Football: South Forsyth overpowers Cherokee in scrimmage blowout
South Forsyth wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers (23) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown catch Friday in the War Eagles’ scrimmage against Cherokee at home. - photo by Brian Paglia

Propelled by a powerful first half, the South Forsyth football team shut out Cherokee 35-0 in a preseason scrimmage Friday at War Eagle Stadium.

“I’m excited to see (quarterback) Cal (Morris) in live action,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “We expect him to surprise a lot of people today, except for ourselves. We know what this kid can do.”

Morris tallied 245 yards and three touchdowns in the just one and a half quarters of play, as he was subbed out in the middle of the half for his brother, Drew Morris.

South Forsyth linebacker Zach Burchfield (35) lunges to make a tackle in the War Eagles’ scrimmage against Cherokee on Friday, August 11, 2017, at home. - photo by Brian Paglia

Cal Morris led his offense with precision and poise. On his first drive, he went 60 yards in 10 plays, including a 33-yard dump off to Jared Honey, which was followed by a 7-yard touchdown toss to senior Ryan Pontrelli. The Morris/Pontrelli combination linked up on the next drive for a 47-yard touchdown.

South’s defense also made its share of plays. On Cherokee’s first four possessions, South forced them into four straight three-and-outs and held the Warriors to five total yards. 

South Forsyth junior Trevor Patrick (75) pushes through the line of scrimmage in the War Eagles’ scrimmage against Cherokee on Friday, August 11, 2017, at home. - photo by Brian Paglia

“It’s huge when your defense can keep the opponent’s offense the field, that gives the offense more ‘umph’ to go get their job done,” Arnette said. “We expected our defense to have a strong outing, and that they did.”

Along with Pontrelli, sophomore wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers made some plays, as he tallied 110 yards and a touchdown on five catches, including a 57-yard bomb from Cal Morris.

South Forsyth wide receiver Ryan Pontrelli jukes a Cherokee defender Friday in the War Eagles’ scrimmage against Cherokee at home. - photo by Brian Paglia

“We know he’s an amazing athlete, and I have no doubt he will have an amazing high school career,” Cherokee head coach Josh Shaw said.

Capers also did a good job at sealing off the edges for his runners and drawing double coverage, which opened the field for his fellow receivers.

“He’s an amazing young player,” Arnette said. “He’s a hard worker and he’s very humble. He goes out every day trying to get better.”