Roswell Hornets (2-2, 0-1) at Etowah Eagles (4-0, 1-0): The Hornets will look to rebound off of their loss to Milton last week by heading on the road to Woodstock to meet an undefeated Etowah which won its region play opener over Wheeler in its last game. Roswell will look to receive additional contributions from wide receiver Hunter Coleman, who had two passes for 83 yards against Milton and quarterbacks James Whitaker and Matt Cory with the duo combining for 123 yards passing in the same game. Etowah defeated Roswell 26-14 last season.
South Forsyth War Eagles (4-0, 1-0) at Alpharetta Raiders (2-2, 1-0): The Raiders will face their biggest challenge to date when the upstart War Eagles travel to Alpharetta to determine the early season elite team of Region 6-AAAAAA. Alpharetta defeated West Forsyth, the defending region champion, last week behind two first half touchdown passes from quarterback Vito Priore. Austin King also threw a TD pass for the Raiders in the victory. South Forsyth earned a 21-14 victory over Lambert last Friday to stay undefeated. This campaign, the War Eagles have already tied its win total from 2012. Alpharetta has won the last three meetings over South Forsyth, including a 21-0 shutout last season.
West Forsyth Wolverines (2-2, 0-1) at Centennial Knights (1-3, 1-0): Centennial will welcome West Forsyth to Roswell after gaining its first win of the 2013 season last Friday on a 45-34 victory over Johns Creek. Luke Able continued his strong start to the season at quarterback for the Knights, throwing for 261 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Caden Herring (124) and Christian Robinson (107) each surpassed the century mark for Centennial in the same contest. Robinson also had two touchdowns. Defensively, Alex Estes had 10 tackles, one interception and a touchdown. West Forsyth was defeated by Alpharetta last week.
The Wolverines hold a 3-0 series lead over the Knights, including a 40-6 victory last season.
Chattahoochee Cougars (2-2, 0-1) at Johns Creek Gladiators (0-4, 0-1): The neighborhood rivals, separated by less than four miles, will both look to get their first region win of the season on Friday.
Chattahoochee dropped its game last week to North Forsyth, 24-6, snapping the Cougars two-game winning streak which included wins over Forest Park and Douglas County. Johns Creek was defeated by Centennial last week despite stellar efforts from senior running back Chase Solomon, who had 117 yards rushing and three touchdowns and 13 tackles from Turner Fortin.
The Gladiators won last season’s game 30-16 after previously dropping the prior two contests to the Cougars.
Pope Greyhounds (1-3) at Cambridge Bears (0-3): The Greyhounds travel to Milton to meet a Cambridge squad seeing its first win of the season. The Bears are coming off of a 5-0 loss last Friday at Osborne in which quarterback Brian Moore had a team-high 90 yards passing, while J.D. White gained a team-high 27 yards on the ground for Cambridge. Pope gained its first win of the 2013 campaign last week on a 28-24 victory over Northview.
The Greyhounds earned a 49-7 victory over the Bears in the first-ever meeting between the two schools last season.
Riverwood Raiders (3-1) at Northview Titans (1-2): Northview hosts Riverwood coming off a 28-24 loss last week at Pope. Quarterback DJ Pearson had a game-high 339 yards passing and three total touchdowns for Northview. Matt Biondich finished the contest with a team-high 110 yards receiving, which gives the junior his third-consecutive game with more than 100 yards to start the 2013 season. Senior linebacker Austin Antwine had another strong game for the Titans on defense, notching nine tackles in the loss. Joseph Macrina, Connor Owens, Devan Johnson and Matt Ferguson each had five or more tackles against Pope. Riverwood suffered its first loss of the season last week in a 32-28 defeat to Sequoyah. The Raiders won last season’s matchup 55-27.
Woodward Academy War Eagles (3-1, 0-0) at Blessed Trinity Titans (2-2, 0-0): The Titans welcome the War Eagles to Roswell coming off of their most impressive win of the season, a 30-0 shutout of White County last week. Quarterback Connor Davis had two total touchdowns for Blessed Trinity in the win and running back Milton Shelton added a 75-yard touchdown run.
The War Eagles defeated Westminster last week, 30-15. This will be the Region 6-AAA opener for both squads. The Titans earned a 21-14 win over the War Eagles last season.
Mount Pisgah Patriots (3-0) at Wilson (AL) Warriors: The Patriots look to stay undefeated as they travel to Florence, Ala. to face the Wilson Warriors on Friday. Mount Pisgah had a gritty come from behind 17-16 win over Our Lady of Mercy last week with All-state candidate, junior quarterback Aaron Winchester rushing for 129 yards.
The Patriots’ defense has allowed a Region 6B-A low 13 points per game this season and standouts have included defensive end Shinggi Chigwere, who had a season-high 12 tackles and two sacks against OLM.