Northview’s Matty Biondich stood back to punt on 4th-and-16 from his own 40 with the Titans leading North Forsyth 49-0 and less than four minutes remaining in the game. Instead of kicking it back to the Raiders, Biondich took off and ran 17 yards for a Northview first down. It seemed an unsportsmanlike and unnecessary move at the time.
Both Northview coach Chad Davenport and North’s Jason Galt downplayed the fake punt after the game, saying it was no big deal. Davenport said the Titans’ coaching staff didn’t call for a fake; Biondich saw a hole in the Raiders’ punt coverage. Galt lamented that he hadn’t done enough to prepare for Northview’s rugby-style punting and that several defenders did not watch for a fake.
“I hope they weren’t mad about it, because we weren’t going to try to go down and score,” Davenport said after the game. “We just wanted to run the clock out, and we had all of our backups in.”
MILLER MR. 3RD DOWN: North Forsyth wide receiver Colton Miller made three catches in Friday’s loss for a total of 36 yards. All three of his receptions came on 3rd-and-long plays. North quarterback Jacob Bailey found Miller for a 15-yard gain on 3rd-and-14 and for 11 yards on 3rd-and-10 later in that drive—the Raiders’ longest of the night. Bailey also hit Miller for a 10-yard reception on 3rd-and-8 in the third quarter. Think he has a favorite target?
WAR EAGLES IN PLAYOFF POSITION: It’s early yet, but through two games of the region schedule, South is the only Forsyth County team that would qualify for state out of Region 6-AAAAAA if the playoffs started today. Northview, Alpharetta and South are the three teams sitting at 2-0. Centennial, Chattahoochee, Lambert and West are 1-1.
South and West have big chances this Friday to move up in the region standings, as the War Eagles take on winless North at home and the Wolverines travel to 0-3 Habersham Central. Lambert’s late collapse last Friday at Centennial could loom large; the Longhorns host undefeated Alpharetta this Friday. Alpharetta again look like favorite 1A or 1B for the region crown.
NORTH, SOUTH MEET AGAIN: When North and South met on the final Friday of the regular season at Raider Valley last November, a state playoff berth was on the line. North quarterback Cody Gottberg threw for a school-record 300 yards and two touchdowns; South drove deep in to Raider territory on the final drive of the game before North made a game-saving tackle at their own 5 as time expired.
This time around, the schools at opposite ends of Forsyth County are in opposite positions. The Raiders desperately need a win to stay afloat in Region 6-AAAAAA. South would love a 3-0 start to region play before the War Eagles play Northview, West Forsyth and Alpharetta in the span of three weeks from Oct. 10-24.
McCARTHY PUSHING PALADINS: Pinecrest quarterback Ryan McCarthy outgained Walker by himself in Friday’s 42-14 win. The sophomore rushed for three touchdowns in the second quarter alone and totaled 212 yards on the ground, a school record. Walker finished with just 210 total yards.
The Paladins are 2-0 for the first time in school history. Todd Winter’s team makes the 89.9-mile trek to Trion High School this Friday for a cross-division Region 6-A game against the 3-0 Bulldogs.