When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Eagles’ Nest in Alpharetta
Records, rankings: West is 4-1 and ranked No. 10 in Class 7A; Milton is 2-3 and unranked.
Series history: Started in 2010; West leads 2-0
Last meeting: West won 21-6 in 2011
Total scoring (average): West 49 (24.5), Milton 27 (13.5)
Closest game: 2010; West 28, Milton 21
Most lopsided game: 2011; West 21, Milton 6
Coaches report: Adam Clack 0-0, Howie DeCristofaro 0-1
West wins if…it plays its game. The environment at Milton can feel overwhelming, and West’s Gulo Gang is known for taking its hype on the road. West just needs to stay focused—the Wolverines are entering this game ranked for the first time in over two seasons, and it’s a new rivalry game, so the moment will take some tempering.
Milton wins if…it carries momentum from last week. Yes, the Eagles were shutout last week, but they were also the first time to make Roswell look like a very good team and not an unstoppable force in a 17-0 decision. The Eagles, despite the loss, are feeling better than ever and think they can measure up in the new region. This will be a big prove-it game for them.