Pinecrest Academy at Mount Paran
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., in Kennesaw.
Records, rankings: Pinecrest is 0-4 overall, 0-2 in Region 6-1A, Div. B and unranked in Class 1A; Mount Paran is 3-1, 2-0 and ranked No. 7.
Series history: Mount Paran leads 3-1.
Last meeting: Mount Paran won 28-3 in 2016.
What to know: The Paladins started to show signs of life on offense last week against Mount Pisgah. Quarterback Micky Mangan threw for 200 yards and a touchdown, while Michael Birozes rushed for two touchdowns. But the problem for Pinecrest has continued to be defense. The Paladins allowed 55 points to Mount Pisgah, and they’re giving up 42.5 points a game so far. Mount Paran is averaging 31.8 points a game on offense and is coming off its best performance of the season in a 56-14 victory against region opponent King’s Ridge Christian. Patrick Sullivan was a bright spot on Pinecrest’s defense last week with three tackles for loss, but the Paladins will need a better collective effort against Mount Paran.
Horizon Christian at Griffin Christian
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., in Griffin.
Records: Horizon is 0-6 and 0-1 in the GICAA D-II North; Griffin is 4-2 and 2-0 in the GICAA D-II West.
Last meeting: Griffin won 33-20 in 2016.
What to know: The Warriors are coming off a 36-14 loss to Covenant Christian in which it looked like a different team between the first and second halves. Horizon matched Covenant in the first half to a 14-14 tie, but injuries and turnovers mounted in the second half as Covenant pulled away. Of particular concern were injuries to Wesley Harris (knee) and Jake Walker (shoulder). Griffin Christian and Horizon have three common opponents. Both have lost to Skipstone Academy and Community Christian, while Griffin defeated Covenant, 14-7, on Sept. 15.