Cambridge at Forsyth Central
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Bulldog Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Cambridge is 6-2 overall, 3-2 in Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B, and unranked; Central is 5-3, 3-2 and unranked.
Series history: Series tied 1-1.
Last meeting: Cambridge won 14-0 in 2013.
What to know: The term ‘must-win’ gets thrown around loosely, but in this case, Friday’s game truly is do-or-die for both Cambridge and Forsyth Central. The winner of Friday’s game in Cumming gets to play either Creekview or Sequoyah on Nov. 7 in a region play-in game on the road. Georgia High School Football Daily projects Kell, Dalton, Sprayberry and Cambridge as the four playoff teams. Central has its hands full this week with Cambridge quarterback Brian Moore (Sr., 6-0, 175), who has thrown for more than 1,700 yards (61.4 percent completion) and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 432 yards and 11 touchdowns. Senior receivers Hunter Smith (704 yards, eight touchdowns) and John Hurst (620 yards, seven touchdowns) are Moore’s favorite targets.
Central’s Shaun Diebel topped 1,000 rushing yards in last week’s win over North Springs (1,137 on the season), proving that his hot early start to the season was no fluke. Sabrian Howard also rushed for more than 100 yards last week. According to GHSF Daily, it marked the third time both Diebel and Howard rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game this season. The Central defense is allowing just 16.25 points per game this season, in part because of a clock-chewing offense and in part thanks to the playmaking ability of Robbie Repasz, Pierce Nufer, Victor Peppers, Ryan Hintz and the rest of a much-improved unit.
Maxwell projection: Cambridge by 9.