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North Forsyth 28, Duluth 7

DULUTH - Duluth was unable to stop the strong ground game of North Forsyth in each team's region opener as the Wildcats lost 28-7 on Friday.

The Raiders racked up 277 yards of rushing led by Tyler Slaton, who had 109 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns. His last TD came on a 45-yard run that put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter when Duluth (1-2, 0-1 region 7-AAAAA) turned the ball over on downs while trying to drive and pull within one score.

Duluth head coach Gary McDonald was not pleased with the effort of his defense.

"We didn't play assignment football. We didn't play very disciplined football. They did and we didn't," McDonald said.

The Wildcats looked like momentum was swinging their way in the second quarter when North Forsyth appeared to fumble.

Duluth picked up the ball and would have returned it for a score, but the play was called dead because the ball carrier's knee was down. Duluth stopped the drive and forced a punt but was unable to move the ball after taking over at its own 20.

Duluth came out for the second half down 14-0 and marched down the field led by quarterback Alex Fragoso, who was 5 of 5 for 70 yards on the drive that was capped off by a four-yard TD run by Anfronee Stewart. But the Wildcats were unable to stop the Raiders (3-0, 1-0 region 7-AAAAA) on the next possession and went down by 14 again when Slaton scored his second TD with 3:40 to play in the third quarter.

Fragoso ended the night 16-for-22 and 141 yards.

"We couldn't stop them and we had to try to do some things offensively we shouldn't have done. We wore down because we didn't stop them. We don't have anybody playing both ways so that shouldn't happen." said McDonald.

North Forsyth only attempted two passes the entire game and completed one. Steven Slaton had 93 yards on 15 carries and one TD for the Raiders.