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North leads way on perfect football night
Central, South notch first victories; West also wins
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JT Tinsley and the Forsyth Central Bulldogs wrapped up their first win of the season against visiting Lakeside. - photo by Emily Saunders
All four of Forsyth County's high school football teams that played Friday night won.

The victories were the first of the season for Forsyth Central and South Forsyth.

North's win kept the it in the playoff hunt, as did West's triumph in Oakwood.

* Forsyth Central 14, Lakeside 7

Taylor Bradford rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns as Central posted a 14-7 homecoming victory, snapping the Bulldogs' six-game losing streak.

"Dadgum, we had to make it exciting," said Central head coach Chris Bennett. "I guess we had to make make it interesting.

"We don't want to do anything the easy way, but it all worked out in the end."

Despite Halloween being two weeks away, the Bulldogs had a few tricks up their sleeve, converting five of six times on fourth down, recovering on onside kick and pulling off a fake punt.

Central (1-6, 1-5) will try to add to its win total next week when it visits Chamblee.

* South Forsyth 27, Duluth 0

DULUTH — South marched up the field with ease against Duluth, spoiling the Wildcats homecoming 27-0.

“We got the monkey off our back. It is nice to win a game,” said South head coach Wendell Early. “The kids are getting better and it was a team effort.”

The War Eagles had 222 yards of offense, while limiting Duluth to just 48 yards.

The 27 points were a season-high for South, which also snapped a nine game losing streak over two seasons.

Austin Jones rushed for 85 yards on 15 carries. Paul Buurman made two field goals, including a 41-yarder before halftime. Salem Collins had two interceptions.

South (1-6, 1-4) will play host to Peachtree Ridge next week.

* North Forsyth 24, Norcross 7

North's defense gave visiting Norcross fits all night long, and the Raider offense broke out of a halftime funk with three second half touchdowns en route to a 24-7 victory.

North (5-2, 3-2) trailed 7-3 to start the third quarter, with only a field goal to show for five first half possessions.

North held Norcross to 186 yards, keeping things within reach for the Raiders offense, which was led by Tyler Slaton's 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

With the outcome, North and Norcross are tied for the region's fourth and final playoff spot.

Next up for the Raiders is a home date with unbeaten and third-ranked North Gwinnett.

"We've got to take care of business still and we've got to take one game at a time, but this was a huge, huge hurdle in our way," said North head coach Jared Zito.

* West Forsyth 41, Johnson 0

OAKWOOD — West Forsyth amassed 376 yards on the ground to post a convincing 41-0 victory over Johnson.

Running back Ben Emert accounted for 275 of the rushing yards and five touchdowns on just 14 carries.

The Wolverines (4-3) look to carry the momentum from the victory into next week’s subregion showdown at home with Flowery Branch.

"We’ve got our work cut out for us," said West head coach Frank Hepler. "They are an excellent team and we’ll have our hands full."

For complete game coverage, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.