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Football preview: Woodland-Cartersville at Forsyth Central
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Hunter Stephens (10) and Forsyth Central look to start 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1996 and 97. - photo by Brian Paglia

Woodland at Forsyth Central

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Bulldog Stadium in Cumming.

Records, rankings: Woodland-Cartersville is 0-1 overall, 0-0 in Region 7-AAAAA, Div. A and unranked in Class AAAAA; Central is 1-0, 0-0 and unranked.

Series history: Woodland leads 2-1.

Last meeting: Central won 36-14 in 2014.

What to know: There should be a great atmosphere at Bulldog Stadium as Forsyth Central plays its first home game of the season, one that’s being celebrated as the 60th anniversary of the school’s first ever varsity football team in 1955. Central is coming off an impressive 28-8 victory at Dawson County last week in which new quarterback Jagger Hartshorn rushed for two touchdowns and Sabrian Howard ran for another. Most impressive? The defense, led by junior linebacker Sebastian Legarra who had 15 total tackles, forced a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs face a Woodland team mired in an 11-game losing streak that began at the start of the 2014 season. Offensive coordinator Tony Plott was promoted to head coach to replace Vince DiLorenzo, whose teams went 10-30 in four seasons. Plott has been with Woodland for 11 seasons, which got off to a tough start with a 35-23 loss to Adairsville last week, a game Woodland led 14-11 at halftime.