The Hoyas were outgained by the Raiders 454-208 and had three crucial turnovers in the loss.
Harrison’s only touchdown of the game came with 58 seconds left in the first quarter when senior Drevon Jones made a leaping catch over two Alpharetta defenders for a 25-yard touchdown to give the Hoyas the 7-3 lead. Jones finished with a team-high 60 yards receiving on five catches for Harrison (1-1).
“We did a good job of protecting the quarterback in the beginning of the game,” Harrison coach Matt Dickmann said. “We connected on some passes but turned over the ball too much which you can’t do offensively.”
From then on it was all Alpharetta
The Raiders got two touchdown catches in the third quarter by Daniel Clements to push their lead to 22-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Alpharetta’s final two touchdowns of the game came on a 42-yard touchdown catch by Lem Cobbs, and on a swing pass that William Downing turned into a 21-yard touchdown.
“We have to go one game at a time and work on avoiding mistakes,” Dickmann said. “Our defense is playing well and we’re trying to get things rolling for region play.”
The defensive highlight for the Hoyas came on a fourth-and-inches stop. Joey Connors tackled Miles Smith, behind the line of scrimmage to force a turnover on downs.
The third quarter started positively for Harrison as the defense caused a fumble by Alpharetta’s Daniel Clements after a reception and the ball was eventually recovered by junior linebacker Bradley Mell. However, the Hoyas weren’t able to take advantage of the opportunity.
Carter Reed led Harrison with 59 yards on the ground.
The Hoyas will open Region 4AAAAAA play Friday against Campbell.