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High school football season arrives
Central, South and West play at home tonight
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Quarterback Cole Carter hands the ball off to Tyler Lott during a recent practice at West Forsyth High School. - photo by Emily Saunders

North vs. West

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at West Forsyth. Students can buy tickets at school or the stadium.

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The wait is over. High school football season opens tonight, with a full slate of games across Forsyth County.

Four of the six local schools are at home, and two play each other in a rivalry game.

North Forsyth travels to West Forsyth with all-important bragging rights at stake.

In other games tonight, McIntosh visits Forsyth Central, while South Forsyth plays host to nearby Alpharetta.

Lambert, which is playing a JV schedule in its inaugural season, welcomes Creekview from Cherokee County. Pinecrest is off.

While the fate of tonight’s North-West matchup remains to be seen, some students seem sure of the outcome.

“We’re going to win it,” said North senior Hanna Fitzgerald. “Is that even a question?”

West senior Felicia Rowell, countered that the showdown has “built up a lot of excitement and energy in the school.”

“West is going to win it for sure,” she added.

The Wolverines did win last year, 21-14, in the first meeting between the teams. In fact, it was a night of firsts, as it also marked West’s first varsity game and the program’s first victory.

Fellow West senior Samantha Smith said “excitement is definitely growing.”

“There’s a lot building up to this, a lot of anticipation,” she said. “It’s the most important game.”

Smith said the return of West player Trey Rood, who has been battling cancer since his freshman year, carries importance tonight as well.

West Principal Richard Gill said Rood plans to attend the game, where he will “be on the sidelines with his teammates.”

“Regardless of the score tonight,” Gill said, “seeing him at the game will make it great for both teams.”

West senior Olivia Fletcher agreed.

“Having Trey out there is going to be motivational for both schools,” she said.

North running back Steven Hester said that whatever happens tonight is “going to be really intense.”

“There’s definitely pressure for everybody in a game like this,” he said.

Fellow Raider senior Erin Drummond acknowledged the pressure.

“It will put a damper on the season for whoever doesn’t win this,” Drummond said.

North football coach Jared Zito said his players “take games one at a time.”

“It’s a big game, but we’ve got some good players,” he said. “We’ll see.”