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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: South Gwinnett at South Forsyth
War Eagles prepared to host red-hot Comets
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Forsyth County News

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at War Eagle Stadium in Cumming.

Records, rankings: South Gwinnett is 3-0 and ranked No. 6 in Class 7A; South is 2-1 and unranked in Class 7A.

Series history: South Gwinnett leads 4-2.

Last meeting: South Gwinnett won 49-10 in 2009.

What to know: The War Eagles had a chance to make a statement in the first contest of the season, and had they not had a flurry of errors in the first half they had the talent to take Hillgrove four quarters and possibly win the game. They fell in that one by 13, but South might just be primed to make up for it this week.

South Gwinnett has been the flavor of the week in Gwinnett County three weeks in a row after stomping Central Gwinnett and using stout defense to defeat Lanier and Brookwood at home. That was clearly enough for the Georgia Sports Writers Association to tab them as a top-10 team in the polls.

A victory for the War Eagles would mean two weeks in a row that a Forsyth school notched a win over a Gwinnett opponent after Lambert ran away from Collins Hill last week. The War Eagles seem to be trending up after defeating their last two opponents in Pinecrest and Centennial by a combined score of 108-21.

The contest will be a contrast of styles as South Gwinnett rolls in with a defense allowing just over nine points a game. Linebacker Malik Robinson and defensive lineman Justin Mascoll, both high profile recruits (Robinson is committed to North Carolina), will challenge the South offense. South has had success in the past few weeks with getting big pass plays in the wake of its balanced rushing attack, but might need to rely more on quarterback Davis Shanley and his receivers with the Comets’ talent in the trench.