By Zach Shugan
Week 11 is in the books, and only one week remains in the regular season.
Evey local team except Fellowship Christian, which clinched a region title in Week 10, was in action Friday night. The game of the week was Johns Creek’s comeback win over Ridge Ridge, and an honorable mention goes to the low-scoring thriller between Roswell and Alpharetta.
Here’s a breakdown of all the local action from Week 11 and a look at what comes next for every team.
Woodstock 7, No. 4 Milton 68
Milton walloped Woodstock, putting on a show for the fans in attendance and making a statement in the process. Jordan McDonald rushed for three touchdowns for the second week in a row, and two different players (Gilles Tchio and Bryce Thornton) had a pick-six in a game the Eagles led 62-0 at halftime. Next week, Milton (8-1, 4-0) hosts Cherokee (5-4, 3-1) in the de-facto region championship game. A win over the Warriors would lock up the Eagles’ fourth consecutive region title and home-field advantage through the first two rounds of the state playoffs.
No. 8 Roswell 17, Alpharetta 13
Roswell put together a game-winning drive in the closing minutes, with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Robbie Roper to Ethan Nation giving the Hornets the lead with under two minutes remaining. Roswell (7-2, 3-1) plays at winless Woodstock next week with a chance to help its playoff seeding. If Roswell defeats the Wolverines and Milton beats Cherokee, then the Hornets secure a two seed and home game in the first round of the state playoffs. Meanwhile, Alpharetta (2-7, 1-3) will host Etowah (1-7, 1-3) in a win-or-go-home game. The victor earns a spot in the state playoffs as a four seed, and the losers turn in their pads and uniforms in the days after.
No. 8 Johns Creek 40, River Ridge 36
It was truly a tale of two halves for Johns Creek, which trailed 29-7 after River Ridge recovered multiple onside kicks and dominated time of possession in the first half. The Gladiators came out in the second half and outscored the Knights 33-7, stunning the home crowd and leaving with a win. Kyle Durham threw two touchdowns in the second half and Tylan Johnson ran for two touchdowns, including the 7-yard game winner with 37 seconds remaining. Johns Creek (7-2, 5-1) hosts Creekview (7-2, 4-2) next week in a game which will strongly impact playoff seeding.
Chattahoochee 7, No. 10 Cambridge 47
After losing their first game of the season last week at Riverwood, the Bears bounced back with a commanding win over Hooch. Senior quarterback Zach Harris posted six touchdowns (5 passing, 1 rushing), two of which went to Cade Ellington. Cambridge (7-1, 5-1) welcomes River Ridge (6-3, 3-3) next week with a chance to add another milestone to its historic season. A win would secure the Bears one of the top two spots in the region, which means they would host a playoff game for the first time ever.
Centennial 0, Creekview 38
Centennial went to Canton and were shut out by the Grizzlies, who clinched a playoff spot with the win. The Knights (1-8, 1-5) will be back at home next week against Sequoyah (3-6, 1-5) with a chance to finish their season on a high note and create some momentum heading into the offseason and, eventually, next season.
No. 10 Blessed Trinity 33, Cass 13
BT dropped back-to-back home games to Calhoun and Cartersville earlier this month but closed out its regular season with two controlling wins on the road at Hiram and Cass. The Titans (6-4, 3-2) clinched a three seed in the state playoffs, meaning they’ll play at the runner-up from Region 5 — either St. Pius X or Decatur — in the first round.
Northview 6, MLK 48
Northview’s playoff hopes were dashed with its loss to MLK. The Titans (2-7, 1-4) play at Southwest DeKalb next week in their final game of the 2021 season.
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Mount Pisgah 28, King’s Ridge 14
Mount Pisgah bounced back from a loss to Fellowship by going to King’s Ridge and picking up a pivotal region win. Jack Cendoya rushed for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown to Jake Mann. The win sets the Patriots (5-4, 2-1) up for a big game next week at home against St. Francis (4-5, 2-1). King’s Ridge (3-6, 1-3) locked up a spot in the state playoffs as a four seed and closes the regular season at East Forsyth, which is 2-7 in its first year.
Lakeview Academy 12, St. Francis 33
The Knights dominated on their senior night, jumping out to a 26-0 lead through one quarter and coasting the rest of the way. Following an 0-5 start this season, St. Francis has now won four games in a row, including back-to-back region games. At 2-1 in region play, the Knights are tied with Mount Pisgah for second place entering the final week of the regular season. Next week, the teams will face off in Johns Creek with the winner clinching second place and a home game in the first round of the state playoffs. The loser is guaranteed a playoff berth as a three seed.