EAST BEND - Rarely do kickers play the hero in a football game.
But Forbush all-conference kicker Alex Torres assumed the role Friday night in the team’s home-opener. The junior scored the only points of a defensive-minded contest, giving the Falcons a hard-fought 3-0 victory over North Iredell for their first win of the young season.
After struggling on offense in the first three possessions of the game (two punts, turnover on downs), Forbush drove into the redzone with time winding down in the half.
Facing a first-and-goal from the five, the North Iredell defense stood tall and forced a short field goal attempt. Torres broke the scoreless tie with a 22-yard boot to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead at the break.
Coming out of the break, Forbush continued to struggle to move the ball down the field. Quarterback Carson Fulp and the Falcons failed to reach the redzone again, compiling only 181 yards of total offense on the night.
Fulp led the way with 105 total yards, including a team-high 76 rushing yards on 17 carries. Jordan Sawyers added 64 yards on the ground, while Tyler Holden tacked on 24 yards.
While failing to do much offensively, Forbush’s defense proved to be the difference maker. The Falcons shut down North, holding the Raiders to just 93 yards of total offense, while forcing seven fumbles.
Derald Jayson powered the defense with seven total tackles and three tackles for loss, while Cody Shrewsbury, Cody Hayden, Zach Ragsdale and Holden added five tackles apiece in the shutout victory. Tyler Johnson recorded an interception for one of the teams’ three forced turnovers.
With the win, Forbush already matched last seasons’ win total just two games into the year. The Falcons look to surpass that total Friday against unbeaten North Wilkes (2-0) in Hays.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.