ROSWELL – North Forsyth threw an interception at the goal line with under a minute to fall to Centennial 49-39 in a Region 6-AAAAAA game Friday on the road.
The Raiders (1-8, 1-7) led the game 17-14 at halftime before Centennial (6-3, 6-2) scored two touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half. Senior Cody Dwyer punched in a one-yard score to get the Raiders within two with four minutes to play. The Knights responded on an 8-yard run by senior Caden Herring.
The Raiders were led offensively by Dwyer who ended the game with three rushing touchdowns on 12 carries, 67 yards on 4 of 7 passing, a touchdown and an interception. Simon Holcomb added 76 rushing yards and caught nine passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. Senior quarterback Jacob Bailey threw 15 times, completing 11 for 211 yards. The team also recovered two fumble and an interception.
“We didn’t give up,” said Dwyer. “We played great as a team. We all played together [well]. Our offense kept fighting ‘til the end.”
The Knights were led by junior quarterback Casen Conway who completed 18 of 28 pass attempts for 407 yards and six touchdowns with one interception. They had three different receivers score two touchdowns with Herring catching six passes for 146, senior Tee Holland caught four passes for 63 yards and sophomore Blane Mason caught four passes for 120 yards. Conway also led the team in rushing with eight carries for 44 yards. The Knights recorded two sacks, and on the most important play of the game, senior Kashta Dallas intercepted Dwyer’s pass at the goal line to seal the win.
Despite the loss, Raiders head coach Jason Galt was proud of the way his team fought.
“For the last two weeks, well really all season, our focus has been playing an entire game as hard as you can possibly play,” said Galt, “For the last two weeks that’s been what these guys have done. They never quit. As a coach, all you can do is ask your players to fight ‘til the end, and that’s what they did.”
When it comes to what Galt thinks his team needs to improve on, it is pretty simple: believe.
“They just need to keep believing what I have been telling them all year; that they are a good football team,” said Galt. “They’re just having some bad breaks. The way they have played the past two weeks just reinforces what I have been telling them all season. We just got to make our own breaks.”