By Sam Meredith
For the Forsyth County News
In the North Forsyth football team’s region against Lambert on Friday night, the Raiders had a surprise up their sleeves.
It wasn’t made widely known before the game, but Raiders senior running back Bryson Trigg had every intention of playing again this season after being told he was not going to be able to do so when he broke his collarbone in week one against Cherokee.
But he was back on Friday, and his presence helped inspire the Raiders to a 28-14 win over Lambert.
Trigg made a quick impact on the game. After consecutive punts to start the game, the Raiders got on the scoreboard with 4:36 remaining in the first with a 10-yard rush from Trigg.
“After being told you might not ever put back on the Raider uniform and pads, it sucks,” Trigg said. “I just wanted to come back and help my team, but I kept thinking about the first game back and how nervous I would be.”
With nine minutes left in the second quarter, Trigg was in action again taking a screen pass from Carter Mullikin 71 yards for a score to put the Raiders up 14-0. The final score of the first half came with just under five minutes remaining, when Mullikin dove into the end zone from three yards out to put the Raiders up by three scores.
The Raiders’ defense also lent a hand in the first half, with an interception from Miles Hartsfield, and Trigg’s presence also gave North a boost on that side of the ball: Honus Wagner, who was the main substitute at tailback in Trigg’s absence, was able to devote more snaps to his role at safety, guiding the young defense.
The second half saw Lambert put up more of a fight as quarterback Peyton Rich stood strong under pressure from North Forsyth. The Longhorns picked up their first score of the game with 5:54 to go in the third, when Rich hit Drew Dockter in the end zone as he took a shot from North’s Jack Tucker.
North responded, though with Trigg going the distance again from 48 yards out to put the Raiders back up by three scores around the four-minute mark in the third quarter. The Longhorns tacked on a late score after some blown coverage from the Raiders as Rich hooked up with running back Drew Rising on a 54-yard pass with 9 minutes left in the game.
“We didn’t play our best in the second half, but we played aggressively, and that’s how we want to win,” North head coach Robert Craft said.
North improved to 3-4 and 1-1 in Region 5-7A with the win. Lambert fell to 3-4, 0-2.