Three of the local high school football teams notched victories in the eighth week of the 2010 high school football season.
* South Forsyth 38, Creekview 23
Thanks to another dominant offensive performance, resurgent South Forsyth ran its winning streak to three games with a 38-23 victory over Creekview at War Eagle Field.
The War Eagles finished with 457 yards of total offense, breaking 30 points for the fifth time this season.
“We've got a good balanced attack,” said South head coach Jeff Arnette. “When you're running like we're running and throwing like we're throwing, it's tough on the opposing defense. We're mixing it up well.”
The final numbers bear out the balance.
Quarterback Nick Belyew finished 12 for 15 passing for 132 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 50 yards and another touchdown.
Hunter Beeghley ran for a team-high 93 yards on 14 carries and added 29 yards receiving. Brett Charron rushed for 83 yards and a score. Kyle Travis finished with 71 yards rushing and a score.
Mike Hovenetz finished with two receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown.
South (5-1, 5-1) will look to keep its high-scoring offense on track Friday when Rome visits.
* West Forsyth 20, Northview 3
JOHNS CREEK -- West Forsyth won't get many style points for Friday night's game at Northview, but the Wolverines got what matters most: A 20-3 victory over the Titans that kept them undefeated in Region 6-AAAAA.
West managed only two offensive touchdowns while picking up 281 yards on the night. The flip side was a defense that held Northview to 122 yards and came up with four turnovers.
"We know we've got to play better," said West head coach Frank Hepler. "It's a region victory, though. That's the positive coming out of it.
"Hopefully this gets us in the playoffs, and we'll see what we can do from here."
The Wolverines got some good news in their quest for a region title, as Centennial upset Roswell 17-14. That result puts West in sole possession of first place with three games remaining.
Ethan Shirley accounted for 136 total yards of offense and two touchdowns.
West's defense put the game away in the fourth quarter when lineman Jake Tatum returned an interception five yards for a score.
Next up for West (6-1, 3-0) is a key matchup Friday in Coal Mountain with county and region rival North Forsyth.
* Lambert 17, Johns Creek 7
Lambert didn’t look its best during homecoming night, but it was enough to overpower Johns Creek, another first-year varsity program, 17-7 at The Horn.
“We got the lead early, but from that point we just did not execute many plays,” said Lambert head coach Sid Maxwell. “We did not execute, but we are a young team. We just have to learn from this and grow.”
The Longhorns defense continued to set the pace for the team, as they held the Gladiators to 53 yards of total offense, including 1 yard passing, and forced four turnovers.
The Longhorns offense amassed 292 total yards in the game, primarily through a running game that pounded the ball for a total of 178 yards on 50 carries.
Nick Croft carried 20 times for 70 yards.
Quarterback David Broadus returned for Lambert after not playing for two weeks, led two scoring drives and threw one touchdown pass.
The other score came when Nathan Litras hit Zach Schlosser on a 33-yard halfback pass for the other touchdown. Tyler Covault later added a 28-yard field goal.
On Friday, Lambert (5-1, 5-1) travels to Bartow County, where it will face Woodland.
* Cass 30, Forsyth Central 10
CARTERSVILLE -- Cass used a high-powered spread offense and a pair of critical Forsyth Central turnovers in the second half to post a 30-10 victory.
"We're competing, but we just need that spark to get us over the hump," said Forsyth Central head coach Chris Bennett.
"People talk about how a win cures all ills and we'll get that win as long as our kids keep working hard and doing what they're doing."
Cass took a 14-3 lead into halftime, but Central — which had played just one team with a losing record in its first five games — didn't go away quietly.
The Bulldogs got a 30-yard field goal from freshman Anel Ramic on the final play of the first half.
Then, they got a stop on the Colonels' first possession of the second half and marched 80 yards in 10 plays to score on a 31-yard pass from Spencer Transue to Lyle Caballes.
Transue finished the game 19-for-29 for 229 yards with one touchdown. Jeremy Kovach hauled in four passes for 86 yards, while Caballes had four catches for 43 yards and a score.
Central (0-6, 0-6) will take perhaps its longest road trip of the season Friday, when it travels to Tunnel Hill to face Northwest Whitfield.
* Pace 45, Pinecrest Academy 14
MABLETON -- Turnovers and penalties plagued Pinecrest throughout its 45-14 loss at Pace Academy, and helped turn a potentially close contest into a blowout.
“We came out in the first half and we gave them a couple of touchdowns that they didn’t need to get,” said Pinecrest head coach Charles Wiggins.
“And then we had the momentum, made foolish, foolish errors, and gave them momentum back.”
Jacob Carr briefly kept the Paladins in contention at 14-7, finding his way into the end zone from 13 yards after a blocked punt set up the drive from Pace’s 18-yard line in the second quarter.
Pinecrest’s Joe Neiner capped a late scoring drive with a 25-yard reception to ensure the Paladins reached double-digit scoring figures. Neiner ended the night with 168 yards receiving.
“We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do,” said Wiggins. “I really thought we were going to win this one.”
Quarterback Jimmy Strom completed 10-of-17 attempts for the Paladins. Carr’s 69 yards on 15 carries was a team high for rushing.
Pinecrest (1-6, 1-3) next faces King's Ridge Christian on Friday in Alpharetta.
* North Forsyth (2-4, 1-1) had the week off. The Raiders play host to rival West Forsyth on Friday.
-- For complete coverage of all the games, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.