King’s Ridge at Pinecrest Academy
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Pinecrest Academy in Cumming.
Records, rankings: King’s Ridge is 0-8 overall, 0-4 in Region 6-A, Div. B and unranked; Pinecrest is 6-2, 3-1 and unranked.
Series history: King’s Ridge leads 3-1.
Last meeting: King’s Ridge won 34-10 in 2013.
What to know: At this point, what more stands in the way of Pinecrest’s first GHSA playoff appearance in school history? The Paladins sit at No. 5 in the latest GHSA Power Ratings for Class A private school football. Even if it doesn’t win the Region 6-A title, and with it secure one of the top eight seeds in the playoffs, Pinecrest would still be in good shape to get one of the remaining eight wildcard spots. Sure, the Paladins would have to go on the road, but they’d be in for the first time since joining the GHSA in 2010.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, Pinecrest has a game against a winless King’s Ridge team that is coming off a 64-22 loss to Mount Pisgah. The Tigers gave up 545 total yards of offense, including 425 on the ground, which should play into Pinecrest’s strength as a run-oriented team. The Paladins are coming off a 14-7 victory against Fellowship Christian in which they rushed for 244 yards, led by Mitchell Ojeda (109 yards) whose 5-yard score with 4:22 left in the game sealed the outcome. Matthew Walters added 81 yards on 17 carries and Logan Hamilton caught a touchdown pass. And Pinecrest played its usual stingy defense, holding Fellowship to 318 yards of total offense, 11 first downs and just 4-for-10 on third-down conversions.
Maxwell Projection: Pinecrest by 32.