Forsyth Central at Milton
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. in Milton.
Records, rankings: Central is 5-2 and unranked in Class 7A; Milton is 5-2 and unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: Milton leads the series 11-3.
Last meeting: Milton won 17-0 in 2017.
What to know: This game was something of a triumph for the Bulldogs last year, as they held Milton scoreless in to the fourth quarter and saw signs that, even in a winless season, they had a decent core to carry into the next year. The improvements have come, as Central currently has the best overall record among county teams. However, their quality of competition is…not great, and Milton will be easily the best team they’ve faced this year. Here’s a comparison: West Forsyth, the team that walloped the Bulldogs 39-0 last week, got hammered 41-0 by the Eagles in its region opener.
Lambert at West Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at The Den in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Lambert is 3-4 and unranked in Class 7A; West is 2-5 and unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: Lambert leads the series 4-2.
Last meeting: West won 28-24 in 2017.
What to know: Turns out that the Wolverines aren’t too bad, after all: Last week’s blowout of Central, with a dominant defensive showing and a very encouraging outing by sophomore quarterback Drew Southern, made it clear that the Wolverines are in the top half of the region. Lambert, meanwhile, will likely need to win at least two of its remaining games to have a shot at the playoffs. Given the Longhorns’ chronic difficulties on offense, it’ll be mighty tough to make progress towards that goal this week.
North Forsyth at South Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: North is 3-4 and unranked in Class 7A; South is 4-3 and unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: South leads the series 14-6.
Last meeting: South won 47-10 in 2017.
What to know: It looks like a new season for the Raiders: The return of running back Bryson Trigg gives North another dynamic talent on offense and, perhaps just as importantly, lets Honus Wagner devote more energy to the defensive side of the ball. The Raiders could be in for a comedown this week, though. South’s defense is one of the region’s best, holding dynamic Milton in check in the first half last Friday, and the War Eagles can get plenty of points of their own with the two-pronged ground attack of Jordan Brunson and Drew Morris. North’s defense is still unremarkable.
Denmark vs. White County
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Denmark High in Alpharetta.
Records, rankings: Denmark is 4-4 and unranked in Class 4A; White County is 2-5 and unranked in Class 4A.
Series history: This is the teams’ first-ever meeting.
Last meeting: This is the teams’ first-ever meeting.
What to know: The Danes, even with three consecutive losses to their name, are still in the playoff race. If they beat White County this week, a seemingly realistic task, they’ll have the same number of wins as the Warriors and an important victory in the head-to-head. There’s one significant issue, though, which is unfortunately out of the Danes’ control: Both West Hall and White County, the teams Denmark is battling with for the last playoff spot in the region, have yet to face Chestatee, the region’s worst team. The War Eagles would have to improve mightily in the late going to give the Danes the help they need.
Pinecrest Academy at King’s Ridge Christian
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., in Alpharetta.
Records, rankings: Pinecrest 3-4 and unranked in Class 1A; King’s Ridge is 1-6 and unranked in Class 1A.
Series history: The series is tied at 4-4.
Last meeting: King’s Ridge won 14-7 in 2017.
What to know: If Pinecrest wants to make the playoffs, the Paladins need to win this game. Last week’s loss to St. Francis, in which the Paladins coughed up a 16-7 lead, put Pinecrest at 24th in the GHSA’s Class 1A-Private power rankings, the very last playoff spot. The Paladins’ final regular season game, against Mount Paran two weeks from now, looks like a tough go, so they’d have to get a bit of breathing room with a win over the Tigers this week.