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Roswell, Milton meet once again for gridiron supremacy
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Staff / Erin Gray<br>Roswell defensive end Devonte Hill.
Staff / Erin Gray
Roswell defensive end Devonte Hill.
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Staff / Erin Gray<br>Senior running back Treyvon Paulk leads Eagles' offensive attack.
Staff / Erin Gray
Senior running back Treyvon Paulk leads Eagles' offensive attack.
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Five miles. That’s the distance between the campuses of Roswell and Milton high schools, whose athletic programs have competed against each other on the field since 1950, often for region championships and beyond, making it one of the oldest and hotly contested rivalries in Georgia. This past spring, the baseball teams faced off in the finals of the Class AAAAAA playoffs for the state championship, which eventually went to Milton.

The football teams get their turn in the north Fulton battle of the Hornets versus the Eagles on Friday with Roswell serving as the host.

The Hornets hold an unofficial series lead over the Eagles at 34-21-1 but the Eagles have won the last two contests, including a 45-31 victory in last year’s game. The teams have split the last four contests.

Milton comes into the contest undefeated through three games and hold impressive wins over Alpharetta (31-24), Johns Creek (56-13) and Centennial (52-10), averaging an astonishing 46 points per contest on offense. The effort has been led by All-State candidate and Tennessee-commit, running back Treyvon Paulk, who has 468 yards rushing with eight touchdowns so far in 2013.

“Our kids want to play hard and win,” Milton head coach Howie DeCristofaro said. “Roswell is the next game on the schedule and our first region contest which adds more importance to the event.”

Roswell, which has won three football state titles in its history, has started the season with two wins through three contests for the first time since 2009 and is one victory away from matching last year’s total. The Hornets are coming off a victory last Friday over Johns Creek, 41-24. The Hornets have received strong play from quarterback Matt Cory, who had four touchdown passes in their 39-30 win over Centennial earlier this season.

“This contest has been the most-played in metro Atlanta so there is a tremendous amount of pride in the rivalry,” Roswell head coach John Ford said.

Both teams have healthy respect for each other, sharing a community of players from both sides interacting with each other often.

“Roswell has great team speed with some excellent skill kids,” DeCristofaro said. “Their offensive and defensive lines are very well coached and physical. Roswell will be the best team we have played by far this season.”

“Milton is a well coached and talented football team, Ford said. “We’ll have to block a very good front-seven and tackle a lot if good offensive players to have a chance.”
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