By Steven Watkins
For the Forsyth County News
The North Forsyth football team received Milton on Friday night for a final regular season game and nothing on the line but pride, as the Raiders’ playoff hopes took a fatal blow when Forsyth Central beat South Forsyth the prior week.
And while the Raiders generated some excitement on offense, they joined the ranks of the teams unable to slow Milton’s explosive offense, falling 49-23.
The Eagles finished with nearly 500 yards of offense. They picked off North quarterback Carter Mullikin twice, the first of which resulted in a 100-yard pick-six by Senior Nasier Currie-Sudler on the final play of the first half.
They scored on touchdowns of 52, 48, 89, 67 and the aforementioned 100 yards.
The Raiders entered the game with noticeable intensity, forcing a punt on Milton’s initial drive and converting a fourth down of their own on a fake punt. After a lone touchdown on an eight-yard run by Milton’s Josh Edwards, the first quarter ended with North stubbornly hanging within a single score and even pulling within four points thanks to a 28-yard field goal courtesy of kicker Thor Billstrom.
Edwards gave Milton an additional seven points on a 58-yard run and his second score, but once again the Raiders fought their way back within four when Bryson Trigg broke free for an explosive, 42-yard score of his own. That would ultimately be the closest the score would get, as the Eagles would go on to score four unanswered touchdowns, one of them being Sudler’s pick-six on what began as a last-second scoring opportunity for North from the Eagle 34.
“We had a great week of prep,” Clack said. “We believe in faceless opponents and we want to come out here and just be the best version of us.”
The Raiders scored twice more after Trigg’s touchdown, on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Carter Mullikin to Charlie Aiken with 7:28 to play in the fourth quarter and on a 26-yard throw from senior Mason Mulnix to Nicky Dalmolin with 3:45 to play.
Not only did Milton approach their regular season finale as they had each of the games leading up to it, senior quarterback and Georgia Tech commit Jordan Yates played the entirety of the game after spending much of his Friday vomiting and otherwise feeling significantly under the weather.
“He was throwing up all day and had to have IV’s before the game,” Clack said of his starting quarterback who finished with 149 yards from scrimmage with no turnovers and a touchdown pass. “It’s just a little stomach virus,” he added, smiling.
On a night when his quarterback wasn’t at one hundred percent, Edwards led the way for the Milton offense with what easily was the night’s most-impressive performance, finishing with an astounding 208 yards on only 10 carries and three rushing touchdowns.
“What a night that guy had,” Clack said. “Nobody has more fun on the football field than that kid and he’s pretty dynamite when he gets the ball in his hands.”
North finished the season at 3-7 and 1-4 in region play.