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Football: Preview of Week 9's matchups
Forsyth Central quarterback Bronson Landreth looks for an open target against North Forsyth on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. - photo by David Roberts

Forsyth Central at West Forsyth

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

Records, rankings: Central is 3-2 and unranked in Class 7A; West is 1-4 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: West leads 3-0.

Last meeting: West won 39-0 in 2018.

What to know: The Bulldogs didn’t get a win last week against North Forsyth, but they certainly proved their worth, pushing the Raiders to double overtime before falling by a single point by way of a two-point conversion. Central rushed for 123 yards and scored on a Solomon Gates touchdown against North, while Bronson Landreth added 72 yards and a score through the air. West fell handily to defending 7A state champion Milton last week, but the bright side for the Wolverines is that their defense might match up well against Central’s run-first offense: Linebackers Jack Hughes and Eli Orr are two of the county’s leading tacklers.


South Forsyth's Colby Cruz stiff arms Lambert linebacker Thomas Tattersall on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
South Forsyth at Milton

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium in Milton.

Records, rankings: South is 4-2 and unranked in Class 7A; Milton is 3-3 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: South leads 2-1.

Last meeting: Milton won 35-21 in 2018.

What to know: With their convincing win over West last week, there’s good reason to believe that Milton will again be in the mix for another Region 5-7A title this year. That fact makes this game a very pivotal one for South, which looks to be another solid contender. The War Eagles certainly have the offense to compete. Tre Green had his biggest game of the season last week against Lambert with 163 yards and three touchdowns, and South’s big three of Colby Cruz, Devin McGlockton and Cameron Schurr will certainly be a factor in the passing game.


North Forsyth at Lambert

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

Records, rankings: North is 4-2 and unranked in Class 7A; Lambert is 0-6 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: Lambert leads 5-2.

Last meeting: North won 28-14 in 2018.

What to know: Lambert is still searching for that elusive first win after its loss to South last week, but that doesn’t mean the Longhorns weren’t close. South led that game 15-7 at halftime before pulling away. North is coming off a thrilling double overtime win over Central to start region play, and while the Raiders will certainly be favored with its offensive line play and its bruising running back duo of Jared Lucero and Patrick Corrigan, North shouldn’t sleep on Lambert. Quarterback Peyton Rich is quietly having a very solid season with 1,027 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions, and Kojo Antwi is a legitimate receiving threat with 433 yards and four scores. If the Longhorns can prevent big plays on defense and the offensive line can keep Rich upright, they might give themselves a chance at an upset.


Aaron McLaughlin
Denmark quarterback Aaron McLaughlin, left, attempts a pass Friday during the Danes' 20-19 loss to Blessed Trinity. Photo by Ben Hendren

Denmark vs Marist

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

Records, rankings: Denmark is 5-1 and ranked No. 9 in Class 4A; Marist is 7-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.

Series history: Marist leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Marist won 57-7 in 2018.

What to know: Denmark may have taken its first loss of 2019 to two-time defending state champion Blessed Trinity last week, but in doing so, the Danes also showed that they could hang with some of the best that Class 4A has to offer. They’ll go from facing one of the best to facing the very best tonight, though. Marist comes into its matchup with Denmark with an unbeaten record and a No. 1 ranking, and for good reason. Quarterback Connor Cigelske is one of the top players in Class 4A, with 641 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and 801 yards and 11 scores through the air.  With the offensive pieces the Danes have, they should be able to score, but the big question will be if Denmark’s defense is up to the daunting task. If the Danes can pull out a win, it would be quite the statement to the rest of the state.


Pinecrest Academy at St. Francis

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

Records, rankings: Pinecrest is 0-6 and unranked in Class 1A Private; St. Francis is 3-3 and unranked in Class 1A Private.

Series history: Pinecrest leads 3-2.

Last meeting: St. Francis won 20-16 in 2018.

What to know: The Paladins were the closest they’ve been to a win this season against Mount Pisgah, but ultimately fell once again in a double overtime heartbreaker. Pinecrest absolutely played its best football of the season last week, though, with quarterback Bryce Balthaser leading his team with 117 yards passing, 87 yards rushing and two passing touchdowns. Despite that, the Paladins’ chances  to grab their first win don’t look great against St. Francis, who has a quarterback with over 1,000 yards passing and a very solid run game with 11 scores there.