Two double-overtime games and a one-point thriller helped kick off region play in Forsyth County on Friday. Here's what we learned after Week 8.
1. North Forsyth/Forsyth Central was as close as we imagined
Friday's game between North Forsyth and Forsyth Central marked the closest game in series history, as the Raiders escaped Bulldog Stadium with a 29-28 win.
It took two overtimes to separate these two teams that figure to finish the season toward the top of Region 5-7A.
A roll of the dice by North Forsyth head coach Robert Craft made the difference, as sophomore running back Patrick Corrigan barreled into the end zone for the game-winning two-point conversion. Corrigan scored a touchdown a few minutes prior give the Raiders a chance to kick the PAT and tie the game, but a penalty on Forsyth Central inched North closer to the goal line, and Corrigan took advantage with the conversion.
The two teams played each other close last year, too, with Central winning 24-20.
2. Denmark can hang, but still has work to do
Entering region play, the question surrounding Denmark was how would the Danes fare against the established giants of Region 7-4A, such as Blessed Trinity, Flowery Branch and Marist.
The answer after one game? Pretty well. At least certainly better than Denmark's 47-6 loss to Blessed Trinity in 2018.
Denmark lost to the Titans in heartbreaking fashion, giving up a 10-yard score with 35 seconds left before watching kicker Parker Hannon's 50-yard field goal attempt get blocked.
Though it was Denmark's first loss of the season, the Danes can't afford many more.
They'll get another chance this week to prove their worth against Marist, which is 7-0 and looking every bit like the top team in Class 4A.
3. South Forsyth can turn around a game in an instant
It happened in a flash. After Lambert kicker Max Chapa Ponce brought the Longhorns within five points with a 29-yard field goal, South Forsyth needed just a few minutes to permanently change the course of the game.
Running back Tre Green responded with an 8-yard touchdown — one of three from Green. Keegan Toner forced a fumble, Joe Slott found Cameron Schurr for a touchdown, Allan Reyes forced another fumble, then Slott hooked up with Devin McGlockton for another score that made it 34-10.
South's quick-strike offense, paired with a defense with a penchant for turnovers, made the War Eagles too much for Lambert to handle in a 42-17 win.
South has scored at least 31 points in all but one game this season, the only exception being a 42-19 loss to Hillgrove.
Patrick Corrigan, RB/LB, (North Forsyth): 7 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QB hurry; 7 carries, 8 yards, 1 TD, scored game-winning two-point conversion
Miles Hartsfield, DB, (North Forsyth): 3 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 pass break-ups, 1 blocked punt
Tucker Hartsfield, WR, (North Forsyth): 3 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD
Mitch Weber, LB/DE, (Forsyth Central): 9-yard interception return for TD
Solomon Gates, RB, (Forsyth Central): 7 rushes, 63 yards, 1 TD; 1 catch, 29 yards
Casey Cowart, WR, (West Forsyth): 8 catches, 111 yards, 1 TD; 5 tackles
Dalton Tjong, DB, (West Forsyth): 10 tackles, 1 interception
Tre Green, RB, (South Forsyth): 21 carries, 163 yards, 3 TDs
Taft Hilton, DL, (South Forsyth): 5 total tackles — all solo — 2 sacks, 1 QB hurry, 1 forced fumble
Peyton Rich, QB, (Lambert): 16-for-27 passing, 272 yards, 2 TDs
Kojo Antwi, WR, (Lambert): 6 catches, 93 yards, 1 TD
Ze'Vian Capers, WR, (Denmark): 5 catches, 166 yards, 1 TD
Bryce Balthaser, QB, (Pinecrest): 8-for-13 passing, 117 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs; 89 yards rushing
Ethan Massey, DB/WR, (Pinecrest): 3 catches, 64 yards; 1 interception