ROSWELL — Winless at the midpoint of the season, Centennial is now in the thick of the playoff race thanks to its success against Forsyth County teams.
The Knights picked up their third straight victory by defeating North Forsyth 27-9 with the help of two third quarter touchdowns on Friday at the Fortress. Centennial (3-5, 3-2 Region 6-AAAAAA) earned its first win of the season against Lambert two weeks ago and defeated South Forsyth last week before knocking off North (3-5, 0-5)
It was also a tough night for the Raiders physically as Tanner Riddle, Bailey Mauldlin and Nick Scott all were forced to leave the game with injuries.
"We’re pretty banged up right now, but we just have to get back to work and get ready for another big region game with Johns Creek next week," North coach Blair Armstrong said.
The first quarter was marked by ball control. Centennial received the opening kickoff, and with its no huddle, shotgun formation offense marched for six first downs before the drive stalled. The Knights settled for a 37-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead with 7:39 remaining in the quarter.
The Raiders took over from their own 9-yard line, and after an impressive drive of their own, tied the score on the first play of the second quarter, as Vince Sciorrotta split the uprights with a 42-yard field goal to make it 3-3.
Centennial responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 17-yard pass from quarterback Chase Rosenberg (26 of 43, 294 passing yards, 3 TD) to wide receiver Christian Robinson (15 catches, 153 receiving yards, 2 TD) and a 10-3 advantage with 8:41 left in the half.
The Knights tacked on a 30-yard field goal at the 3:57 mark and took a 13-3 lead into halftime.
The pace quickened in the second half, and North initially narrowed the lead.
Justin Stanley intercepted a pass on the Knights’ 28-yard line, and it took just one play for Harris Roberts (9 of 16, 140 passing yards, TD) to find Bailey Mauldlin (2 receptions, 68 receiving yards) in the end zone. The PAT missed, leaving the score 13-9 with 8:28 left in the third quarter.
But just over three minutes later, Rosenberg found Robinson again with a five-yard touchdown pass that finished an 80-yard drive.
On Centennial’s next possession, Eric Fitzgerald intercepted a Rosenberg pass only to fumble the ball right back to the Knights on the 43-yard line.
Rosenberg made the most of his second chance and found Patrick Inwood on a nine-yard strike to make it a three-score game.
Luke Slaton led the Raiders with 10 tackles and the Raiders defense finished the game with three sacks.
North Forsyth closes out the season with back-to-back home games, beginning with Johns Creek on Friday.