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Football: Central dominates Clarkston, heads into region play with 4-1 record

The Forsyth Central football team’s goals heading into its final non-region game on Friday against Clarkston were modest, but the Bulldogs accomplished them nonetheless.

Central wanted to stay healthy, with the region schedule starting in two weeks, and it did that. And while the Bulldogs also knew that the Angoras were not a good team, having scored just nine points combined in their five games before Friday, Central also knew Clarkston had some athletes that could cause some havoc, but the Bulldogs thoroughly shut down any chance of that and came away with a 64-0 win.

“If we had gone in and played around, we may have found ourselves in a struggle,” Hepler said. “But we didn’t. We went right in, we took care of business, and we dominated from the start.”

The blowout gave Central the opportunity to get plenty of different players in the game, but Hepler mentioned starters like quarterback Ryan Van Uum and running back Devran Orsan as standouts.

The Bulldogs’ record now stands at 4-1 heading into region play, exponentially better than the 0-5 mark they held last year. Hepler has seen in his time at Central, however, that non-region results don’t directly correlate to future play. The Bulldogs went 2-3 before region play in his first year but were almost exclusively uncompetitive in games after that. Though no wins preceded last season’s region slate, Central was much closer more often.

And right now, Hepler feels better about this squad at this point than any of his previous groups of Bulldogs.

“We feel like we’re getting healthy, so we’re looking forward to the upcoming challenges,” Hepler said.