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North Forsyth at Chattahoochee
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at The Arena in Johns Creek.
Records, rankings: North is 0-1 overall, 0-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked in Class AAAAAA; Chattahoochee is 0-1, 0-0 and unranked.
Series history: North leads 3-2.
Last meeting: Chattahoochee won 20-17 in 2014.
What to know: Already this young season, Chattahoochee and North have a common opponent – both opened their seasons against Cherokee. Two weeks ago, the Cougars were dominated in a 51-23 loss in which Chattahoochee gave up 566 yards of offense, including 387 on the ground. Last week, North hung tough in a 33-24 loss to Cherokee. The Raiders trailed by as little as 20-16 late in the third quarter and out-gained the Warriors on offense, 395 to 361.
Of note in North’s loss last Friday was the effectiveness of its passing game. Senior quarterback Jacob Bailey completed 8 of 10 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Consider that Bailey completed just one touchdown pass all of last season. Running back Simon Holcomb caught both of Bailey’s touchdown throws and finished with five catches for 102 yards. It was a new, dangerous wrinkle to North’s normally run-first, run-always offense. Though, that didn’t really go away – the Raiders rushed for 209 yards against Cherokee. But to have both facets working so well was eye-opening.