Football: What’s going on in the region?


Roswell athlete Ethan Nation,11, avoiding a tackle against South Forsyth. Credit Will Fagan

Toby Fagan, Staff Writer

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Roswell athlete Ethan Nation,11, avoiding a tackle against South Forsyth.
(Credit: Will Fagan)

September 24. How the team performs in these five games determines if they get into the playoffs and who they play. The region has been heating up the past few years with once dormant teams emerging as competitors for the title. Roswell has remained atop the region consistently for the past few years. They are the favorite to win every year but teams like Milton and Cherokee have emerged as potential contenders for the throne. How will the Hornets face the adversity of the region? 

Etowah: The Etowah Eagles gave the Hornets a little startle last year when they held them to only 14 points at the half and the Hornets only won 21-14 to a 0-8 team. The Eagles will look to bounce back this season after going 1-9 last season. They are currently coached by former Roswell Head Coach Matt Kemper, and he looks to lead his team to any success. They lost lots of talent when their seniors graduated and look to win with the young squad they have. Score prediction Roswell 48-10. 

Cherokee: The Warriors were one of the more competitive games the Hornets had last season. Narrowly eking out a victory 35-29 it took a large effort to defeat them. This year seems to be a different tale, however, with the Warriors winning by one point to Sequoyah, a team that is historically one of the worst in the state. This game either signals a large step for Sequoya, or a large step backwards for Cherokee, a team looking to contend in the region. The lack of contribution from key players like four-star quarterback AJ Swann and running back Keith Adams Jr. killed the Warriors against Sequoyah, and the Hornets will look to capitalize on these mistakes when they play come October 8th. Score prediction Roswell 27-14. 

Alpharetta: One of the teams down the road that most people at Roswell have grown up with. The Hornets lost 35-21 last year in uncharacteristic fashion. Mark this game on the calendar as it will be one of two revenge games, turning this from what should be a relatively charged game, due to proximity, to a very heated game between these two schools. Alpharetta lost many key pieces like their starting receiver core and a few seniors along their offensive and defensive lines. Score prediction Roswell 35-6. 

Woodstock: This is one of the worst teams in the state. They consistently only win 2-3 games per year and so far, this year is following the same script. With blow out losses in their first two games the Hornets will look to them as a nice way to put a bow on the season. They will go to Woodstock this year, but with a blowout win last year the Hornets will look to keep rolling in the wins against Woodstock. Score prediction Roswell 56-6. 

Milton: This is another revenge game. With a heartbreaking loss to them last year, the Hornets will look to avenge their defeat in the Nest. Both teams look dangerous on the surface, but a deeper dive will find that the Hornets may win this by more than thought possible, especially after some questionable transfers to the other school. Roswell with some great returning starters like QB Robbie Roper and OL Blaine Mellor look to put the hurt on their most hated rival. We have also seen what the team they play can do. Playing on ESPN2, against North Cobb, on August 27 it was evident that they have a very one-dimensional offence and without No. 1 player in the class of 2023 LT Overton on the field North Cobb had no one to game plan against and led to 4-star QB Malachi Singleton having 4 rushing touchdowns. Overton will be healthy in time for their game against Roswell, but without a capable offense and defense, things will look shaky. Roswell should be able to capitalize big time. Score prediction Roswell 28-10. 

Your Hornets are very confident about their chances within the region this year.  With a dominating start against South Forsyth and Centennial, they look to continue that trend for the next eight games. Starting linebacker Case Barrett (12) says, “Our chances of winning a region title this year are pretty high. Our region is very competitive and has some teams that will definitely take us down to the wire.” Looks like it will take lots of hard work and grit to win it all this year, but this is one of the most talented groups of players we’ve had, and with experience from last year, they’ll be tough to take down.