Forsyth Central at South Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Central is 3-4 and unranked in Class 7A; South is 4-4 and unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: South leads 14-6-1.
Last meeting: Central won 26-21 in 2018.
What to know: South Forsyth came into region play with its sights on a region championship, but the War Eagles suffered back-to-back losses to Milton and North Forsyth and are now fighting for playoff seeding. To reach the playoffs, the War Eagles must beat a couple of teams they lost to last season —Forsyth Central on Friday and West Forsyth the following week. Meanwhile, Central’s playoff hopes took a hit with three losses to open the region slate, but they aren’t sunk yet. However, the Bulldogs must beat South to remain in contention. Central’s offense has slowed down since scoring 148 points in its first four games, including last week when the Bulldogs mustered just 40 rushing yards on 35 carries. South uncharacteristically surrendered 511 total yards to North Forsyth last week in a 43-34 loss, though senior Joe Slott was terrific, completing 15 of 27 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. Slott completed at least one pass to six different receivers, and senior Colby Cruz exploded for 137 yards and a score on six receptions. Central quarterback Bronson Landreth will have to be at his best if this game turns into another shootout. He passed for a season-high 115 yards last week against Milton but managed a season-low 14 yards despite 12 carries.
West Forsyth at North Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Raider Valley in Coal Mountain
Records, rankings: West is 3-4 and unranked in Class 7A; North is 6-2 and unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: West leads 9-2.
Last meeting: West won 35-14 in 2018.
What to know: Two of the area’s hottest teams meet with a home playoff game on the line, as North Forsyth is undefeated in region play and West Forsyth’s lone hiccup is a 34-7 loss to Milton. North quarterback Brady Meitz is in the middle of a breakout junior season, as he’s completed 108 of 182 passes for 1,422 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions this season. Meitz and the Raiders’ offense were virtually unstoppable last week against South Forsyth. Meitz was 17-of-23 passing for 316 yards and five touchdowns, with three of those scores going to senior Nicky Dalmolin. Junior Jared Lucero added 142 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. West Forsyth senior Eli Orr is building an impressive campaign of his own, leading the team with 83 tackles, adding four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and an interception. Orr has 28 tackles in his past two games. West is rolling on offense, and junior Drew Southern scattered 17 completions to nine different receivers in last week’s 33-7 win against Lambert, but North’s duo of Patrick Corrigan and Jack Tucker own a combined 19 tackles for loss to lead the Raiders on defense, and Jumel Lewis has three interceptions and six pass break-ups.
Milton at Lambert
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at The Horn in Suwanee
Records, rankings: Milton is 5-3 and ranked No. 10 in Class 7A; Lambert is 0-7 and unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: Milton leads 3-0.
Last meeting: Milton won 57-7 in 2018.
What to know: Lambert has its work cut out against the defending Class 7A champions and current top dog in Region 5-7A, Milton. The Longhorns are still searching for their first win of the season after last week’s 33-7 loss to West Forsyth, a game in which Lambert was held to -17 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback Peyton Rich was under duress for much of the game, as West tallied four sacks and three QB hurries against the junior and limited him to just 143 yards passing. One bright spot for Lambert continues to be its sophomore class, led on offense by Kojo Antwi and defensively by Harrison Peyton. Antwi has 534 yards and five touchdowns on 32 receptions this year, while Peyton currently leads the Longhorns with 50 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. Peyton and the Lambert defense will have one of its stiffest tests to date when the Longhorns face a Milton offense led by dynamic quarterback Devin Farrell. Farrell is 42-of-76 passing for 540 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions this year for the Eagles, adding 503 yards and five touchdowns on 64 carries.
Pinecrest at Mount Paran
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Mount Paran Christian School
Records, rankings: Pinecrest is 1-7 and unranked in Class 1A Private; Mount Paran is 3-4 and unranked in Class 1A Private.
Series history: Mount Paran leads 5-1.
Last meeting: Mount Paran won 14-7 in 2018.
What to know: Fresh off an impressive 55-0 win against King’s Ridge, Pinecrest gets Class 1A Private power Mount Paran with a chance to carry a two-game winning streak into next week’s region crossover. Mount Paran has lost three straight games — 37-17 to Whitefield Academy, 21-20 to Walker and 42-25 to St. Francis. In last week’s loss to St. Francis, the Eagles surrendered 496 total yards, including an 80-yard score and a couple of 60-plus touchdowns. That’s good news for the Paladins, who ran their offense to near perfection last week, scoring seven touchdowns on 11 plays before carrying a 48-0 lead into halftime. Ethan Massey had four catches for 240 yards and four touchdowns, plus an interception, and quarterback Bryce Balthaser completed all but one pass, finishing 7-of-8 passing for 294 yards and five touchdowns. Balthaser also had 80 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.