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Football: Offenses impress in final scrimmage tune-ups
South Forsyth's Devin McGlockton makes a juggling catch during the War Eagles' scrimmage against Sequoyah on Friday, Aug. 17, 2019 at Sequoyah High School. - photo by David Almeda
South Forsyth 35, Sequoyah 14

The War Eagles started their scrimmage against the Chiefs on top, working to a seven-point halftime lead and ultimately, the win.

South split the first half between quarterbacks Joe Slott and Kyle Durham, with each throwing a touchdown pass to Devin McGlockton in the first half. The War Eagles are still trying to decide who will be the starter to begin the season.

“They both made some good plays at quarterback. They’re kind of like the team – they did some good things and they did some things that they need to get better at,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “We’ll ride it out until they make the decision on the field.”

Receiver Colby Cruz and running back Alex Han each scored for South, as did defensive back Austin Uidel, who ran back an interception for a touchdown. The War Eagles recovered four Sequoyah fumbles.

“I thought our defense did great,” Arnette said. “We played against the Wing T and worked against it for about three or four days. That's always hard to adjust to. When you're playing the Wing T, you've got to adjust to everything that goes on, and I think that we did.”

Pinecrest Academy's Tony Novo carries the ball against Riverside Military Academy on Friday, Aug. 17, 2019. - photo by Bill Brown
Riverside Military Academy 13, Pinecrest Academy 7

The Paladins played a close game on Friday night, but were unable to come back in the fourth quarter despite closing the Eagles’ lead to within one possession late.

“We're much further along than we were last year at this point,” Pinecrest coach Terance Mathis said. “With the numbers we had, this was the first time our guys had live contact to the ground. We missed some tackles but we were there to make the play – that's the good thing.”

Pinecrest was down 13-0 at halftime, with a tipped interception return and a long jump ball for a touchdown amounting to the game’s only scores at that point. With around four minutes to play, though, the Paladins’ Alex Jeffords ran into the end zone for his team’s only score.

“It's two plays right there,” Mathis said. “It is what it is. For the first time out playing somebody in a different helmet, I thought we did really well.”

Denmark 30, Pickens 13

The Danes won their second scrimmage game against the Dragons, with their highly-touted offense scoring three touchdowns in the first half.

Jordan Brunson had a 15-yard touchdown run for the Danes, and Ze’Vian Capers added two scores from quarterback Aaron McLaughlin. In the second half, Denmark’s Marcus McFarland shined with a couple of good runs. The offense looked much improved after last week’s slower start against Jefferson.

“It's just a process,” Denmark coach Terry Crowder said. “We're still trying to not show everything. We're going to be fine on that side of the ball – Aaron's throwing the ball really good. We haven’t had a turnover yet so that's one of the big things as well.”

Forsyth Central 41, Meadowcreek 14

Forsyth Central’s starting offense was clicking against Meadowcreek on Friday, with the Bulldogs jumping to a 34-0 halftime lead against the Mustangs’ starters en route to a blowout scrimmage win.

Quarterback Bronson Landreth was 6-for-11 with 185 yards passing, while Caiden Mowen scored two touchdowns. Luis Algarain and Patrick Haertel scored a touchdown apiece.

“We're always just trying to get better,” Central coach Frank Hepler said. “We kept it basic and tried to get as many kids involved as possible (on offense), and then we did the same on defense. We didn't get on the field much this week because of the weather, so we just did the best we could and did a nice job of following the plan and working on what we practiced.”