SUWANEE - Friday night was the 50th homecoming in the history of North Gwinnett football and the Bulldogs celebrated in a big way.
Led by four touchdowns from Tyler Jarry, the sixth-ranked Bulldogs topped Region 7-AAAAA foe Forsyth Central 43-18 to run their record to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the region.
Forsyth Central, which was coming off a bye week, fell to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in region play.
Despite putting up big numbers on the scoreboard, North made more than its fair share of errors, a fact that head coach Bob Sphire did not overlook.
"I told the kids you measure the level of satisfaction based on the quality of your execution and not the number of points you put on the board," Sphire said. "We had an opponent that came out and played hard tonight and this is the second year in a row we had not played our A-game. I thought I had addressed that issue all week long and I can assure you, it's going to get fixed."
Penalties were one of the problems that plagued North as the Bulldogs were flagged 11 times for 90 yards. One of those penalties cost North a TD while two others committed on defense extended Forsyth Central drives.
Even though Sphire's team didn't play as crisply as he would have liked, North still jumped on top with 19 points in the first quarter.
Thirteen of those points resulted from two Forsyth fumbles, both of which were recovered by Zach Humphrey. Jarry scored all three TDs in the period, the first on a 13-yard pass from Michael Tamburo while adding scoring runs of two and eight yards on North's next two drives.
North, however, did have problems executing PATs when a bad snap botched the attempt after Jarry's second TD and a two-point conversion failed after Jarry's third score.
Forsyth Central did manage to keep close with a TD of its own, coming on a 2-yard plunge by Drake Clepper, and North led 19-6 heading into the second quarter.
Jarry extended that lead with his fourth TD of the night with just 13 seconds left before halftime, this time scoring on a nice 15-yard run around the right end. Jarry led the team in rushing with 80 yards on seven carries and three TDs while catching three passes for 20 yards and another score.
Tamburo also finished with a solid night, completing 22 of 27 passes for 207 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. Tamburo spread the ball around nicely, completing passes to eight different receivers.
Jarry caught Tamburo's first TD pass, a 13-yard play in the first quarter while his last pass of the night went to Jay Favaro for 18 yards with 8:15 left in the game.
Tamburo also added a 30-yard TD run in the third quarter on a quarterback draw to put North up 33-6 but Forsyth Central fought back and cut the margin to 33-12 on a 2-yard TD dive by Dustin Canon, a scoring drive that was set up when Forsyth executed a fake punt for a 58-yard gain to set up a first-and-goal at the North 3.
Canon added his second TD of the night early in the fourth on a 20-yard pass from Cody Majors to bring Forsyth Central within two possessions at 33-18. Majors finished his night with 118 yards on 7 of 20 passing with one TD.
North: Tyler Jarry 13 pass from Michael Tamburo (Kyle Micek kick) 6:58
Forsyth: Drake Clepper 2 run (kick failed) 3:29
North: Jarry 2 run (run failed) 2:21
North: Jarry 8 run (pass failed) :14
North: Jarry 15 run (Micek kick) :13
North: Tamburo 30 run (Micek kick) 7:51
Forsyth: Dustin Canon 2 run (pass failed) 4:59
Forsyth: Canon 20 pass from Cody Majors (pass failed) 11:15
North: Jay Favaro 18 pass from Tamburo (Micek kick) 8:05
North: Micek 44 FG, 4:56