Pinecrest Academy at Mount Pisgah
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Savior Field in Alpharetta.
Records, rankings: Pinecrest is 5-1 overall, 2-0 in Region 6-A, Div. B, and unranked; Mount Pisgah is 4-2, 1-1 and unranked.
Series history: Mount Pisgah leads 3-1.
Last meeting: Mount Pisgah won 35-3 in 2011.
What to know: Pinecrest is in the midst of perhaps the toughest stretch of games any Forsyth County team has played this season — and, somehow, some way, they’re 5-1. The Paladins’ last four opponents (Trion, Mt. Paran, Whitefield, St. Francis) are a combined 17-7. Now, Mount Pisgah, 4-2 with wins over Eagles Landing Christian and St. Francis, awaits. The Patriots are led by 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior quarterback Aaron Winchester (71-for-121, 58.7 percent, 958 yards, 10 touchdowns; 349 rushing yards, five touchdowns), a Georgia State commit. Winchester’s favorite targets are Ben Miller (24 catches, 441 yards, two touchdowns) and Osby Dixon (19 catches, 223 yards, three touchdowns). Mt. Pisgah averages 32.8 points per game, but the Patriots are coming off a 33-28 upset loss last Friday at Fellowship Christian.
Pinecrest needed a Homecoming miracle last Friday to sneak past St. Francis in double-overtime; the Paladins scored 17 points in the final three minutes to tie and got to re-kick a missed field goal as time expired thanks to a St. Francis penalty. But, hey, whatever it takes, right? That win might prove valuable as the season wears on — Pinecrest will know it can come from behind and win close games. Turnovers ruined the Paladins’ shot at an upset several weeks ago at Mount Paran, but Pinecrest moved the ball with some success. If Todd Winter’s team can avoid the turnover bug and their ball-control offense can sustain drives, Pinecrest will give Mt. Pisgah all it can handle.
Maxwell Projections: Mount Pisgah by 2.