Sprayberry edged Forsyth Central, 9-0, in a defensive battle Friday night.
Both teams were looking for a win after tough losses the previous week. Sprayberry had lost 42-17 to Cambridge, its second straight defeat in sub-region play after a four-game winning streak. Central had lost 39-33 in overtime at North Atlanta despite leading 33-14 in the fourth quarter.
Sprayberry’s (5-3, 3-2 Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B) defense was lights out, holding Central running back Sabrian Howard to only 61 yards on 14 carries, while quarterback Jagger Hartshorn went 4 of 12 for just 17 yards.
Despite holding Sprayberry’s electric offense to only nine points (all in the first half), Central’s defense allowed the Yellow Jacket’s offense to rack up 265 yards of rushing. Sprayberry quarterback DJ Worthy ran for 178 yards on 18 carries and the only touchdown of the game.
A blocked field goal late in the third quarter that was recovered by senior Robbie Repasz was about the only spark that could have helped the Bulldogs.
“I just kept trying to keep my team motivated,” Repasz said. “I believe we played hard and didn't give up. We have improvements to make but tonight we played hard.”
The game was hard fought, and the two teams started the game out with a scoreless first quarter. It wasn't until the Yellow Jackets finally gained momentum on a nine-play drive that ended in a 2-yard dive in the end zone by Worthy. Sprayberry missed the extra point to take a 6-0 lead with a little under eight minutes left in the first half.
Central bounced back in a small way with an impressive drive, but the Yellow Jacket defense proved to be too much. The Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs after a 10 play. On Sprayberry’s ensuing drive they took it down the field on another nine play drive and sealed the half with a 15-yard field goal.
After halftime, it was all defensive.
Coach Shane Williamson seemed to be proud of his team’s effort and is hopeful about this team.
“Where we are at mentally right now, it would be real easy to just throw the towel in and just scrap the season, and I give credit to our players that haven’t given up. I am very proud of the effort. This team has a lot of character to not give up and they are going to come back and we are just going to keep working.” Coach Williamson said.