Alpharetta Raiders set school rushing record, score 2 defensive TDs in big win




CUMMING, Ga. – Alpharetta set a school record for yards gained rushing, controlled North Forsyth’s running game and defensive back Jay Youngblood scored two touchdowns, as the Raiders rolled to a 45-6 victory last Friday night, Oct. 11.

The Raiders outscored North Forsyth 35-0 in the second half to remain on top in Region 6-AAAAAA (3-0, 4-2 overall).

Alpharetta limited the home team to 128 yards rushing, and forced five turnovers by North Forsyth (1-2, 4-2), two of which Youngblood returned for touchdowns.

The Raiders sported a balanced attack, achieving the rare feat (for them) of having more yards rushing (246) than passing (182). Lem Cobbs (17 carries, 113 yards) and Miles Smith (8-82) led Alpharetta’s ground game, with Smith scoring on a 25-yard run and Alex Turner adding a 17-yard TD, both in the fourth quarter.

On both drives that ended in scoring runs, the Raiders marched down the field without throwing a pass, going 97 yards before Smith’s touchdown. Elijah Burnette, the team’s “running” quarterback, keyed the last drive with three carries for 41 yards.

“We found some success running the football and kept doing it,” Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said. “And our defense did a fantastic job. We did a good job limiting what they do in the running game, and we forced some turnovers at crucial times.”

North Forsyth successfully executed an onside kick to start the game, but the Alpharetta defense forced a three-and-out. The Raiders gave the ball right back on an interception, but the defense stopped North Forsyth at the goal line, forcing a fumble on fourth-and-goal from the 2.

Austin King completed 16 of 23 passes for 182 yards and two scores for the Raiders. His 22-yard pass to Rustin Sutter produced the game’s first points, with Alpharetta leading 10-6 at the half following a Thomas Waller field goal.

Youngblood returned a North Forsyth fumble 20 yards for a TD to start the third quarter, and added a 23-yard interception return for the second of three Alpharetta touchdowns in the final period. King passed to Andre Harton for 39 yards to give the Raiders a 24-6 lead in the third quarter.

Linebacker Bryce Grauss led the Alpharetta defense with five solo tackles and 13 assists.

The Raiders play Friday at Chattahoochee (1-2, 3-3).

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