Northview at South Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Northview is 5-0 overall, 4-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; South is 4-1, 4-0 and unranked.
Series history: South leads 5-1.
Last meeting: South won 21-17 in 2013.
What to know: The next three weeks are make-or-break for South. The War Eagles are 4-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA, but those four wins have come against teams that are a combined 4-12 in region play. Now, South gets undefeated Northview, West and a trip to Alpharetta in consecutive weeks. "It’s about to get real … real quick," South coach Jeff Arnette said. Northview quarterback DJ Pearson (1,187 passing yards) and his deep set of receivers present South’s stiffest challenge to date. Coach Arnette, how do you stop Pearson? "You hold on for dear life," he said. Northview enjoyed an off date last Friday; the Titans are hopeful receiver Matty Biondich can return full-strength from a sprained ankle suffered in the Sept. 26 win over West Forsyth.
South took advantage of its bye week to get an early jump on watching Northview film, and the extra rest meant Caleb Lummus, Sam Outlaw and Robby Johnson, among others, had time to recover from various injuries. One of the biggest story lines for the second half of the season is whether Tyler LaFlamme can continue his torrid running against the meat of the War Eagles’ schedule. Just as Northview presents South’s biggest challenge, South is the best team Northview has played since opening the season against Duluth. The War Eagles are more balanced on offense than any of Northview’s four region opponents thus far. It’s Homecoming on Friday at War Eagle Stadium. If South can race to an early lead, look out.