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Football: Preview of week two's matchups
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South Forsyth's Joe Slott throws a pass in the War Eagles' game against Sprayberry on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. - photo by Ben Hendren

South vs Blessed Trinity

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

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

Series history: South trails 0-1.

Last meeting: South lost 35-6 in 2018.

What to know: The War Eagles downed Sprayberry last week for their third straight win to start a season, but the talent level South will face in Week 2 will be much improved. Blessed Trinity is coming off its second straight Class 4A state championship and a 28-10 win over St. Pius X in Week 1. The Titans have lost a few key players from their most recent title run, so it remains to be seen just how strong they still are. Blessed Trinity is a consistently good program, though, so South should still be in for a tough matchup, one they lost by double digits in 2018.

 

North vs Gainesville

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

Records, rankings: North is 0-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Gainesville is 1-0 and unranked in Class 6A.

Series history: North leads 5-0.

Last meeting: North won 24-21 in 2018.

What to know: The Raiders played a close game in the first half against Cherokee last week, but ultimately, the defense couldn’t keep the Warriors for breaking out in the second half and handing them a season-opening loss. North lost plenty of close games last year, but its tilt against Gainesville in 2018 was one they actually won. The Raiders have never lost to the Red Elephants, who have struggled in recent years, but with Gainesville beating a ranked Mary Persons team last week, it’s possible that they’ll give North a challenge again this year.

 

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West Forsyth's Daba Fofana breaks free for a 76-yard touchdown run against Camden County on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. - photo by Brian Paglia

West at Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.)

When, where: Friday, 8 p.m. EST in Trussville, Alabama.

Records, rankings: West is 0-1 and unranked in Class 7A, Hewitt-Trussville is 1-0 and ranked No. 5 in AL.com’s Power 25.

Series history: West trails 0-1.

Last meeting: West lost 38-30 in 2018.

What to know: West’s run through its grueling non-region schedule didn’t start off well in Week 1, with the Wolverines falling 47-6 to Camden County, a game that never looked particularly close. But as much of a challenge as Camden was for West, their Week 2 tilt with Hewitt-Trussville will no doubt be even tougher. The Huskies are one of Alabama’s best teams regardless of classification, and boast Division I athletes like Auburn commit Armoni Goodwin, who ran for 229 yards and four touchdowns last week. For the Wolverines to even have a chance, they’ll have to drastically cut down the turnovers — they had six against Camden.

 

Lambert at Chattahoochee

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

Records, rankings: Lambert is 0-1 and unranked in Class 7A; Chattahoochee is 0-1 and unranked in Class 6A.

Series history: Lambert leads 5-2.

Last meeting: Lambert won 42-14 in 2018.

What to know: On paper, Lambert’s season-opening 42-19 loss to Wheeler didn’t look too promising, but it wasn’t all bad for the Longhorns. Quarterback Peyton Rich could be taking a step forward in his senior year, as he totaled 241 passing yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It looks like the Longhorns could have a good chance of securing their second straight blowout win against the Cougars: They’re coming off an 0-10 season last year and lost their 2019 opener to Riverwood 46-10.

 

Denmark at Cherokee Bluff

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. in Flowery Branch.

Records, rankings: Denmark is 0-0 and unranked in Class 4A, Cherokee Bluff is 0-1 and unranked in Class 3A.

Series history: Denmark leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Denmark won 43-0 in 2018.

What to know: After months of anticipation, Denmark’s highly touted squad will finally get its first regular season action this week. It took a little bit of time, but after the Danes’ second scrimmage against Pickens, it looks like their offense is clicking. Cherokee Bluff, another second year team, still hasn’t won its first game as a program: The Bears went 0-10 in their inaugural season, and handily lost their 2019 season opener to Whitefield Academy of Class 1A Private. Nothing is ever a sure thing, but Denmark beginning its second season with a win is probably the closest you can get to that.