Forsyth Central’s senior leader and running back Sabrian Howard ran for 211 yards on just 13 carries with three touchdowns as the Bulldogs steamrolled the Meadowcreek Mustangs, 63-28, on Friday at Bulldog Stadium.
The game was quick-hitting from the outset, and it appeared the fans were in for a shoot-out, although Central (2-0) ended up being the only team to put a lot of points on the board. The Bulldogs had four different players run for a touchdown (Howard, quarterback Brad Thiltgen and running backs Blake Wood and Dylan Buchs) and Thiltgen also threw for a touchdown.
Central was clicking on all cylinders, as even the defense got in on all the scoring when senior Calvin Morris hauled-in the third interception by the Bulldogs on the night of Mustang’s quarterback Triston Harris and returned it for a touchdown to take a 49-14 with six minutes still left in the first half. The defense also recorded a sack and blocked a field goal right before halftime as well as only allowing Meadowcreek to convert two third down attempts for first downs.
Central came close to the school record for points in a game, almost matching the 74 scored in 1958 when it was Forsyth County High School.
Howard, who also caught two passes for 21 yards, truly understands that this was a special night, and that they are not too far removed from being on the other side of games like this.
“This is crazy,” Howard said. “I don’t have any words to say for this. I remember a couple of years ago, being on the other side of that scoreboard. It just feels really good to finally do something like this. It’s crazy.”
Meadowcreek, who came into this game winless on the season, also had a running back who was matching Howard step-for-step throughout the first half. Chauncey Williams ran for 187 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. The Mustangs also got a lot of offensive help from receiver Airon Buick who caught 11 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.
Central first year head coach Frank Hepler knows that they are a program that is rebuilding, but he was proud of the way his team fought.
“[These] kids are playing hard,” Hepler said. “We still got a long way to go. [We’re] like a brand-new program, and we are just trying to get better each week. But I give the kids a ton of credit for coming out tonight, while not knowing their opponent that well…a very athletic team that we played against, but we still had some mistakes at the end. We gave up some points at the end, and we have to correct that. But we are getting better.”
Thiltgen led the Bulldogs through the air by completing 10 of 14 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown pass to Wood (Wood’s second touchdown of the game).