North Raiders Reign Victorious over Dalton Catamounts, 42-10

North fans gathered in Raider Valley on Friday, Sept. 3 to watch North’s varsity football team win against Dalton with a final score of 42-10. The student section’s theme was Gold Out, and Raider fans decked out in gold to support Youth Night. Wearing their own jerseys, football players and cheerleaders from the elementary and middle schools that feed into North Forsyth High School were invited to watch the Raiders play.


Senior Drew Aucoin, #10, scored a total of two touchdowns totaling 16 yards rushing and 120 yards passing. “I hope football helps me to grow into a better athlete and a better person throughout the year,” said Aucoin. 


Rushing into the endzone, junior Ashton Green, #19, scored a touchdown without a defender in sight. “When I first scored the touchdown, I thanked God for the opportunity and gave thanks to my grandpa who passed away three years ago Friday,” said Green. 


Gaining the extra point, senior Will Peltz, #4, kicked the ball held in place by Aucoin. 


Senior Patrick Corrigan, #7, ran into the endzone for two touchdowns. He ended up totaling 130 yards this game. “Last year, we missed out on playoffs as our season dipped towards the end. This year we want to stay improving game to game,” said Corrigan, “The feeling of winning is something special just because you know all the time you spent preparing and the hard work you put in pay[s] off with a W.”


Running back and linebacker Lake Heffington, #25, added another touchdown to the score. Heffington is a junior and totaled 76 yards. “I love scoring in Raider Valley. Nothing is better than hearing the fans yell and the announcer say your name. My celebration is kissing my right wrist that has my great grandmother’s name on it. She’s always been my rock for me,” said Heffington.


To start the game, the football team usually enters Raider Valley running onto the field through smoke. In this game, North held 13 flags to honor the 13 fallen soldiers in the attack on Kabul, Afghanistan. 


All in all, after only scoring six total points on Aug. 27 against Harris County in Hamilton, North turned their offense around scoring six touchdowns during their game on Sept. 3. North’s win to loss ratio is currently 2-1. Their winning percentage is 0.667.