Jake Wieczorek scored three touchdowns and Blake Roberts added two. Centennial’s only score in the first half was a one-yard blast by Zietrick Smith. Wieczorek scored his fourth touchdown for the first points of the second half.
Dacula 25, Shiloh 0: The visiting Falcons scored in every quarter as they flew past South Gwinnett. Marcus Cox rushed for a score and completed a touchdown pass on a reverse. Rocky Capobianco added two rushing scores.
Woodstock 7, Cherokee 0: The Wolverines and Warriors played through three quarters without scoring. Visiting Woodstock took a 7-0 lead early in the fourth quarter on a Jonathan Weiner 31-yard screen pass to Brandon Yeager on fourth-and-12.
Alpharetta 40, Northview 17: Jalen Simmons gained 142 total yards and rushed for three scores to lead visiting Alpharetta. QB Joshua Dobbs was 26-of-45 passing for 331 yards and touchdowns to Carlos Burse and Daniel Clements. Lehman Howington added a 40-yard field goal.
Greater Atlanta Christian 42, Blessed Trinity 28: The host Spartans led 21-14 at the half, then each team doubled their total for the final score. Spencer McManus threw for 287 yards and three scores in a losing effort for the Titans. Two of his touchdown passes were to receiver Chris Dore.
Harris Co. 7, Fayette Co. 6: A missed extra point and failed red zone opportunities by visiting Fayette County ultimately led to defeat. Trailing late in the third, Harris quarterback Justin Wright scored on a five yard run followed by the game winning extra point.
Johns Creek 41, Creekview 14: The visiting Gladiators scored early on a 74-yard run by Blake Storm. Storm rushed seven times for 116 yards. Sky Overton had 15 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Grizzlies.
Bowdon 47, Walker 21: The Red Devils ran all over the hosts and pulled away in the fourth quarter, amassing 464 rushing yards. Maricio Askew led the way with 209 yards on 16 carries for three scores. Wesley Stephens had 16 carries for 156 yards.
East Coweta 37, Luella 8: The visiting Indians and running back Demarcus Godfrey were too much for Luella to handle. He rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. David Singleton picked off two Luella passes.
St. Pius 42, North Atlanta 0: The host Golden Lions held a slim 7-0 halftime lead over the Warriors but scored 35 second half points. Running back Logan Rosborough ran 20 times for 165 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
North Forsyth 24, Roswell 21: Quarterback Harris Roberts snuck in from one yard with the game-winning touchdown with 55 seconds left. Running back Cole Slaton had 159 rushing yards and two scores for the host Raiders, while Corey Wilson rushed for 234 yards and three scores for Roswell.
Dunwoody 42, Lakeside-DeKalb 10: Tim Nelson rushed eight times for 111 yards and two touchdowns, leading Dunwoody past the host Vikings. The Wildcats amassed 437 yards on the ground and also had scoring runs from Dazel Claytor, Joseph Farrar and Temyrick Mosley.
Southwest DeKalb 21, Chamblee 0: Southwest DeKalb churned out 402 rushing yards to control the game against visiting Chamblee. Zavier Johnson and Malik Wright eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the Panthers and scored one touchdown each, while Toran Davis found the endzone for the fifth consecutive game.
Collins Hill 35, Duluth 13. The Eagles were not polite visitors, intercepting five Duluth passes on the night, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Austin Lewis. Quarterback Brett Sheehan threw for three scores, two to wideout Nick England.
Archer 42, Berkmar 0. Sean Fowler found paydirt three times (twice in the first half) in the first half of the Tigers win at Berkmar. Earnest Alexander, Jarvis Holley and Kenneth Parmer each added rushing touchdowns for Archer.
North Gwinnett 71, Meadowcreek 6. Host north Gwinnett scored nine touchdowns on offense and one on special teams. Quarterback Scotty Hosch scored three times for the offense, and Josh Manners recovered a botched snap on a punt for the special teams.
Wesleyan 14, Fellowship Christian 7: Zander Yost scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter for the host Wolves to break a 7-7 tie. Wesleyan answered Fellowship’s opening touchdown with an 18-yard scoring pass from Eric Sunderman to Rodney Morris in the second quarter.
Chattahoochee 28, NW Whitefield 13: Senior wide receiver Will Johnson caught a 35-yard touchdown pass to give the host Cougars a 7-0 lead. Chase Nelson added a five-yard touchdown run and Marcus Sayles sealed the win over the Bruins with two interceptions.
Villa Rica 49, Douglas County 35: The Wildcats ran all over host Douglas County in a high-scoring affair. Quarterback Marcus Allen and running back B.J. McCoy Villa Rica each scored three times.
Northgate 30, McIntosh 14: The hosting Vikings rallied to lead 17-7 at halftime over the Chiefs and held on to win. Peyton Usher ran for two touchdowns while Alex Lakes and Kyle Kovacs each added a score in the victory.
Tri-Cities 24, Mundy’s Mill 6: Tri-Cities led just 7-6 after one quarter and 10-6 at the half, but a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by Xavier Roberson provided some third-quarter insurance. Jarius Hollaman took back a fumble 42 yards for a score for the host Bulldogs.
Heritage-Conyers 22, Apalachee 17: Host Heritage used the rushing attack to defeat the Wildcats. Quami Stanley and Myron Fears scored rushing touchdowns in the red zone while Dominic Craft ran for the final score on an 80-yard run.
Rome 20, Sequoyah 10: Freshman kicker Jonathan Tamayo put the host Chiefs on top 3-0 in the first quarter. That would be the only lead Sequoyah would enjoy, as the Wolves scored two touchdowns in the last four minutes of the first half to go ahead for good.
Pace Academy 22, King’s Ridge Christian 13: Tarez Miller led the visiting Tigers with 120 rushing yards and a score, while quarterback Bailey Miller threw for 150 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t enough to overcome the Knights, who led 10-7 at the half.