No. 5-ranked South Forsyth cruised to their first ever shutout of rival Lambert, 38-0, in both teams’ Region 5-7A opener Friday at War Eagle Stadium.
The War Eagles (6-0, 1-0) stuck quick on a 61-yard run by Jacob Honey, who left the game shortly thereafter with what head coach Jeff Arnette said was just precautionary after getting a little dinged up.
It took until the second quarter for South to score again, this time on a 5-yard touchdown run by Jordan Brunson, who finished with 11 carries for 89 yards and the touchdown. After a 32-yard field goal by Alex Hardy, War Eagles’ quarterback Cal Morris threw his first of two touchdowns, both to Jaylen Pearson, who finished with three catches for 109 yards and the two scores.
Morris finished the day completing 14 of his 28 passes for 258 yards and the two touchdowns and an interception to go along with five carries for 37 yards. After the game, Morris said he was very proud of the team and quite confident going into next week’s showdown with Milton.
“We were a lot better than that team,” Morris said, “but I just want to give all the glory to God because that is all that really matters. [And we just have to] keep playing like we have been. If we do our job, we’ll win.”
The Longhorns were led by running backs Marcus Chatelain and Justin Bruno, who combined for 99 yards on 24 carries. Lambert quarterback Bobby Gabriel completed only four of his 13 passes for 59 yards and three interceptions to go along with six carries for 33 yards.
Lambert head coach Louis Daniel had nothing but positive things to say about South and knows that his team made some critical mistakes.
“[South] is a good football team,” said Daniel. “They’ve got a real good football team, and they’ve got a real good (coaching) staff. They are playing at a real high-level right now. We made some mistakes, and we had some breakdowns. You cannot afford to do that against a good team. We knew, for us to compete with those guys tonight, it was going to take a near perfect effort. We didn’t really bring our best game tonight, and hats off to them. They did a great job.”
Arnette was proud of his team, as his defense forced four turnovers, and he made sure that shared positives around to his coaches.
“I tell you what,” said Arnette, “this game was big for this bunch … Our kids played well in all three phases of the game. I thought coach [Troy] Morris called an unbelievable offensive game, and coach [Trevor] Williams called an unbelievable defensive game. Our kids executed it, and they played so hard. It was a big win for our program.”