South Forsyth at Alpharetta
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Alpharetta Stadium.
Records, rankings: South is 5-2 overall, 5-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; Alpharetta is 6-1, 6-0 and unranked.
Series history: Alpharetta leads 4-0.
Last meeting: Alpharetta won 38-14 in 2013.
What to know: South takes on an Alpharetta team that’s seemingly been on cruise control the past three weeks in victories against Habersham Central (52-3), Centennial (39-0) and Chattahoochee (56-7). The Raiders are a senior-laden bunch, led by N.C. State commitment and quarterback Austin King who completes 57.4 percent of his passes (96-for-167) for 1,321 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Leading rushers Miles Smith (502 yards, 12 TDs) and Lemuel Cobbs (481 yards, 3 TDs) are both seniors. So are King’s top targets in Rustin Suter (24 rec., 356 yards, 3 TDs), Ryan Kopec (4 TDs) and James Marbaugh. And of course there’s Alpharetta’s defensive force in senior Andrew Butcher, the Tennessee commitment who has 34 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and six sacks this season.
South, meanwhile, is coming off a disappointing 27-14 loss to West Forsyth for its first region loss. War Eagles running back Tyler LaFlamme was productive as usual, rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Despite a slight drop-off from his first five games, the senior is still the top rusher in Class AAAAAA with 1,189 yards. Quarterback Matt White completed 15 of 30 passes for 177 yards spreading it around to Cameron Kline (6 rec., 71 yards), Jalen Camp (4 rec., 47 yards) and Drew Witalis (3 rec., 39 yards). And despite the loss, South could still contend for a region title with a victory. If not, Alpharetta would only need to win one more game to secure its second straight region title.
Maxwell Projection: Alpharetta by 20.