It’s time for the annual “Turf War” yet again. Fans in Roswell, Georgia know that football season’s here when the annual rivalry matchup between Roswell and Milton rolls around. First played in 1948, this rivalry is certainly competitive. Roswell leads the series 37-24-1.
Milton won last season’s meeting 40-7, but Roswell won the 2016 matchup 17-0.
Hayden is the son of Jerry and Robyn Hairston. He is a returning Senior starting kicker for the Milton Eagles. He played in the Great American Rivalry game last year where he connected on a 32 yard field goal and 5 extra points in a 40-7 victory over Roswell. He has been place kicking since the third grade and holds numerous age group records for place kicking distances and point totals in local youth football associations. As a middle schooler, he was selected three times as a Georgia Future Star where he played for the State of Georgia in the Georgia-Florida All-Star game. As a Junior, Hayden was an All-Region honorable mention and selected to play in the Georgia Elite Classic game where he drained a 54 yard field goal. More importantly, Hayden embodies the role of scholar-athlete and excels in the classroom with over a 4.0 GPA while taking advance placement and dual enrollment courses. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is an officer in the Future Business Leaders of America. He is proud to be the grandson of two Vietnam era veterans: one is a retired Marine and the other a former Army Special Forces Green Beret. He hopes to play college football and is undecided on where he will attend.
Jack is a 2-year varsity football letterman. He's a member of ROswells Beta Club. He attends the FCA team huddle every week and leads a small group at his church. He scored a 34 on the ACT and plans to study Aerospace Engineering next fall.
HALL OF FAME
Cory Helms was a 3-year starter and a captain of his team in his senior season at Milton High School. He graduated in 2013. He went to Wake Forest out of High School. Cory became the first true freshman to start the opening game at Wake Forest in over 20 years. He went on to start for two seasons there before transferring to South Carolina. He started 46 career games in college while earning freshman All American honors, an award for strength and conditioning in 2016 and the Unselfish Player award in 2017, and was named a Semi-finalist for the Campbell trophy his senior season. He is currently playing for the Cincinnati Bengals
Tyneil Hopper played in 4 Rivalry games against Milton during high school and was victorious in 3 of those for games. He was a team captain for the 2017 contest. Tyneil was part of two undefeated regular seasons for Roswell High in 2015 and 2016, helping his team to an appearance in the state championship game both years. In February of 2018, Tyneil signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Boise State University where he is now attending.
Roswell and Milton will have a tough time topping this one next season. With just seconds left in the game, Roswell QB Ethan Roberts stepped up, his performance the stuff of legend. An immense underdog in this one, Roswell hung with Milton all night and didn't look out of place with one of the best teams in Georgia.
That's when Roberts stepped up and delivered a touchdown pass to Kamonty Jett with just seconds remaining. The game ended 22-20, Roswell victory! Ethan Roberts has written his name into the record books in this rivalry, and Roswell pulled off a truly unbelievable victory.
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