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North can't keep up with Alpharetta
Turnovers doom Raiders in 45-6 loss
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North Forsyth offensive linemen Elijah Francis (left) and Michael Carter block an Alpharetta defender. - photo by Lily McGregor

Jason Galt knew it would be tough to stop Alpharetta’s high-powered offense. What he didn’t count on were Alpharetta’s 21 points off three turnovers.

Alpharetta scored 35 unanswered points to topple North 45-6 on Friday at Raider Valley. North allowed its most points since last season’s 55-21 loss to Alpharetta.

"Mistakes kill you and mistakes beat you," North head coach Jason Galt said. "…When you give them field position — halftime is 10-6 — we come out and fumble the ball the first play of the second half. We basically beat ourselves tonight."

Alpharetta (4-2, 3-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) threw an early first quarter interception to outside linebacker Payton Holbrooks at the 43 to give North excellent field position. North marched the ball down the field but fumbled the ball into the end zone for a touchback.

"I was just doing my job and whenever I turned around the ball was in my hands," Holbrooks said. "It was a zone defense we were running and my job was to knock the receiver off the play."

Alpharetta made North (4-2, 1-2) pay with an 8-play, 80-yard drive to make the score 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. North answered in the second with a 43-yard pass from backup quarterback Dakota Gottberg to Brooks Blevins to cut the lead to 7-6 following the partially blocked extra point.

Gottberg (4-for-10, 121 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) came in for starting quarterback Harris Roberts in the second quarter after Roberts suffered what appeared to be a broken collarbone. However, North didn’t waver and drove deep in Alpharetta territory, but failed to come away with points after another fumble and trailed at the half 10-6.

"We just had some kids out there making plays," Alpharetta head coach Jason Dukes said. "…I’m really proud of them."

North couldn’t find its stride and fell apart in the second half.

Davenport fumbled the handoff on the first play of the third quarter, which Alpharetta’s Jay Youngblood returned for a touchdown. Austin King continued the scoring with 40-yard pass to Andre Harton to end the third quarter ahead 24-6.

Miles Smith scored on a 25-yard run and Youngblood returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown, while Alex Turner capped the scoring with a 15-yard run to make the final score 45-6.