By Sam Meredeth
For the Forsyth County News
The North Forsyth football team reeled off its second straight victory on Friday night, topping Northview 42-21 with the help of four touchdowns from quarterback Carter Mullikin.
Honus Wagner was a force on both sides of the ball for the Raiders early on at tailback, and picking up a few key stops on defense as well.
“Honus is the heart of this team and when he’s going, the whole team is going as well,” North head coach Robert Craft said.
But Northview was plenty determined on its own possessions. The Titans scored on their second drive of the night to open the tallies, with Sam Babadele reaching the end zone on a quick hitting bubble screen.
The teams were deadlocked at halftime with each team scoring twice, but Mullikin scored his first touchdown on a quarterback sneak with 4:38 to go in the second quarter, and then caught fire in the second half.
“We absolutely need that from Honus and Carter to be successful, and tonight Carter carried the load,” Craft said.
Raiders receiver Charlie Aiken was particularly complimentary of Mullikin’s effort.
“He can beat you deep or he can beat you with his legs,” Aiken said. “And tonight, he had running lanes and made them pay.”
The game was a solid back-and-forth affair until the final quarter, when the Raiders fully took control. North Forsyth let off 21 unanswered points in the final 20 minutes of action, with Mullikin accounting in some way for all of them.
The senior scored on another sneak early in the second half, on a drive aided by a 48-yard completion to Aiken, and after Northview responded to make it 21-21, Mullikin scored from 70 yards out to give the Raiders the lead again. After Nicky Dalmolin’s 13-yard TD catch broke up Mullikin’s streak, the quarterback ran another one in to account for his fifth score of the night and fourth on the ground.
The Raiders improved their record to 2-1 with the win. They face Kennesaw Mountain on the road on Sept. 14.