South Forsyth at North Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Raider Valley in Coal Mountain.
Records, rankings: South is 3-0 overall, 2-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked in Class AAAAAA; North is 1-2, 1-1 and unranked.
Series history: South leads 11-6.
Last meeting: South won 55-3 in 2014.
What to know: Here is the county’s first rivalry game on the gridiron this season, The Civil War. This is the 18th time these teams have played dating back to 1994 when North Forsyth opened. North has won three of the past five meetings, though South’s 55-3 victory last season was the largest in the series’ history.
Don’t expect a similar game this season. Sure, South has been arguably the most complete team in the county this season with a playmaker at quarterback (Davis Shanley), stable of running backs (Sam Outlaw, Stanley Epeagba, etc.) and solid receivers (Jalen Camp, Ronnie Chambliss, Cameron Kline), the War Eagles can hurt defenses in multiple ways. And Kline has terrorized opponents on defense with a Player of the Year-type season.
But North is much improved from last season. Last week’s 26-9 setback at Northview notwithstanding, the Raiders have legitimate weapons on offense in running backs Cody Dwyer (239 yards) and Simon Holcolmb (457 all-purpose yards, 6TDs), and quarterback Jacob Bailey (311 yards, 3TDs) is hurting defenses when North wants to throw.