Sam Outlaw’s four touchdowns led the way as South Forsyth dismantled Alpharetta 49-7 at home on Friday night.
“He ran the ball like he was angry tonight,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “Coach Martin and our offensive line did a great job. But like I said, he ran angry and he ran with a purpose and we needed that to control the line of scrimmage to be able to win a game like this.”
Outlaw finished with 13 carries for 167 yards and four touchdowns, all of which came in the first half, but he was the first one to give credit to the big guys up front.
“I mean the holes were open, I just ran through ‘em,” Outlaw said. “I’m just really proud of my team. Our offensive line was dominating. They’re young, and they came a long way. They were just making holes everywhere. Shanley was making plays, the offensive coordinator was calling a good game, so we were just good all around.”
South (7-1, 6-1 Region 6-AAAAAA) played a nearly flawless first half. Offensively, the War Eagles racked up 344 yards in the half, including 205 on the ground. They also went 3-for-4 on third downs.
They scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters, to take a 42-0 lead into the half.
On seven first half drives, South scored six touchdowns. Ironically enough, the only War Eagle drive that didn’t result in seven points was the one that started on Alpharetta’s 10-yard line after a Jalen Camp interception return.
They finished the game with 477 yards of total offense, including 19 first downs while going 5-for-7 on third down. Davis Shanley went 7-for-14 for 139 yards and a touchdown through the air. South did not attempt one pass in the second half.
But it wasn’t all on the offense. The defense did their part in the blowout victory.
Alpharetta (4-4, 3-4) was not able to get anything going on offense. The War Eagles held the Raiders to just 64 total yards in the first half and 177 in the game. They forced the Raiders to five three-and-outs on their seven first half drives and held them to 1-for-7 on third down.
“We knew we had to get pressure on [Matthew Downing] and we changed up some things defensively to get that pressure,” Arnette said. “We put in something we hadn’t done all year and the kids executed it great. I think the pressure really bothered him. We didn’t sack him that many times, but just being in his face and backing the whole line up made a huge difference.”
The War Eagles defense was constantly getting pressure on Alpharetta’s sophomore quarterback. Downing finished the game going 8-for-20 for 75 yards and three interceptions. He was also sacked twice.
Julian Mingo got both sacks for the War Eagles’ defense, while Jalen Camp, Sean O’Malley and Jake Wilson each recorded an interception.
“This week our coaches focused on sending pressure to the quarterback and it worked out,” Camp said.
Alpharetta had 10 drives in the ballgame. Five resulted in punts, three resulted in interceptions, one was the end of the first half and the last one was a touchdown with just over four minutes remaining in the game.
After last week’s tough loss to West Forsyth ruined South’s unbeaten season, the War Eagles bounced back and showed no signs of a hangover.
“It was a great win,” Arnette said. “Last week was just tough on us. We had so many chances to put that game away and didn’t and our kids just came back and worked their butts off this week. We play hard all the time, but we may have played that first half as hard as I’ve ever seen us, with more passion than I’ve ever seen. It was just an incredible first half. Everybody was playing great, we were just firing on all cylinders. It was a great statement for us tonight.”