By MacKenzie Bates
For the Forsyth County News
Jared Honey and 29 other South Forsyth seniors went out on a high note in their final regular-season home game.
The War Eagles scored 21 straight points in the second quarter, two on turnovers, as South defeated Forsyth Central 43-10 Friday night in Cumming.
“This was a tough night for me,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “They’re the winningest senior class to ever come through this school. They’ve been involved with one region championship, one runner-up and a chance next week to play for one again. They’ve done so many great things. It’s been a pleasure coaching them all of these years.”
Honey took over midway through the second quarter. He had six carries for 71 yards on one drive capped off by a 24-yard touchdown. He had the game’s first score on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Drew Morris.
Honey finished with 94 yards on the ground on 13 carries.
“We didn’t want to play him as much as we did tonight but when he’s in there, he’s going to give you yards,” Arnette said. “He never goes backwards, and he had another great night.”
Louis Gonzalez picked up a fumble deep inside Bulldog territory for a score on the ensuing possession. Just before the break, Jack Pehrson stepped in front of a Brad Thiltgen pass and returned it 65 yards to take a 29-3 lead at halftime.
“Our defense all year long, and especially these past two weeks, have played really well,” Arnette said. “They’re super-aggressive and running to the football and making plays.”
“If they keep doing that, we’re going to be okay.”
South (8-1, 4-0 Region 5-7A) got two more scores: One on a Drew Morris keeper and the other on a one-yard run by Jalen Leak after Jordan Brunson had 60 yards on one drive.
Central (0-9, 0-4) quarterback Brad Thiltgen threw the Bulldog’s only touchdown pass, a 27-yard scramble pass to Spencer Pagley midway through the third quarter. Thiltgen was 12-for-20 for 132 yards and added 52 yards on nine rushing attempts.
“Last year, those guys are blowing us out,” Central head coach Frank Helper said. “Now we’re competing better. The scores are getting closer and we’re getting used to 7A football … A lot of credit to South. They’re an incredible football team.”
The Bulldogs had opportunities to score, including an 8-play drive from their own 4-yard line. Central got all the way to the South 12 before failing to convert on a fourth-down inside the red zone.
“The Central kids will give you effort week in and week out, but when it’s 8-0 and we have a chance to score down here, you cannot lose that opportunity,” Helper said.
After Friday, these are two teams going in two different directions. Central has one last opportunity to get a win against Lambert.
South vies for a regional championship next week at West Forsyth.
“West is a great program and they beat a really good North team tonight,” Arnette said. “We got to go over there and we have to be ready to play football next week.”