By Eric McDonald
For the Forsyth County News
It was a long night for the Forsyth Central Bulldogs, which fell on the road against to Milton on Friday, 30-3.
“We’ve got to be more physical,” Central head coach Frank Hepler said. “We’ve got to play more aggressive. We are doing the best we can right now, it’s just a matter of getting better.”
The Eagles (6-2) took its first possession at the start of the first quarter mounting a 7-play drive from its own 43-yard line until Quarterback, Jordan Yates throws an ill-advised in coverage and is Intercepted by Tristen Rose at the Forsyth Central’s 3-yard line.
The Bulldogs got off to a good start in the first quarter, with Tristen Rose intercepting Jordan Yates in the red zone, but on the ensuing drive, led by freshman quarterback Bronson Landreth, Central had to punt. A high snap forced punter Keaton Platzke to take a knee in the end zone, giving the Eagles a safety and a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles later took its next possession from its 23-yard line and went on an eight-play drive for 77 yards, ending on a handoff to Josh Edwards for a nine-yard touchdown run, extending the Eagles’ lead to 9-0.
“We gave up the big plays, and we had a lot of blown coverages,” Hepler said.
A nine-play, 70-yard drive that on Dylan Leonard catching a 25-yard touchdown pass put the Eagles up 16-0 at halftime.
In the second half, things got worse for the Bulldogs, as they lost a fumble in their own half
The Eagles wasted no time as Yates connected with Joseph Charleston for a touchdown up the middle with 1:51 remaining in the third quarter. Another Yates-to-Leonard score gave Milton a 30-0 lead with 9:39 to play in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs got some points before the night was over, with Owen Hosenitz leading Central on a 15-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal by Brody Palmer with 7:45 remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs (5-3, 1-2 Region 5-7A) struggled all night, as its offense have gained only 97 yards of total offense and the defense gave up 346 yards to the Eagles. Hepler and his staff are confident, though, that this team can rebound and turn the corner for the remainder of the season.
“My expectation for the boys is to come to work and work as hard as they can and be the best that they can be,” Hepler said. “And when you do that, good things will happen.”