FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Football players from Forsyth County and North Fulton clashed again this year on Dec. 22.
With a 30-22 victory in the fourth annual North Fulton/Forsyth All-Star game at Lambert High School, the North team, made up of mostly Forsyth, Milton and Johns Creek players, ended a two-year drought of losing to the South team, made up of Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta and Sandy Springs players.
The winning team was made up of top performers from Forsyth public schools, Fulton County’s Milton, Johns Creek, North Atlanta and Northview high schools, as well as Pinecrest Academy, King’s Ridge, Mount Pisgah, St. Francis, Horizon Christian Academy and the North Georgia Falcons (a team made up of homeschooled students).
The event gives standout seniors from 22 different high school teams in North Fulton and Forsyth County a chance to compete one last time in front of family, friends and college scouts.
The win can be credited to South’s bevy of turnovers and offensive player of the game Mike Randle’s impressive performance for North finishing with 109 total yards and two touchdowns.
Randle, who is homeschooled, represents the North Georgia Falcons program that allows students to play in a private league.
“I wish he lived in Lambert’s neighborhood,” said Sid Maxwell, head coach of the North team and Lambert High School. “He is one true athlete. I didn’t know a whole lot about him, but on the first day of practice, once we saw him, we knew how special he was. You either are or you aren’t, and he definitely is.”
North took early lead
The North squad got on the scoreboard first, coming halfway through the first quarter following a 42-yard field goal made by kicker Vince Sciorrotta of North Forsyth High.
A couple minutes later, South responded and took their only lead of the game when quarterback Ryan Monty, of Roswell, punched in a one-yard keeper touchdown.
The South team led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the North team regained the lead when Randle scored one of his two touchdowns from two yards out.
The North team went up 10-7.
On the ensuing drive, Monty committed one of six turnovers, throwing an interception caught by Zach Laflamme of South Forsyth High.
Although the South team forced a fumble to get the ball back on the next drive, the North squad gained possession right back less than two minutes later when Jordan Arnett of South Forsyth forced South team quarterback Spencer McManes, of Blessed Trinity, to fumble.
That marked three turnovers combined from both teams in less than three minutes.
The North team capitalized on South’s next two turnovers, scoring touchdowns on both ensuing drives.
North managed to take a 24-7 lead before halftime.
The North squad extended their lead again when Skye Overton, of Johns Creek High, found Randle for a 34-yard touchdown catch. Overton threw for over 1,300 yards during the regular season.
Down 30-7, the South squad made a strong comeback in the final quarter.
The rally began when quarterback Chase Rosenberg, of Centennial High, scored a one-yard touchdown run.
A successful two-point conversion attempt and the score was 30-15 with 11 minutes left in the game.
Despite scoring another touchdown minutes later, the South team came up short.
For many of the players, it was their last football game.
“There’s some of these guys that are big time and they’re going on under the lights on Saturday, but some are just going to play at a NAIA, Division II, Division III school and have a fun experience, but most importantly get an education out of it,” said Eric Douglas, president of XL212, who organized the annual game. “If we can be a launching pad and help those kids with that, that’s what this is all about.”