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Football: Preview of week six's matchups
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Lambert linebacker Patrick Deans celebrates after making a play during the Longhorns' game against Peachtree Ridge on Sept. 7, 2018 at Peachtree Ridge High School. - photo by Kevin O'Brien
Lambert vs. Lanier

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

Records, rankings: Lambert is 3-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Lanier is 2-2 and unranked in Class 6A.

Series history: Lanier leads the series 0-4.

Last meeting: Lanier won 15-6 in 2017.

What to know: This clash of Longhorns looks like the toughest test Lambert has faced yet this year: Lanier walloped Peachtree Ridge 47-0 to start the season, and in the last two weeks hung tough with a good Alpharetta team and beat a quality Clarke Central squad. And in those last two games, Lanier has been without the services of quarterback Zach Calzada, a Texas A&M commit. If Calzada is still out this week, that’ll be a fortuitous development for a Lambert defense that has already stood tall this year, allowing 29 points combined over its past three games, including a shutout of Peachtree Ridge two weeks ago.

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West Forsyth quarterback Blake Whitfield looks for an open man against Peachtree Ridge on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

West Forsyth at McCallie

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

Records, rankings: West is 1-3 and unranked in Class 7A; McCallie is 4-1 and ranked 14th in the state of Tennessee.

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

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

What to know: Last week’s matchup with Peachtree Ridge was something of a breather for the Wolverines in their gauntlet of a non-region schedule, and West pulled out a 28-7 win. The week before fall break off week brings another tricky matchup, though. The Blue Tornadoes have had three easy wins (and one forfeit), with their lone loss coming to Montgomery Bell Academy, one of the top teams in Tennessee. The Wolverines will have to deal with the toll of another long road-trip, but at least it won’t be as long as the jaunt down the coast to Camden County.

Forsyth Central at Clarkston

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at 5:15 p.m. at Adams Stadium in Atlanta.

Records, rankings: Central is 3-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Clarkston is 0-5 and unranked in Class 5A.

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

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

What to know: Central smashed an overmatched Lakeside-DeKalb squad 48-0 last week, and the margin in the Bulldogs’ second consecutive trip to Atlanta will probably be even worse. The Angoras,

representing a community that serves as a model for diversity for the entire country, have played five games this year and scored nine points total.

South Forsyth at Hillgrove

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. in Powder Springs

Records, rankings: South is 3-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Hillgrove is 4-0 and ranked No. 10 in Class 7A. 

Series history: Hillgrove leads the series 1-0. 

Last meeting: Hillgrove won 27-14 in 2016.

What to know: West has been drawing headlines and eyeballs with its grueling travel schedule, but South has had a low-key brutal non-region slate as well. The War Eagles went up against Blessed Trinity, the undisputed top team in Class 4A, and now they get a rising Hillgrove squad that has yet to play a close game. This will be a tough one for South, but the War Eagles' defense looks to be really rounding into form, as evidenced by last week's stuffing of South Gwinnett.

Denmark at Chestatee

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

Records, rankings: Denmark is 3-1 and unranked in Class 4A; Chestatee is 1-3 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: The Danes are on a different schedule than the county’s other teams, thanks to their (briefly) smaller enrollment, and this week is the start of their region schedule. It’s going to be a brutal one for the first-year school, with dates with top-10 programs like Blessed Trinity, Marist and Flowery Branch awaiting them, but the Danes can ease into it, sort of, by opening against a 1-3 War Eagles team. Denmark lost to Dawson County last week, but at least the Danes made a game of it for most of the time: Chestatee, meanwhile, lost 58-0 to the Tigers.

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North Forsyth's Honus Wagner celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against Northview on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. - photo by Lily McGregor Photography

North Forsyth at Woodstock

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

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

Series history: Woodstock leads the series 4-0.

Last meeting: Woodstock won 49-17 in 2017.

What to know: In this matchup last year, the run game was not the focus. Wolverines quarterback Garrett Bass sliced up the North secondary, completing 33 of his 45 passes for 465 yards, and Raiders quarterback Ben Bales threw is 49 times himself. It looks like Woodstock has maintained that air-attack philosophy – though maybe at a less extreme scale – but North has headed hard the other way, leaning on the pair of Carter Mullikin and Honus Wagner to lead the run game, which the Raiders have utilized much more than the pass so far. Film of last year’s matchup probably won’t be of much use for Woodstock’s coaches in this one.

Pinecrest Academy at Walker

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

Records, rankings: Pinecrest 1-3 and unranked in Class 1A; Walker is 0-3 and unranked in Class 1A.

Series history: Pinecrest leads the series 3-1.

Last meeting: Walker won 35-13 in 2017.

What to know: This is a new one for the Terance Mathis-coached Paladins: a game where Pinecrest is the clear favorite. The Wolverines took this game handily last season, but that campaign appeared to be an outlier for both teams. Walker has given up 28, 48 and 57 points this season, and perhaps most tellingly, lost 28-0 to Athens Christian, the squad that Pinecrest beat 33-6 on the road for its first regulation victory since 2016.