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Friday Night Lights: Week 11
by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
November 02, 2012 12:05 AM | 2334 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special / Anthony Stalcup -- Northview running back Terrence Upshaw (20) ran for 276 yards and five touchdowns last week in a losing effort against Sequoyah. Upshaw and the Titans will play Forsyth Central tonight in sub-region play.
Special / Anthony Stalcup -- Northview running back Terrence Upshaw (20) ran for 276 yards and five touchdowns last week in a losing effort against Sequoyah. Upshaw and the Titans will play Forsyth Central tonight in sub-region play.
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Two weeks to go in the regular season and there will be whole lot of jockeying for position in each region’s standings tonight.

Blessed Trinity, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek all still have region championship opportunities on the table and tonight’s games will be huge in that respect. Milton, Centennial, Chattahoochee and Northview are fighting for the third and fourth spots in their respective regions and while tonight’s games are big for them, next week will prove to even bigger.

Meanwhile Mount Pisgah is the lone Class-A school with a shot at the state playoffs. Sitting on the fringe of the playoffs the Patriots must keep winning to keep their power rating high enough, but even then…will it be enough?

The next two weeks should be exciting, so let’s tee it up for another Friday night. Game, previews and picks are below.

Milton (5-3, 3-2) at Cherokee (1-7, 0-5)

After a pair of losses to 5AAAAAA’s top two teams — Lassiter and Walton —Milton has slid into a three-way tie for third place with Etowah and Woodstock. But the good news for Milton is their schedule gets easier from here on out with two winnable games to finish the season, starting with Cherokee tonight, a team that was blown out by Roswell last week.

My take — Eagles take care of business

Roswell (2-6, 1-4) at Lassiter (8-0, 5-0)

After beating 5AAAAAA’s worst team last week 34-6, Roswell comes back this week to face the best team in the region and one of the best in the state in Lassiter. The Trojans have been dominant this year behind a high-powered passing attack, and with senior quarterback Eddie Printz playing on senior night here I’d expect much of the same.

My take – Lassiter stays undefeated

Alpharetta (5-3, 4-1) vs. Centennial (3-5, 3-2)

Two of the hottest teams in 6AAAAAA square off in a key region game. Alpharetta has won four straight since losing their region opener to West Forsyth. Centennial has rebounded to 3-2 after losing their first two region games to West Forsyth and Johns Creek.

For Alpharetta a win not only locks them into the state playoffs, but keeps their hopes alive of hosting a playoff game and possibly winning a region title. A win for Centennial helps their state playoff chances and could vault them towards a No. 3 or No. 2 seed. A loss sets up a do-or-die game against Chattahoochee next week.

My take – Alpharetta by 10

Chattahoochee (5-3, 3-2) vs. Lambert (5-3, 2-3)

The Cougars scored the upset of the year in Region 6 last week by upending previously undefeated West Forsyth on a last-minute touchdown (and ensuing two-point conversion) to take a 29-28 lead — and boy was it a huge win, keeping Hooch tied for fourth place in the region with Centennial.

They’ll take on another Forsyth County team this week in Lambert and the Longhorns are sliding in the wrong direction, losing three straight after a 5-0 start.

My take — Hooch has kept them all close of late, Cougars by a FG

Johns Creek (7-1, 4-1) at North Forsyth (3-5, 0-5)

Johns Creek continues to be the steady rock in northFulton, taking care of business when they need to and slowly but surely putting together another stellar season. This week’s game against North Forsyth — losers of five straight — is another one of those “take care of business” opportunities before next week’s battle with Alpharetta, which likely decides the No. 2 seed in 6AAAAAA.

My take — Glads take care of business

Cambridge (1-7, 1-3) at Sequoyah (5-3, 3-1)

Cambridge got on the board last week with a big win over North Springs — the first in school history — and assured themselves of a non-last place finish in their inaugural season of varsity football.

This week against Sequoyah will be much tougher though as the Chiefs offense has been rolling over everyone lately, including a 600-yard/58-point performance against Northview last Friday.

My take — Chiefs roll

Northview (2-6, 2-2) at Forsyth Central (2-6, 2-2)

With just two wins, both schools here are still assured a spot in a Region Play-In game next week and this matchup will decide who takes the 3 and 4 seeds in those games — and therefore who gets paired with the 1 and 2 seeds (Kell or Pope) from the other half of 7AAAAA.

Both teams have identical resumes with wins coming over Cambridge and North Springs, so it may be a toss-up.

My take — in true Northview fashion, it’s a shootout, but I’ll take the Titans

Blessed Trinity (7-1, 4-0) at St. Pius X (6-2, 3-1)

The top of the 6AAA standings are fairly jumbled, but BT has a chance to separate themselves from the pack tonight against St. Pius X and lock up at least a share of the region championship. If BT wins and Woodward Academy wins (against Cedar Grove) tonight, BT will clinch the region title — any other scenario means the region championship will be decided next Friday.

My take — Titans win 21-17

Mount Pisgah (5-3, 2-2) vs. FCS (1-7, 0-4)

Pisgah continues to straddle the line of playoff team or non-playoff team in the power rankings, so beating a team like FCS (who won’t help their strength of schedule) is a must win if they want to hold on to that top 16 spot (currently ranked 15th).

My take — Patriots cruise

King’s Ridge (4-4, 1-3) at Whitefield Academy (5-3, 3-1)

After their first region win of the season, King’s Ridge will have their regular season finale at Whitefield Academy. The Tigers, however, are locked into fifth place in the sub-region though and will play the fifth place team from 6A-A next week regardless of tonight’s outcome.

My take —Whitefield by 10

St. Francis (3-6 overall) at North Cobb Christian (3-5 Overall)

The Knights nearly came back to win last week against Towns County but a two-point conversion late fell incomplete in a 35-33 loss. St. Francis will have their season finale against NCC tonight — a team they got their first varsity win in school history against last year.

My take — Knights win. Finish season at 4-6.
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