Milton at Lambert
When, where: Friday, 7:30 at The Horn in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Milton is 6-2 overall, 2-1 in Region 5-7A and unranked in Class 7A; Lambert is 2-6, 0-3 and unranked.
Series history: Milton leads 1-0.
Last meeting: Milton won 20-17 in 2016.
What to know: The Longhorns have taken a significant step backwards this year, but holding a lead for most of last week’s loss to West looked like progress. Milton had a perplexing outing against Central, failing to score until the fourth quarter, so the Eagles look more vulnerable than ever. Marcus Chatelain continues to be a horse at running back for the Longhorns and is coming off a 33-carry, 234-yard performance, and sophomore Peyton Rich just had his best game yet at quarterback, completing 13 of his 21 passes against West.
West Forsyth at North Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 at Raider Valley in Coal Mountain.
Records, rankings: West is 6-2 overall, 2-1 in Region 5-7A and unranked in Class 7A; North is 5-3, 2-1 and unranked.
Series history: West leads 7-2.
Last meeting: West won 55-7 in 2016.
What to know: The Wolverines are the only team left in the region with a shot at knocking South off its path to the No. 1 playoff seed. West faces the War Eagles in their last game of the regular season, but first they’ll have to deal with a Raiders squad smarting from a 47-10 smackdown from South last Friday. North’s offense is still plenty dangerous, and the Wolverines’ offense hasn’t been as sure of a unit as South’s.
Forsyth Central at South Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Central is 0-8 overall, 0-3 in Region 5-7A and unranked in Class 7A; South is 7-1, 3-0 and ranked No. 5.
Series history: South leads 13-5-1.
Last meeting: South won 38-0 in 2016.
What to know: The War Eagles refused to discount this matchup after their eye-opening win at North last week – and holding Milton scoreless for three quarters might be the most positive sign out of Central all year – but anything but a blowout in South’s favor here would be a surprise. A win here and a loss by West would clinch the region title for the War Eagles.
St. Francis at Pinecrest Academy
When, where: Friday, 7:30, Between the Pines in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Pinecrest is 1-7, 0-6 in Region 6-1A, Div. B; St. Francis is 2-6, 1-5 and unranked.
Series history: Pinecrest leads 3-0.
Last meeting: Pinecrest won 42-0 in 2016.
What to know: If Pinecrest wants to have a win in regulation this year, this week will have to be it. This is one of the more favorable matchups for the Paladins this year, but the odds still might be against Pinecrest: A 14-7 loss to King’s Ridge Christian is the Paladins’ closest this year, and St. Francis, clearly in the midst of a down year itself, beat the Tigers 34-14.