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North, West notch wins
Central falls on road Saturday
North Forsyth's swarming defense has yet to yield a point this season after blanking Johnson for its second consecutive shutout. - photo by Jared Putnam

For the second week in a row, North Forsyth used its ground attack to eat the clock and snack on an opposing defense, pounding its way to a 28-0 win over Johnson in Raider Valley.

The Raiders ran the ball on all but six offensive plays, chewing up 378 yards on the ground and owning the line of scrimmage.

Head coach Jared Zito was happy with the performances of backs Joey Vicary (218 total yards), Steven Hester (109 yards) and Tyler Slaton (78 yards), but made it clear that it all starts up front.

"The backs get a lot of credit, but really the offensive line did a good job tonight," Zito said.

The Raider defense, which pitched another shutout, has yet to surrender a point this season.

North, 2-0 for the first time since 2005, travels to Duluth on Friday.

In other games involving Forsyth County high schools:

* West Forsyth 34, Adairsville 21

ADAIRSVILLE -- Ben Emert rushed 30 times for 172 yards and four touchdowns as visiting West Forsyth topped Adairsville 34-21.

The victory was the Wolverines first of the season and second in as many years over the Tigers.

Class AA Adairsville got to within six points in the second half, but lost fumbles twice inside its own 10-yard line, keying the win for West.

“We had to replace a lot from last year’s team,” said Wolverines head coach Frank Hepler. “We’re very inexperienced.

"We focus on having success each drive. That’s what these kids did out there. I’m very proud of them.”

Penalties were a major problem for both teams, with the Wolverines tallying 10 penalties for 93 yards and Tigers had seven penalties for 65 yards. Seven of the 17 combined flags were for personal fouls.

West (1-1) returns home Friday to face Pickens County in its Region 7-AAA opener.


* South Gwinnett 49, South Forsyth 10

SNELLVILLE -- South Gwinnett took advantage of South Forsyth’s multiple special teams mistakes early and often en route to a 49-10 victory.

South Gwinnett quarterback Kent Rollins threw five touchdown passes and finished 10 of 14 passing for 201 yards.

“We did not play well on special teams with two punt mishaps and (a 96-yard) kickoff return," War Eagles coach Wendell Early said. "It is difficult to overcome those kind of things when you are playing on the road, you’re kind of behind the eight ball.”

Shut out last week, the War Eagles got their first points of the season in the first quarter when junior Paul Buurman hit a 31-yard field goal to make 14-3.

The team’s first touchdown came on a 20-yard run by Brett Charron early in the third quarter.

Pressured all night, South Forsyth's quarterback Nick Belyew was 19 of 30 through the air for 253 yards.

Charlie Stout was his leading target, with five catches for 78 yards.

Next up for the War Eagles (0-2) is a home date Friday with undefeated North Gwinnett. 


* Pinecrest 42 Windsor 7

Redemption was the name of the game for Pinecrest quarterback Zach Wilson.

Wilson started for the Paladins in their 42-7 victory over Windsor Academy, despite having suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Aug. 14.

Wilson took the opportunity to lead the first two series and and ran with it.

Well, he threw with it, as the Paladins scored on both of his drives, once through the air.

In all, Pinecrest scored six touchdowns on its first seven drives against the Knights from Macon.

Pinecrest coach Charles Wiggins said his team will now turn its attention to next week.

“We always can improve,” Wiggins said. “We play Mount de Sales next week, which is a AAA team. They have 485 kids in high school we have 200. We have to get better every week.”


* Lithonia 26, Forsyth Central 16

Forsyth Central led 10-6 at halftime on Saturday, but the visiting Bulldogs couldn't hold off Lithonia in the second half.


* In JV action, host Lambert defeated Chestatee 41-0 on Thursday.


For complete coverage of local high school football, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.