Homecoming always feels better when your team wins, and the Alpharetta Raiders easy victory over the North Forsyth Raiders must have been all that much better.
Alpharetta won 55-21 in a game during which North Forsyth didn't do much to threaten the home team's lead.
Two fourth down plays, however, showed Alpharetta's defense can be overcome. One of the plays resulted in a more than 30-yard gain, while the other turned into a 40-yard touchdown pass play.
Alpharetta put together its own magic, scoring in two plays that took less than 20 seconds at the end of the game – a good thing as only 20.5 seconds remained on the clock at the time.
Tempers began to flare late in the game, with players from both teams getting into the wrong kind of face time with each other at the end of plays. But Alpharetta Coach Jason Dukes called a timeout and gathered his entire team at the sidelines for his own face time. Cooler heads prevailed for the young men the rest of the game.
Alpharetta is 3-3 on the season, and 2-1 in 6-AAAAAA play. The Raiders play the 4-2 (2-1) Chattahoochee Cougars on Oct. 19 in a game that's likely to have major consequences in league play.
North Forsyth also is 3-3, but trails in league play, 0-3. These Raiders face the daunting task of battling league-leading West Forsyth, 6-0 (3-0) for the Leatherhead Trophy on Oct. 19.