South Forsyth 49, Centennial 20
Centennial 0 14 0 6–20
South Forsyth 21 21 7 0–49
SF: White 9 pass to Witalis (kick good), 8:53
SF: Umberger 15 run (kick missed), 6:54
SF: Umberger 1 run (two-point good), 3:16
SF: Outlaw 23 run (kick good), 10:12
C: Conway 10 pass to Martinez (kick good), 7:45
C: Conway 6 run (kick good), 5:43
SF: LaFlamme 56 run (kick good), 5:32
SF: White 28 pass to Witalis (kick good), 0:23
SF: White 21 pass to Camp (kick good), 10:51
C: Able 12 pass to Roswell (two-point missed), 4:33
Two weeks ago, South blew a two-touchdown halftime lead against Mountain View, a game the War Eagles appeared to have in the bag.
Fast forward two weeks and South coaches had to have felt a sense déjà vu as Centennial scored two swift touchdowns in the second quarter to cut the War Eagles’ four-touchdown lead in half in a span of just two minutes.
"I sure was concerned," South head coach Jeff Arnette said.
This time, South responded and cruised to a 49-20 victory over Centennial on Friday in a Region 6-AAAAAA game at home.
"When they brought it back to 28-14, our offense came right back and got two touchdowns on the board," Arnette said. "We didn’t really let up. I felt really proud of the way they finished the game"
The first of the two touchdowns was a 56-yard touchdown run up the gut by Tyler LaFlamme (eight carries, 160 yards, 2 TDs).
"It was a huge hole," LaFlamme said. "Our line did great. I knew we were going to come back."
After a three-and-out by Centennial, South quarterback Matt White threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Drew Witalis to culminate an 11-play, 76-yard drive to end the half, 42-14.
The War Eagle offense did its part early, scoring a touchdown on each of its first four possessions. White (8-for-13, 168 yards, 3 TDs) opened the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Witalis (two catches, 37 yards, 2 TDs) on a drive that began with a successful onside kick.
"We just wanted to try something we felt like we could get right off the bat and grab some momentum," Arnette said. "Sometimes coaches make decisions and they look smart and sometimes they make decisions and they look dumb. I just got lucky on this one."
Jalen Camp intercepted Centennial quarterback Luke Able on the following drive. The pick led to the first of Grant Umberger’s (11 carries, 57 yards, 2 TDs) two touchdowns in the first quarter, and South was in control. Running back Sam Outlaw (10 carries, 80 yards, TD) rounded out South’s first four touchdown drives with a 23-yd touchdown run.
"I felt like in all phases of the games we played well," Arnette said. "We executed well and I think the loss two weeks ago lit a fire under all the players and coaches. We had two great weeks of practice and they played like they practiced tonight."
On the first drive of the second half, White threw a perfect pass between double-coverage that found the hands of Camp who secured the catch and the win for South.