South Forsyth defensive end Cameron Kline had five sacks for the War Eagles as they defeated Centennial 21-6 Friday night in a defensive battle that came along with a ton of penalties.
The War Eagles (2-0, 1-0 6-AAAAAA) ground game and passing attack were in full force. Junior quarterback Davis Shanley completed 9 of 17 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown through the air, while also rushing for 42 yards and a touchdown. Senior running back Sam Outlaw added 68 yards on 16 carries.
“I just sorta get the ball and I run straight,” Outlaw said. “My offensive line, Dylan Nissley, Jordan Nelson, Zane Martin they had a great game. Once we get rolling they cannot stop us.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the War Eagles got in a groove in the second. They started the quarter finishing a 12-play drive with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by running back Toki Adeosun.
The War Eagles answered, after their defense produced a three-and-out, with a quick drive that consisted of a 29-yard pass, then a 20-yard pass to senior wide receiver Jalen Camp. That put the War Eagles up 14-0 with 5:42 left in the half.
The second half of the ball game consisted of a lot of defense with the War Eagles scoring early in the third quarter with a keeper from Shanley from 8 yards. The Knights finally got their offense going in the third quarter with their only touchdown of the night, a 12 yard touchdown pass completed by Blane Mason.
After the third quarter, the defenses took over producing a scoreless fourth quarter, but one with a lot of penalties for the War Eagles. They had 11 penalties in the game for 100 yards. Five of those penalties came in the War Eagles’ last drive where they had five consecutive penalties.
“Coach Nash and his defensive staff did a great job and our players did a great job and it was a great defensive effort tonight,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “We had a lot of mistakes tonight, we fumbled the ball quite a bit , and did some things that are characteristic of our team, but the great thing is that we were able to win not playing our best game. The great thing is that we overcame the mistakes and were able to pull out the win.”