MARIETTA – A 4-yard touchdown run from Sabrian Howard was the lone score for the Forsyth Central Bulldogs as they fell 34-7 to the Sprayberry Yellow Jackets on Friday in a Region 7-AAAAA, Div. B game.
From the opening kick Sprayberry was the team in control as the Yellow Jackets’ defense held the Bulldogs (4-3, 2-2) to a three-and-out on the game's opening drive. Once Sprayberry got its hands on the ball, it scored. A 49-yard pass from Andrew Pereira to Jontae Williams started the Sprayberry scoring and once the Yellow Jackets were on the scoreboard, there was no looking back.
Once the Yellow Jackets got the ball back it took their offense only two plays to score again to open the lead up to 14-0.
"We got behind early," Forsyth Central head coach Shane Williamson said. "I think this is the first time all year that we got behind that far early on and I don't think we knew how to handle it."
Down 14-0 midway through the first quarter, Central answered the Sprayberry scoring with Howard’s touchdown run. The Central touchdown was set up by a 71-yard run by Shaun Diebel resulting in a first-and-10 at the 4-yard line.
After the Howard touchdown, the game was all Sprayberry.
Sprayberry added onto their 14-7 lead with 5:00 to go in the first half when Rakeem Myricks ran for a 12-yard touchdown. Sprayberry attempted a fake extra point attempt only to have it fail resulting in a 20-7 lead.
Coming out for the second half, Central had multiple opportunities to get back into the game. On the opening drive of the second half Sprayberry quarterback Andrew Pereira fumbled the ball and that Central’s Cameron Daube recovered.
But Central couldn’t capitalize on the fumble recovery and was forced to punt the ball back to the Sprayberry offense. Sprayberry then marched 77-yards down the field on five plays and scored again to make the lead 27-6.
Late in the third Sprayberry added a 32-yard touchdown run by Trey Sermon making the lead 34-7, which was the eventual final score.
"They just beat us," Williamson said. "Take nothing from them they are a good football team."
The loss dropped Central into a tie with Cambridge for third in the sub-region with games remaining against North Springs and the Bears the next two weeks.
"We've got to look toward the future. We've got a must-win situation at this point," Williamson said. "We've got to come back and get ready to go to work."