Centennial at North Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Raider Valley in Coal Mountain.
Records, rankings: Centennial is 4-3 overall, 4-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; North is 1-6, 1-5 and unranked.
Series history: Series tied 2-2.
Last meeting: North Forsyth won 28-24 in 2013.
What to know: Centennial, quietly, is in the mix with Northview, Lambert and West at 4-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA, though based on scores against 0-7 Habersham Central (42-39 win) and Alpharetta (39-0 loss), the Knights would have to be considered the weakest of that bunch. Still, get a win at Raider Valley on Friday and Centennial will be a game up on either Lambert or West with two home games against West and Northview remaining. Sophomore quarterback Casen Conway led an improbable comeback in the Knights’ 28-21 win over Lambert on Sept. 12, coming off the bench in the second quarter to throw for 212 yards and two scores and run for two more touchdowns, including the game-winner with 1:31 left.
North finally got a win last Friday by edging Johns Creek, 14-13, thanks to a blocked extra point on the Gladiators’ first touchdown. The Raiders were already struggling before Zac Slaton and Mason Quarles were lost for the season with injuries, but Jesus Torres stepped up against Johns Creek to rush for 101 yards and a touchdown and fullback Jamal Davenport added 65 yards. Turnovers have killed North all season, but the Raiders were able to sustain another drive just before halftime, converting two fourth downs, before Lance McGonigle scored from 12 yards out. Raiders coach Jason Galt said it was a monkey off North’s back just to get a win—can the Raiders build on that?
Maxwell projection: Centennial by 15.