Last week South Forsyth’s Cameron Kline had a career night with five sacks. He might remember Friday more.
The senior defensive end and tight end caught a 46-yard touchdown pass, returned a fumble 22 yards to the endzone, forced two fumbles and registered two sacks on top of being named homecoming king in a 55-35 win over Habersham Central at War Eagle Stadium.
“A win is a win,” Kline said. “I don’t care about my stats as long as we get a win on the board.”
He was a little surprised with the intermission accolade, however.
“I had no idea it was going to be me (to get homecoming king),” Kline said. “I thought it would be Toki (Adeosun, senior fullback and linebacker).”
South (3-0, 2-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA) led 41-14 at halftime and 55-14 early in the third quarter before head coach Jeff Arnette elected to play as many kids as he could. By the time the game ended, South had 11 total ball carriers for 264 rushing yards and 15 first downs, but also helped Habersham with 10 penalties. The Raiders, who left their starters in for the entire contest, scored the game’s last 21 points to narrow the scoring margin.
“Our region has a points-allowed for tiebreakers that was involved last year, so, that’s the bad thing about that,” Arnette said. “We had our threes and fours out there. The score does not reflect the way the defense played. They buckled down and played really well. I’m just glad we were able to get a lot of kids in because they work so hard every day.”
Davis Shanley was in a groove early at quarterback. After running in for a score from 8 yards on South’s opening drive, the junior completed 10 of 15 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns to build a 35-14 lead. Shanley only played a quarter and a half, while backup Austin Harvey tossed a second quarter touchdown to Sam Outlaw and sophomore quarterback Cal Morris played late in the second half.
“Shanley is a junior who’s come on so rapidly,” Arnette said. “He’s got great escapability, runs well, throws well and has a lot of weapons to throw it to.”
After an 83-yard touchdown scamper by Michael Babers, who gave Habersham (0-3, 0-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA) 211 yards on 14 carries and three scores, tied the game, South’s Ronnie Chambliss just missed a kickoff return for a touchdown when a shoe-string tackle tripped him up at midfield. Chambliss finished the job a few plays later, taking a double-reverse 41-yards to give the War Eagles a 14-7 lead.
Shanley then connected with Kline to open the scoring in the second quarter: South mixed up the Raiders’ defense by lining up Outlaw at wide receiver, receiver Jalen Camp at tight end and Kline in the slot on the other side. The bizarre formation left Kline wide open down the left seam for a 46-yard score.
Shanley hit Camp on a 12-yard out to make the score 28-7 and then found Guy Morra for a fingertip 40-yard touchdown on a perfectly executed screen-and-wheel to finish his night as the signal caller.
After Kline forced a fumble, recovered by Max Slott, Stanley Epeagba scampered 15 yards into the endzone to make the score 48-14 before Kline picked up his own scoop-and-score on the next possession. Ryan LaFlamme also had a forced fumble and fumble recovery.
South outgained Habersham 470-455. Habersham quarterback Bryce Tanner finished 15 of 27 with touchdown passes to Mason Kinsey and Jeremy Jones. The two receivers combined for 13 catches for 164 yards.
South Forsyth 55, Habersham 35
Habersham 7 7 7 14_35
South Forsyth 14 27 14 0_55
SF_Shanley 8 run (kick good), 7:49
HC_Babers 83 run (kick good), 7:08
SF_Chambliss 41 run (kick good), 5:36
SF_Kline 46 pass from Shanley (kick missed), 8:45
SF_Camp 12 pass from Shanley (2-pt good), 8:28
HC_Babers 10 run (kick good), 5:50
SF_Morra 40 pass from Shanley (kick good), 4:30
SF_Outlaw 12 pass from Harvey (kick good), :32
SF_Epeagba 15 run (kick good), 11:48
SF_Kline 22 fumble return (kick good), 10:57
HC_Kinsey 6 pass from Tanner (kick good), 2:49
HC_Babers 1 run (kick good), 9:47
HC_Jones 34 pass from Tanner (kick good), :32