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Football: Preview of Week 4's matchups
Jordan Brunson
Denmark running back Jordan Brunson coasts across the goal line Friday for a 17-yard touchdown during the Danes' 63-0 win against North Springs. Photo by David Roberts
Forsyth Central at Denmark

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

Records, rankings: Central is 1-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Denmark is 2-0 and ranked No. 9 in Class 4A.

Series history: Denmark leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Denmark won 7-3 in 2018.

What to know: In their inaugural season last year, the Danes just barely pulled off the upset over the oldest school in the county, holding the Central’s offense in check at the goal line multiple times. For tonight’s rematch, though, the chances of that kind of defensive struggle happening again don’t seem very high: Denmark’s offense already looks much more explosive than it did last year with the addition of Division I prospects Aaron McLaughlin and Jordan Brunson, outscoring opponents 104-0 in its first two games. While those results came against weak opponents like Cherokee Bluff and North Springs, the Bulldogs still have their work cut out for them. To even have a chance, they’ll have to cut out the turnovers – they lost three fumbles and threw two interceptions in their 15-7 loss to Cass last week.

 

South Forsyth at South Gwinnett

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Richard Snell Community Stadium in Snellville.

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

Series history: South leads 5-4.

Last meeting: South won 21-7 in 2018.

What to know: The War Eagles couldn’t get the miracle win over Blessed Trinity, but against Etowah last week, South did pull off the comeback to take a one-point win. Their receiving corps was once again a huge factor, with Cameron Schurr having quite the night with 183 yards and three touchdowns. The question for South will be at quarterback: Kyle Durham hurt his hand last week, but Joe Slott filled in well for the War Eagles to lead them to the victory. South Gwinnett is coming off a big win against Brookwood, and for the War Eagles to come out on top, they’ll have to patch up their defense: They gave up 287 passing yards and 153 rushing yards against Etowah.

 

Cameron Schurr
South Forsyth wide receiver Cameron Schurr carries the ball last week against Etowah during the War Eagles' 32-31 win. Photo courtesy of Paul Ward

West Forsyth at Roswell

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Ray Manus Stadium in Roswell.

Records, rankings: West is 0-2 and unranked in Class 7A; Roswell is 2-0 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: Roswell leads 2-1.

Last meeting: Roswell won 21-17 in 2018.

What to know: West is coming off its first bye week of the year, and the immense challenge of its non-region schedule isn’t over yet. Roswell is fresh off a region title and still has players from that run, including quarterback Ethan Roberts, who passed for 1,948 yards and 20 touchdowns last year. And he’s not the only weapon the Hornets have: Tight end John Copenhaver and tackle Trey Zimmerman are both North Carolina commits, and three-star safety Doneiko Slaughter is an Arizona State commit. The Wolverines showed some promise early in their game against ranked Alabama power Hewitt-Trussville, and while the Hornets don’t have that same kind of prestige in Georgia right now, they should no doubt be another tough go for West.

 

Lambert vs Peachtree Ridge

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

Records, rankings: Lambert is 0-3 and unranked in Class 7A; Peachtree Ridge is 0-2 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: Lambert leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Lambert won 7-0 in 2018.

What to know: The Longhorns’ early-season struggles continued last week with an ugly 55-7 loss to Gainesville, but it looks like Lambert has a good chance to grab its first victory of the year against Peachtree Ridge. The Lions are searching for their first win of 2019 as well, and have been a program looking to find itself over the last few seasons, finishing 1-9 last year. Still, the Longhorns need to clean up their pass defense: They’ve allowed too many big plays over their first three games, including three long touchdowns against Gainesville.

 

Kojo Antwi
Lambert's Kojo Antwi powers past a diving Gainesville defender on his way to a long touchdown on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. - photo by David Almeda

Pinecrest Academy vs Athens Christian

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Between the Pines in Cumming.

Records, rankings: Pinecrest is 0-1 and unranked in Class 1A Private; Athens Christian is 1-2 and unranked in Class 1A Private.

Series history: Pinecrest leads 3-1.

Last meeting: Pinecrest won 33-6 in 2018.

What to know: Pinecrest will finally get to play on their shiny new turf field tonight, and unlike last week, the Paladins could get a win at home if they can overcome their youth that was on display against Fellowship Christian. Athens Christian hasn’t been a particularly strong program in the past two years, but they do have a key advantage over Pinecrest in the number of players on their roster. If the Paladins can somehow get past that, though, they might have a chance of beating an Eagles team they’ve had success against in the past.