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Friday Night Stars: Pinecrest Academy's McCarthy helps upset defending state champs
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Pinecrest Academy quarterback Ryan McCarthy ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns Friday to defeat No. 1-ranked Mount Paran. - photo by Bill Brown

Here is a list of some of the best performances by Forsyth County high school football players this past Friday:

THE BEST THREE

Sports editor Brian Paglia picks the best three performances from this past Friday.

Shaun Diebel, Forsyth Central: The senior running back rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 48-yard touchdown pass against Woodland-Cartersville.

Ryan McCarthy, Pinecrest Academy: The junior quarterback rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and made 12 tackles on defense against Mount Paran.

Davis Shanley, South Forsyth: The junior quarterback completed 13 of 24 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns against Lambert.

THE REST

Michael Birozes, Pinecrest Academy: The sophomore running back rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on six carries against Mount Paran.

Ben Bresnahan, West Forsyth: The sophomore wide receiver caught six passes for 66 yards against Johns Creek.

Taylor Brinkerhoff, Lambert: The junior defensive end had four tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack against South Forsyth.

Stone Brown, Pinecrest Academy: The freshman defensive lineman had two tackles, three tackles for loss and recovered a fumble against Mount Paran.

Ronnie Chambliss, South Forsyth: The senior wide receiver caught two passes for 82 yards and a touchdown against Lambert.

Marcus Chatelain, Lambert: The sophomore defensive back had six tackles and one interception against South Forsyth.

Ryan Colangello, South Forsyth: The senior cornerback made two tackles, one pass defended and forced a fumble against Lambert.

Kyle Conner, Lambert: The senior linebacker had seven tackles and one interception against South Forsyth.

Clay Crocker, West Forsyth: The sophomore running back rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and caught one pass for 20 yards against Johns Creek.

Zach Griffin, North Forsyth: The senior defensive back had nine tackles and two interceptions against Alpharetta.

Justyn Jean-Felix, Lambert: The senior tight end/linebacker had 10 tackles and two tackles for loss on defense and caught one pass for 18 yards against South Forsyth.

Kiernen Hamilton, West Forsyth: The junior quarterback completed 18 of 29 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns against Johns Creek.

Simon Holcolmb, North Forsyth: The junior running back rushed for 27 yards on one carry and caught a 46-yard touchdown pass against Alpharetta.

Jack Heustess, Lambert: The senior offensive lineman graded out at 85 percent and made three pancake blocks against South Forsyth.

Will Kohlins, Lambert: The sophomore running back rushed for 116 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries against South Forsyth.

Zane Martin, South Forsyth: The senior offensive lineman graded out at 95 percent and made two pancake blocks against Lambert.

Tyler McLellan, South Forsyth: The junior offensive lineman graded out at 90 percent and made 10 pancake blocks against Lambert.

Julian Mingo, South Forsyth: The junior linebacker made three tackles and two tackles for loss against Lambert.

Dylan Nissley, South Forsyth: The junior offensive lineman graded out at 85 percent and made three pancake blocks against Lambert.

Sam Outlaw, South Forsyth: The senior running back rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries against Lambert.

Will Patota, Pinecrest Academy: The sophomore linebacker had six tackles and two tackles for loss against Mount Paran.

David Plante, Lambert: The senior defensive lineman had three tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack against South Forsyth.

Austin Reid, West Forsyth: The senior wide receiver caught seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown against Johns Creek.

Jeffrey Rice, North Forsyth: The junior running back rushed for 73 yards on nine carries against Alpharetta.

Max Slott, South Forsyth: The junior linebacker made 12 tackles against Lambert.

Elijah Smith, South Forsyth: The senior cornerback had two passes defended against Lambert.

Cliff Snyder, Lambert: The senior offensive lineman graded out at 88 percent and made three pancake blocks against South Forsyth.

Grant Torgerson, West Forsyth: The junior running back rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and caught two passes for 17 yards against Johns Creek.

Grant Umberger, South Forsyth: The senior linebacker made four tackles and two sacks against Lambert.

Greg Varghese, Pinecrest Academy: The senior fullback rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against Mount Paran.

Garrison Winter, Pinecrest Academy: The junior offensive lineman graded out at 89 percent and made nine pancake blocks against Mount Paran.