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Postseason ends for local teams
All four fall in first round
West Forsyth players celebrate a touchdown Friday against South Gwinnett, but the visiting Wolverines fell 31-7. - photo by Autumn McBride

The postseason stay was short-lived for the four Forsyth County high school football teams that made the state playoffs.

All four teams -- Lambert and South, North and West Forsyth -- were eliminated Friday night.

* Grayson 31, North Forsyth 0

The Raiders’ 31-0 loss to Grayson in the opening round of the state Class AAAAA playoffs was not the desired result.

But instead of the six-turnover performance, the focus was on what North (5-6) experienced on a wild ride from preseason to postseason.

“They might not understand now what they’ve accomplished, but five, 10, 20 years from now, they’ll look back and realize they were young men of character,” said North head coach Jared Zito.

“All we went through, I think that’s a successful season.”

* Hiram 35, Lambert 10

Visiting Hiram came up with five interceptions and recovered a fumble on the way to bouncing host Lambert from the first round of the state Class AAAA playoffs with a 35-10 win.

"They've got some talent, and we got behind," said Lambert head coach Sid Maxwell. "Had some opportunities, and we just didn't connect.

"We're not a come-from-behind football team, but you've got to shoot for it, and the young men played hard. They had nothing to hang their heads down for. They played hard to the final whistle."

Lambert (8-3) landed the first blow in the contest, going up 7-0 with 8 minutes left in the first quarter on a one-yard run from Brock Maxwell.

* Kell 49, South Forsyth 7

KENNESAW -- South Forsyth had a remarkable year in coach Jeff Arnette's debut as head coach, reaching the state playoffs for the first time since 2004.

But the season ended with a tough night, as No. 4-ranked Kell took care of business in a 49-7 victory over the War Eagles at home.

“I am so proud of our guys,” Arnette said. “These seniors started something. We are a team that is going up, our seniors really showed the young guys how to work and be successful.”

The Longhorns scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions of the Class AAAA matchup. South (6-5) drove 72 yards in 11 plays with Brett Charron diving in from a yard out with 10:45 to play in the game to make it 49-7.

* South Gwinnett 31, West Forsyth 7

SNELLVILLE -- Experience won out in the opening round of the state Class AAAAA playoffs, as West fell 31-7 to South Gwinnett.

Despite the loss, West head coach Frank Hepler was proud of his team’s effort.

“Our kids played well,” Hepler said. “They kept fighting, played hard, and I was impressed with our offense — they kept getting after it.”

West (7-4) got on the scoreboard with 5:19 left in the third quarter, when quarterback AJ Erdely capped a 70-yard drive with an 8-yard pass to a diving Dan McDowell on the goal line.

For complete coverage of all Friday's games, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.