North Forsyth brought back just one offensive starter from last year's team: Wide receiver Nicky Dalmolin.
The Raiders had question marks at nearly every position on offense, especially at quarterback, where Carter Mullikin's graduation left a hole following the 2018 season.
In stepped junior Brady Meitz, who is 121-of-204 passing for 1,504 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions through nine games.
Ask North coach Robert Craft and he'll tell you he expected that kind of production from his first-year quarterback.
"I really haven't been surprised at how good of a season he's had. He works so hard — ever since he got here," Craft said. "He kind of waited his turn to be the guy. He has all the things that make up a great quarterback as far as leadership, work ethic, respect from his teammates, and he's extremely talented. He has all of those things, and you notice that right away."
Meitz, who stands 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, also has rushing five touchdowns for the Raiders.
Despite passing for just 82 yards last week against West Forsyth, Meitz has bumped up his production these past few weeks, throwing for 631 yards and eight touchdowns in his past three games.
"He's really playing great," Craft said. "Statistically, his numbers weren't that fantastic last week, but I think he's just getting better and better with every rep he takes."
West Forsyth's stingy defense led by Eli Orr
West Forsyth's defense is a tough unit to figure out.
North Forsyth found out last week, Lambert realized it during a lopsided 33-7 loss, and Forsyth Central did the week before.
In those three games, the Wolverines have given up just 476 yards (158.7 yards per game).
"Our defense does some unique things that you don't see every week," West coach Shawn Cahill said. "We get to see it all spring and all summer, and it's hard to prepare for in a week. They line up in different ways, they bring guys from different places, and it's really hard to get ready for."
Nobody in the area has more tackles than senior Eli Orr, whose 96 stops leads the area by a large margin.
Orr has reached double-digit tackles six times this season, including two games where he made 17 tackles. Last year, Orr finished with 140 total tackles.
"He's a kid that we can just move wherever we want to to try to make a play," Cahill said. "Having him over there is just like having a veteran quarterback on the offensive side of the ball that you trust to check into different things and get them in the right play. So, he's that guy over there for us."
Orr had two tackles for loss in last week's 22-21 win against North Forsyth, and the Wolverines entire defense had 15.
Orr is one of five players with six tackles for loss, joining Jack Hughes, Hudson Posey, Luke Nordin and Aiden Phillips
"They line up differently, where you don't see all the time. It's almost like it's unorthodox what they do, and where they're bringing people from all the time," Cahill said. "It's kind of tough. I know Coach Ballard did a couple different things last week against North that we haven't really done in the past, which I think helped our kids from a scheme point being able to make some plays down the line."
Seven area cross country runners named All-State
Forsyth County had seven cross country runners land on the Georgia Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-State team.
Madelynne Cadeau, Sophia Baker and Brennan Bower represent South Forsyth, while West Forsyth had Ashley Hannigan and Josh Whedbee selected, and Lambert's Cooper Bocko was also chosen to the Class 7A team. Denmark's Ethan Ashley was named to the Class 4A All-State team.
Cadeau finished first overall with an 18:46 in the girls Class 7A meet. Hannigan finished seventh with a 19:34 and Baker ran a 19:39 to finish eighth.
Bower was the county's top finisher in the boys Class 7A race, placing sixth with a 16:19, while Bocko placed eighth (16:25) and Whedbee finished ninth (16:35).
Ashley had the fastest time out of any sophomore in the Class 4A race, finishing with a 16:52 to land in fourth place.