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Football preview: West Forsyth at Mill Creek
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West Forsyth gets its season started against a Mill Creek team that defeated the Wolverines 65-27 last season. - photo by File photo

West Forsyth at Mill Creek

When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Mill Creek Community Stadium in Hochston.

Records, rankings: West Forsyth is 0-0 overall, 0-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked in Class AAAAAA; Mill Creek is 1-0, 0-0 in Region 8 and ranked No. 7.

Series history: Mill Creek leads 1-0.

Last meeting: Mill Creek won 65-27 in 2014.

What to know: Mill Creek is coming off a 7-4 season that ended with a 24-6 loss to Grayson in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs, but the Hawks have had to retool virtually its entire offense with the departure of quarterback Daniel David (signed with Appalachian State), running back Johnathan Hawkins (Buffalo) and offensive linemen Kaleb Kim (Auburn) and Josh Fannin (Middle Tennessee). But Mill Creek never lacks for talent, which was on display in a season-opening 42-7 victory against Brookwood in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome last Saturday. Quarterback Cameron Turley completed 13 of 19 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Daniel Leconte rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

West is coming off a 6-4 season that ended a streak of four straight state playoffs appearances, tied for most in Forsyth County history. The Wolverines, like Mill Creek, have had to retool this offseason, and the center of that retooling is junior Kiernen Hamilton, who looks to be the replacement for the graduated Hampton McConnell (signed with Georgia Southern). Hamilton looked good in West’s scrimmage against Carrollton two weeks ago, completing 15 of 18 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. With running backs Grant Torgerson and Kwon Miller back in the fold, and Clint Hall and Eli Huggins anchoring the defensive line, the Wolverines still expect to make the state playoffs.