"Coach, just told me to keep cool, keep poised," Downing said about the two-minute drive. "I was more anxious than nervous. I love those type of situations, pressure situations."
Hamilton finished 12 of 16 for 284 yards and five touchdowns. Austin Reid caught three of Hamilton's touchdowns, including a 78-yard bomb on 3rd and 18 that opened the scoring in the second half. Chapman Lowe also caught a touchdown pass from Hamilton in the second half.
The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a touchdown pass from Downing to Carlos Carriere and Harry Colkley's 34-yard interception return for a touchdown.
West Forsyth cut the deficit 14-7 on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kiernen Hamilton early in the second quarter. But Alpharetta responded with 14-play scoring drive, capped by an Edmonds' 1-yard touchdown run
The Raiders are the two-time Region 6-AAAAAA champions and appear to be the early favorites again this season.
"We have a lot more chemistry than I thought," Alpharetta Jacob Nichols said. "Going into last week's game, I honestly didn't know where we stood as far as togetherness and team chemistry. They proved it to me last Friday that they had it, and they just did it again."
West Forsyth fell to 0-2 on the season.
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