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Football: Previews of week four's matchups
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Denmark's Ze'Vian Capers celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the Danes' game against Cherokee Bluff on Aug. 24, 2018 at Denmark High School. - photo by Ian Frazer
Forsyth Central vs. Denmark

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

Records, rankings: Central is 2-0 and unranked in Class 7A; Denmark is 2-0 and unranked in Class 4A.

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

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

What to know: This is undoubtedly the most intriguing game of the year so far: It’s the oldest school in Forsyth County versus the newest, a program that hopes its rebuild is almost complete versus one that just started its first round of construction. And it could actually be a pretty decent game, too. The Bulldogs have a rich group of seniors on defense and have looked strong on that side of the ball so far, allowing seven points to Chamblee and 12 to Cass. Denmark, meanwhile, has an extra-talented group of receivers, led by Ze’Vian Capers, and a quarterback in Ben Whitlock that can ably distribute through the Danes’ spread offense. This game is an opportunity for the Danes to prove if they’re a good first-year team, or just a good team in general, and for the Bulldogs to give more credibility to their resurgence.

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South Forsyth quarterback Drew Morris stretches to gain extra yards during the War Eagles' game against Etowah on August 31, 2018 at South Forsyth High School. - photo by Ian Frazer
 

South Forsyth vs. South Gwinnett

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

Records, rankings: The War Eagles are 2-1 and unranked in Class 7A; the Comets are 1-1 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: The series is tied at 4-4.

Last meeting: South Forsyth won 30-23 in 2017 in Snellville.

What to know: This matchup last year featured one of the most dramatic finishes in the state, as War Eagles quarterback Cal Morris ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes remaining to give South the winning score. For the War Eagles, it’s a new year and a different Morris under center: Drew, Cal’s brother, has looked equally capable so far, providing a more physical running presence and a nifty touch throwing the ball, as seen in his 12-for-19 performance in South’s win last week against Etowah. The Comets’ offense had a rough go in last week’s 31-0 loss to Brookwood, and they’ll face South defense that gave up 149 yards of offense last week, with 70 of those coming on a single play.

 

West Forsyth vs. Roswell

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

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

Series history: The series is tied at 1-1.

Last meeting: West won 35-14 in 2011 in Roswell.

What to know: There’s not much of a geographic hook to the Wolverines’ matchup this week – no long trip down to Camden County or well-traveling Alabama team coming to town – but it doesn’t look like this matchup is much easier from a competitive standpoint. The Hornets, coming off a massively disappointing 3-8 campaign that followed a state championship game appearance, are off to a solid start in head coach Matt Kemper’s second season. The Wolverines, on the other hand, have looked better than their record indicated, with both of those losses coming by single-score margins.

 

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Lambert's Zach Ogbogu takes a carry during the Longhorns' football game against Chattahoochee on Aug. 24, 2018 at Lambert High School. - photo by Kevin O'Brien

Lambert at Peachtree Ridge

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Peachtree Ridge in Suwanee.

Records, rankings: The Longhorns are 2-1 and unranked in Class 7A; the Lions are 0-2 and unranked in Class 7A.

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

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

What to know: How strange that these two teams with a Suwanee address have never met before. After this matchup, Lambert will only have to face North Gwinnett to complete its circuit of the northwest Gwinnett/southeast Forsyth locality. The Longhorns are still somewhat of an enigma at this point of the year, with their season-opening loss to Wheeler hinting at complete mediocrity but the next two results, a comfortable win over Chattahoochee and a comeback victory at Gainesville that should have been easier, making Lambert look like a team that shouldn’t be overlooked. Even if the Longhorns beat Peachtree Ridge, though, it won’t serve to completely legitimize them: The Lions have been outscored 92-14 overall so far in losses to Lanier and Brookwood.

 

Pinecrest Academy at Athens Christian

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

Records, rankings: The Paladins are 0-2 and unranked in Class 1A; the Eagles are 2-1 and unranked in Class 1A.

Series history: Pinecrest leads the series 2-1.

Last meeting: Pinecrest won 20-7 in 2015 in Cumming.

What to know: The Paladins aren’t far off, as head coach Terance Mathis would confirm. Pinecrest hung with Fellowship Christian late into a 48-30 loss to open the season, and in last week’s defeat against Mount de Sales, Pinecrest had the ball at the one-yard line trailing by five points and with less than two minutes to play before a fumble sealed the loss. This road matchup looks like another winnable game for the Paladins, as Athens Christian’s two wins have come against Walker (0-2) and Landmark Christian (1-2).