Forsyth Central at North Springs
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Thermopylae Stadium in Atlanta.
Records, rankings: Forsyth Central is 4-3 overall, 2-2 in Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B, and unranked; North Springs is 1-6, 1-3 and unranked.
Series history: Central leads 6-2.
Last meeting: Central won 35-22 in 2013.
What to know: Things didn’t go so well for North Springs the last time they played a wishbone/triple-option team from Forsyth County earlier this season in a 21-14 loss to Class A Pinecrest Academy. The Spartans did, however, beat local rival Riverwood, 24-17, a team that Central handled easily earlier this season. Last Friday, Cambridge routed North Springs 64-7. Quarterback Tyler Reid is a running threat that the Bulldogs will have to be wary of.
Central was expected to struggle at Sprayberry, which had Auburn commit Bailey Sharp on the offensive line and running backs Rakeem Myricks (small-school Div. 1 offers) and sophomore Trey Sermon (early interest from Georgia). The Yellow Jackets took care of business to improve to 5-0 in Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B, with a 34-7 win. Shaun Diebel again was Shaun Diebel, running for 138 yards, including a 71-yard run to set up Sabrian Howard’s touchdown. Central coach Shane Williamson termed the Bulldogs’ final two games as must-win, though that much is obvious—Central is 2-2 in the sub-region, tied for third with Cambridge. The Bulldogs need a win at North Springs on Friday to make Cambridge’s Oct. 31 trip to Cumming meaningful. At the very least, beating North Springs would guarantee Central its first .500 season since 2008 under Chris Bennett.
Maxwell Projection: Central by 11.