SANDY SPRINGS – Forsyth Central gave up 375 yards rushing in a blowout loss to the Riverwood Friday on the road, eventually falling 50-13.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 7-0 score after Riverwood misplayed the opening kickoff, allowing Central to get the ball at the Raiders’ 16-yard line. Three plays later, senior Robbie Repasz scored from 6 yards out. It would be all Raiders from there.
The Raiders scored the next 37 points before the Bulldogs could get in the endzone again; right before the end of the third quarter on a 17-yard run from junior Jacob Ward. Riverwood was led on the ground by Georgia Southern commit, senior running back Marvin Kinsey Jr. Kinsey led all players with 14 carries for 235 yards rushing, 202 of which came on 12 carries in the first half.
Central head coach Shane Williamson was not pleased with the effort his team game.
“We just came out not ready to play,” coach Williamson said. “I’ll take the blame for it. We played with no passion, and we are going to find guys that want to play. I don’t know what the deal is, but it has kinda been a yearly thing. We just can’t get guys that want to play.”
Despite lack of effort by the team, there did seem to be one bright spot for the Bulldogs. Repasz was all over the field. He finished with the game with 24 yards rushing on eight carries and a touchdown, along with recovering the opening kickoff that was misplayed by Riverwood. He also recorded several tackles while on defense.
“It’s just as a team, we are not playing up to our potential,” Repasz said. “We have a bye week [next week], and we need to regroup, so we can show everybody what we can do. We just need to do our job. We are capable of a lot more than what we are doing right now. Everybody’s just got to do their job, and play for the team.”
If it was not for a 53-yard run that set up Central’s second touchdown, the Bulldogs would have been held to under 100 yards of total offense, with zero yards coming through the air.
Riverwood’s quarterback, senior Porter Sanford, was just 2 of 6 passing for 52 yards and a touchdown. Sanford had two touchdown passes called back – one of 25 yards and the other of 87 yards.
When Williamson was asked if there was anything his team could build off of from this game, his response was short and simple:
“None. None whatsoever.”
Riverwood 50 Forsyth Central 13
Forsyth Central 7 0 6 0_13
Riverwood 14 16 14 6_50
FC_Repasz 6 run (Corona kick), 10:18
R_Kinsey 48 run (Rocha kick), 8:23
R_Crossing 25 pass from Sanford (Rocha kick), :52
R_ Beckley 3 run (Rocha kick), 5:48
R_Sanford 1 run (Rocha kick), 1:30
R_ Beckley 16 run (Rocha kick), 7:46
FC_Ward 17 run (failed 2-pt attempt), 1:31
R_Burrell 37 run (Rocha kick), :08
R_Mcintosh 10 run (missed PAT), 4:30