Hillgrove vs. South Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 8:30 p.m., at Walter Cantrell Stadium in Powder Springs.
Records, rankings: Hillgrove finished 6-5 in 2015 and is unranked in Class 7A; South finished 11-2 in 2015 and is unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: First meeting
What to know: Even though South Forsyth’s 2015 season is behind it there’s some carry over and expectations that will be put to the test tonight. It’s without doubt that the War Eagles’ wins over Norcross and Tucker, as well as their impressive showing against Colquitt County, produced their invitation to the expanded Corky Kell Classic, which in its 25th season this year will have nine games across three nights and at three locations.
Still, the invitation is prestigious and a signal to the rest of Georgia that Forsyth County’s football talent is improving. Even though it’s a new year, South can seemingly continue its run from last postseason with a strong showing against a Cobb power on regional television (the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports South).
The game will be an essential home contest for the Hawks, whose campus is just a small stretch of road from McEachern High School, which will host two games (Buford and Roswell face off at 5:30 p.m.). South will be the underdog of the night and will have a lot to figure out, especially on defense—the War Eagles surrendered a 34-14 first quarter lead in their scrimmage last week at Cherokee before coming back for a dramatic, high-scoring win. South’s Davis Shanley will get his first chance to gel with receivers Cal Morris, Guy Morra and Ryan Pontrelli, while the backfield of Tyler Bowman and Jake Nicholas will look to balance the attack.