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Football: What we learned after Week 5
Blake Whitfield
West Forsyth quarterback Blake Whitfield, right, runs past a Peachtree Ridge defender Friday during a 27-10 win. Photo by Jay Rooney

Jared Lucero is difficult to bring down

You can bet Kennesaw Mountain is tired of hearing the name Jared Lucero.

North Forsyth’s bruising running back carried the ball 19 times for 231 yards and a touchdown Friday in a 35-3 win against Kennesaw Mountain, adding two catches for 18 yards.

Lucero, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior, had his best performance of the season in a game where the Raiders’ offense went without standout wide receiver Nicky Dalmolin for the second half.

It was in the second half that Lucero peeled off some of his best runs.

On one play, Lucero took the handoff from quarterback Brady Meitz and darted up the middle, running through three arm tackles before laying the boom on a Kennesaw Mountain defender, spinning him 180 degrees as he fell to the ground.

Senior August Watkins chipped in 76 yards and a score on 13 carries, while fellow senior Anthony Herock caught four passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.

If Dalmolin can use these three weeks before region play to get completely healthy, North Forsyth could make some noise in Region 5-7A.

Pinecrest Academy has a new playmaker on defense

Welcome to Georgia, Nikitas Missos.

Missos, whose family moved earlier this year from Ohio, had three interceptions Friday in a 27-0 loss to Whitefield Academy, his first game for the Paladins.

“(Missos) kept telling me he could play ball, so I told him to come out,” Pinecrest coach Terance Mathis said after the game. “Two days later, he’s in a walk-through, then tonight he has three interceptions. He didn’t even practice, and I think that’s a testament of him and it’s phenomenal.”

Missos’ performance wasn’t enough to give Pinecrest its first win of the season, but adding an extra player in the middle of the year can do nothing but help a Paladins squad that had just 28 players on opening night.

And adding a player who can step in and contribute immediately the way Missos did against Whitefield should help Pinecrest snag that first win. 

Blake Whitfield is stepping up

Blake Whitfield seems to be rounding into form, as West Forsyth’s senior quarterback played his best game of the year Friday in a 27-10 win against Peachtree Ridge.

Whitfield completed 15 of 28 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, finding senior Casey Cowart for both scores. He also led the Wolverines on the ground, carrying the ball five times for 44 yards.

Whitfield totaled more yards against Peachtree Ridge than he had in West’s first two games of the season.

Friday’s performance was a marked improvement for Whitfield, who was 6-for-14 passing for 29 yards and a touchdown last year against Peachtree Ridge.

Whitfield opened the scoring in the first quarter when he found Cowart on a 54-yard touchdown pass.

“Our connection over time has grown tremendously,” Cowart said after the game. “The safety bit on the play and from there on, we just kept on chugging. Our offensive line did a great job.”

The two will have to be at their best this week when the Wolverines host McCallie, one of the top teams in Tennessee.

Helmet stickers:

Jared Lucero, RB, (North Forsyth): 19 carries, 231 yards, TD; 2 catches, 18 yards

Ze'Vian Capers, WR, (Denmark): 9 catches, 282 yards, 2 TDs

Anthony Herock, TE/DE (North Forsyth): 4 catches, 97 yards, TD; 1 tackle, 1 sack

Mitch Weber, LB, (Forsyth Central): 3 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 TDs

Harrison Halder, LB, (Denmark): 12 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack

Nikitas Missos, DB, (Pinecrest Academy): 3 interceptions

Bronson Landreth, QB, (Forsyth Central): 4-5, 53 yards, 1 TD; 8 carries, 77 yards, TD

Blake Whitfield, QB, (West Forsyth): 15-28, 204 yards, 2 TDs; 5 carries, 44 yards

Hudson Posey, LB, (West Forsyth): 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 pass deflection