Marist, ranked No. 1 for the first time since 2004, has won each of its games by 14 points or more. Cartersville has played two tight ones. Cartersville defeated Marist 17-14 in the 2018 semifinals.
Denmark, the newest Forsyth County school, is 5-0 after a 49-0 victory over West Hall. Denmark will play Friday at No. 5 Blessed Trinity (4-1), the two-time defending state champion in the class. Blessed Trinity’s 23-game winning streak was ended this season when beaten by current No. 3 Woodward Academy.