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Football: West Forsyth falls to defending 2A champs Pace Academy
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Forsyth County News

West Forsyth lost their first home game of the year 20-10 on Friday night due to a cancellation at halftime against Pace Academy.

West (1-1) entered the game coming off a road win against Woodstock where they were held to only three points in the second half after scoring 21 first half points.

The Wolverines were up against a tough test in Pace Academy (1-0). Pace was coming off a 13-2 season that ended with a Class 2A state title. Pace returned three key pieces from their championship team: wide receiver Trey Blount and lineman Andrew Thomas are committed to the University of Georgia and running back Deon Jackson is committed to play at Duke.  

Yet West scored first after its defense forced a fumble while Pace was driving deep into Wolverines territory. Kiernen Hamilton found Zach Burns for a big 35-yard pickup to put the Wolverines into the red zone. After almost losing a fumble, West had to settle for a field goal.

Pace answered right back with a long drive of its own. Quarterback Gunnor Faulk found Jackson for a quick slant play that turned into a 24-yard gain that eventually set up a 25-yard field goal.

The sequential drive took only five plays to find the end zone. Faulk found Blount for a 26-yard gain and the next play hit Realus George for a 34-yard play. Faulk finished the drive off with an 8-yard touchdown run.

West immediately fumbled the ball back to Pace who added another field goal to go up 13-3.

“We have to do better on offense of protecting the ball and maintaining drives,” West head coach Adam Clack said. “We were moving the ball extremely effectively, but we gave it away.”

West began to find some momentum on offense with its final drive of the half. Hamilton found Bryce Jones for a 25-yard gain and again for a 13-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 13-10.

But West’s defense struggled to contain Faulk when he managed to get out of the pocket on broken plays. West would manage to get pressure, but Faulk would scramble around and this time he found Blount for a 39-yard touchdown catch.

The game was called at halftime due to lightning in the area giving Pace the 20-10 victory.

“It’s difficult because we didn’t get the chance to finish the game. We had a 48-minute game plan,” said Clack. “They had a bunch of talented players that they were going to ask them to play both ways. We looked to stress them in the first half and impose our ways in the second half.”