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Diebel's breakout game powers Forsyth Central to 27-7 win over Dawson County
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Forsyth Central running back Shaun Diebel ran for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 27-7 win over Dawson County on Friday at home. - photo by Micah Green

Forsyth Central 27, Dawson County 7

Dawson County 0 0 0 7–7

Forsyth Central 0 14 13 0–27

Second Quarter

FC: Deibel 8 run (kick good), 11:55

FC: Deibel 50 run (kick good), 1:00

Third Quarter

FC: Howard 68 run (kick missed), 11:50

FC: Deibel 3 run (kick good), 1:05

Fourth Quarter

DC: Martin 2 run (kick good), 9:55

After 11 straight seasons of first game frustrations, Forsyth Central finally started the season off on the right foot as they soundly defeated visiting Dawson County, 27-7, on Friday at home.

The ground and pound running attack of Central (1-0) slowly and surely overwhelmed the beleaguered Dawson County (0-1) defense. The Bulldogs ran the vast majority of their plays out of the Wishbone formation, lining up three running-backs behind the quarterback and attacking the Tigers with a barrage of running plays.

At the head of that offensive attack was junior Shaun Deibel, making his varsity team debut for Central. Deibel (23 carries, 189 yards, 3 touchdowns) made the most of his first start, combining both quickness and tough running to repeatedly break through a defense that was geared up to defend the run on every play. Although Deibel had some trouble securing the football during several runs, his overall body of work was nothing short of impressive.

"I felt like I played alright," Deibel said. "I know I scored, but dropping the ball was what really upset me about the game. There was great blocking by my teammates, but I still think I should do better next time out."

On the other side of the football, the Central defense put forth a stalwart defensive effort, disrupting and frustrating the Tiger offense. The Bulldogs defense was most impressive on fourth down, halting four Dawson County drives and forcing the Tigers to feel the consequences of their aggressive play-calling.

The Bulldogs struck first in the contest on the first play of the second quarter with Deibel tallying the first of his three scores on an 8-yard touchdown run. Central then doubled its lead with 1:00 remaining in the second quarter when Deibel broke through the scrum at the line of scrimmage and ran over several unlucky Tiger defenders on his way to a 50-yard score, increasing the lead 14-0.

"After I hit the hole, I felt like all my ribs were breaking," Deibel laughed. "When I broke away and stepped over that last guy, I felt great. It was the greatest moment of my life."

The second half of the game varied little from the first. Despite allowing a late touchdown in the fourth quarter, the game never appeared to get away from the Bulldogs. Central coach Shane Williamson praised his team for starting the new season strong.

"We started off a little sluggish, but our defense was lights out," Williamson said. "Our kids fought… I’m excited of what we are capable of doing. It’s been such a great start to the school year and we topped it off with a win tonight."