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North Forsyth football can't stop Cherokee offense in 42-14 loss

POSTED: August 30, 2014 1:35 a.m.

CANTON – The North Forsyth Raiders began their season with a non-region game against the Cherokee Warriors, ultimately resulting in a 42-14 defeat Friday.

Cherokee seemed to pick up right where they left off last week when they defeated Chattahoochee 42-7. The Warriors came on strong in the beginning of the game, scoring almost immediately.

North only got the ball once in the first quarter.

Raider quarterback, junior Jacob Bailey went 3-of-5 passing for 25 yards as the Raiders focused on running the ball. Junior running back Jesus Torres (15 carries, 70 yards) led the team in rushing yards. Zac Slaton (11 carries, 40 yards) followed close behind.

The game appeared to shock North (0-1), who defeated Cherokee, 34-27, last season.

"We just have to keep our heads up and come back strong next week," Slaton said. "We just need to play Raider football."

Down 7-0 in the first quarter, Torres tied the game with a 28-yard touchdown run with two minutes left. But the Raiders didn’t score again until the fourth quarter.

Cherokee quarterback Spencer Ashley connected with Andrew Harris for an 81-yard touchdown pass just before the second quarter. The Warriors added a 24-yard field goal with 7:05 left in the second quarter. A bad snap by North went through the end zone with 2:10 left in the second quarter for a safety to make it 19-7 at half.

Another safety with 8:52 left in the fourth made the score 42-7.

North didn’t score again until Andrew Johnson intercepted the ball with just 5:15 left in the game and returned it for a 78-yard touchdown.

Ashley went 12-of-21 passing 211 yards. He also led the Warriors with 91 rushing yards, proving he was a threat on the ground as well as working the ball through the air. Ashley connected on touchdown passes of 18 and 26 yards to Donte Baker. Other key players that put a dent in the Raider’s game were Vance Taylor (five carries, 24 yards), Andrew Harris (seven receptions, 136 yards) and Montrell Washington (four receptions, 45 yards).

Cherokee held North’s running game under wraps in the first half. Lance McGonagall added 23 yards on six carries, one of 11 players the Raiders had running the ball that totaled 241 yards. Jeffery Rice had five carries for 20 yards, Michael Bean had five carries for nine yards and Williams Andrews had two carries for nine yards.

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