Pinecrest Academy at South Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.
Records, rankings: Pinecrest finished 10-2 in 2015 and is unranked in Class A; South is 0-1, 0-0 in Region 5-7A and unranked.
Series history: First meeting
Last meeting: N/A
What to know: There may not be a more intriguing game in Forsyth County all season. The War Eagles and Paladins are both coming off region titles and playoff wins from a season ago; both schools experienced somewhat of a renaissance in 2015. Still, the teams are drastically different. South is one of the largest schools in the state of Georgia, while Pinecrest is one of the smallest in the GHSA.
This will be the first time a Forsyth County team from the highest classification in the GHSA faces a team from the lowest in a regular season game. The Paladins field just 45 players, while South has 94 officially listed on roster and many more in the program.
South is looking to bounce back from a 27-14 loss to Hillgrove in the Corky Kell Classic. The running game showed signs of life last week with the three-headed attack of Jake Nicholas, Tyler Bowman and Jared Honey leading the way. Defensively, lineman Ryan LaFlamme and Ian Hunt could cause major problems for the Paladins.
Pinecrest boasts The Citadel-commit Ryan McCarthy as its quarterback and a preseason all-state linebacker. The Paladins will go as far as he can against a Class 7A defense, but South’s struggles in the secondary against Hillgrove and Cherokee in its preseason scrimmage might tempt Pinecrest head coach Todd Winter into more shots down field than usual.