Forsyth Central pulled out a thrilling 21-20 win over visiting Creekview on homecoming Friday at The Dawg Pound with a bit of help from lady luck.
The Grizzlies mishandled what would have been the game-tying extra point attempt with 20 seconds remaining, after closing within a single point on a late touchdown.
The Bulldogs then recovered an ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.
Central's student section stormed onto the field as time expired and celebrated with the players.
"Anytime you get a win it's great, but this means so much to our kids, and I can't think of anybody else that deserves it more than our kids,” said Central head coach Chris Bennett.
“They've worked so hard and they just deserve to enjoy a win."
Fourth quarter play began with the score tied at 1. However, Central quarterback Spencer Transue put his team in the lead for good, hitting a streaking Jeremy Kovach in stride for a 69-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-14 with 11:53 left.
Central (1-7, 1-7) will look to make it two Region 7-AAAA wins in a row when it journeys next Friday to Sequoyah.
* South Forsyth 29, Johns Creek 6
South Forsyth may not have officially qualified for the state Class AAAA playoffs, but after dominating Johns Creek in a 29-6 win, the odds are stacked heavily in the War Eagles' favor.
“It was an emotional win for us tonight,” said South head coach Jeff Arnette. “The win guaranteed us a winning season. The seniors set that goal to get to the playoffs and have a winning season.”
South totaled 267 yards rushing, with Kyle Travis’ 74 yards (and one touchdown) a team high followed by Brett Charron and Hunter Beeghley with 67 yards each.
Travis also blocked an end zone punt attempt for a safety late in the fourth quarter. Paul Buurman kicked two 21-yard field goals.
Quarterback Nick Belyew finished the night 5-for-8 for 133 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for a score.
Next up for South (6-2, 6-2) is a Region 7-AAAA away game Friday against unbeaten, No. 7-ranked Chattahoochee.
* West Forsyth 28, Milton 21
West Forsyth finished both halves in dramatic fashion and earned a key 28-21 Region 6-AAAAA victory against Milton at The Den.
“We just try to come out, play hard and battle,” said West head coach Frank Hepler. “All year we have done that and we are in a position to potentially win the region.
"Our kids deserve a ton of credit, and they will come in Monday ready to work.”
The big star on offense for West was Blake Roberts, who ran for 131 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Ethan Shirley carried 18 times for 96 yards rushing and a score.
West defensive back Robert Lewis had two interceptions, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown with 2.8 seconds left before halftime.
West (7-2, 4-1) closes its regular season Friday when Roswell visits.
* North Forsyth 21, Centennial 14
Resilient North Forsyth beat back Centennial and plenty of adversity, posting a thrilling 21-14 homecoming victory that keeps the Raiders in the hunt for the Region 6-AAAAA title.
“We found a way to win when the odds were against us,” said North head coach Jared Zito, who saw his first- and second-string quarterbacks go down with injuries.“That's the sign of a good football team.”
With two weeks left in the regular season, the Raiders are tied with Roswell for second place in the region, one-half game behind West Forsyth.
North's offense was led by Tyler Slaton (94 yards on 29 carries) and Tyler Riddle (71 yards on seven carries).
Nick Saponara caught a 59-yard touchdown pass. The injuries at quarterback pressed junior varsity quarterback Justin Stanley into action.
North (4-4, 3-1) stays at home Friday when it plays host to Milton.
* Sequoyah 10, Lambert 3
Sequoyah quarterback Ben Rogers threw for 235 yards and rushed for the game's only touchdown in a 10-3 win over Lambert.
The outcome kept Lambert's postseason hopes on ice for at least another week while snapping a five-game winning streak for the Horns.
"Always, whether we win or lose, I'm thinking about next week, because you can't really do a lot for this one," said Lambert head coach Sid Maxwell.
Outside of Brendan Everett's second quarter 34-yeard field goal, Lambert's drives ended in six punts, the first half buzzer, and a turnover on downs on the team's final possession.
The Longhorns ended up with 150 yards of offense to Sequoyah's 294.
Lambert (6-2, 6-2) will take another stab at nailing down a Region 7-AAAA playoff berth at Rome on Friday.
* Wesleyan 50, Pinecrest Academy 7
-- For complete coverage of all the games, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.