South Forsyth’s defense was dominant in a 40-9 victory over Chattahoochee on Friday night.
“We just played our game,” South defensive back Curtis Roach said. “We knew our defensive lineman up front could beat their line, so we didn’t even really blitz any linebackers or anything, we just played our game.”
In the first half, South (5-0, 4-0 Region 6-AAAAAA) shut down everything Chattahoochee (0-5, 0-4) tried to do on offense. They held the Cougars to 31 yards of total offense in the half, including -13 on the ground.
“Coach Nash and his staff did a great job preparing, ‘cause they have as many skill players as anybody we play,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “We had a good scheme and the guys played extremely hard. But of course, the offense also put up 40. Coach Morris and his staff did an awesome job too. It was a good job all the way around.”
After getting stopped on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line on their opening possession, South forced Chattahoochee’s Joseph Daniels to fumble in his own end zone. The Cougars recovered it, giving South a safety and an early 2-0 lead.
“It’s never good when you get stopped on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line,” Arnette said. “But our kids bounced back.”
After scoring just 2 points in the first quarter, the War Eagles’ offense exploded for 31 points in the second quarter.
South’s junior quarterback Davis Shanley threw for three touchdowns in the quarter. The first was a 30-yard bomb to a wide-open Ronnie Chambliss in the middle of the end zone. The duo hooked up again when Shanley found Chambliss on a 20-yard fade route in the left corner of the end zone. That score was set up by Jalen Camp’s 56-yard kick return after the defense forced their second safety of the game.
Then Camp decided to get in on the touchdown action when Shanley found him on a deep slant that he took 42 yards for a score, putting South up 33-0 minutes before the half.
Shanley finished 9-for-13 for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the first half before the backups took over.
“Our offense started a little slow, but we picked it up,” tight end and defensive lineman Cameron Kline said. “Our defense just dominated the whole game.”
The War Eagles’ defense was constantly in the Cougars backfield, getting pressure on the quarterback and racking up seven first half sacks and eight in the game. They held the Cougars to just three first downs in the first half and 3-for-10 on third downs in the game.
“Well we’ve got Cameron Kline on our team,” Arnette said. “That makes a big difference. He’s having an incredible year. I think he had four more tonight, I’m just guessing on what I saw. It starts with Kline on our pass rush. We’ve got LaFlamme, Oldfield, Ennor [Armah] and Riley [Hall]. We’ve got a lot of guys that played well up front. We didn’t bring a lot of linebackers, it was mostly with our defensive line, so it starts there with the pressure we put on the quarterback, and Kline is a big part of that.”
Kline picked up three sacks in the game, but was far from the only War Eagle in the Cougars’ backfield. Ryan LaFlamme also added two to go with his blocked punt, while Ennor Armah, Grant Umberger, and Blake Oldfield each finished with one sack. Curtis Roach also added an interception to South’s stellar defensive stat sheet.
South is off next week, before going to Northview. And they’re looking to keep the unbeaten season going.
“We’re 5-0 right now, best start in school history,” Kline said. “That’s just motivation to keep getting better and better and keep making that record grow.”
South Forsyth 40, Chattahoochee 9
Chattahoochee 0 0 0 9_9
South Forsyth 2 31 7 0_40
SF_ Safety, 6:05
SF_ Chambliss 30 pass from Shanley (Barbir kick), 10:00
SF_ Epeagba 5 run (2-pt good), 6:01
SF_ Safety, 4:32
SF_ Chambliss 20 pass from Shanley (Barbir kick), 4:16
SF_ Camp 42 pass from Shanley (Barbir kick), 2:18
SF_ Epeagba 5 run (Barbir kick), 0:11
C_ Herrera 33 FG, 9:36
C_ Corrigan 4 run, 0:22