JOHNS CREEK – After West Forsyth took down Northview last week, South made the trip to Johns Creek on Friday and put up an even bigger number against the Titans, crushing Northview 41-7, thereby earning a 6-0 record for the first time in school history.
South (6-0, 5-0, Region 6-AAAAAA) immediately seized a sizable lead and never looked back, scoring all of their points consecutively before the Titans could even scratch the scoreboard. Northview (3-3, 2-3) showed very few signs of life and was thoroughly manhandled in all three phases of the game.
“It’s the big win, first time the school has been 6-0 in its history,” South coach Jeff Arnette said. “We talked about making history this week, and these guys responded. I (have) a great bunch of coaches and players, and they’re just fun to be around.”
Fleet-footed South quarterback Davis Shanley was deadly accurate through the air, completing 15 of 19 passes for 171 yards and three scores. His agility in the pocket helped him buy even more time to scan the field and make decisive downfield decisions with his passes.
A big part of Shanley’s success must be attributed to the play of his favorite target, senior receiver Jalen Camp (7 catches, 106 yards, 3 TDs), who was the War Eagles’ main downfield threat and kept pressure on the defensive secondary all night long.
“It’s something special we have done, but we’re not done yet,” Camp said. “We still have one goal ahead of us: the region championship.”
From the moment they stepped on to the field, the War Eagle defense worked relentlessly to frustrate the Titans’ offense. On Northview’s first offensive play of the game, South senior defensive back Curtis Roach blitzed off the right edge and drilled quarterback Paul Miller, sacking him for an 11-yard loss. The tone was set.
Northview was forced to punt the ball on its first four possessions. Then, the Titans were picked off on their next two drives, first by Camp and then by Elijah Smith. Finally, the South defense forced Northview to turn over the ball on fourth down to halt their next two drives.
“(They) makes us feel great,” Camp said. “Knowing that all we have to is score the ball because our defense will hold them off the board.”
Shanley showcased his skills early in the game, leading the War Eagles on a 71-yard scoring drive on South’s opening possession, connecting with Camp for a 9-yard touchdown pass to take the initial 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Shanley struck again through the air, scrambling out of the pocket and launching a 19-yard touchdown pass to Camp, who tapped his feet in the back of the end. Alex Barbir also tacked on field goals of 27 and 25 yards to give the War Eagles a 20-0 lead heading into halftime.
South broke away from the flailing Titans in the third quarter, notching 21 unanswered points and bloating its lead to 41-0. The War Eagles’ scoring plays included a 2-yard rush from Sam Outlaw, a spectacular 35-yard touchdown grab from Camp and a 50-yard scoring dash by Stanley Epeagba.
Northview tacked on a touchdown against South’s reserves to avoid the shutout in the final moments of the fourth quarter.
After the team’s post-game prayer, coach Arnette erupted with energy, pumping his fists in celebration and urging his players to understand the historical context of their victory while also keeping their eyes looking ahead to their mammoth matchup against West next Friday.
“We talked about getting out to this (6-0) start, but we’ve got our hardest work ahead of us,” Arnette said. “We’ve got too many good teams ahead of us every week to look any further ahead.”
Camp also offered a few sage words about next week’s game.
“Just win, that’s it,” he said with a smile.
South Forsyth 41, Northview 7
South Forsyth 10 10 21 0_41
Northview 0 0 0 7_7
SF_Camp 9 pass from Shanley (Barbir kick), 8:23
SF_Barbir 27 FG, 1:35
SF_Camp 19 pass from Shanley (Barbir kick), 8:29
SF_Barbir 25 FG, :08
SF_Outlaw 2 run (Barbir kick), 3:36
SF_Camp 35 pass from Shanley (Barbir kick), 3:14
SF_Epeagba 50 run (Barbir kick), :45
N_Green 3 run (kick good), 1:13