|YELLOW JACKETS||TEAM STAT COMPARISONS||BULLDOGS|
|48th||Current GHSA-AAAAA Rank (of 74)||68th|
|______________________||________ O F F E N S E ________||_____________________|
|290.1||Total Offense yards/game||260.0|
|201.3||Rushing Offense yards/game||193.7|
|88.8||Passing Offense yards/game||66.3|
|_____________________||________ D E F E N S E ________||_____________________|
|310.0||Total Defense yards allowed/game||347.7|
|191.0||Rushing Defense yards allowed/game||135.7|
|2.0||Rushing TDs allowed/game||1.0|
|119.0||Passing Defense yards allowed/game||212.0|
|1.0||Passing TDs allowed/game||3.3|
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Tigers QB passes for 412 yards
By Jared Putnam Sports Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 15, 2012 3:39 a.m.
Fumbles hindered Dawson County’s offense in the first half against Forsyth Central. Those turnovers soon stopped, but Tigers quarterback Tyler Dominy was just getting started.
Dominy completed 23 of 29 passes for 412 yards and six touchdowns, leading Dawson to a 48-29 victory against Central on Friday at the Bulldogs’ field.
The 6-foot-4 senior quarterback connected with eight different receivers, including five different players for touchdowns, as the Tigers (3-1) won the scoring battle 34-14 after the Bulldogs (0-3) took a brief one-point lead in the second quarter.
"We know what we’ve got, but the rest of the state doesn’t know what he is or the nation," Tigers head coach Jeff Lee said of Dominy.
"You’ve got a kid that’s a Division I [caliber] quarterback that doesn’t even have an offer ... no offer from any school, and he’s probably one of the best quarterbacks in the state right now. He’s got 1,130 [passing yards] unofficially through four games."
Central led Dawson 15-14 midway through the second quarter and threatened to score again after recovering the Tigers’ second fumble. But on second and five from the Tigers’ 11, Central quarterback Michael Branigan (7 of 13, 116 yards, TD, 2 INT) was intercepted by Zach Guy, and the Tigers took over on offense at their own 34.
Dominy moved the Tigers into Central territory with a pair of completions to Keaton Toal, then connected on a 26-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Clark to put Dawson back on top 20-15 with 2:11 remaining before halftime.
Central drove into Dawson territory again with under a minute remaining in the first half, but this time Clark intercepted Branigan and took the ball all the way to the end zone before the score was negated due to a block in the back penalty at the 29. That only delayed Dawson from putting more points on the board, as Dominy hit Will Anglin over the middle for 33-yard touchdown with 18.1 seconds remaining to boost the lead to 27-15 going into halftime.
"One of the plays of the year was Bruce Clark’s interception," Lee said. "I know [the touchdown] got nullified, but that was an unbelievable play."
The Bulldogs lost their third turnover of the night on the seventh play of the second half, and Dawson turned it into seven more points on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Dominy to Mitchell Putnam that increased the lead to 34-15 and essentially iced the game.
Branigan (22 carries, 122 rushing yards, two touchdowns) put the ball in the end zone twice more for Central courtesy of a 15-yard run and a seven-yard run, but Dominy also led Dawson to 14 more points in between those scores.
Dominy’s most impressive play might have come on his fifth touchdown pass. He narrowly avoided being sacked while scrambling to the right sideline, then raced back to the left side of the field and found Colton Chester wide open in the left corner of the end zone for a 25-yard scoring play.
Receiver Chris Sayler did the bulk of the work on the Tigers’ final scoring play, catching the ball about 8 yards in front of the line of scrimmage before streaking another 63 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown. Sayler led the team with five catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
"[Tyler is] just a phenomenal player, we’ve got great receivers and the offense doesn’t stop," Lee said.
Dominy accounted for 79 of the Tigers’ 80 yards on the opening drive of the game, completing 3 of 6 passes, including a 40-yard bomb to Mitchell Putnam down to the Bulldogs’ 1-yard line. One play later, running back Zach Martin carried the ball in for a touchdown before 45 seconds had ticked off the game clock.
Martin carried the ball 11 times for 81 of the Tigers’ 121 rushing yards.
The Tigers blocked a Forsyth Central punt on the ensuing series and set up at the Bulldogs’ 29. Dominy was sacked on first down, but he responded with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Sayler on the next play to double the lead to 14-0 after the extra point.
"We came out fast in the no-huddle [offense]," Lee said. "Starting fast was big for us tonight."
Central responded with a four-play scoring drive made possible by a 48-yard touchdown pass from Branigan to receiver Jeremiah Jones (4 catches, 84 yards). Branigan then hit tight end Corey Vascocu with a pass for the two-point conversion.
