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Football preview: South Forsyth at North Forsyth

The Civil War rivalry comes with plenty of playoff implications

POSTED: November 7, 2013 3:46 p.m.
 

SOUTH FORSYTH AT NORTH FORSYTH

When, where: Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at Raider Valley in Coal Mountain.

Records, rankings: South is 7-2 overall, 4-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; North is 6-3, 3-3 and unranked.

Series history: South leads 10-5.

Last meeting: South won 35-14 in 2012.

What to know: It’s called The Civil War, a rivalry that began in 1994 and has been dominated by South except for two stretches from 1999-2001 and 2008-09. This season’s meeting could arguably be the most significant of the rivalry since 2001 when North won 34-17 and both teams went on to have deep runs in the state playoffs. North must win if it wants a shot at the playoffs, while South can lose and still find its way in to the playoffs as long as West defeats Lambert by a certain margin.

Expect plenty of running in this game. South’s leading rushers are senior Isaiah Williams and junior Tyler LaFlamme, while fullback Brett Larkin has seen his role increase recently with four touchdowns in the past two games. North is led by running backs Zac Slaton (497 yards, 8 TDs), Jamal Davenport (387 yards, 4 TDs) and Luke Slaton (259 yards, 1 TD). But it’s been back-up quarterback Cody Gottberg who has led the Raiders since starter Harris Roberts was lost for the season with a broken collarbone. Gottberg accounted for 183 total yards and three touchdowns in North’s 38-21 win over Johns Creek last week.

 

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