By Ricky Dimon
Alpharetta jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead before halting a furious Lambert rally to hang on for victory. The host Raiders won their 11th straight Region 6-AAAAAA game dating back to Sept. 28, 2012. They are now on a 5-game winning streak this season to remain atop the region standings at 5-0 (6-2 overall).
Quarterback Austin King had a brilliant first half for Alpharetta, passing for 178 yards and throwing a 68-yard touchdown strike to Andre Harton with five minutes left before halftime. Harton had 72 receiving yards during the first 24 minutes, while Rustin Sutter had 62. King added a score on a 1-yard quarterback sneak 16 seconds prior to the intermission to account for the 2-touchdown advantage. Thomas Waller successfully tacked on both extra points for the Raiders. Dejon Rowe recovered a Lambert fumble on the ensuing kickoff as the score remained 14-0 at the half.
Andrew Butcher preserved the Alpharetta’s shutout by blocking a field goal in the third quarter, but Lambert soon got on the scoreboard. Tanner Hall kicked a 41-yard field goal late in the third quarter for the Longhorns before Jeremy Johnson returned an interception 99 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth. Hall made the score 14-12 with 5:42 remaining thanks to a 36-yard field goal, but Lambert could get no closer. Jalin Johnson, who had five tackles for the Raiders, snagged an interception near midfield with 1:12 left to ice the game.
Alpharetta’s outstanding defensive effort was led by Khari Cobbs, who had a team-high eight tackles—including two for a loss. Auzoyah “Big Z” Alufohai recorded six tackles. On the other side of the ball, King finished with 212 yards on 14-of-23 passing. James Marbaugh caught four of King’s passes for 31 yards.