South Forsyth 49, Johns Creek 10
Johns Creek 0 3 7 0–10
South Forsyth 14 14 21 0–49
SF: Camp 26 pass from White (kick good), 8:08
SF: Camp 13 pass from White (kick good), 4:21
SF: Landrum 5 run (kick good), 5:08
JC: FG Fraint 27, 2:22
SF: LaFlamme 38 run (kick good), 0:33
JC: Nalecz 80 run (kick good), 11:46
SF: LaFlamme 64 pass from White (kick good), 11:29
SF: Verdon 1 run (kick good), 3:47
SF: Mingo 44 run (kick good), 1:20
South Forsyth took care of business and remained in the hunt for the No. 2 seed out of Region 6-AAAAAA with a 49-10 victory over Johns Creek on Friday night.
"The key to the game was how we started," South head coach Jeff Arnette said. "We came out strong on both sides of the ball, and it was good to play a lot of seniors out here tonight."
The War Eagles (6-3, 6-2 Region 6-AAAAAA) wasted no time to get going, scoring touchdowns on each of their first two drives.
Matthew White connected with Jalen Camp from 26 yards out. The pair connected again from 13 yards out when Camp (three catches, 45 yards, two touchdowns) made an acrobatic play to get in the end zone less than four minutes later.
"Jalen made some huge plays early tonight," Arnette said. "He’s really turning into that big play guy for us."
Johns Creek (1-8, 1-7) couldn’t get anything going in the first half, and South’s defense deserves all the credit for that. South held the Gladiators to just 93 total yards, two first downs, and Curtis Roach added an interception as the War Eagles built a 28-3 halftime lead.
"I thought defensively we were swarming all over the field," Arnette said. "I was proud of the way our defense came out early in the game."
The defense wasn’t too shabby in the second half either. While Johns Creek ended up with 241 rushing yards on the night, 143 yards came on two separate runs from quarterback Kevin Nalecz. The Gladiators were also held to just 12 yards though the air and went 2-of-10 on third down conversions in the game.
"We played great," Tyler LaFlamme said. "We knew we had a big game with Lambert coming up next week, but we still didn’t overlook this game."
LaFlamme carried the load for South in the first half, racking up 140 yards on 15 carries, as well as a 64-yard touchdown reception.
"We were just grinding out drives and doing our thing tonight," LaFlamme said.
In the second half, South spread the wealth. Ten different players carried the ball for the War Eagles. As a team, South ended up with 316 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries. Sam Outlaw had nine carries for 54 yards and Julian Mingo added 66 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Griffin Landrum, an offensive lineman, scored on a five-yard run in the second quarter.
"I was really proud of our team," Arnette said. "We came out and played real hard, real fast. We talked all week about taking care of business and not looking ahead to next week."
But now the War Eagles finally can look ahead to their season finale with archrival Lambert. Friday’s matchup at The Horn in Suwanee will have all kinds of playoff implications. South could potentially host a state playoff game for the first time in school history if it can get past the Longhorns.
"Just playing Lambert is a huge game," Arnette said. "But with what’s riding on this game on top of it, that’s what high school football is all about."