FOX8′s Guilford Tech Titan Touchdown of the Night for August 30 comes from the North Forsyth vs. Mt. Tabor game.
Mount Tabor’s depth, size and experience were too much for North Forsyth on Friday night in a 38-13 nonconference victory.
The visiting Spartans got a sharp performance from senior quarterback Rae Brown, 216 rushing yards from a squadron of running backs and had a big game on defense, limiting North’s offense to 152 total yards.
North, in spite of only around 30 players dressed out, hit and scrapped with the Spartans until the end, but couldn’t keep from losing its seventh straight game in the series.
“Every year when we play them they are going to scrap,” Coach Laymarr Marshall said. “They were undersized and they didn’t suit up many guys. We knew they would scrap. It was a win and we’ll take a win even though it was ugly at times, but you have to credit North Forsyth for making it ugly. We are 2-0, and that’s where we wanted to be.”
Brown, operating mostly a short passing game, completed 14 of 19 for 185 yards, but he also hit a couple of big strikes — completions of 41 yards to Rayshawn Cobbins and 40 yards to his brother, Trae Brown.
Coy Parker’s 13-yard touchdown run and Isiah Jones’ 11-yard touchdown run helped stake the Spartans to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but all wasn’t good for the Spartans, who fumbled four times and lost two of them.
The first one came late in the first quarter when North stripped the ball from running back James Antoine and recovered at the Mount Tabor 24. On second down, quarterback Brandon Travis completed a 22-yard touchdown pass to Derek Williams, whose diving catch helped the Vikings close the gap to 14-7.
But Mount Tabor pulled away. Rae Brown connected with Divine Deablo on a 19-yard touchdown pass and Greg Gentry tacked on a 33-yard field goal for a 24-7 halftime lead.
North’s defense came up with another big play early in the third quarter when Todd O’Leary came off the right edge and sacked Brown, knocking the ball loose in the process. Dakweon Johnson scooped up the fumble and went 81 yards untouched for a score, and the Vikings closed to 24-13.
But the Spartans responded with quickly, scoring on a 4-yard run by Antoine — who finished with 82 yards on 11 carries — and a 2-yard run from Jones.
“It’s Rae’s second full year in the system as a starter and we have some spurtability, so to speak, to use a term from basketball,” Marshall said. “With Deablo, Coy Parker, Trea Brown and all our running backs run real hard. We just need to get more consistent with our execution up front and on the perimeter.”
North struggled to run the ball, gaining 25 yards on 24 carries. But Coach Pete Gilchrist of North said his team is moving in the right direction.
“I thought the kids fought hard,” Gilchrist said. “I really thought we were going to play well defensively but they have a couple of playmakers and in certain situations, they made plays that we didn’t make. We have to get to the point where we make those plays. We got them in a few fourth downs and if I can keep a team like that going four downs, we are going to have a pretty good defense.
“I think right now we are in a good situation if we stay healthy and a get a few more in here, we will be a pretty good team in a couple of weeks.”