CUMMING, Ga. After averaging 33 points through their first four games, the Alpharetta Raiders turned to their defense last Friday night.
The Raiders scored their first shutout of the season, winning 21-0 at South Forsyth. The Raiders forced five turnovers to break open a close first half. The defense more than made up for some squandered opportunities by the Alpharetta offense.
"The defense played well," Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said. "We shut down the run and tackled much better."
The Raiders' task was made easier when South Forsyth's quarterback left the game with an injury in the opening period. Dukes cited defensive linemen Andrew Butcher and Naim Mustafaa and linebacker Bryce Knauss, as well as the team's secondary for keying the defensive effort.
Alpharetta recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes.
The Alpharetta offense was limited to under 300 yards, with the War Eagles sacking Raiders' quarterback Joshua Dobbs six times. Dobbs completed 19 of 32 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for two scores.
Dobbs passed to Daniel Clements for 39 yards and a touchdown for the only score of the first half. Clements had seven receptions for 136 yards. Dobbs scored on runs of 41 and 36 yards in the second half, with the latter score following an Alpharetta fumble recovery.
The Raiders are 1-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA and 2-3 overall. South Forsyth is 0-2 and 3-2. All eight region teams are off this week.