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Weekly Football Forecast
by Greg Oshust
November 08, 2012 03:56 PM | 2168 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The regular season comes to an end, with some area teams heading for the state playoffs and some falling short of earning a postseason bid and getting set to wrap things up for the year. Lovett and Westminster have already earned postseason bids, while Riverwood can clinch a state playoff spot with a win in its Region 7AAAAA play-in game and Holy Innocents’ awaits the final Class A power ranking to learn its postseason fate. Here are my picks for Week 12 of the football season.

Last week: 5-1 (15-5 overall)

Greater Atlanta Christian (7-2, 3-0 6AA) at Lovett (5-4, 3-0 6AA)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Conley-Oakley Field

Last time they met: Lovett won 35-28 on Nov. 4, 2011. The series is tied 2-2.

Scouting the matchup: With both teams tied for first place, this game will decide the 6AA championship and the top seed from the region in the state playoffs. Lovett has built up plenty of momentum with three straight wins, including last week’s dramatic 10-7 win over archrival Westminster. But, the Lions will have to face a formidable GAC squad that averages 33 points a game. Nevertheless, Lovett’s home field advantage — plus dangerous playmakers in running back Grant Haley and quarterback Willie Candler — may prove to be the difference for the Lions in their bid for the upset.

Prediction: Lovett

Creekview (8-1, 5-0 7AAAAA(A)) at Riverwood (6-3, 1-3 7AAAAA(B))

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Hoskyn Stadium

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: This is Riverwood’s biggest game in years as a win in this Region 7AAAAA play-in game would propel the Raiders into the state playoffs for the first time since 2001. Riverwood will be boosted by having the home field advantage, but the Raiders — the No. 4 team in subregion B — face an uphill battle against Creekview, the top seed from subregion A. The Raider defense will have to contain a potent Creekview offense that averages 36 points a game.
Prediction: Creekview

Hapeville (3-6, 0-3 6AA) at Westminster (3-6, 1-3 6AA)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Alfred E. Thompson Stadium

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: Westminster hopes to get back on the winning track and end the regular season on a positive note after its loss to Lovett last Friday. Win or lose, the Wildcats will be the third seed from Region 6AA in the upcoming Class AA state playoffs. However, Westminster shouldn’t have too much trouble with a Hapeville team that is winless in 6AA and has lost four of its last five games.
Prediction: Westminster

North Atlanta (0-9, 0-8 6AAAAA) at Stephenson (5-2, 5-2 6AAAAA)

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Hallford Stadium

Last time they met: This is their first meeting

Scouting the matchup: North Atlanta has one more chance to get one in the win column and avoid a winless record in its regular-season finale. The odds are heavily stacked against the Warriors, however, as they take on state powerhouse Stephenson, which is once again a prime contender for the state title in Class AAAAA.

Prediction: Stephenson

Pace (2-7, 1-4 5A) at Mount Vernon Presbyterian (2-7, 0-5 5A)

When/Where: Saturday, 1 p.m.. at Mount Vernon

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: The game features two teams who are trying to close out disappointing regular seasons with a win. Pace will try to bounce back from last week’s 55-0 loss to state powerhouse Eagle’s Landing Christian, while Mount Vernon attempts to pick itself back up following its 68-20 defeat at the hands of Strong Rock Christian a week ago. With a game-breaker like running back Denzel Franklin in the their backfield, the Knights have the edge in this one.

Prediction: Pace

Kennesaw Mountain (3-6, 2-6 4AAAAAA) at North Springs (0-9, 0-5 7AAAAA (A))

When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Thermoplyae Stadium

Last time they met: This is their first meeting.

Scouting the matchup: North Springs hopes to end its long losing streak and end the regular season on a positive note and build some hope looking ahead to next season. The Spartans will have to contend with a Kennesaw Mountain team that is closing out the season with some momentum after winning its last two games in a row.
Prediction: Kennesaw Mountain contributed facts to this article.

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