This high school football recap was written by Craig Sager II with Score Atlanta.
Just one week after Westminster toppled Lovett 14-0 in the “Battle of Buckhead” and the Pace Academy Knights defeated Holy Innocents’ 20-17 to kick off the season, Pace squared off with Westminster and scored a historic 21-19 win over the Wildcats.
The Knights survived a back-and-forth thriller on the road to pick up what was the school’s first-ever gridiron victory over Westminster. They led 6-3 at halftime before a wild third quarter ensued. They extended their advantage to 12-3 on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Conner Phelan to Cooper Williams, but Westminster stormed ahead 16-12 on a 70-yard strike from John Collier to Henry Chartrand and a 1-yard run by Quinton Ezzard.
Pace Academy promptly answered with a 4-yard touchdown run by George Little late in the third quarter. The Wildcats pulled to within 21-19 on a fourth-quarter field goal from Josh Brockman, but their final drive that initially had them in range for a potential game-winning field goal eventually went backward and the Knights held on for the win.
Pace Academy looks to improve to 3-0 with a trip to Greater Atlanta Christian next and will open region play at home on Sept. 9 against Lovett, which recently fell 23-19 to GAC. Pace Academy has been the victor so far amongst the area private schools, and North Atlanta has earned that recognition when it comes to the public side.
The North Atlanta Warriors have won back-to-back televised games to kick off their 2022 season, including a thrilling 31-27 victory over North Forsyth in the Corky Kell Classic and a 50-6 win over Charles Drew to open up the fourth annual Great Atlanta Bash. North Atlanta has three more non-region games before it opens up region play at home against St. Pius. Riverwood, Marist, Dunwoody and Lakeside-DeKalb will be competing with North Atlanta and St. Pius in a stacked Region 4-6A later this season.
Riverwood is looking to bounce back from a 42-0 loss to Holy Innocents under first-year head coach Michael Young. Marist is fresh off a 33-22 win over Alabama’s Pike Road and St. Pius recently fell 9-0 to Flowery Branch.
As for Dunwoody, the Wildcats opened the year with a solid 21-9 win over North Springs and will take on rival Chamblee next after a Week 2 bye. Chamblee is also coming off a bye week after opening its season with a 59-0 victory over Towers at North DeKalb Stadium.
Riverwood gets set to visit North Springs this week in a rematch of last year’s 34-7 victory. The Raiders have dominated the series the last four years with a 72-7 win in 2020, 28-7 win in 2019, and 56-7 victory in 2018, prior to last year’s 34-7 triumph.
Finally, Holy Innocents’ will rack up the mileage in the coming two weeks with a pair of out-of-state road trips. The Golden Bears will face South Carolina’s Christ Church on Sept. 2 before visiting Ensworth, Tennessee to take on the Tigers the following Friday night.
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