Alpharetta Raiders (5-AAAAAAA)
Coach: Jason Kervin
Last week: Lost to North Cobb 43-7
Collins Hill Eagles (8-AAAAAAA)
Coach: Lenny Gregory
Last week: Beat Rome 34-0
Alpharetta’s tour of state championship contenders hasn’t gone well early in the season. After a 35-7 loss to Hoover (Ala.), the Raiders were routed 42-6 by reigning Class AAAAAAA state champion Grayson and got blown out 43-7 by North Cobb last week. That doesn’t bode well for their chances against nationally ranked Collins Hill, a serious title contender after a runner-up showing last season. The two teams played twice last season with Collins Hill winning 30-22 in the regular season and 42-7 in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Eagles have ripped through four games unscathed, most recently winning at Rome 34-0. Missouri-bound quarterback Sam Horn had one of his most efficient games in that victory, completing 25 of 29 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns, along with rushing for an additional 34 yards. Travis Hunter had 10 catches for 224 yards and a TD and Cedric Horton led the way on the offensive line.
The underrated Collins Hill defense posted a shutout with stellar play from the likes to Asani Redwood (seven tackles, two sacks, five quarterback hurries) and Aaron Horton (six tackles, one for loss).
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: Collins Hill won 42-7 last year in the first round of the state playoffs
Location: Collins Hill High School