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North Forsyth football stumbles in region opener against Chattahoochee
Big plays haunt Raiders in 20-17 loss
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North Forsyth's Mason Haithcock had a long run to set up a touchdown in the second quarter that gave the Raiders the lead, but it wasn't enough against Chattahoochee on Friday. - photo by Brian Paglia

Chattahoochee 20, North Forsyth 17

Chattahoochee 3 14 0 3–20

North Forsyth 3 7 0 7–17

First Quarter

NF: FG Whitten 25, 3:20

C: FG Gray 26, 0:18.1

Second Quarter

C: Nicoletta 21 pass to Kinsey (kick good)

C: Nicoletta 73 pass to Kinsey (kick good)

Fourth Quarter

NF: Slaton 5 run (kick good)

C: FG Gray 45, 0:55

The North Forsyth Raiders missed a lengthy field goal as time expired, sealing a 20-17 loss to the Chattahoochee Cougars on Friday in a Region 6-AAAAAA game at home.

The Raiders fell to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the region. It’s the first 0-2 start for North since 2011.

The game figured to be close if only because both teams had such similar results against Cherokee in the preceding weeks. The Raiders were coming off a 42-14 loss to the Warriors in which North’s defense struggled to stop a potent spread offensive attack. Chattahoochee suffered a 42-7 loss to Cherokee the week before, and so the teams’ meeting Friday in the region opener seemed to carry more significance.

The Raiders trailed 17-10 in the fourth quarter until Zac Slaton tied the game with a 5-yard rushing touchdown, but Chattahoochee (1-1, 1-0) reclaimed the lead on a 45-yard field goal by Andrew Gray with 55 seconds left.

The best North could do was move the ball to set up a 48-yard field goal with mere seconds left on the clock, but Jacob Whitten’s kick fell short.

Jesus Torres led the Raiders with 61 rushing yards on 12 carries. Slaton had 56 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Colton Miller caught two passes for 37 yards and added an interception on defense.

Whitten put North up 3-0 with 3:20 left in the first quarter on a 25-yard field goal. Gray answered with a 26-yarder three minutes later.

North took its last lead of the game, 10-3, on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeffrey Rice with 7:46 left in the second quarter that was set up by a long run from Mason Haithcock.

Chattahoochee responded. Cougars wide receiver Isaac Kinsey had touchdown catches of 21 and 73 yards from quarterback David Nicoletta as Chattahoochee took a 17-10 lead into halftime.