CUMMING – There have been a lot of close games in the North Forsyth – Lambert rivalry, but the Raiders (5-2, 2-0) had never been able to put the Longhorns away. After the first quarter on Friday night, it appeared that the Lambert will continue that tradition. That is until the Raiders rallied with 35 consecutive points in the second and third quarters and take the 45-21 victory.
The rally was led by 404 Ben Bales’ passing yards and Bryson Trigg’s 232 rushing yards for North. Cedric Touchstone and Tristan Howard went over 100 yards receiving with 161 and 105, respectfully, as Charlie Aiken reeled another 97 receiving yards.
The ‘Horns built a 14-7 lead in the first quarter, initially off a Lam 35 yard reception and a 57 yard run with a North 80 yard score from Trigg.
The Raiders then rolled off five consecutive touchdowns, three in the second quarter to double up the horns 28-14 at the half. The quarter saw Aiken race 48 yards on a Bales touchdown pass, followed by Trigg’s second score of the night for 66 yards. North tacked on the final first half score with 25-seconds on the clock and Touchstone catching the first of his three TD receptions.
Bales and Touchstone connected two more times in the third quarter with a 66 and 23 yard scoring reception to build the 42-14 lead. Arthur Boyzo hit all six PATs, and then added a 27 yard field goal in the fourth quarter after Lambert’s Lam scored on a one yard run in the third.
North hosts South Forsyth in their next Region 5-7A contest.
In other Forsyth County football action…
West Forsyth 38, Forsyth Central 19. Ben Bresnahan rushed for a pair of touchdowns, threw for a third as West Forsyth raced out to a 31-0 lead over the Bulldogs. The Wolverine defense and special teams played key in the win.
South Forsyth 21, Milton 13. South rallied in a tight battle to take a 21-7 lead at the half behind two rushing touchdowns from Jared Honey and another from Cal Morris. Milton cut the difference to 8 points with a third quarter score, but could not rally despite shutting out South in the second half.