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Football: Central opens subregion schedule on road
Bulldogs travel to North Springs
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Forsyth County News

With all of Forsyth County’s Class 6A football teams holding a bye this week, Forsyth Central will be the lone local squad in action when it travels to North Springs tonight for its first Region 7A-AAAAA game of the season.

Pinecrest Academy, which was originally scheduled to play tonight,  will have to wait another week to try to extend its winning streak to four games due to a scheduling conflict with Hapeville Charter.

Forsyth Central (0-4, 0-0) at North Springs (0-4, 0-0) — 7:30 p.m.

Despite getting off to an 0-4 start, Central has a golden opportunity to begin the Region 7A-AAAAA schedule with a victory tonight at North Springs.

North Springs has lost 27 consecutive games dating back to the 2009 season.

Forsyth Central hasn’t played the Spartans since 2009, but has outscored them 96-19 in the last four meetings.

The Bulldogs have also shown steady improvement this season, gaining 870 yards of offense in the past two games.

Quarterback Michael Branigan ran the ball for 142 yards on 22 carries during Central’s 31-28 loss to Sprayberry, and the Bulldogs have had two weeks of rest since that game.

"We really needed the off week to focus only on us," Central head coach Chris Bennett said. "We’ve done a good job on offense, so we’re not going to change much.

"We have [one more] week of practice where we need to focus on tackling better on defense. "

The defense will be called upon to stop the North Springs’ multiple formation offense that includes the Wing-T, the same offense Central uses.

"They are an athletic team that’s lost a few games, like us, but they have some fast athletes," Bennett said.

"They have a good tailback that can run and break tackles and a defensive lineman that’s a good football player."

Although the Bulldogs are winless, the games they lost are all non-region games and won’t affect their playoff aspirations.

"The last games are the ones that count," Bennett said. "The region games mean something and our players are excited about that."