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Friday Night Lights: Week 8
by Chase Wallace
cwallace@neighbornewspapers.com
October 12, 2012 12:05 AM | 1884 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray -- King's Ridge defensive back Austin Higinbotham (14) tackles Mount Paran's Matt McKenzie (9) in last week's game.
Staff / Erin Gray -- King's Ridge defensive back Austin Higinbotham (14) tackles Mount Paran's Matt McKenzie (9) in last week's game.
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Week 8 already? Wow the season sure is zipping along, we’ll have a few final bye weeks tonight then it is a full slate of games until we reach the playoffs.

Speaking of playoffs, the picture is becoming a little clearer across north Fulton. Milton, Johns Creek and Blessed Trinity seem post-season bound for sure while Alpharetta and Chattahoochee have a good shot — but some work to do. For everyone else it is going to be an uphill battle, but that’s not to say that a Northview, Roswellor Class-A school can’t go on a tear through their final few weeks.

Anyhow, the playoff picture will get even clearer after this week. Johns Creek will take on West Forsyth in what looks like the biggest game of the week, Northview has a chance to shake things up in 7AAAAA by knocking off Creekview and King’s Ridge and Mount Pisgah will square off in a cross-town rivalry game.

So let’s tee it up for another night of football. Games, previews and picks are below.

Alpharetta (2-3, 1-1) vs. North Forsyth (3-2, 0-2)

Coming off their first region win two weeks ago its imperative that Alpharetta keeps their momentum rolling against North Forsyth — a team that has improved over last year but isn’t expected to be in the Region 6 playoff hunt.

My take — Raiders move to .500, 2-1 in region play

Centennial (0-5, 0-2) vs. Lambert (5-0, 2-0)

The top of region 6 against the bottom here. Lambert is in a three-way tie with Johns Creek and West Forsyth at 2-0 in region play while Centennial is knotted with South Forsyth and North Forsyth at the bottom of the region. The Longhorns are known for two things, tough defense and a solid running game, and both of those have given the hometown Knights trouble this season.

My take – Lambert cruises then the schedule gets easier for Centennial from here on out

Chattahoochee (3-2, 1-1) at South Forsyth (3-2, 0-2)

Important game for Hooch as they look to bounce back from a region loss to cross-town rival Johns Creek two weeks ago. South Forsyth started the year strong, at 3-0, but really struggled two weeks ago when quarterback Jantzen Jeffrey was lost to injury, getting shut out by Alpharetta. If Jeffrey is out again, look for the Cougar defense to have a field day.

My take – Hooch by 14

Johns Creek (5-0, 2-0) at West Forsyth (5-0, 2-0)

Not only the biggest game in 6AAAAAA this week, but one of the biggest in the state as a pair of young schools take their undefeated records into battle. Johns Creek has impressed all season behind Skye Overton at quarterback and an impressive defense but things will be much harder this week.West Forsyth, an Elite Eight team a year ago and currently ranked 5th in the state, has been an offensive machine this season, rolling up points with ease with their Wing-T offense.

My take – Close early, but WF wins at home

Cambridge (0-5, 0-1) at Forsyth Central (1-4, 1-0)

Big spot for Forsyth Central to get to 2-0 in the sub-region and really separate themselves from the middle and bottom of the pack. Cambridge has continued to struggle as expected, but did score a season high 28 against Northview last week. Another big storyline here will be the coaches — Craig Bennett of Cambridge and Chris Bennett at FC — are brothers facing off for the first time.

My take — Forsyth by a couple of TDs

Creekview (4-1, 1-0) at Northview (1-4, 1-0)

The winner of this game will have the inside track on the No. 1 seed in 7AAAAA-North. Northview picked up their first win of the season against Cambridge while Creekview beat Sequoyah by two touchdowns.

The Grizzlies, from Canton, are an old-school smash mouth team. They run the ball, have a lot of experience and have a very physical defense — if Northview has any shot they’ll have to win with their speed at the skill positions.

My take — Creekview by 10

Blessed Trinity (4-1, 1-0) vs. Decatur (3-3, 0-2)

BT put itself in a great position to win the region by knocking off Woodward Academy two weeks ago 21-14, now the Titans have to take care of business against the lesser teams in 6AAA, starting tonight against Decatur and with Towers and McNair to follow before a pair of huge games to wrap up the season against St. Pius X and Cedar Grove.

My take — BT cruises to win No. 5

FCS (1-4, 0-1) vs. Walker (5-0, 1-0)

A young FCS team struggled in their region opener against Whitefield Academylast week while Walker is turning into a powerhouse under first-year coach John East. The Wolverines, from Marietta, have won each game they have played in convincingly, including a 35-6 win over Pisgah last Friday.

My take — Walker stays perfect

King’s Ridge (3-2, 0-1) at Mount Pisgah (3-2, 0-1)

A budding little rivalry here, King’s Ridge won last year’s edition 20-14 in overtime. This year both teams started red hot but have slowed of late including losing their sub-region openers last week — a fact that makes this game even more important for two schools with playoff aspirations.

My take — Back-and-forth in true rivalry fashion, Pisgah by a field goal

St. Francis (2-4 overall) vs. Baconton (3-4 overall)

Don’t know much, if anything about Baconton, but the Knights have won two straight so I’m inclined to jump on the St. Francis bandwagon.

My take — Knights by a point

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