ALPHARETTA — Alpharetta crowned its homecoming queen Friday night, but the Raiders’ offense was king on the field. Behind its no-huddle, spread offensive attack, Alpharetta rolled over North Forsyth in a 55-21 win at home.
Arizona State-bound quarterback Josh Dobbs completed 27 of 39 passing attempts for 405 yards and five touchdowns for Alpharetta, while Vanderbilt recruit Carlos Burse was on the receiving end of three of those scores and totaled 85 receiving yards.
"They have a great quarterback and a great receiver, are well coached, and just a good football team," North coach Blair Armstrong said. "[Dobbs] isn’t going to Arizona State for nothing."
North (3-3, 0-3 Region 6-AAAAAA) fell behind 21-0 after one quarter and was never able to sustain any momentum.
Every time the visiting Raiders seemed to have it swing their way, Alpharetta (3-3, 2-1) was able to grab it back.
North forced an Alpharetta punt on the opening series only to throw an interception on its own 28 yard line.
It only took two plays for a Dobbs-to-Burse scoring strike and a 7-0 Alpharetta lead with 9:47 remaining in the first quarter.
Trailing by three touchdowns, North finally got on the board with the help of a fake punt, as Eric Fitzgerald took the snap and ran down to Alpharetta 4-yard line. That play led to a four-yard scoring run by running back Jamal Davenport (18 carries, 80 rushing yards, TD) that got North back in the game.
The biggest momentum swing took place in the last minute of the first half.
After seeing Davenport leave the field with an ankle injury, North still managed to score on a two-yard run by Fitzgerald with 20.5 seconds remaining, cutting the lead to 28-14.
But Alpharetta wasn’t satisfied with a 14-point lead going into the break.
Alpharetta fielded the ensuing kickoff and returned it 30 yards into North territory. From there, it took only two plays and 20 seconds for Dobbs to get his team back in the end zone and push the lead back to 21 points, 35-14, at halftime.
"Every time we got some momentum, they came back with a touchdown," Armstrong said. "We have a long way to go, but are just going to keep working hard"
Alpharetta padded the lead to 48-14 before North’s Bailey Mauldin hauled in a three-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Harris Roberts with 9:22 remaining in the game.
Roberts passed for more than 100 yards and Mauldin finished two receptions for 65 yards.
On the defensive side, North’s Trey Smith had eight tackles, one interception and caused a fumble. Luke Slaton added seven tackles and broke up two passes, while Jerrett Paige added six tackles of his own.
Things don’t get any easier this week for North, which hosts No. 5-ranked county rival West Forsyth at Raider Valley.