Friday, Nov. 7 schedule:
South Forsyth at Lambert
West Forsyth at Johns Creek
Pinecrest Academy at Mt. Zion-Carroll
Cass at Forsyth Central
North Forsyth at Alpharetta
The playoff picture in Region 6-AAAAAA is coming in to focus, and it should be—Friday, Nov. 7 marks the final weekend of the regular season for Forsyth County football teams.
Alpharetta (8-0) has clinched its third straight region title. The Raiders have won 21 straight games in Region 6; West Forsyth was the last team to beat them on Sept. 21, 2012, a 63-42 Wolverine win.
Behind the Raiders, Lambert and South Forsyth are tied at 6-2 in region play. It’s only right that the two schools, separated by 4 1/2 miles, play this Friday night at the Horn to decide the No. 2 seed and thus a first-round home playoff game out of Region 6.
The current standings, among teams still in playoff contention, look like this:
Alpharetta: 8-0 (clinched region)
Lambert: 6-2 (beat Northview, West; lost to Centennial)
South Forsyth: 6-2 (beat Centennial, Northview; lost to West)
Centennial: 5-3 (lost to South, West; beat Lambert)
Northview: 5-3 (beat West; lost to South, Lambert)
West Forsyth: 5-3 (beat South, Centennial; lost to Lambert)
Centennial and Northview play each other on Friday, while West plays Johns Creek. Here are the scenarios for Friday night (bear with me). In short, the winner of South-Lambert locks up the No. 2 seed. If South loses, the War Eagles have a better shot at still making the playoffs than if Lambert was to lose.
— IF Lambert wins, Horns are No. 2 seed.
— IF Northview AND West win, South is the No. 3 seed, West is the No. 4 seed.
— IF Centennial AND West win, West is the No. 3 seed, South is the No. 4 seed.
— IF Northview AND Johns Creek win, South is the No. 3 seed, Northview is the No. 4 seed.
— IF Centennial AND Johns Creek win, South is the No. 3 seed, Centennial is the No. 4 seed.
— IF South Forsyth wins, War Eagles are No. 2 seed.
— IF Northview AND West win, Lambert is the No. 3 seed, Northview is the No. 4 seed.
— IF Centennial AND West win, West is the No. 3 seed, Centennial is the No. 4 seed.
— IF Northview AND Johns Creek win, Lambert is the No. 3 seed, Northview is the No. 4 seed.
— IF Centennial AND Johns Creek win, Centennial is the No. 3 seed, Lambert is the No. 4 seed.
Pinecrest is 4-1 in Region 6-A, Div. B, tied with Mt. Pisgah, but Pisgah holds a tiebreaker over the Paladins by virtue of a head-to-head win. Pinecrest travels to Mt. Zion-Carroll (3-1 Region 6-A, Div. A) this Friday.
The Paladins are pretty much locked in to the Class A-Private playoffs thanks to the GHSA Power Ratings. The power ratings place heavy emphasis on wins over teams from higher classifications, which is why Todd Winter scheduled Class AAAAA North Springs early in the season—and why the Paladins’ 21-14 win in that game was so crucial. Pinecrest is ranked No. 6; the top 16 teams make the playoffs. Mt. Zion-Carroll is ranked No. 8 in the Class A-Public power ratings, so Friday’s game will be mostly about seeding for both teams.
Forsyth Central fell out of playoff contention with last Friday’s 35-21 home loss to Cambridge. Cambridge advanced to a Region 7 play-in game at home this Friday against Creekview.
LaFlamme, O’Brien face off
The South and Lambert running backs combined to rush for 742 yards against Chattahoochee—435 for South’s LaFlamme, and 307 last Friday for Lambert’s O’Brien.
This week, the seniors face off as two of the most productive offensive players in Forsyth County over the last two years. With his 307-yard performance, O’Brien topped 1,000 rushing yards (1,055 through nine games) again. LaFlamme entered last week’s game with 1,135 yards and added 140 to that total in the first half alone.
It was no accident that Lambert’s resurgence coincided with O’Brien’s production uptick in production, and it was no accident that South lost two games in a row in recent weeks as LaFlamme was held mostly in check. This is, for obvious reasons, a matchup to watch on Friday night.