North at Milton
When, where: Friday, 7:30, at the Eagle's Nest in Alpharetta.
Records, rankings: North is 5-4 overall, 2-2 in Region 5-7A and unranked; Milton is 7-2, 3-1 and unranked.
Series history: Milton leads 2-1.
Last meeting: Milton won 38-15 in 2016.
What to know: North has accomplished its biggest preseason goal: Make the state playoffs. The Raiders' fate as the No. 4 seed out of the region is sealed, though, so this game is mainly for pride and momentum purposes. North could use some of the latter after two tough home losses to South and West, where the Raiders defense looked porous and the offense did not resemble the powerhouse unit that smoked Forsyth Central and Lambert to start the region schedule.
Lambert at Forsyth Central
When, where: Friday, 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Lambert is 2-7 overall, 0-4 in Region 5-7A and unranked in Class 7A; Central is 0-9, 0-4 and unranked.
Series history: Lambert leads 3-0.
Last meeting: Lambert won 59-0 in 2016.
What to know: Last season, this game was an emphatic capper to a region title run for the Longhorns, as they smashed the Bulldogs and headed into the playoffs, where the program would win its first-ever postseason game. The playoffs are well out of the question for both teams this year, though, so the best that the Longhorns or Bulldogs can hope for is a strong effort to end the season and boost morale for next year. Central put a scare into Milton, who soundly beat Lambert, so this one could be a competitive fight.
South Forsyth at West Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 at The Den in Cumming.
Records, rankings: South is 8-1 overall, 5-0 in Region 5-7A and ranked No. 6 in Class 7A; West is 7-2, 3-1 and unranked.
Series history: West leads 4-1.
Last meeting: South won 21-17 in 2016.
What to know: The region championship revolves around this game. If South wins, the scenario is simple: War Eagles have title and the No. 1 playoff seed. But a pair of scenarios – North beating Milton and West winning, or Milton winning and the Wolverines beating South by enough to put them on top of the margin-based three-way tiebreaker – could create some late chaos in the seeding process. South won this matchup last year with now-junior Drew Morris at quarterback, and Morris' older brother, Cal, is set to lead the War Eagles on Friday.
Oglethorpe County at Pinecrest Academy
When, where: Friday, 7:30, Between the Pines in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Oglethorpe County is 0-9 overall, 0-6 in Region 8-2A and unranked in Class 2A; Pinecrest is 1-8, 0-7 in Region 6-1A and unranked in Class 1A
Series history: This is the teams' first meeting.
Last meeting: N/A.
What to know: Pinecrest is a generally strong program in the midst of a down year, but its opponent this week hasn't been competitive since the 1990s and hasn't won a game since 2015. We've said that prior matchups this year have looked like the Paladins' best shot for a win this year, but this is the best scenario yet for Pinecrest. And if Terance Mathis wants to end his first year as head coach with a non-forfeit win, Pinecrest will have to get it done against the Patroits.