MONDAY MUSINGS FROM THE GOLDEN ARMCHAIR
Things are getting interesting around the Region 5 7A footprint as football heads to the midway point and fall break. Here are some thoughts after week five.
SOUTH FORSYTH (3-1) – The War Eagles bye came at just the right time. After a couple of hard fought wins and some bumps and bruises, South Forsyth gets a chance to heal up before the highly anticipated tilt with recent top Ten entrant Hillgrove. The Hawks have bee a thorn in the side of Forsyth County teams, most notably West Forsyth, over the past several years, and are emerging as a force again this season. Jordan Brunson, South’s main offensive threat, should feel better after the week off to rest the high ankle sprain that’s dogged him since week two. And there’s been that extra practice for QB Drew Morris to shore up the timing with the list of receivers that have emerged since that loss to Blessed Trinity. Catch the call of the War Eagles at the Hawks, with Greg Golden and Jon Benson III, Friday night at 6:30 from the Hillgrove campus in Powder Springs, LIVE here on ForsythSports365.com.
MILTON (3-1) – The game of the week lived up to the hype Friday night in the bitter rivalry between Milton and Roswell. Top Five GA 7A Milton was holding on dearly to a five point lead with less than a minute to go when Roswell QB Ethan Roberts found receiver Kamonty Jett five yards from the end zone. Jett slipped a tackle and jetted into the end zone to take the lead, then survived a couple hail marys to win it 22-20. Despite the loss, Milton remains the favorite to win the Region 7A title. Roswell, now 4-0, will likely enter the Top Ten in this Tuesday’s poll, while Milton drops to 3-1. That’s the same record as
FORSYTH CENTRAL (3-1) – Who used their newfound option offense to overwhelm Lakeside-DeKalb 47-0. This team is so far ahead of so many Central teams before it. Coach Frank Hepler’s team’s 3-1 start is the best since those legendary Bulldog teams of the mid-90s, and the 47-0m score is possibly the most lopsided Central win since the Sinclair gas station downtown was in its original state. Everybody around Bulldog nation is feeling good, and that ought to continue as Central travels down 285 to take on winless Clarkston Friday night.
LAMBERT (3-1) – See what’s happening here? Also at 3-1 is Lambert. The Longhorns also enjoyed the week off after their gut check 7-0 win at Peachtree Ridge a week ago. Coach Louis Daniel is building an offense behind a strong defense to stay in the hunt, and he’ll need it this week as the Longhorns take on those other Longhorns from Lanier Friday night at Lambert. The results from around the county are striking and the Region 7 battle is shaping up to be a nail biter.
NORTH FORSYTH (2-2) – The Raiders game at Kennesaw saw the two teams leave their defenses at home in a wild 48-47 OT win for the Mustangs. The teams combined for nearly 1000 yards of offense and 14 touchdowns, with each having a single rusher reach 200 yards. The difference for North was, again, the little things. North Forsyth missed two extra points and a field goal. The Raiders will try to finish above .500 for the first half when they travel to Woodstock to take on the 1-3 Wolverines
WEST FORSYTH – (1-3) West finally got the W it’s been hungry for with a hard fought 28-7 victory over Peachtree Ridge in Suwanee. The Wolverines put up four touchdowns despite only 135 yards of total offense. West recovered two fumbles that led to touchdowns and intercepted one for a pick six. The long tough season continues for the Wolverines with a trip to Chattanooga to take on the 4-1 McCallie Blue Tornado.
DENMARK (3-1) – The Danes suffered their first loss in school history Friday night, 38-21 to a motivated Dawson County squad that remains undefeated on the year. The Danes will head to Chestatee Friday to battle the 1-3 War Eagles in the first regional game for anybody.
A LOOK AT THE MATCHUPS THAT WILL TAKE US INTO FALL BREAK AND THE START OF REGION PLAY IN 7A:
South Forsyth (3-1) at Hillgrove (4-0) The Hawks are #10 in GHSA 7A poll.
Milton (3-1) at Parkview (3-0) Parkview is coming off back to back wins over Lowndes and Tift County.
Forsyth Central (3-1) at Clarkston (0-4) Central looking at 4-1 for the first time in decades.
Lambert (3-1) vs Lanier (2-2) Longhorns hope to continue to grow on O.
North Forsyth (2-2) at Woodstock (1-3) Raiders look to avoid mistakes to enter fall break above .500.
West Forsyth (1-3) at McCallie (Chattanooga) (4-1) West continues its difficult schedule at the home of a tough Tennessee opponent.
Denmark (3-1) at Chestatee (1-3) Danes look to finish the first half of their first ever season at 4-1.
The weather looks beautiful for football, so get out and go to a game near you!
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