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Football: North Forsyth dominates rival Forsyth Central to open region play
North Forsyth running back Bryson Trigg rushes for one of his five touchdowns against Forsyth Central on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. - photo by Lily McGregor Photography

Bryson Trigg set a North Forsyth school-record with five touchdowns as the Raiders’ shutout Forsyth Central 58-0 to begin region play on Friday night.

“We came into this game with a big chip on our shoulder,” Trigg said. “This is a huge rivalry game, and we just executed everything. We practiced for two weeks for this game, and we just dominated all aspects of the game. Couldn’t ask for anything better than that.”

North (4-2, 1-0 in Region 5-7A) jumped all over Central (0-6-1, 0-1) early and never looked back. The Raiders’ defense forced four turnovers on the Bulldogs’ first five drives of the game, including a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown by Honus Wagner that put North up 28-0 early in the second quarter.

Brice Davis intercepted Central’s Brad Thiltgen three times, and he nearly made it back-to-back pick sixes for the Raider defense, but lost his footing at the 16-yard line.

“Every play I just wanna make a play,” Davis said. “And I went out, played with that mindset, and it paid off.”

North Forsyth’s Charlie Aiken, right, and Brent Grab celebrate after a touchdown Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, against Forsyth Central. - photo by Lily McGregor Photography

North outgained Central 438-54 in total offense, and the Bulldogs managed just seven yards of offense in the second half. On 13 drives in the game, Central punted five times, were intercepted four times, fumbled twice, and turned it over on downs once.

 “Coach Dameron and his staff did a great job getting the guys ready and focused on what their assignments were,” North head coach Robert Craft said. “We really challenged our kids to finish the game better and tackle better, and they did a great job knowing what their keys were and tackling well.”

The Raiders seemingly could do no wrong in this game. Ben Bales went 18-for-23 for 291 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target on the night, Charlie Aiken, had four receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including a quick slant on the first play of the second half that he took 72 yards to the house.

But the man of the hour was Trigg. After tying the school-record with four touchdowns in a game earlier this season, Trigg now sits alone atop the North record books after his five-touchdown performance. He had 14 carries for 72 yards.

“[Trigg] did a great job,” Craft said. “He continues to work hard. I’m excited for him. He’s been working hard, but a big credit to the offensive line, that’s the same thing he would tell you. They did a great job protecting the quarterback and allowing him to run the football well.”

What the Raiders were most excited about after the win was the big zero on the scoreboard, getting their first shutout of the Craft era.

“It feels incredible, absolutely incredible.” Trigg said. “Coach Craft was telling us in the locker room that we don’t know when the last time we had a shutout was. Huge shout-out to the defense for that. Huge goose egg. Can’t ask for anything better than that.”