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North Georgia home-schooled football team gets season started right
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North Georgias Matthew Howard (38) defends the line, helping the team win their home opener against Fulton Leadership Academy 31-0 last Friday. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

The North Georgia Falcons kicked off the 2013 season with a win 31-0 win against Fulton Leadership Academy in their home opener last Friday.

After taking a 3-0 in the first quarter, the Falcons (1-0) broke open the game with two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 17-0 lead and never looked back.

The Falcons (1-0) rushed for 189 yards, led by junior Tevon Valdez who had 101 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries. Austin Rothenberger added 66 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, while junior Matt Howard caught a touchdown pass.

"We certainly started off the season well with the big win," North Georgia coach Roger McDaniel said.

North Georgia looks forward to a strong season after winning the 2012 GFC West Division, finishing with a 7-4  record. The Falcons entered the season ranked No. 12 in the nation by MaxPreps.com among home school teams.

"Hopefully we will be invited to compete in the national tournament again this year," McDaniel said.

The Falcons varsity schedule includes 10 games running through Oct. 25, and their home games are at Jasper Stadium in Pickens County at 7:30 p.m.

The Falcons organization offers high school and middle school football to private school and homeschooled boys in an eight-county north Georgia area, including Fulton, Cherokee, Forsyth, Pickens, Gilmer, Dawson, Bartow, and Hall.  They compete in the Glory for Christ (GFC) football league in the Atlanta area.