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Central, South and West victorious
North falls to Norcross
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Duluth's Stephen Johnson and Jabril Young coverge on David Knorr of South Forsyth on Friday night during the slippery first half of the War Eagles eventual 29-7 homecoming win. - photo by Emily Saunders

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For the first time in three weeks, all the Forsyth County high school football teams were in action over the weekend.

With bye weeks out of the way for all the local programs, and two celebrating homecoming, it’s full speed ahead through the final weeks of the season.

Forsyth Central 22, Lakeside 0 

ATLANTA — Forsyth Central snapped a two-game skid Saturday night, topping winless Lakeside 22-0 in a weekend trip to DeKalb County.

Central's defense put in four quarters of hard-nosed football, holding Lakeside to a net output of -3 yards in the first half of the shutout.

On offense, Keaton Summerlin paced the Bulldogs (3-4 overall, 3-3 Region 6-AAAA) with two touchdowns. Dustin Canon also ran back a punt for a score.

Central returns to Cumming this Friday, when it will play host to Chamblee.


West Forsyth 41, Johnson 23

The Wolverines improved to 6-1 on the season with a homecoming win over the Knights from Oakwood.

West, which trailed 10-6 at the half, rattled off touchdowns on its first five possessions of the second half to build a 41-16 lead.

Ben Emert ran for 181 yard and three touchdowns to key the Wolverine offense.

West's defenses created three turnovers and also stopped Johnson once on fourth down.

West visits Flowery Branch on this Friday in a game with huge playoff implications in Region 7B-AAA.

South Forsyth 29, Duluth 7

An 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Salem Collins in the first quarter and the ensuing two-point conversion put South on top 8-7, a lead the War Eagles would not relinquish.

Brett Charron powered South's ground attack, scoring on short runs in each half, and David Knorr took a pass 30 yards in for a touchdown to cap a nine-play, 79-yard drive in the third quarter.

With the homecoming win, the War Eagles improve to 3-4 on the year. The Duluth Wildcats remain winless.

Next up for South is a visit this Friday to Peachtree Ridge.

Norcross 17, North Forsyth 0

North's shot at a program-changing win Friday night at Norcross just barely slipped out of reach – literally.

Late in the third quarter, Norcross quarterback Charles King slipped out of a sack, weaved his way around two more Raider defenders in the backfield and hurled a 37-yard strike to a receiver who'd taken advantage of the extra time to get behind the Raider coverage.

Thus, a 3-0 potential-upset-in-the-making became a 10-0 lead for Norcross, and the Raiders offense couldn't overcome the soggy field, eventually falling 17-0.

North outgained the two-time defending region champion Blue Devils in total yards, 322 to 283, grinding out 284 yards of their own on the ground.

North (3-4) stays on the road, returning to Gwinnett County this Friday to face No. 7-ranked North Gwinnett.