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Football: Preview of Week 3's matchups
South Forsyth
South Forsyth's captains walk onto the field last week before a 34-31 loss to Blessed Trinity.

Forsyth Central at Cass

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Doug Cochran Stadium in Cartersville.

Records, rankings: South is 1-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Cass is 0-1 and unranked in Class 5A.

Series history: Tied 3-3.

Last meeting: Central won 24-12 in 2018.

What to know: Central was off last week after a convincing 43-10 win in its season opener. Junior quarterback Bronson Landreth broke out in the win, carrying the ball 20 times for 170 yards and three touchdowns. He was 2-of-5 passing for 80 yards and a touchdown. The Cass defense offers a different challenge. The Colonels have a stout three-man front, beginning with senior defensive end J.P. Perry, who led the team with eight tackles during last week's 14-7 loss to Adairsville, including 5 1/2 tackles for loss, two sacks and three forced fumbles. Junior nose guard Noah Hoffmeier had six tackles in the loss, adding 1 1/2 tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and a recovered fumble. However, Cass will have its hands full with a Central line that paved the way for the Bulldogs to rush for 337 yards against Chamblee, and it could be the difference this week.

South Forsyth at Etowah

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Etowah High School in Woodstock.

Records, rankings: South is 1-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Etowah is 1-1 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: South won 36-14 in 2018.

What to know: South gave Blessed Trinity all it could handle last week, falling 34-31 in a game that was 34-7 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. South coach Jeff Arnette continued to roll with two quarterbacks, but sophomore Kyle Durham shined in the loss, completing 19-of-27 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Junior Devin McGlockton had a big game, catching nine passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Etowah's season started with a bang when the Eagles trounced River Ridge 37-13. Sophomore running back Remington Adams finished with 119 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries in the Week 1 win, but Etowah struggled mightily last week in a 42-10 loss to North Cobb. The Eagles surrendered 452 yards of total offense, including 332 yards on the ground, and trailed 28-0 at halftime. Etowah also surrendered seven sacks, which could be an advantage for a South defense that is averaging 3 1/2 sacks per game.

North at Northview

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Northview High School in Johns Creek.

Records, rankings: North is 1-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Northview is 1-0 and unranked in Class 6A.

Series history: North leads 4-3.

Last meeting: North won 42-21 in 2018.

What to know: North bounced back last week with a 21-7 win against Gainesville. The Raiders forced three turnovers — sophomore Jumel Lewis had two interceptions and freshman Chris Herock forced a fumble — as North's defense smothered the Red Elephants. Northview runs a spread offense, with senior quarterback Beau Lark as the centerpiece. Lark was 149-for-247 passing last year for 1,874 yards and 19 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions. He was also second on the team in rushing, tallying 66 carries for 481 yards and six touchdowns. North's offense will look to continue gelling behind first-year quarterback Brady Meitz, who showed off his dual-threat capabilities against Gainesville, completing 12 of 21 passes for 90 yards and a score on top of 38 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

Pinecrest Academy at Fellowship Christian

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship Christian School in Roswell.

Records, rankings:  Pinecrest is 0-0 and unranked in Class A Private; Fellowship Christian 1-0 is No. 8 in Class A Private.

Series history: Fellowship Christian leads 6-3.

Last meeting: Fellowship Christian won 48-30 in 2018.

What to know: Pinecrest will get its first look at first-year quarterback Bruce Balthaser, who will replace last year's starter Ryan Difazio, the quarterback who helped usher in the Paladins' spread offense after years of the triple-option. Pinecrest must also replace its leading rusher from a year ago, Patrick Sullivan, and its top two receivers, Colby Mangan and Peter Hoover. Fellowship Christian, ranked No. 8 in Class A Private, is off to a roaring start, throttling North Springs in its opener, 48-19. Fellowship Christian showed off its depth in the win, as 12 different players carried the ball at least once. In all, Fellowship Christian racked up 339 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Against a Pinecrest team that features about 30 players, that depth will be a pivotal part of today's game.

Gainesville at Lambert

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at The Horn in Cumming.

Records, rankings: Lambert is 0-2 and unranked in Class 7A; Gainesville is 1-1 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: Lambert leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Lambert won 16-15 in 2018.

What to know: Lambert quarterback Peyton Rich had another three-touchdown performance last week during a 46-28 loss to Chattahoochee but was overshadowed by Jaylen Smith, who carved up the Longhorns for 269 yards and four touchdowns on 18-of-25 passing. It was the second time in as many weeks that Lambert surrendered 40-plus points. Tonight's home matchup against Gainesville could be just what Lambert needs to get its season on track. Gainesville was shut down by North Forsyth last week, scoring just one touchdown, and won just two games last season. Linebacker Harrison Peyton has been a bright spot for Lambert's defense, as the sophomore leads the Longhorns with 18 tackles and 2 1/2 tackles for loss. 

North Springs at Denmark

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Denmark High School in Alpharetta.

Records, rankings: Denmark is 1-0 and unranked in Class 4A; North Springs is 1-1 and unranked in Class 5A.

Series history: Denmark leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Denmark won 39-32 in 2018.

What to know: Denmark breezed past Cherokee Bluff last week, 41-0, and will play its first home game against a North Springs offense that is fresh off a 500-yard performance against Clarkston. North Springs relied heavily on the arm of senior quarterback Santino Guadreau through its first two games. Guadreau was 18-of-32 passing in the 38-0 win against Clarkston, piling up 459 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Neriyan Brown has 19 catches for 343 yards and five touchdown through the first two games. Denmark seems up to the task, though. The Danes bottled up Cherokee Bluff's offense last week, and senior quarterback Aaron McLaughlin finished 18-of-26 passing for 233 yards and three touchdowns, while senior running back Jordan Brunson had three scores of his own.