North Forsyth at Alpharetta
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Alpharetta Stadium in Alpharetta.
Records, rankings: North is 1-8 overall, 1-7 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; Alpharetta is 8-1, 8-0 and unranked.
Series history: Alpharetta leads 6-0.
Last meeting: Alpharetta won 45-6 in 2013.
What to know: Alpharetta gets one final tune-up before opening the state playoffs Nov. 15 at home against Region 5-AAAAAA No. 4 seed Cherokee (7-3 overall)—not an easy first-round game by any means. The Warriors have one of the best passing offenses in Georgia, led by quarterback Spencer Ashley (191-for-275 (69.5 percent), 2,718 yards, 24 touchdowns, six interceptions) and wide receiver Andrew Harris (71 catches, 1,282 yards, 11 touchdowns). Alpharetta boasts a balanced offense of its own. Quarterback Austin King, a North Carolina State commit, completes 54.6 percent of his passes and has 1,599 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. King spreads the ball around to a deep receiving corps, led by Rustin Suter (515 yards, five touchdowns) and Ryan Kopec (434 yards, four touchdowns). Running backs Miles Smith and Lem Cobbs each have 545 rushing yards, though Smith has 13 touchdowns to Cobbs’ three.
The (other) Raiders run the ball five times for each time they throw it. Sophomore quarterback Jacob Bailey has attempted just 65 passes and ran the ball 68 times; senior slot back Jesus Torres leads North with 298 rushing yards and two touchdowns. What’s left for North is one more chance for the Raiders’ 18 seniors—Colton Miller, Logan Cross, Jamal Davenport, Brinley Rhys among a group that led North to the 2013 state playoffs—to play one more time under the lights.
Maxwell projection: Alpharetta by 40.