West Forsyth 21, North Forsyth 14
West Forsyth needed just one opportunity to earn the school's first varsity football win.
The Wolverines piled up 241 yards on the ground and forced three turnovers Friday night en route to a 21-14 win against rival North Forsyth in Coal Mountain.
The Wolverines were paced by running back Ben Emert, who transferred from North to West when the school opened. Emert came back to haunt the Raiders to the tune of 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
After battling to a 14-14 tie at halftime, the Wolverines caught a break when North fumbled at West's 14-yard line in the third quarter.
Emert broke off runs of 19 and 29 yards on the ensuing drive, leading West 86 yards down the field for the go-ahead touchdown with 33 seconds left in the period.
The Raiders had one final chance to tie late in the fourth quarter, but North was intercepted by David Camp, allowing the Wolverines' offense to grind out the clock for the win.
West plays its first varsity home game next Friday when Adairsville visits. Next up for North is a trip to Oakwood to face Johnson, which like West is in Region 7-AAA.
McIntosh 28, Forsyth Central 7
PEACHTREE CITY -- Forsyth Central's defense played well at times, but big plays were the difference as McIntosh scored once in each quarter, and twice on long passes, to take the season opener.
The Chiefs attacked through the air in the first half, scoring on 90- and 42-yard strikes. Central tied the game at 7 on a 2-yard touchdown plunge from Phillip Ray with six seconds left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs were looking to mount a drive late in the third quarter before an interception deep in their own territory set up another McIntosh score and sealed their fate.
Central will try to rebound next Friday, when it entertains Lithonia in Cumming.
Alpharetta 24, South Forsyth 14
ALPHARETTA -- Running back Brett Charron scored twice for South Forsyth, which pulled within seven of Alpharetta, at 21-14, in the fourth quarter.
The War Eagles hopes were dashed, though, when the Raiders intercepted a pass on South's 5-yard line. From there, Alpharetta added a field game for the final margin.
In addition to Charron, the War Eagles were paced by University of Kentucky commitment Bryan Adams and Nick Belyew, both of whom saw time at quarterback.
South is at home next Friday against South Gwinnett.