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No. 4 East Forsyth dominates 2nd half, beats South Iredell
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No. 4 East Forsyth dominates 2nd half, beats South Iredell

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TROUTMAN—South Iredell (1-3) hung close for the first half but was unable to keep the fourth-ranked team in the state at bay as East Forsyth pulled away and secured a 59-7 win over the Vikings on Friday night.

The Eagles pounced early, jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter on a 25-yard Andrew Conrad field goal and a 20-yard run by Ahmarrion Holland.

But the short-handed Vikings, missing a number of players due to COVID protocols, responded.

Brice Warren hit Demario Parks for a 44-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 10-7 with 8:28 left in the second quarter. The Warren and Parks’ hookup was the only touchdown East Forsyth allowed on the night.

Jaylen Raynor responded for the Eagles just a minute later, connecting with Je’mon Smith for a 60-yard score to extend the lead to 10. Raynor’s touchdown gave the Eagles a 17-7 lead going into half time.

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It was the first of two passing touchdowns for Raynor. The junior also added a 45-yard rushing touchdown to his tally on what was an impressive night for the East Forsyth quarterback.

Leading by 10 at the break, East Forsyth came out and put the game away quickly in the third quarter.

The Eagles scored just 50 seconds into the second half on a 25-yard run by Que’sean Brown. They went on to score just one minute later on a 73-yard run by Traylon Ingram to quickly extend their lead to 31-7.

East Forsyth scored three more touchdowns in the next 10 minutes, a total of five touchdowns in the third quarter alone and extended what was once a 17-7 lead at the half to a 52-7 at the end of the third quarter. The Eagles added one more tally in the fourth to wrap up a powerful second half.

The Eagles saw six different players score touchdowns in the game, moving to 3-0 in the process and keeping a strong grip on their current ranking.

South Iredell fell to 1-3 on the season and looks to rebound next week as it opens conference play against West Cabarrus.

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