By Sam Meredith
For the Forsyth County News
In Friday’s matchup with Woodstock, the North Forsyth football team got a taste of just how quickly mistakes can turn into deficits.
The first half of Woodstock’s 38-21 win began with North Forsyth quarterback Carter Mullikin throwing an interception in Raider territory. Woodstock did not take long to capitalize. Then, after a very quick three-and-out the Wolverines got back to work with a long touchdown pass. North was then in a 14-0 hole with eight minutes still remaining in the first.
“We just can’t spot a good team like that early points and turnovers, when you do then you have to get into a dogfight which can get messy,” North head coach Robert Craft said. “We have to play more disciplined and we can’t give the ball away like we did tonight.”
The pounding continued for North Forsyth and at halftime the Wolverines were up big, with a 35-14 lead.
“We started to make mistakes early that had a snowballing effect,” Raiders receiver Charlie Aiken said. “So next week we need to come out more under control and play at our own pace.”
For all the scoring that the first half held, the second half was the exact opposite, as the Raiders defense clamped down.
North’s safety/running back Honus Wagner was a big reason for the change in pace in the second half, but Wagner went down with injury near the end of the third and was forced out of the game. Craft said after the game that Wagner’s injury wasn’t severe, though.
The Raiders looked much better in the second half after getting gashed by Woodstock quarterback Dean Braxton. Braxton threw an interception to open the second half and later fumbled the ball away, which North Forsyth scooped and scored to inch ever closer.
“I was really proud of the team for the way they played in the second half,” Craft said. “They really tightened up and fixed their mistakes.”
The Raiders now sit at 2-3 overall, but Craft is optimistic.
“This team is capable of winning every game we’ve played in so far,” he said. “We just need to execute and we will be fine moving forward.”