Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
CUMMING - Duluth opened Region 7-AAAAA play Friday night at North Forsyth but failed to get its first win of the year, falling 24-8 to the Raiders.
Wildcats first-year head coach Gary McDonald was very displeased with his team's effort.
"It was probably the worst game we've played so far this year," said McDonald. "We need to get better every week and we didn't get better and didn't try to get better and that's my fault."
The Raiders (2-1, 1-0 region 7-AAAAA) opened the scoring on their first possession going 57 yards on six plays. Jory Walsh scored the first of his two TDs in the quarter from 33 yards out. His second came from two yards and was followed by a two-point conversion to make the score 15-0 with 1:14 to play in the opening quarter.
The Wildcats (0-3, 0-1 region 7-AAAAA) trailed 18-0 at halftime after Corey Reins connected on a 37-yard field goal with eight seconds to play in the half. The kick capped off a drive that started at the Raiders' 33 with only 1:44 on the clock.
North Forsyth had two rushers go over the 100-yard mark as Walsh had 111 yards on 12 carries and Tyler Slaton added 112 on 25 attempts and a late TD to put the Raiders up 24-0.
Duluth got in the end zone late when Alex Fragoso hit Cody Parkerson for a 31-yard strike.
North Forsyth head coach Jared Zito spoke about the success his team has had early this season.
"This is a credit to everything they have done since February," Zito said. "Our kids are really committed. They deserve everything they get."