The Tigers drove 62 yards on the next series but lost their first fumble at the Central 12.
Two Central possessions later, running back Shay Hollis (12 carries, 120 rushing yards) zigzagged back and forth across the field during an 81-yard gain that started at the Central 4 and ended up at the Dawson 15. Two plays later, Hollis carried the ball to the 1 before fumbling it into the end zone, where Central recovered for a touchdown. Anel Ramic’s extra point gave the Bulldogs their only lead of the night, 15-14.
Central finished with 306 rushing yards.
Dawson returns home to face North Hall on Friday while Central hosts Sprayberry.
South QB tallies 5 touchdowns in win
By Jared Putnam, Sports Editor, email@example.com
September 8, 2012 4:45 a.m.
"A dangerous football player."
That’s how Forsyth Central coach Chris Bennett described Jantzen Jeffrey, after the senior quarterback led South Forsyth to a 41-14 win against the Bulldogs Friday night at War Eagle Field.
Jeffrey created plenty of danger for Central’s defense in a short amount of time, throwing four touchdowns — three to receiver Jordan Arnett — and running for another before he and the rest of South’s starters exited the game midway through the third period with a 41-0 lead.
Jeffrey finished 7 of 10 for 157 passing yards and added 17 yards on the ground.
"When I’m confident in the line and they’re playing the way they are, things just slow down for me," Jeffrey said.
"I had a lot of time tonight to see back there and see the field and see the receivers. I credit that to the line and working all week and Jordan making plays."
South (2-0) put up almost 10 times as many yards as Central before halftime, as Jeffrey threw for 142 of the War Eagles’ 207 first-half yards while Central was held to just 21 — all on the ground.
Central’s offense struggled from the outset and gave South its first points of the night.
The Bulldogs (0-2) started their first drive on their own 23 but quickly found themselves facing fourth-and-22 from the 11. The snap attempt to punter Michael Branigan sailed out the back of the end zone for a safety on the next play, giving South a 2-0 lead with 7:22 to play.
The War Eagles returned the ensuing free kick to the South 36-yard line before Jeffrey marched the offense 64 yards on 11 plays, capping the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. Kicker Brandon McKee added the extra point to give the War Eagles a 9-0 lead with 2:41 remaining in the opening quarter.
"Jantzen is just playing out of his mind right now," South coach Jeff Arnette said.
"He’s just running the team, running the ball well and throwing ... the ball on the money. It’s starting with him, and I think our offensive line is doing a great job to give him the time to do the things he’s doing."
The War Eagles found themselves in third-and-seven from their own 14 yard line on their next series, but the poor field position was erased in one play as Jeffrey ran right, turned back left and hit running back Isaiah Williams (11 carries, 58 rushing yards; 2 receptions, 102 receiving yards, TD) on a screen pass that went for an 86-yard touchdown.
"Isaiah Williams ran the ball great tonight," Arnette said. "He looked great on several runs and on the middle screen. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon there."
South started its next two drives in Central territory and capitalized on both.
Jeffrey hit Arnett (3 receptions, 28 yards receiving, 3 TD) with an 11-yard touchdown pass with 2:23 remaining in the second quarter and — after the War Eagles recovered a Central fumble at the Bulldogs’ 38 — found him again on a three-yard strike with 10.7 seconds on the clock.
Jeffrey ran in a two-point conversion on the first scoring pass to Arnett, and McKee followed the second with an extra point that boosted South’s lead to 31-0.
"Their quarterback is the real deal," Bennett said, "and their offensive and defensive lines dominated us.
"When that happens, you’re going to have a hard time doing anything."
Central went three-and-out on its opening drive of the second half and South took over at the Bulldogs’ 44.
Jeffrey capped off a nine-play scoring drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Arnett in the right corner of the end zone, putting South ahead 38-0 with 5:00 remaining in the third quarter. That ended the day for most of South’s starters.
"It all goes back to the offseason," said Arnett (no relation to South coach Jeff Arnette).
"We spent Saturdays running I don’t know how many routes, and then in practice with coach [John] Garrish teaching us how to run the routes correctly."
South tacked on a 45-yard field goal by McKee later in the quarter and took a 41-0 lead into the fourth period.
Central got its first points of the night in the fourth quarter primarily behind the legs of Branigan, who broke off runs of 14, 17 and 18 yards during one drive, before Nathan Alvarado capped it off with a 12-yard touchdown run at the 7:55 mark.
Shay Hollis got Central in the end zone for a second time on a 35-yard scoring run with 3:40 remaining.
The War Eagles finished with 279 yards of offense while Central tallied 156.
