West Forsyth Defeats North Forsyth In A Nail Biter

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North Forsyth Raiders @ West Forsyth Wolverines

 

We got a beautiful feel for football weather as temperatures dropped in the 60s for this big-time rivalry between the North Forsyth Raiders and the West Forsyth Wolverines. In what was a hard-fought game, the difference was a 17-point 2nd quarter from the Wolverines as they held on to knock off their cross-county rivals, 17-14. So. QB Max Walraven played like a Saturday signal caller in the second quarter, an effort that was topped off with a big 33-yard touchdown pass to Colt Muschara right before the half, giving the Wolverines a 10-point lead. Both defenses showed up Friday night as neither team was able to eclipse the 300-yard mark.

Game Recap

Q1

The first quarter was highlighted by a Raiders defense that showed up big time. West Forsyth had two possessions in the quarter (their third started right before Q2) and had two three and outs totaling five yards. The North Forsyth offense looked much different; their opening drive started with a false start but ended with a big 60-yard touchdown pass from QB Elijah Seaney to WR Brady Holbrook. After the defense forced the second three out, the Raiders offense found themselves starting at the 50. After a slow start to the drive, Seaney would connect with WR Walker Roberts for a crucial 18-yard pick up on 3rd and 9. Unfortunately, the drive stalled thanks to a big sack from the Wolverines defense and K Caden Macias missed a 38-yard field goal.

Q2

In what seemed to be a commanding start for the Raiders their failed opportunity to take a two-possession lead seemed to prove quite costly. The Wolverines would take over on their own 20 and Walraven started the drive with a big 45-yard pass that would see West Forsyth on their opponent’s side of the field for the first time in this one. The Wolverines would continue to drive, getting inside in the 10, but the Raiders took back some momentum with a great goal line stand forcing the Wolverines to kick a field goal. However, the bad luck would pick back up for the Raiders. They returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, but it was called back for holding; a holding that was well away from the play. Now pinned deep in their own territory, the Raiders did give themselves some breathing room before Seaney fumbled the ball away giving West Forsyth incredible field position. Walraven would take off for an 11-yard gain and then connected on a screen play that would bring his team to the Raiders 2-yard line where RB Foster Orris would punch it in giving West Forsyth a 10-7 lead. North Forsyth would go three and out giving West Forsyth the ball back with time for another score. The drive started on their own 16-yard line, but Walraven would get to work. The young QB would connect with one of his receivers bringing the ball to the West Forsyth 48 and a horse collar penalty would push the ball 15-yards further down the field to the North Forsyth 38. Three plays later Walraven showed off his arm by connecting with Muschara for a big 33-yard touchdown, giving the Wolverines a 17-7 lead as the teams went to the locker rooms.

Q3

The third quarter was rather sloppy for both teams. North Forsyth would have two three and outs while West Forsyth would turn the ball over twice and miss a big field goal to stretch the lead. The Raiders failed to capitalize on either of the Wolverine turnovers.

Q4

The last quarter was a different story. The Raiders sideline woke up after the missed field goal as the momentum swung to their side. They had their best drive of the game that was capped off by a 15-yard run from So. RB Darron Perry as the Raiders found themselves only down three. West Forsyth was still in the driver’s seat as time was winding down. The Wolverines just needed to protect the football and take as much time off the clock as possible, however, after driving into Raider territory, they would fumble the ball back to North Forsyth giving the Raiders a chance to force OT or win the game. Unfortunately, the possession change would be the last thing Raiders fans got to cheer about as their offense did nothing with the gifted chance, turning the ball over on downs and the Wolverines were able to run out the rest of the clock. West Forsyth would hold on for the win, 17-14.

Team Notes

Neither Maxpreps nor Hudl had individual stats posted for West Forsyth at the time of this article, but remember the name Max Walraven, in a few years he could be suited up for your team on Saturdays.

The Raiders offense showed glimpses of hope throughout the game, but never found their stride consistently. This team will be dangerous in their region. Seaney finished the game 10/17 for 108 yards and a touchdown. Perry would finish with 86 yards and a big touchdown in the fourth. WR Brady Holbrook would lead the Raiders receiver room with 61 yards and a touchdown on three catches.

Player of the Game:

West Forsyth- QB Max Walraven

North Forsyth- RB Darron Perry: 17 car, 86 yards, TD, 5.1 YPC

Looking Ahead

The 2-1 Wolverines will travel to Milton to take on the 2-1 Cambridge Bears while the Raiders will look to rebound as they host the 2-1 Creekview Grizzlies.

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