West Forsyth at Woodstock
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Wolverine Den in Woodstock.
Records, rankings: West finished 7-4 in 2015 and is unranked in Class 7A; Woodstock finished 4-6 in 2015 and is unranked in Class 7A.
Series history: First meeting
What to know: Expect plenty of points in this one. Both teams like their passing games and return key pieces from last year’s squads.
Woodstock has a potent combination between projected starting quarterback Garrett Bass (1,585 yards, 12 touchdowns in 2015) and receiver Louis Hall (1,067 yards, 12 touchdowns). West will have its own arsenal with Kiernan Hamilton at quarterback, who led the county in passing yards last year, and receivers Ben Bresnahan and Bryce Jones. The Wolverines will build their seemingly fluid lineups on both sides of the ball, as many of West’s players have practiced either two ways or at two positions on one side during the offseason in hopes of building the depth necessary to finish games stronger.
The Wolverines are in their seventh season under head coach Brent Budde and have just one winning season in five years (6-4 in 2014). They’ll be hungry for a fresh start after dropping the last three games of the season last year by a combined score of 167-42. The deciding factor in this game could be which team runs the ball more effectively to stay balanced.
West is 3-1 all-time in season openers on the road, with the only loss coming last year, 51-13, at Mill Creek.