Sam Outlaw scored two first quarter touchdowns, Davis Shanley scored through the air and ground, and South Forsyth’s mostly-stout defense benefited from multiple missed opportunities from North Forsyth’s offense as the War Eagles cruised to a 35-3 win Friday at Raider Valley.
South (4-0, 3-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) has now won 12 of the 18 games in the series between county foes, simply known as “The Civil War.” The War Eagles are now 4-0 for the first time since 2013, when they eventually fell in the fifth game against Alpharetta.
Still, it was just another day at the office for the county’s longest tenured coach, Jeff Arnette.
“Our offensive line played really good. Our running backs run the ball so physical. The defensive coaches did an incredible job. Their gameplan was great. They (North) play a physical game and we were able to match that tonight,” Arnette said.
South scored on its opening drive, which lasted nine plays and culminated on a 19-yard touchdown run from Outlaw. After the defense forced a punt, Outlaw struck again—this time from 74 yards—to push the lead to 14-0.
Shanley hit Jalen Camp for a 37-yard touchdown early in the second quarter when Camp broke toward the endzone after the original play dissolved. The junior quarterback, who finished 12-of-18 for 136 yards, flicked the ball to Camp while rolling right on the scoring strike. Shanley ran in from 7 yards in the third quarter and Stanley Epeagba added onto the lead late in the fourth quarter on a 60-yard touchdown scamper.
Overall, South rushed for 312 of its 442 total yards and totaled 14 first downs in the game. Outlaw finished with 161 yards rushing and two scores, while Epeagba added 94 yards on just six carries.
North (1-3, 1-2 Region 6-AAAAAA) missed multiple scoring opportunities. Jacob Bailey overshot Cody Dwyer in the first half on what would be a sure score, while Dwyer also dropped a pass with nothing but green grass in front later in the game. Running back Simon Holcomb had an incredible long run brought back, where he caught a screen, bounced off a would-be tackler, and reversed field twice, after a holding penalty. Late in the fourth, North seemingly had a 44-yard touchdown pass from Bailey to tight end Caleb Byrd, but South forced a fumble at the 1-yard line and recovered in the endzone.
North head coach Jason Galt knows costly errors have loomed large over the last two weeks. The Raiders had many chances slip through their fingers against Northview last week before seemingly getting in its own way Friday night. Still, Galt loves the attitude of his players.
“This game, we were in it until late in the fourth quarter. A play here or a play there, we got momentum back. We went up against a good team tonight,” Galt said.
Simon Holcomb led the Raiders on offense, running for 75 yards on nine carries. Dwyer added 39 yards on 10 carries, while Bailey was held to 24 yards on nine rushing attempts. Bailey finished 5-of-12 through the air for 76 yards.
Cameron Kline added another sack to his standout season for the War Eagles defense, while Byrd had a sack for North. Griffin Hughes intercepted Shanley in the second quarter.
South Forsyth 35, North Forsyth 5
South Forsyth 14 7 7 7_35
North Forsyth 0 3 0 0_3
SF_Outlaw 19 run (Barbir kick) 7:22
SF_Outlaw 74 run (Barbir kick) 2:58
SF_Camp 37 pass from Shanley (Barbir kick) 8:39
NF_FG Boyzo-Medina 37, :10
SF_Shanley 7 run (Barbir kick) 2:08
SF_Epeagba 60 run (Barbir kick) 5:12