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Football: Preview of Week 5's matchups
Nicky Dalmolin
North Forsyth wide receiver Nicky Dalmolin catches a pass Aug. 30 during the Raiders' 21-7 win against Gainesville. Photo by Ben Hendren
Lakeside-DeKalb at Forsyth Central

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Cumming.

Records, rankings: Central is 1-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Lakeside-Dekalb is 0-3 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: Central leads 3-2.

Last meeting: Central won 48-0 in 2018.

What to know: Central's highly anticipated showdown against Denmark was rained out, so the Bulldogs will look for their second win of the season against Lakeside-DeKalb, which hasn't had a winning season since 2016. Moreover, the Vikings' roster lists just 50 players a year after fielding a team with 114 players. Central impressed in its opener against Chamblee, but took a step back a couple of weeks ago when the Bulldogs were smothered by the Cass defense in a 15-7 loss. Still, Central has one of the county's top rushers in quarterback Bronson Landreth, who has 241 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries. Wide receiver Caydin Mowen has been Landreth's favorite target, catching seven passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Lakeside-DeKalb is in its first season under head coach Morris Starr, who took the job after six seasons at McDonough. Starr compiled an 18-44 record there.

Kennesaw Mountain at North Forsyth

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Raider Valley in Coal Mountain.

Records, rankings: North is 2-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Kennesaw Mountain is 0-3 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: Kennesaw Mountain leads 1-0. 

Last meeting: Kennesaw Mountain won 48-47 in 2018.

What to know: North Forsyth lost a 48-47 overtime thriller to Kennesaw Mountain last year, a game that featured nearly a thousand yards (927) between the two teams. But tight end Ryland Goede, who caught five passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns in the win, is now enrolled at UGA and Kennesaw Mountain has struggled on offense this season. Through three games, the Mustangs have scored just 19 points and were shut out last week, 38-0, against Cherokee. Six-foot-3, 195-pound quarterback Luke Staggs leads Kennesaw Mountain's offense in his first year starting. North's strength this season has been its defense. Seven Raiders have combined for 11 tackles for loss, including six sacks and four turnovers. Sophomore Patrick Corrigan leads North Forsyth with 24 total tackles, while senior Jack Tucker is second with 22.

Denmark at Dawson County

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Dawson County High School in Dawsonville. 

Records, rankings: Denmark is 2-0 and ranked No. 11 in Class 4A; Dawson County is 3-0 and unranked in Class 3A.

Series history: Dawson County leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Dawson County won 38-21 in 2018.

What to know: Denmark's first loss as a program came last year against Dawson County when the Danes lost 38-21. But Dawson County's offense is sporting a different look this season, as quarterback Sevaughn Clark (74-for-134 passing, 936 yards, 9 TDs) and running back Ahmad Kamara (144 carries, 1,418 yards, 17 TDs) have graduated. Sophomore Zach Holtzclaw has taken over at quarterback and 6-foot-4 wide receiver Hunter Barron appears to be his favorite target, while Shawn Thomas is getting the bulk of the carries at running back. Denmark didn't play Forsyth Central last week as scheduled, but the Danes' offense is loaded with playmakers and its defense hasn't given up a point all season. Senior linebacker Arthur Marsden is tied for the area lead in sacks with three and leads the team with 11 tackles through two games.

Peachtree Ridge at West Forsyth

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

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

Series history: The teams are tied 1-1.

Last meeting: West Forsyth won 28-7 in 2018.

What to know: West Forsyth hasn't played a game since Aug. 30 after last week's game against Roswell was canceled. The Wolverines haven't played a game in the state of Georgia since their opener as the last time West Forsyth took the field was during a 47-19 loss at Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.). Running back Daba Fofana has been a bright spot for West's offense, tallying 164 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries. Senior Eli Orr has 29 total tackles, including two tackles for loss, despite playing just two games. Peachtree Ridge's offensive line is anchored by 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior Matthew Adoghe, who has begun fielding Division I offers. Adoghe will have a tall task trying to stop West's junior defensive lineman Dylan Fairchild, who's drawn attention from schools such as South Carolina and Tennessee.

Whitefield Academy at Pinecrest Academy

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

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

Series history: Pinecrest Academy leads 4-2.

Last meeting: Whitefield Academy won 20-6.

What to know: Pinecrest held a 6-0 lead heading into Monday's postponed matchup against Athens Christian, but the Golden Eagles scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to hand Pinecrest its second loss, 34-13. Whitefield presents a stiff challenge for the Paladins, as the Wolfpack have surrendered just nine points in their two wins. In a 40-6 win against Mount Pisgah last week, Whitefield had a 50-yard interception returned for a touchdown and a 20-yard scoop-and-score on a fumble. Whitefield held Mount Pisgah to just 103 total yards. Pinecrest quarterback Bryce Balthaser scored both touchdowns in the loss against Athens Christian, the first a 27-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Massey, then a touchdown run that gave the Paladins a brief 13-6 lead. Six-foot-1, 210-pound senior Joey Kiernan leads Pinecrest's defense at linebacker and made several tackles in last week's loss.