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Football: Preview of week one's matchups
South Forsyth's Cameron Schurr runs past North Forsyth defenders on his way to the end zone on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Photo courtesy Paul Ward.
Central vs Chamblee

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

Records, rankings: Both teams are 0-0 and unranked.

Series history: Central trails 2-5.

Last meeting: Central won 42-7 in 2018.

What to know: What a difference a year makes. Central’s 2018 matchup with Chamblee had some uncertainty, with Central looking to end a 16-game winless streak. After their first playoff berth in almost 20 years, they’re facing their 2019 matchup with Chamblee as clear favorites for a season opening win. Chamblee, like Central was not too long ago, is a struggling team: They have just one win over the past two years, and didn’t score more than seven points in any game of their 0-10 season last year.

West Forsyth's Jack Hughes makes a tackle during the Wolverines' game against Peachtree Ridge on Sept. 14, 2018 at Peachtree Ridge High School. - photo by Michael Chung

West vs. Camden County

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

Records, rankings: Both teams are 0-0 and unranked.

Series history: West trails 0-1.

Last meeting: West lost 27-20 in 2018.

What to know: West’s gauntlet of a non-region schedule returns this year, with a Camden County team that made the playoffs with seven wins last year coming up from South Georgia. They’ll certainly be a test for the Wolverines, who struggled mightily at times during their scrimmage against Central Gwinnett. On defense, the Wolverines gave up plenty of big plays, and on offense, quarterback Blake Whitfield looked a little rusty coming off his injury with two interceptions. Still, this was a close game last year, and if West can correct all the issues from its scrimmage, there’s no reason to think it can’t be the same kind of contest again this year.

South vs Sprayberry

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

Records, rankings: Both teams are 0-0 and unranked.

Series history: South leads 1-0.

Last meeting: South won 26-6 in 2018.

What to know: The War Eagles have some question marks heading into the season, but South seemed strong in its scrimmage win over Sequoyah last week, with receivers Devin McGlockton and Colby Cruz hauling in touchdowns in the first half of play. It still remains to be seen who will start at quarterback for the War Eagles, though. Sprayberry doesn’t seem to be particularly strong if the last few years are any indication: The Yellow Jackets finished 2018 with a 3-7 record and have five total wins over the last two seasons.

North at Cherokee

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

Records, rankings: Both teams are 0-0 and unranked.

Series history: North trails 3-4.

Last meeting: North lost 18-16 in 2018.

What to know: Last year, North was 1-4 in games decided by four points or less, and their season opener against Cherokee was one of those games. The Raiders’ main strength appeared to be its fairly experienced defense heading into their scrimmage with Dawson County last week, but the vastly less-seasoned offense led by new starting quarterback Brady Meitz didn’t seem to struggle at all in North’s 35-15 win. Cherokee has seen some improvement over the past few seasons, finishing 5-6 last season after a winless year in 2017. North will be tested defensively by facing running back Ebony Jackson, a Maryland commit.

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Lambert wide receiver Braden Bamburowski hauls in a touchdown catch against Etowah on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at The Horn. - photo by Ben Hendren

Lambert at Wheeler

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

Records, rankings: Both teams are 0-0 and unranked.

Series history: Lambert leads 2-1.

Last meeting: Lambert lost 28-14 in 2018.

What to know: The Longhorns some signs of promise during their scrimmage against Etowah last week, particularly on offense. Lambert’s first team allowed just one sack in that game, and senior quarterback Peyton Rich some signs of promise and improvement. The Longhorns will certainly need him to grow this year if they are to improve an attack that was anemic at times last year. Wheeler finished 6-4 last year, but missed the playoffs due to a 1-4 record in region play.