North Forsyth wins with big stops on defense
One of the biggest plays during North Forsyth's win against Gainesville came late in the second half. Gainesville had just scored its first points all night, turning 21-0 deficit into a two-score game, and was knocking on North's door yet again.
But on fourth-and-goal, North linebacker Jack Tucker stepped up and made a tackle inside the 5-yard line to stymie the Red Elephants and return possession to the Raiders.
It was a big stop for North because of the situation, but it was also indicative of the sort of game the Raiders' defense played against a Gainesville team that rushed for more than 300 yards in its opener against Mary Persons, the No. 9 team in Class 4A.
North also had a pair of interceptions in the game, courtesy of cornerback Jumel Lewis.
North won the battle up front on offense too, as the Raiders had four players tally at least eight carries, with junior Jared Lucero carrying the ball 18 times for 72 yards and a touchdown.
South Forsyth has some difficult decisions to make
Jeff Arnette continued to rotate quarterbacks Friday, with senior Joe Slott and sophomore Kyle Durham taking snaps against Blessed Trinity.
Slott was nearly perfect in South's opener against Sprayberry, going 10 of 11 with 152 yards, but wasn't as effective against Blessed Trinity, completing just 8 of 17 passes for 64 yards with two interceptions.
Instead, much of the second half belonged to Durham, who threw two interceptions against Sprayberry but rebounded to finish 19-for-27 passing with 314 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Durham also scored once on the ground and ran in a pair of two-point conversions.
Arnette knows he has a pair of capable quarterbacks, and he was clear after the game when he said both quarterbacks will continue to play a lot.
And with talented wide receivers such as Colby Cruz, Devin McGlockton and Cameron Schurr, South should score plenty of points no matter who is at quarterback.
The hype surrounding Denmark is for real
Sure, it was just Cherokee Bluff, but Denmark is already turning that preseason hype into on-the-field results.
The Danes scored a whopping 27 points in the first quarter of Friday's 41-0 blowout and took a 34-0 lead into halftime.
Senior quarterback Aaron McLaughlin was as good as advertised, accounting for three of those touchdowns, and wide receiver ZeVian Capers and running back Jordan Brunson looked crisp.
Forsyth Central and Dawson County will surely test Denmark, but that Oct. 11 game against two-time state champion Blessed Trinity must be circled on the Danes' calendar.