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West wins subregion opener
Road not kind to North and South
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Ben Emert ran for 130 yards and four touchdowns in leading West Forsyth to a 41-6 homecoming win over East Hall. - photo by Emily Saunders

With Ben Emert leading the way on homecoming, West Forsyth broke open a scoreless tie after one quarter to bury East Hall 41-6 in the subregion opener for both teams.

West coach Frank Hepler said his team's sluggish start, beginning with a turnover on downs at the Viking 32 followed by a punt on its second possession, showed it was rusty after getting just one full practice day all week.

Monday's heavy rain followed by school closures on Tuesday kept the Wolverines (3-2, 1-0) off the field until the middle of the week.

"I told them tonight we were put in a situation by not being allowed to practice that we came out behind," Hepler said. "Even though we weren't behind on the scoreboard, I told them we had to play that way, because we missed those days of practice."

Emert ran for 130 yards and four touchdowns.

Next up for West Forsyth is a trip Friday to Gainesville, the state's top-ranked team in Class AAA.

In other games on the fifth week of the season:

* Northview 21, South Forsyth 14

JOHNS CREEK — Late mishaps doomed South Forsyth in a 21-14 loss that was Northview's first win in nearly two seasons.

“We didn't play well,” said South coach Wendell Early. “[Northview] played their hearts out. They had purpose and you've got to give credit to them.”

The Titans tied the game with 2:36 left in the fourth quarter, then recovered a high punt snap in the end zone on South's next possession for the game-winner.

War Eagle quarterback Nick Belyew was 7 of 19 passing for 132 yards and one touchdown, while running back Brett Charron had 10 carries for 61 yards and the other score.

South (0-5, 0-3) has two weeks to prepare for its next game, the annual grudge match with North Forsyth on Oct. 9.

* Collins Hill 14, North Forsyth 10

SUWANEE —  North Forsyth gave No. 9-ranked Collins Hill a scare, but couldn’t pull off the upset.

The Eagles stopped three Raider drives in the game's final four minutes to hang on for a 14-10 victory.

After starting the season 3-0, North (3-2 overall, 1-2) heads into its bye week with consecutive region losses.

“I am proud of their effort and fight, but the bottom line was that we had several chances to change the outcome,” said North coach Jared Zito.  “It’s no knock against who we are or our players, but at some point we’ve got to make some plays and win games against good teams."

All of the scoring came in the first half.

North was led on offense by the legs of quarterback Joey Vicary. The junior signal caller finished with 121 yards on 21 carries.

North is off Friday ahead of an Oct. 9 matchup with county rival South Forsyth at War Eagle Field.



* Pinecrest 30, Dawson Street 8

With the season they're having, the Pinecrest Paladins might not be too eager to leave the Georgia Independent School Association at the end of the year.

The Paladins racked up their fifth straight win Friday in this, their final year of GISA play, topping Dawson Street Christian School 30-8 in LaGrange.

The Paladins' first string defense has surrendered just seven points in four games.

"It was sloppy," Pinecrest head coach Charles Wiggins said of the contest. "We had two big stops inside the 10-yard line. We need to get our discipline back. But we won and we're always happy with a win."

Pinecrest (5-1) goes for its sixth win Friday when it visits Trinity Christian School in Dublin.



* Miller Grove 29, Forsyth Central 0 (Saturday)


* In JV action: Lambert 17, Locust Grove 3


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