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3 things to know about 2015 high school football schedules
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The North Forsyth Raiders football team gets to play two of its three county rivalry games at home this season. - photo by Micah Green

The Georgia High School Association released the 2015 high school football schedules for every member team in the state Wednesday afternoon, and so fans can begin to anticipate another season on the horizon.

Here are three things to know about next season’s schedule for Forsyth County teams:

The rivalries

It’s what makes high school football still so endearing. The atmosphere from big crowds, the angst built up from a week’s worth of Twitter wars. The bragging rights.

Lambert was the county champion last season, if you keep track of that sort of thing, going 3-0 against North, South and West.

Here’s how the rivalries line up this season: South at North, Sept. 18; Lambert at North, Sept. 25; West at North, Oct. 9; South at West, Oct. 16; West at Lambert, Oct. 23; Lambert at South, Nov. 6.

Central doesn’t play one of its traditional county rivals during the regular season, though it does face North on Aug. 14 in a scrimmage game. The closest thing to a rivalry game for Pinecrest Academy would be its Oct. 30 game against King’s Ridge.

The bye week

Every team needs a break during the season. Let those nagging injuries heal. Make some roster adjustments.

In recent years, Forsyth County teams have had their byes fall on the same week, creating a virtual vacuum of high school football. Insert frown face.

The scenario returns this season on Oct. 2, when Central, Lambert, North, South and West are all off. That leaves center stage for Pinecrest, who plays Whitefield Academy that night. The Paladins have an early bye the week of Sept. 4.

Sideline newcomers

Forsyth County teams will face six teams with new head coaches this season: Centennial, Dawson County, Habersham Central, Johns Creek, Mountain View and Whitefield Academy.

Centennial hired Grayson defensive coordinator Lenny Gregory, who’ll be a head coach for the first time. Gregory actually has a Forsyth County connection; he was defensive line coach at South in 2003. Gregory replaced Jeff Carlberg, who went 9-21 in three seasons at Centennial. The Knights compete against Lambert, North, South and West in Region 6-AAAAAA.

Dawson County hired former Lambert and Sequoyah head coach Sid Maxwell, who is 128-83 in 20 seasons. Maxwell started the program at Lambert in 2009 and went 31-16 in five seasons that included three state playoff appearances. Maxwell replaced Jeff Lee, who resigned at Dawson after 12 seasons. The Tigers face Central in a non-region game Aug. 28.

Habersham Central hired Jackson County’s Benji Harrison, who went 12-20 in three seasons as head coach. Harrison replaced Michael Pollack, who went 1-19 in two seasons at Habersham. The Raiders compete against Lambert, North, South and West in Region 6-AAAAAA.

Mountain View hired defensive coordinator Nich Bach, who returned to the team just weeks after he was hired as Dunwoody’s head coach. It’s Bach’s first head coaching job. He replaced Doug Giacone, who went 8-22 in three seasons at Mountain View. The Bears face South in a non-region game Aug. 21.

Whitefield Academy is still looking for a head coach to replace Jimmy Fields, who was asked to leave after eight seasons. The Wolfpack compete against Pinecrest in Region 6-A.

Forsyth Central

Aug. 14, at North Forsyth (scrimmage)

Aug. 28, at Dawson County

Sept. 4, vs. Woodland-Cartersville

Sept. 11, vs. Cass

Sept. 18, vs. Kell

Sept. 25, at Riverwood

Oct. 9, at North Atlanta

Oct. 16, vs. Sprayberry

Oct. 23, vs. North Springs

Oct. 30, at Cambridge

Nov. 6, Region 7-AAAAA play-in game


Aug. 21, at Lanier

Sept. 4, vs. Johns Creek

Sept. 11, vs. Centennial

Sept. 18, at Alpharetta

Sept. 25, at North Forsyth

Oct. 9, at Habersham Central

Oct. 16, vs. Northview

Oct. 23, vs. West Forsyth

Oct. 30, at Chattahoochee

Nov. 6, at South Forsyth

North Forsyth

Aug. 14, at Forsyth Central (scrimmage)

Aug. 28, vs. Cherokee

Sept. 4, at Chattahoochee

Sept. 11, at Northview

Sept. 18, vs. South Forsyth

Sept. 25, at Lambert

Oct. 9, vs. West Forsyth

Oct. 16, at Johns Creek

Oct. 23, at Centennial

Oct. 30, vs. Habersham Central

Nov. 6, vs. Alpharetta

Pinecrest Academy

Aug. 28, at North Springs

Sept. 11, at Walker

Sept. 18, vs. Trion

Sept. 25, vs. Mt. Paran Christian

Oct. 2, at Whitefield Academy

Oct. 9, at St. Francis

Oct. 16, vs. Mt. Pisgah Christian

Oct. 23, vs. Fellowship Christian

Oct. 30, at King’s Ridge

Nov. 6, Region 6-A play-in game

South Forsyth

Aug. 14, at Winder-Barrow (scrimmage)

Aug. 21, vs. Mountain View

Sept. 4, at Centennial

Sept. 11, vs. Habersham Central

Sept. 18, at North Forsyth

Sept. 25, vs. Chattahoochee

Oct. 9, at Northview

Oct. 16, at West Forsyth

Oct. 23, vs. Alpharetta

Oct. 30, at Johns Creek

Nov. 6, vs. Lambert

West Forsyth

Aug. 14, vs. Carrollton (scrimmage)

Aug. 28, at Mill Creek

Sept. 4, at Alpharetta

Sept. 11, vs. Chattahoochee

Sept. 18, vs. Habersham Central

Sept. 25, at Northview

Oct. 9, at North Forsyth

Oct. 16, vs. South Forsyth

Oct. 23, at Lambert

Oct. 30, vs. Centennial

Nov. 6, vs. Johns Creek