The South Forsyth War Eagles put up 49 points in the first half on their way to routing the Pinecrest Academy Paladins, 56-10, for the second year in a row.
The War Eagles were led on offense by quarterback Drew Morris who completed all three of his passes in the first quarter for 84 yards and three touchdowns. South as a team ran for a combined 230 yards, with 53 coming from running back Jared Honey, who also accounted for two touchdowns. Running back Jordan Brunson also added 50 yards on the ground and two scores, while receiver Ze’Vian Capers had two catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
After the game, Morris said how much the team is really working together to get off to this strong start.
“We are really together as a team,” Morris said. “No matter who goes down, the next person steps up. We just know how to fight, and we will fight until the very end no matter what happens.”
South’s head coach Jeff Arnette was proud of his team’s showing against the rivals from next door and about the opportunity to get some work in for some of the younger guys.
“We talked all week about just getting better. Finding a way to get better and coming out here and proving that tonight,” Arnette said. “We didn’t’ play our [first team] much, only about a quarter, but they came out and they looked sharp. We didn’t have any mistakes, or at least from what I could tell, very few mistakes from our [first team]. It’s what we want to do. Find a way to get better. What we can take from tonight is that we had a chance to get a lot of kids in. With our schedule, we don’t get to do that.”
The Paladins had a rough start as they ended up with negative-20 yards at halftime, but they did a better job in the second half, and that was what their new head coach Terance Mathis was looking for; although, he joked that he felt Pinecrest deserved to get paid for the lopsided contest like big-time colleges will do.
“I’m just waiting for the check they owe us for playing this game,” Mathis said. “What is this, small college? [But] the whole goal was, even though it wasn’t their first unit, was to win the second half. And we did that, 10-7. The way they came together in the second half is going to boost them for next week. They are already a special group. What will we take from this? We’ll take a butt-whoopin’. Sometimes you just have to weather the storm, and good things will happen.”
Pinecrest was led on offense by quarterback Mickey Mangan, who completed eight of his 22 pass attempts for 54 yards while running backs Michael Bizores and Brooks Binkley added 22 yards and touchdown on the ground.