Alpharetta 41, Centennial 23

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Alpharetta appears to be playing its best football heading into the final week of the season.

Josh Dobbs threw for 382 yards and four touchdown passes, and the Raiders’ defense had three interceptions in a 41-23 win over visiting Centennial on Friday.

Alpharetta (6-3, 5-1 6-AAAAAA) has locked up one of the four playoff spots from the region and has now won five straight heading into the giant regular-season finale at Johns Creek. The winner will clinch at least the No. 2 seed out of the region and a home playoff game.

Centennial could not overcome the turnovers and saw its three-game win streak snapped. The Knights (3-6, 3-3) still can sneak into the postseason with a win against Chattahoochee next week.

The Raiders scored 14 points in 12 seconds in the second quarter to break open a close game. First, Dobbs hit a streaking Daniel Clements for a 54-yard touchdown with 3:15 left before half. Clements finished with seven catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns.

The Knights fumbled an exchange on their first play of their ensuing possession, and Jay Youngblood recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to extend the Raiders’ lead to 20-3 with 3:03 left in the second quarter.

Centennial started from inside its 10-yard line on three of its possession in the first half.

Bryce Grauss’ interception and 34-yard return got Alpharetta started in the second half. Stefohn Perry would cash in from 12 yards out to the Raiders firmly in command, up 27-3 early in the third quarter.

Michael Downing and Evan Troutt also had interceptions for Alpharetta.

The lead would stretch to 34-3 on a Dobbs’ 8-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Morris with five minutes to play in the third quarter. But Centennial managed to get back in the game with two long touchdown passes by Chase Rosenberg and fumble recovery and return for a touchdown by Lloyd Glenn that cut the Alpharetta lead to 34-23.

Dobbs would respond with an 81-yard touchdown pass to Blake Rowlinson, giving the Raiders a comfortable 18-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Rosenberg completed 19 of 35 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Caden Herring had eight catches for 118 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown reception in the Knights’ flurry in the third quarter.

Centennial          3              0              20           0              — 23

Alpharetta          6              14           21           0              –41


C – Devin O’Neill 28 field goal

A – Daniel Clements 32 pass from Josh Dobbs (pass failed)


A – Clements 54 pass from Dobbs (Thomas Waller kick)

A – Jay Youngblood fumble recovery (Waller kick)


A – Stefohn Perry 12 run (Waller kick)

A – Rodney Morris 8 pass from Dobbs (Waller kick)

C – Lloyd Glenn 10 fumble return (O’Neill kick)

C – Matthew Harries 48 pass from Chase Rosenberg (run failed)

C – Caden Herring 49 pass from Rosenberg (O’Neill kick)

A – Blake Rowlinson 81 pass from Dobbs (Waller kick)

10 comments Add your comment

Hubert Green

November 3rd, 2012
12:15 am

Really like Alpharetta’s chances with Dobbs running the show for a nice playoff run.


November 3rd, 2012
7:03 am

As usual Centennial QB produces AFTER the game is lost – 3 int’s. Alpharetta looks good but so does most teams that gets 4 turnover gifts.


November 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

how about that #20 for Centennial. My Gosh he’s just a freshman


November 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

@Candytails what do you mean?

too funny

November 3rd, 2012
11:09 am

@ candytails the the only gift that was given as a turnover last night was the zone read play was fumbled and subsequently recovered for a touchdown deep in your own end. Other than that the Qb was picked off on a attempted fake screen to #4 the LB didn’t bite and and a tunnel screen that the safety read and intercepted. Both plays look to be ran how they were designed just the defense executed better. The last was a pick that from what I’ve was an attempted post to #4 a play you all have completed on numerous teams the Alpharetta player just made a good play on the ball. Let us not forget Alpharetta gave you all Fum. and an INT and an onside kick recovery. I think that evens things up a bit. In addition to Dobbs how about the two wideouts Clements and Rowlinson both over 100 yds. with long TD receptions. Look forward to Alpharetta righting the past mistakes and going on a run.


November 3rd, 2012
11:28 am

I would love to see the comparison of Centennial’s QB stats for each half. Most of the stats ALL yEAR are in garbage time. But don’t tell that to daddy. I feel sorry for the kid that the daddy has strongarmed the AJC into letting him write a recruiting diary.


November 3rd, 2012
11:56 am

If the kid is getting garbage time stats then the Coach is to blame for not developing younger talent when the game out of hand. Shame on him.


November 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

Bob -I agree its a joke. I also feel sorry for the kid.

Russ Armistead

November 4th, 2012
12:54 pm

why dont you “men” lay off the kid. He is a good kid from a good family. Tremendous work ethic and has done everything he has been asked to do by that program and having success in year 1 in a new offensive system. Smart kid. Outstanding work ethic. He is a good kid, a good leader and the majority of HS coaches would kill to have a QB like this lead their team. All the while, you are writing comments on your computer in your parents’ basement. Congratulations for being a grown man picking on a KID who is just trying to live his fulfill his dream.


November 5th, 2012
9:33 am

Russ, thank you for sticking up for Chase. He is a fine young man and his dad is a great guy, too. Chase was given a new offense to learn and run and has handled himself very well. These bullies are cut from the same cloth as the crew berating Walton QB, Parker McLeod. Namely, BamaBornDukie, the biggest thug of all. Just a sickening display from so called ‘adults’ who belittle a 17 year old behind a computer screen. They must have really small…uh…IPads that they are posting these critical posts. Cowards.