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Football: Preview of week eight's matchups
South Forsyth quarterback Drew Morris pushes back against a defender during the War Eagles' game against South Gwinnett on Sept. 7, 2018 at South Forsyth High School. Photo by Paul Ward.
South Forsyth at Lambert

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

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

Series history: Lambert leads the series 5-3.

Last meeting: South won 38-0 in 2017.

What to know: South’s walloping of the Longhorns last year was a decisive reversal of what’s been a dynamic generally tilted in Lambert’s favor in this series, and it was probably the first undeniable sign that 2017 was a down year for Lambert. This season’s matchup should be closer, though: The Longhorns continue to be uninspiring on offense, which is concerning given South’s size and speed up front, but Lambert’s defense has been a productive, cohesive unit, and the War Eagles have been less than spectacular in the points department.

A West Forsyth defender tries to tackle Milton running back Solomon Vanhorse in the team’s Region 5-7A opener Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. - photo by Michael Chung

West Forsyth at Milton

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

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

Series history: West leads the series 3-1.

Last meeting: Milton won 17-13 in 2017.

What to know: Here’s round two of the grudge match: West clearly took to heart former head coach Adam Clack’s decision to leave for Milton, and the hype for this matchup last year clearly helped contribute to a result that was literally inches from turning in the Wolverines’ favor. It might not be as close this time around: Milton doesn’t look like the juggernaut it did early on after dropping its last two games of the non-region schedule, but West’s 1-4 mark there isn’t inspiring, either. But the Wolverines didn’t get run over in any of those games, either, and this one has a chance to be highly competitive.

Forsyth Central at North Forsyth

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

Records, rankings: Central is 4-1 and unranked in Class 7A; North is 2-3 and unranked in Class 5A.

Series history: North leads the series 10-6.

Last meeting: North won 58-0 in 2017.

What to know: Last season’s result here was a low point for the Bulldogs and high point for the Raiders. While North couldn’t sustain the momentum established there and wound going 2-3 in region play, Central gradually improved throughout the schedule and wound up being competitive in losses to West, Lambert and Milton. This odds in this specific matchup are foggy at this point, given the drastic difference in the quality of competition that these teams have faced. But it will almost certainly be closer than last year.

Dawson County defenders knock the ball out of the hands of Denmark's Andrew Harvey on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Denmark vs. Blessed Trinity

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

Records, rankings: Denmark is 3-2 and unranked in Class 4A; Blessed Trinity is 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.

Series history: This is the teams’ first-ever meeting.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first-ever meeting.

What to know: The Danes’ first-year-program-ness has been apparent in recent weeks. In their last three matchups, they got rolled physically by Dawson County, made a matchup against a not-good Chestatee team closer than it probably should have been, and fell victim to the turnover bug against West Hall. Now they have their first-ever matchup with a legitimate juggernaut in this region clash against the Titans, who pounded South Forsyth in non-region play. Denmark will certainly show some fight here, but even a close game would be something of an upset.

Pinecrest Academy vs. Mount Pisgah Christian

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

Records, rankings: Pinecrest 2-3 and unranked in Class 1A; Mount Pisgah is 2-4 and unranked in Class 1A.

Series history: Mount Pisgah leads the series 5-3.

Last meeting: Mount Pisgah won 55-24 in 2017.

What to know: Here’s another clearly winnable game for the Paladins, who are riding an offensive high behind the production of running back Patrick Sullivan. The Patriots have been faulty on defense in most of their matchups so far, giving up 40-plus points to four different teams, and the most they’ve scored is 37, against St. Francis. This is definitely a better opportunity for the Paladins to start a winning streak than the matchup against Whitefield Academy.