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Football: Preview of Week 7's matchups
Zach Burchfield
Denmark linebacker Zach Burchfield, bottom, brings down a North Springs runner earlier this season. Photo by David Roberts

Denmark at West Hall

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at West Hall High School in Oakwood.

Records, rankings: Denmark is 4-0 and ranked No. 10 in Class 4A; West Hall is 0-5 and unranked in Class 4A.

Series history: West Hall leads 1-0.

Last meeting: West Hall won 48-27 in 2018.

What to know: Denmark rolled over Chestatee, 58-0, last week to start Region 7-4A play after opening up with a 44-0 lead after one quarter. For the season, Denmark is outscoring its opponents 200-24 while West Hall is being outscored  212-57, including a decisive 38-6 loss to Blessed Trinity last week. West Hall lost its entire secondary from last year's 3-7 team, which bodes well for a Denmark offense that is averaging 250 yards per game through the air. The Danes are also averaging more than nine yards per carry this season, led by running back Jordan Brunson's 336 yards and five touchdowns on 28 carries. West Hall's offense runs through Solomon Gates, a talented running back who is getting Division I attention. But Denmark's defense has been just as impressive as its offense, as three of the Danes' four wins have been shutouts. Harrison Halder (6), C.J. Ford (5) and Justin Hunter (5) are among the area leaders in tackles for loss, while Arthur Marsden leads the county with six sacks. Justin Bradford is tied for the area lead with three interceptions, including a pick-six in last week's win.


Pinecrest Academy at Mount de Sales Academy

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon.

Records, rankings: Pinecrest is 0-4 and unranked in Class 1A (Private); Mount de Sales is 4-0 and tied for 13th in Class 1A (Private).

Series history: Series is tied 2-2.

Last meeting: Mount de Sales won 21-16 in 2018.

What to know: Pinecrest is still searching for its first win after a 28-7 loss last week to Walker. The Paladins were gashed for 222 rushing yards, and all three of Walker's offensive touchdowns came on the ground. Pinecrest faces a different task this week when the Paladins face Mount de Sales quarterback Dexter Williams, who is a three-star quarterback committed to Indiana. Mount de Sales likes to spread out its offense, allowing Williams to sling the ball across the field, though the senior quarterback occasionally lines up under center or in the pistol when the Cavaliers run the ball with Josiah Cotton. Pinecrest flashed its offensive potential last week when quarterback Bryce Balthaser finished 12-for-24 passing for 149 yards and a touchdown. The Paladins' lone score came in the second quarter when Balthaser found Breckin Barbee for a 26-yard touchdown. Sawyer Huffstetler led the team with 89 yards on five catches. If Pinecrest wants to hang with Mount de Sales, the Paladins will need a big night from Balthaser, and their defense, led by linebacker Joey Kiernan, will need to step up.