South has now won its last eight meetings with Central. The Bulldogs last defeated the War Eagles on Oct. 13, 2000.
South travels to Cambridge on Friday to face the Bears, while Central returns home to face Dawson County.
North gets first victory against Central since 2005
By Bud Ellis, for the Forsyth County News, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 1, 2012 7:27 p.m.
With every pair of eyes at a jammed-pack Bulldogs Field focused on him, Vince Sciorrotta refused to look at the yellow goalposts 38 yards away.
Instead, the North Forsyth senior kicker said he remembered the mental checklist he goes through before every kick. The last item on that list?
"Keep your eyes down," he said.
Sciorrotta drilled a 38-yard field goal with 5:33 remaining, and the Raiders held their breath as Forsyth Central narrowly missed a 46-yard field goal with a minute left, giving North a thrilling 10-7 season-opening victory.
"We needed a victory," said North coach Blair Armstrong, who saw the Raiders go 1-9 last season in his first year at the helm. Mustering a slight smile, he added, "Now we’re even with last year."
The first meeting between the two county rivals since 2007 was a tight, tense affair through most of the humid night. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first half and missed chances to take the lead in the second half.
The tide turned for North (1-0) as the fourth quarter commenced. Behind the running of sophomore running back Jamal Davenport, the Raiders marched 36 yards to the Central 21. Davenport kept the drive alive by gaining three yards on fourth-and-3, and his 3-yard gain on third-and-3 gave North a first down at the Central 23.
Davenport rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries, 51 of those yards coming in the second half. He gained 28 yards on six carries during the 6-minute, 18-second drive.
"He’s a great, great kid," Armstrong said. "He’s earned a starting spot, and we look forward to him having a big year for us."
Sciorrotta spent the drive kicking balls into a net on the sidelines, knowing his leg might be needed to snap the tie. He admitted after the game he was nervous as he came onto the field, but he converted the field goal to put the Raiders ahead 10-7.
The Bulldogs (0-1) still had time, and they went to work. Junior quarterback Michael Branigan hit C.J. Cochran for a 30-yard gain on the first play of the drive, moving the Bulldogs to midfield. Branigan slipped through the North defensive line on fourth-and-4, giving Central a first down at the North 37 with 2:41 remaining.
Facing third-and-1 at the 28, North’s defense stuffed Central running back Nathan Alvarado at the line for no gain. Central kicker Anel Ramic came on for a 46-yard field goal that had plenty of distance, but sailed just wide of the left upright.
After the game, Central coach Chris Bennett and Ramic stood alone, Bennett offering reassuring words to his kicker.
"In the time I’ve been here, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a team play that hard for four quarters," Bennett said. "Playing a game like this will help our kids grow and mature."
The Bulldogs needed less than two minutes to score their first touchdown of 2012. Central took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards on five plays. Shay Hollis raced 12 yards off right tackle to give the Bulldogs a first down at the North 39.
Central then ran a perfectly executed halfback option pass, Cochran hitting Jeremiah Jones in stride at the goal line for a 39-yard touchdown. Ramic hit the extra point, and the Bulldogs led 7-0 with 10:02 left in the first half.
North answered early in the second quarter. Luke Slaton’s 21-yard punt return on the final play of the first quarter set up the Raiders at the Bulldogs’ 23. Two plays later, Davenport broke through the line of scrimmage and bulled his way 15 yards for a touchdown.
Sciorrotta added the extra point, tying the game at 7-7 with 11:09 to go before halftime.
Both teams had opportunities to break the tie late in the half. A 13-play drive on Central’s next possession brought the Bulldogs to the North 6, but a host of Raiders stopped Cochran on fourth-and-1 with 4:44 remaining in the half.
North quarterback Harris Roberts completed passes of 9 and 28 yards to Antonio Adame, and a 16-yard completion from Roberts to Bailey Mauldin gave the Raiders a first down at the Central 38. But on second-and-1 from the 29, North was called for intentional grounding and Roberts’ third-down pass fell incomplete.
Hollis led all rushers with 98 yards on 12 carries, 86 of those yards coming in the first half. Branigan completed all four of his passes for 44 yards, as the Bulldogs finished with 266 yards of total offense.
Roberts completed 5-of-11 passes for 69 yards. The Raiders finished with 13 first downs — eight in the second half — and 233 yards of total offense.
The victory was North’s first against the Bulldogs since 2005. The Raiders now lead the overall series 7-6 and snapped a two-game losing streak to Central.
When the game ended, the North players poured onto the field and celebrated a hard-fought victory they hope will carry over into Friday’s game against Dawson County.
"It feels great," Davenport said. "We’ve started things off on the right path. We’ve just got to keep the momentum going."
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