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Prep football: Raiders remain unbeaten
West wins; Central, South stumble
Matt Hansard and the North Forsyth defense nearly pitched another shutout Friday, stuffing Duluth for a 28-7 win, their third on the year. - photo by David McGregor

North Forsyth finally yielded a touchdown, but Duluth was no match for the Raiders ground game, which powered its way to a 28-7 victory.

The offense was keyed by Tyler Slaton, who rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns.

Steven Hester added 93 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. North threw just two passes.

The Raiders, 3-0 for the first time in four years, hadn't been scored on this season, a stretch of two and a half games that ended early in the third quarter.

It was the second road win of the young season for North, whose previous wins came at West Forsyth and at home against Johnson. More significantly, it was the Region 7-AAAAA opener.

“No. 1 we are 1-0 in Region 7,” said North head coach Jared Zito. “The No. 1 goal for us is to win region football games. I feel really good to be 3-0, to play well and to have only seven points scored on us in three games.”

The Raiders' perfect mark will be put the test Friday when Peachtree Ridge comes calling.

In other games involving Forsyth County high schools:

* West Forsyth 28, Pickens County 0

Playing at home, West scored on each of its first four possessions to build a 28-point advantage that lasted the rest of the game.

Ethan Shirley paced the attack with two touchdowns, one on a long catch and run.

"We did a nice job," said West head coach Frank Hepler. "It was a complete game tonight. All three phases worked well, so we're just going to try to improve on where we're at.

"I know Creekview's going to be a great one for us next week."

Indeed, the Wolverines (2-1) travel to Cherokee County on Friday to take on Creekview, which knocked off Region 7-AAA power Flowery Branch.

* North Gwinnett 42, South Forsyth 7

SUWANEE-- South Forsyth couldn't do much right. North Gwinnett did little wrong. 

After falling to two tough non-conference opponents to start the season, South's region opener against the No. 3 ranked team in the state didn't provide much relief. 

In fact, North Gwinnett dispensed with any suspense by scoring the game's first 42 points.

"We've played some really stiff competition and its humbled us quite a bit," said South head coach Wendell Early.

South (0-3) plays host to Chattahoochee on Friday.

* Southwest DeKalb 40, Forsyth Central 7

Southwest, the state's second-ranked team, returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown en route to a 40-7 win at the Dawg Pound.

Panther running back Kendrum Malcome, who has committed to the University of Georgia, rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 carries.

"We knew we had a tough road ahead of us," said Central head coach Chris Bennett.

"We felt like we played well in the second half. Last two ball games we kind of sputtered in the second half, but tonight I thought our kids responded."

The Bulldogs (0-3) will look to build on that momentum heading into Saturday's game at Stone Mountain.


* Pinecrest 24, Mount de Sales 7

MACON -- Pinecrest Academy has strung together three straight wins and remains perfect against in-state competition this year, following a 24-7 victory at Mount de Sales Academy.

"Our players fought and worked hard," said Paladins head coach Charles Wiggins. "Our line blew them off the ball and they played very well."

Michael Cassandra scored all three of Pinecrest's touchdowns on the night. Rico Garcia added a field goal.

Pinecrest (3-1) welcomes Piedmont Academy from Monticello on Friday.

* JV game: Lambert 42, Johns Creek 7

The Lambert Longhorns remained unbeaten on the season with a 42-7 win over fellow first-year school Johns Creek.

Next up for Lambert is a clash Thursday with North Forsyth.