It will be a rare head-to-head meeting between two D1 quarterbacks when West Forsyth plays at Gainesville at 7 p.m. Thursday.
It will be televised live on WSB-TV/Me-TV 2.2, which can be found on the following cable systems by channel number: Comcast 248 (Metro Atlanta, Calhoun, Rome), Charter 126 (Metro Atlanta, Athens), Windstream 871 (Dahlonega, Hiawassee, Cornelia, Commerce), ETC 190 (Ellijay, Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin), Plantation 601 (Green, Putnam) and Knology 168 (West Point). The re-broadcast will be shown at 1 a.m. Friday night on WSB-TV on Ch. 2.
You can also watch at online live broadcast of the game at http://www.wsbtv.com/thursdaynightfootball
West Forsyth is led by senior QB A.J. Ederly, who has committed to Middle Tennessee State. Gainesville has junior DeShaun Watson, who pledged to Clemson last February. You can read more about Watson by clicking here.
It is the season opener for both teams.
West Forsyth, which made it to the state quarterfinals last year, returns 15 starters, including 9 on offense.
“It’s our opener, and we kind of get to see where we are at as a team by playing against a great team like Gainesville,” West Forsyth coach Frank Hepler said. “We’re trying some day to have a tradition like Gainesville. We want to be talked about it in that realm. We’ve made it to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals last year, and the first round the year before, but we’re still not talked about when they mention great teams in the area.
“So we’re starting off this year the right way, playing against a great team on a big stage of Thursday night TV.”
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller also considers this to be unusually tough early test for the Red Elephants, which advanced to the Class AAA semifinals last year.
“We think, for us, it kind of gives us an initiation into the higher classifications,” Miller said. “We jumped from AAA to AAAAA this year with all the reclassification. Our enrollment has gone up almost 400 students.
“I think this game is about ‘OK, how are we going to do in a higher classification?’ Them being AAAAAA and having such a good season last year, it’s kind of testing the waters for us.”