MILTON – Forsyth Central wondered what could be Friday night.
The Bulldogs were coming off a dominating performance the week before because it was a healthy performance. Not since the first weeks of the season – that two-game winning streak, remember? – had Central played with or like the team it envisioned it was before the season began.
But good health wasn’t enough against Cambridge in a 36-21 loss on Friday in a Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B game on the road.
Central couldn’t stop Bears running back JD White who rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns to help drop the Bulldogs to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the region. Cambridge improved to 7-2 and 5-1 to remain in the hunt for a state playoff spot.
Those playoff hopes were in jeopardy after Central running back Shaun Diebel rushed for his second touchdown of the first half to give the Bulldogs a 21-14 lead with 2:53 left in the second quarter.
But it was all Cambridge from there as the Bears scored 22-unanswered points. Cambridge running back Kaelin Byrd’s 15-yard touchdown run tied the game at 21-21 just before halftime. The Bears converted a Central interception on the first play of the third quarter into a 30-yard touchdown run by White to take the lead for good. Byrd rushed for his third touchdown, a 2-yard score, later in the third quarter to all but seal the game.
Diebel rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and caught one pass for 43 yards. Sabrian Howard added a 3-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Jagger Hartshorn was 7 of 16 passing for 85 yards and an interception.