Discovery at Pinecrest Academy
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Pinecrest Academy Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Discovery is 0-2 and unranked in Class 7A; Pinecrest is 0-1 and unranked in Class A.
Series history: First meeting
Last meeting: N/A
What to know: Pinecrest is facing off with an opponent from the state’s highest classification for the second week in a row, but don’t expect the Paladins to falter like they did in a 52-0 loss against South Forsyth in the season opener.
Unlike South, which advanced deep in the state playoffs a year ago, Discovery is in its first season fielding a football team and is doing so with a head coach who hasn’t had a lot of time at the helm in Efrem Hill. Forsyth Central head coach Frank Hepler, who started the program at West Forsyth, was slated to try the same thing at Discovery until the Central job opened and he changed course. The Titans have had a rough start to the year, dropping games to talented Jefferson and Cedar Shoals by a combined score of 90-6.
Pinecrest will get another boost in the Class A points system by playing up a classification. The Paladins aren’t new to this – they went to North Springs, a Class 5A school last season, and won 42-15. This will be Pinecrest’s last contest before region play begins against Walker.