CUMMING - North Gwinnett lived up to its billing as the No. 1 football team in Class AAAAA with a 35-7 whipping of host North Forsyth on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (9-0, 7-0 region) also got good news with the return of quarterback Michael Tamburo, who had been out with a concussion suffered two weeks ago.
Tamburo looked sharp, completing 11 of 13 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, and he only played the first half. Most of North Gwinnett's damage was done in the air, as backup quarterback Patrick Thompson also had a good night, connecting on 5 of 7 passes for 90 yards. He threw for 266 yards the previous week in Tamburo's absence.
The Bulldogs were led on the ground by senior running back Kirtley Dovel, who had a touchdown and 40 yards rushing on only two carries. Tight end Jay Favaro had three catches for 84 yards.
The host Raiders (1-7, 1-5) put up a good showing, led by quarterback Eli Chester, who completed eight passes for 121 yards and also scored the lone touchdown for the Raiders on a 1-yard keeper.
Jory Walsh was Chester's favorite target as he hauled in five passes for 58 yards. North Forsyth was led on the ground by Tyler Slaton, who ran 10 times for 70 yards.
NORTH GWINNETT 35
NORTH FORSYTH 7
North Gwinnett: Tyler Jarry 2 run (Kyle Micek kick) 4:01
North Gwinnett: Kirtley Dovel 2 run (Micek kick) 1:46
North Gwinnett: Dovel 14 pass from Michael Tamburo (Micek kick) 10:00
North Gwinnett: Jarry 15 run (Micek kick) 3:10
North Forsyth: Eli Chester 1 run (Eli Castleberry kick) 5:37
North Gwinnett: Chad Jarry 8 run (Micek kick) 3:57