A couple of interceptions of Raiders' quarterback Josh Dobbs passes looked to put Alpharetta in jeopardy against the visiting Chattahoochee Cougars. But the defense kept the Raiders in the game as the offense got itself on track.
In the end, an interception preserved the win for Alpharetta when Chattahoochee was marching down the field for what could have been a game-winning touchdown or a field goal.
Alpharetta won, 21-19, despite its inside running game never really getting on track. Passes by Dobbs and runs to the outside were enough to move the ball.
The Cougars were first to score, converting a fumble recovery by the defense into a field goal to lead, 3-0.
Chattahoochee next scored on a quarterback keeper, but the PAT kick missed, bringing the score to 9-0.
Alpharetta finally scored a touchdown on a 2-yard rush and the PAT kick was good, bringing the score to 9-7.
But in the last play of the half, the Cougars extended their lead with a field goal to make it 12-7.
Alpharetta finally took the lead with 8:41 left in the third quarter, 14-12. Another TD brought it to 21-12.
Chattahoochee, however, wasn't done. With 9:36 left in the fourth quarter, the Cougars scored again and closed to within 2 points, making it 21-19. A field goal woud be enough to take the lead.
The Raiders gave up a few big plays and penalties as the Cougars seemed to be marching down the field for a game-winning score. But this time it was the Raiders who would intercept, preserving the win with less than half a minute left.
Alpharetta (4-3) plays Lambert in a AAAAAA Region 6 game matchup next week, while Chattahoochee (4-3) faces West Forsyth also in a AAAAAA Region 6 game.