A big game atop Region 5-7A, another win for North, and what's next for Denmark. Here's what we learned after Week 9.
The road to a Region 5-7A title still goes through Milton
For those thinking Milton peaked last year, think again.
The Eagles managed to shut down South Forsyth, one of the top offenses in Class 7A, on Friday, holding South to just one score and limiting the War Eagles’ offense to just over 200 yards.
Granted, South lost running back Tre Green and center James Fehr to injury, but Milton was impressive nonetheless.
Quarterback Devin Farrell headlines a talented sophomore class for Milton, as he picked up 101 yards through the air and 157 more on the ground, plus two touchdowns. Milton’s Class of 2022 also has weapons at running back (6-foot-1, 210-pound Jordan McDonald) and tight end (6-foot-4, 225-pound Jack Nickel).
Forsyth County has three more chances to trip up the defending state champs, with Forsyth Central, Lambert and North Forsyth facing the Eagles, in that order.
No hangover for North Forsyth
It’s natural to wonder how a team coming off an emotional double-overtime win will react the following week.
And if there was any test to be had Friday against Lambert, North aced it with a 49-21 win against the Longhorns.
The Raiders (5-2, 2-0 Region 5-7A) smothered Lambert on defense, limiting senior Peyton Rich to 106 yards passing while holding the Longhorns to just 13 yards on 20 carries.
Meanwhile, junior Brady Meitz enjoyed his best game as a Raider, finishing 15-for-23 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions.
And while those two picks might not thrill North head coach Robert Craft, a former quarterback himself, Meitz had an impressive 16.2 yards per completion and scored four times, including once on the ground.
Denmark looking to avoid fourth-place finish
If Denmark doesn’t want to see Cartersville in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, the Danes must beat Flowery Branch – and preferably White County, too.
That’s because the team that finishes fourth in Region 7-4A this year is matched with the first-place team out of Region 5-4A, which will almost assuredly be Cartersville.
The Hurricanes are 8-0 this season and are ranked second in Class 4A, one spot behind Marist. In fact, the Hurricanes haven’t lost a game to an opponent not named Blessed Trinity since 2017.
With the top two spots in Denmark’s region all but occupied by Marist and Blessed Trinity, that leaves the Danes fighting with Flowery Branch for the No. 3 spot.
Should the Denmark land at No. 3, that would match the Danes with the No. 2 team out of Region 5-4A, which is still up for grabs – Cedartown, Sandy Creek and Troup County are all 2-1.
Denmark (5-2, 2-2 Region 7-4A) will travel to White County this week before a home showdown against Flowery Branch on Nov. 8.
Colby Cruz, WR, (South Forsyth): 6 receptions, 120 yards, 1 TD; 1 tackle, 1 pass break-up
Jax Weaver, LB, (South Forsyth): 13 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 QB hurry
Peyton Ray, LB, (South Forsyth): 10 tackles, 2 TFL
Brady Meitz, QB, (North Forsyth): 15-for-23 passing, 243 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT; 6 carries, 7 yards, TD
Jared Lucero, RB, (North Forsyth): 15 carries, 84 yards, 2 TDs
Patrick Corrigan, LB, (North Forsyth): 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 INT
Harrison Stang, OL, (Lambert): 4 pancake blocks
Drew Surio, LB, (Lambert): 4 tackles, 52-yard interception return
Eli Orr, LB, (West Forsyth): 17 tackles, forced fumble; 1 reception, 4 yards
Wesley Clark, RB, (West Forsyth): 11 carries, 56 yards, 2 TDs
Alex Wilson, K, (West Forsyth): Converted 2 of 2 field goals, including a long of 31 yards. Also made both extra points.
Jake Bretz, DB/WR, (Forsyth Central): 93-yard TD return
Branden Redecker, LB, (Forsyth Central): 9 tackles, 2 TFL, QB hurry
Harrison Halder, LB, (Denmark): 11 tackles, 1 TFL