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Area football teams get set for full night of scrimmages
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Forsyth County News

West Forsyth at Carrollton

The Wolverines travel to Carrollton on Friday to face a stern scrimmage test in the Class AAAA Carrollton Trojans. Carrollton finished 13-2 last season and reached the state championship game, only to fall, 56-35, to undefeated Griffin. Head coach Ed Dudley arrived from southeast Georgia power Ware County to replace the retired Rayvan Teague. The Trojans bring back Jarvis Terrell (Jr., 5-7, 160), who amassed 1,122 yards and 17 touchdowns last year.

West will get a first taste of life without running back Trevor O’Brien (now at Lambert), the county leader in rushing yards and touchdowns. First-year head coach Adam Clack gets his first chance to evaluate untested junior running backs Kwon Miller and Luke Lingo and a young offensive line that must keep First Team All-Region 6-AAAAAA quarterback Hampton McConnell (Georgia Southern verbal commit) upright.

Lambert at Grayson

Lambert gets their first taste of life with Trevor O’Brien, though excitement surrounding the 5-foot-8, 190-pound veteran’s arrival should be tempered after dual-threat quarterback Tucker Maxwell quit before the start of camp in order to focus on baseball. Sophomore quarterbacks Richie Kenney and Reid Martin are dueling in an unexpected position battle—could one of them win the starting job with a solid performance against a Grayson defense that features defensive tackle Justin Young (Georgia verbal commit) and linebacker Daniel Fennell, who holds offers from Miami, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech and 15 other schools.

"It’s going to be tough. I want them to see what football is like in Gwinnett, because if you make the playoffs out of this county, you’re going to run into Gwinnett County schools," new Lambert head coach and former offensive coordinator Louis Daniel said. "They’ll see the speed, the technique, they’ll see the physicality. If I can’t trust a kid against Grayson, I don’t see how I can trust them against Alpharetta or North."

Forsyth Central at North Forsyth

Friday night’s scrimmage between run-happy North and Central could be over before the sun dips over the horizon. North’s Jason Galt and Central’s Shane Williamson, both entering their second season, were polar opposites in their debut—North reached the Class AAAAAA state playoffs, while Central finished 2-8.

North running back Zac Slaton (5-7, 140) is the headliner in Galt’s double-wing offense and an early front-runner for county offensive player of the year honors.

Central switched from the Wing-T to the spread offense, only to ditch that plan after three games last season. The Bulldogs are back to the flexbone and will be breaking in new starters at quarterback and running back. Williamson said Central must be careful with their lack of depth. "We’ll probably play our starters for the whole first half and then pull them," he said. "We need to get film on some of our younger guys so that we can see what they do against real competition."

Wesleyan at Pinecrest Academy

It’s all about the details now for Pinecrest head coach Todd Winter. The Paladins demolished Mt. Vernon, 70-0, in an Aug. 9 scrimmage, but Wesleyan presents a different challenge. Pinecrest and the Class AA Wolves will play a real game format, including kickoffs.

"I’m looking to see how we play in situations and hoping to see us correct mistakes we made against Mt. Vernon," Winter said. "Our pad level on defense and on the offensive line needs to get better and our receivers have to improve their perimeter blocking. We understand the big picture but now we’re working on the small stuff."

Winder-Barrow at South Forsyth

Friday’s scrimmage provides a chance for head coach Jeff Arnette to test the War Eagles’ depth on the line of scrimmage. Griffin Landrum and Caleb Lummus have offensive line spots locked down, but three positions are still up for grabs. Arnette will be watching closely to see who acquits themselves well.

Winder-Barrow coach David Wagner resigned in December after compiling a 3-37 record in four seasons at the helm. Peachtree Ridge quarterbacks coach Heath Webb, who last was a head coach at North Paulding from 2007-2011, takes over a program that hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since 2003.