MILTON — South Forsyth’s typically high-flying offense was grounded Friday night in a 24-7 loss to Milton.
The War Eagles generated just 207 yards of total offense and were shut out in the last three quarters, as quarterbacks Joe Slott and Cameron Schurr were under duress all night.
“It caused a lot of problems,” South Forsyth head coach Jeff Arnette said. “We normally, offensively, make a lot of plays. We just find a way to make a lot of plays, but we didn’t quite make as many tonight.”
South (4-3, 1-1 Region 5-7A) lost a couple of key offensive weapons in the first half, including junior running back Tre Green on his first touch of the game.
Green, who leads the team with 11 touchdowns, lost five yards on a handoff and left the game with what appeared to be a knee injury. Senior center James Fehr was injured on the following series.
“It’s just like I told our team — we lost our tailback and then our center right off the bat,” Arnette said. “We lost our tailback the first series. And if you look at his stats, that’s a big loss for us, because we have to put one of our best defenders at tailback. It hurts you on both sides. Then you lose James Fehr, who’s one of the toughest cookies I know. He’s the dadgum meat of that offensive line in a lot of ways. That hurt us, too.”
South’s longest play of the game was a 78-yard touchdown strike from Slott to senior Colby Cruz on a fly pattern.
The score answered Milton’s 10-0 start, much of which came on the heels of sophomore quarterback Devin Farrell, whose 45-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game set the tone.
Farrell finished 7-of-14 passing for 97 yards while adding 159 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.
“They’re a good football team; let’s start with that,” Arnette said. “They won the state championship last year, and they’re really, really good again, so let’s start right there. Let’s don’t take anything away from them.”
South largely shut down Farrell in the second half, though, limiting Milton’s talented quarterback to just six yards passing and 37 yards rushing after halftime.
South’s defense, led by senior linebackers Peyton Ray and Jax Weaver, didn’t allow a single point in the second half.
“Our defense was unbelievable in the second half,” Arnette said. “I don’t even know what to say, other than they were unbelievable.
“Normally, when that happens our offense makes the plays, but we just didn’t tonight. We played a really good team and didn’t make it. I hope we can learn from this and get better.”
Slott was 11-of-24 passing for 180 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, while Schurr was 1 of 8 for 10 yards.
Schurr added 53 yards on four catches and was one of four players to log a carry for the War Eagles, gaining two yards on three carries.
Sophomore Gavin Morris, who also played linebacker, handled the bulk of the carries, rushing 12 times for 23 yards.
Overall, Milton held South to just 17 yards rushing.
South never established much rhythm in a passing game that typically has a knack for big plays. Chalk it up to a defensive line that caused relentless pressure all night, forcing the War Eagles’ quarterbacks to scramble or tuck and run before their receivers completed their routes.
“What’s a miss for normal teams ain’t a miss for us,” Arnette said. “Our guys make incredible catches, and we didn’t make some of those plays we normally make. That bogged us down a little bit.”
South Forsyth will travel to North Forsyth (5-2, 2-0 Region 5-7A) next week looking to bounce back. Milton (4-3, 2-0 Region 5-7A) will host Forsyth Central.