Milton at Forsyth Central
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Forsyth Central is 3-3 and unranked in Class 7A; Milton is 4-3 and unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: Milton leads 12-3.
Last meeting: Milton won 30-3 in 2018.
What to know: Milton impressed in last week’s 24-7 win against South Forsyth, while Forsyth Central has opened Region 5-7A play with a pair of one-score losses. The Bulldogs entered the second half of their schedule on a roll, winning three of their first four games, but have dropped their past two games by a combined six points. Meanwhile, Milton has yet to lose a region game this season, holding South Forsyth and West Forsyth to just seven points each. Milton quarterback Devin Farrell is in the middle of a breakout sophomore season, averaging nearly eight yards per carry and accounting for seven total touchdowns. Junior Eli Ruis accounted for nearly half of Central’s offense last week, rushing 17 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. Senior Jake Bretz had the Bulldogs’ other score, returning a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown.
South Forsyth at North Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Raider Valley in Coal Mountain.
Records, rankings: South Forsyth is 4-3 and unranked in Class 7A; North Forsyth is 5-2 and unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: South Forsyth leads 15-6.
Last meeting: South Forsyth won 35-34 in 2018.
What to know: North Forsyth is looking for its first win against South Forsyth since 2013 in a game that will likely award the winner a home playoff game. South’s past two losses – 42-19 to Hillgrove and 24-7 to Milton – might have given opponents a blueprint to taming the War Eagles’ offense, and it involves pressure. South quarterback Joe Slott was sacked six times against Hillgrove and three times against Milton, with the Eagles pressuring Slott eight times. As a result, South’s passing game fizzled against Milton, save for a 78-yard touchdown pass to senior Colby Cruz. North is stout up front on defense, led by sophomore Patrick Corrigan’s county-high 10 tackles for loss and senior Jack Tucker’s team-high 48 stops. Raiders QB Brady Meitz had his best game of the season last week in a 49-21 win against Lambert, finishing 15-for-23 passing with 243 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. But Meitz will have his work cut out for him against a War Eagles defense that shut out Milton in the second half last week behind an athletic group of linebackers.
West Forsyth at Lambert
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at The Horn in Suwanee.
Records, rankings: Lambert is 0-6 and unranked in Class 7A; West Forsyth is 2-4 and unranked in class 7A.
Series history: Lambert leads 4-3.
Last meeting: West Forsyth won 31-16 in 2018.
What to know: West Forsyth picked up a big win last week with a 22-17 win against Forsyth Central, which puts the Wolverines in a favorable position to clinch a playoff spot. Lambert is still looking for its first win of the season after a 49-21 blowout by North Forsyth handed the Longhorns their sixth loss of the season. Sophomore Kojo Antwi has been remarkably consistent for Lambert, catching a 54-yard touchdown pass from senior Peyton Rich. Antwi now has 16 receptions for 269 yards and three scores in his past three games. But Lambert has been shaky on defense this season, giving up at least 42 points in all six of its games. That’s good news for a West offense that seemed to find its footing last week, scoring on half of its drives (4 for 8). Senior Wesley Clark had his best game of the season, carrying the ball 11 times for 56 yards and two scores – all season highs. Clark’s emergence gives the Wolverines another option out of the backfield alongside junior Daba Fofana, who leads the team with 313 yards and three scores on the ground.
Denmark at White County
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at White County High School in Cleveland.
Records, rankings: Denmark is 5-2 and unranked in Class 4A; White County is 4-3 and unranked in Class 4A.
Series history: Denmark leads 1-0.
Last meeting: Denmark won 28-27 in 2018.
What to know: Denmark’s hopes for a region championship took a hit the past couple of weeks, with a 20-19 loss to Blessed Trinity and a 37-14 loss to Marist sending the Danes tumbling down the Region 7-4A standings. But a win Friday against White County would all but secure Denmark a spot in the playoffs. White County’s offense runs through J. Ben Haynes, the Warriors’ junior quarterback who bears some resemblance to Denmark quarterback Aaron McLaughlin. Both quarterbacks run well and have strong arms – Haynes had a deep 40-yard touchdown pass and a 20-yard touchdown run last week in a 42-0 win against West Hall. Similarly, McLaughlin was Denmark’s leading rusher last week against Marist, picking up 90 yards and a score on 11 carries while adding 139 more yards and another touchdown through the air. If Denmark wins, it will likely set up a showdown for third place Nov. 8 against Flowery Branch.
King’s Ridge at Pinecrest
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Between the Pines in Cumming
Records, rankings: Pinecrest is 0-7 and unranked in Class 1A Private; King’s Ridge is 1-6 and unranked in Class 1A private.
Series history: Pinecrest leads 5-4.
Last meeting: Pinecrest won 21-12 in 2018.
What to know: Pinecrest might have its best chance to win its first game of the season Friday when the Paladins host King’s Ridge. Pinecrest was gashed through the air and on the ground last week in a 48-34 loss to St. Francis. The Knights racked up 281 yards through the air and 294 on the ground in a balanced attack, though the Paladins did continue one encouraging trend. Pinecrest outscored St. Francis in the fourth quarter, 20-7, to turn a 41-14 deficit into a two-score game. The Paladins had a similar outcome three weeks ago when they trailed Mount de Sales 36-0 at halftime before rallying for 21 points in the second half of a 50-21 loss. Pinecrest will look to score early and avoid the need for a comeback against a King’s Ridge team that is winless in region play and hasn’t won a game since Sept. 6.