Pictured: Jack Nickel (Josh Major)
Pictured: Jack Nickel

Josh Major

Milton vs. Alpharetta: Region Rivals Collide

October 1, 2021

Powder Springs- On an unusually chilly September night, the Milton Eagles beat the McEachern Indians 42-29. In the first half, Milton got off to a quick start with a touchdown set up by a kickoff return. Then McEachern had another mishap on special teams with a bad snap rolling into the endzone for a safety. Milton had one more score before letting up two touchdowns to McEachern. However, the second half was all Eagles as the offense went on to putting up 26 more points to close the game out.

Region play is finally among us this week as Milton stays at home to play a rivalry game against the Raiders of Alpharetta. Milton currently leads the all-time series 11-3 and winning the previous six contests. Last year Milton went on the road to Alpharetta and came out with a 35-20 win. There is much to gain in this region matchup and a playoff spot is just the start of it.

 

Alpharetta Impact Players

QB Ben Guthrie (Jr.)- 80 completions, 716 yards, 44 rushes, 154 yards, 4 touchdowns

RB Jake Gil (Jr.)- 38 rushes, 121 yards, 3.2 yards per carry

S Jake Oyola (Sr.)- 16 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception

Alpharetta has had its fair share of struggles in non-region games. The Raiders started the season with a big win over Chattahoochee then lost four straight to Hoover, Grayson, North Cobb and Collins Hill. Undisputedly, Alpharetta has had the toughest non-region schedule facing three nationally-ranked teams. The task does not get any easier this week with #25 Milton.

Offensively Alpharetta is led by Junior quarterback Ben Guthrie. Guthrie has thrown 80 passes for 716 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. In addition to passing, Guthrie has rushed for 154 yards on 42 carries.

Junior Jake Gil returns as running back one. Gil is more of a power back with good strength and great agility. Gil has rushed on 38 carries for 121 yards.

Alpharetta’s top receiver is Junior Garrett Young. Young has 24 receptions, 203 yards and two touchdowns. Matteo Carriere has 20 receptions, 182 yards and one touchdown. Freshman Ethan Barbour has caught 12 balls for 135 yards and one touchdown.

Alpharetta has had quite the struggle stopping good offenses from scoring. Currently, Alpharetta is letting up 32 points per game through five games. Leading the Raiders defense is Sophomore linebacker, Trent McWhorter. McWhorter has 34 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. Senior linebacker Vito Perri is another big player on the defensive side. Perri has 15 tackles and three sacks. Senior safety Jake Oyola has made 16 tackles and one interception.

 

Milton Impact Players

QB Devin Farrell (Sr.)- 57 completions, 773 yards, 44 rushes, 200 yards, 13 total touchdowns, 116 QBR

RB Jordan McDonald (Sr.)- 63 rushes, 419 yards, 6.7 yards per carry, six touchdowns

DL AJ Crawford (Sr.)- 37 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 5 sacks

Against McEachern, it took the Eagle offense a while to get fully adjusted, but once adjusted they thrived in every aspect.

Coming out as QB1 per the usual is Senior Devin Farrell. In last week’s game, Farrell had a monster game going 13-16 with 202 yards and a trio of touchdowns. Farrell also rushed for 41 yards on 10 attempts and scored once.

Senior Jordan McDonald had a stellar game rushing for 120 yards on 18 attempts with one touchdown. Junior Scott Moskowitz had 14 rushes for 70 yards. Senior Cam Canion had four attempts for 68 yards and one 61-yard touchdown run.

Sophomore sensation Debron Gatling was the highest performing receiver with five receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Jack Nickel made four catches for 59 yards and one touchdown. Junior Wyatt Nave caught one ball for 32 yards.

Much of the offense’s success can be attributed to the offensive line upfront. Seniors Brandon Best, Thyler Williams, Ben Hartman, Kayden Richardson, Mo Clipper, Elliot Meyer and Trey Harding all played key parts in driving the offense and are always impact players.

Checking in defensively, last week was a bit of a step back in the first half, yet the correct adjustments were made at half to put the team in a winning position. Senior linebacker Dylan Miller led the team in tackles with a career-high ten. Senior linebacker Owen Pauley recorded nine tackles. Junior linebacker Caleb Moran made six tackles.

On the defensive line, Senior AJ Crawford made the most tackles with six. Junior LT Overton had three tackles. Junior Wyatt Smalley made two tackles included one sack.

In the secondary Junior safety Robert Billings forced the only turnover for the Eagles with an interception, he also recorded five tackles. Junior cornerback Bryce Thornton made five tackles. Junior cornerback Brayden Holmes had five tackles. Senior safety Zyere Hornton had four tackles.

Keys to Victory: Alpharetta

Alpharetta will be pumped up to play Milton at this point in the season. Beat Milton and you turn your whole season around. Alpharetta will have to come out fast. Expect some gadget plays to try and catch the Eagles off guard early in the game. Then create big momentum plays to take Milton out of the game.

Keys to Victory: Milton

It’s evident that Milton has the better talent and better coaching staff so the goal here is simple. Stick to the game plan and just ball out. Farrell could have a great game along with all the receivers as they take advantage of a weak Raiders secondary.

Score Prediction

Milton/45

Alpharetta/7

Offensive Player of the Game: Debron Gatling

Defensive Player of the Game: LT Overton

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