South Forsyth opened last season with a heartbreaking loss to Mountain View and it made a point not to forget about it this time around, blowing out the Bears 45-14 at home Friday night.
“It was a tough loss for us last year when we played them,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “We were up 14-0 at the half, then they came out and scored 17 points in the three minutes and we got beat by a touchdown. I think that impacted us all summer as we were getting ready for this game.”
It didn’t take long for the action to pick up. On the opening play of the game, Mountain View’s Alex Scott made a bad pitch and the War Eagles’ Cameron Kline was there to pounce on the ball at the Bears’ 14-yard line.
South (1-0) put it in the end zone three plays later when Davis Shanley hit Jalen Camp on a 16-yard out route.
Camp finished the game with five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.
But Mountain View bounced back early in the second quarter. Following an interception from Kaiden Smith, the Bears drove 66 yards in two minutes to tie the game up at 7-7.
The War Eagles answered emphatically on their ensuing drive. The Bears appeared to have forced a three-and-out, but on 4th and 8, Alex Barbir faked a punt and took it 23 yards up to midfield. South eventually punched it in when Shanley kept it on a zone read and ran it in from 12 yards out. The drive ended up going 10 plays for 76 yards and ate up five minutes of game clock.
South took a 17-7 lead into the half, and that was about as close as the game got.
“It was a good team win,” Camp said. “We played hard and outplayed them. It was a good defensive game.”
South’s defense kept Mountain View’s offense in check all night. They held the Bears to 0-for-9 on third down and 0-for-4 on fourth down, while also picking up two turnovers and two sacks. But they know there’s still room for improvement.
“We put out a good defensive game,” South’s Sam Outlaw said. “But sometimes we had some blown coverages, some blown assignments, but we played hard and we’ll get those things in film.”
On South’s opening possession of the second half, Shanley hit Outlaw on a middle screen and Outlaw broke it to the outside and seemed to find another gear on his way to a 70-yard touchdown to put the War Eagles up 24-7.
Shanley finished the game going 14-for-21 for 292 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also added five carries for 20 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Outlaw finished the contest with two receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown.
After the way the second half went in last year’s contest with Mountain View, Arnette was pleased with the way his team kept fighting in this one.
“It was 7-7 in the second quarter, it was a dog fight,” Arnette said. “They got a good football team, but our guys outlasted them. They kept digging and kept clawing and the plays started coming.”
“Last year we were up 14-0 on them and they ended up putting 38 points on us,” Outlaw said. “But it was a good revenge win and we’re just getting ready for next week.”
South Forsyth 45, Mountain View 14
Mountain View 0 7 0 7_14
South 7 10 21 7_45
SF_ Camp 16 pass from Shanley (kick good), 10:30
MV_ Scott 8 run (kick good), 9:55
SF_ Shanley 12 run (kick good), 4:53
SF_ FG Barbir 27, :00
SF_ Outlaw 70 pass from Shanley (kick good), 11:03
SF_ Shanley 20 run (kick good), 8:38
SF_ Epeagba 62 run (kick good), 4:06
SF_ Honey 28 run (kick good), 11:51
MV_ Harris 59 run (kick good), 9:47