DAWSONVILLE – It was opening week for both the Forsyth Central Bulldogs and the Dawson County Tigers, and it was a game to remember, especially for the Bulldogs having their second year in a row of winning their opening game, defeating Dawson County 28-8 on its home turf.
The rushing attack for Central (1-0) proved to be a success in tonight’s game against the Tiger defense (0-1). Bulldogs junior Sabrian Howard led the way with 112 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Shaun Diebel added 63 yards on 17 carries, while junior quarterback Jagger Hartshorn ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries.
“I had a lot of good blocking, I couldn't have done it without my offensive line,” Howard said.
On the defensive side of the ball it was lights out for the Bulldogs. Central seemed to be wherever the play was going. They held the Tigers without a touchdown until the final three minutes of the ballgame.
Central struck twice in the first quarter, once on an 8-yard touchdown run by Hartshorn, then on a 25-yard interception return by Sebastian Legarra for a 14-0 lead.
Hartshorn scored his second rushing touchdown in the third quarter to put Central up 21-0.
Howard’s 20-yard touchdown run to make it 28-0 with 10:37 left in the game all but sealed the deal.
Central coach Shane Williamson praised his team for the win, but felt improvement will be needed.
“I’m glad to get a victory, but I was disappointed in our effort in the first half, we made a lot of mistakes, which we can correct, but we got to play better in the first half and not try and wait around to the second half,” Williamson said. “I was very proud of our defensive effort.”
When asked about his two star running backs Williamson said: “We got two really good backs and we’re going to feed them.”