On a night where Ben Bresnahan ran for two touchdowns, threw for another one and was named homecoming king, it was West Forsyth’s defense and special teams units that provided the spark the Wolverines needed to get past Forsyth Central, 38-19.
Initially, the game was slanted heavily towards the Wolverines. At the 3:50 mark of the second quarter, West was up 17-0. With 2:21 left in the second quarter, West found itself up 31-0.
In those 89 seconds, cornerback Abraham Camara returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown. The Wolverines defense the forced a three-and-out, blocked Central’s punt, recovered it on the eight-yard line and, on the only offensive play of their 14-0 run, has Bresnahan run eight yards for a touchdown.
“(Camara) made the great play. Made the pick,” West Forsyth coach Shawn Cahill said. “I really feel like that kind of changed (the game) a little bit for the rest of the half…and then we scored a couple more.
“(Defense and special teams) stepped up and made plays and that’s really what we needed. Not for a boost, but just to get through a game like this.”
Camara wasn’t done at the half, however, as he returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 70 yards for his second touchdown of the game.
Offensively for West, it was a lot of Bresnahan, but not necessarily in the conventional sense.
Up 10-0 early in the second quarter with the ball on the Central 25-yard line, West dialed up a pass for Bresnahan. The Vanderbilt commit caught a lateral out wide and threw a perfect strike to a wide-open Bryce Jones for the touchdown.
“At that point, it was just one of those things that you need a play,” Cahill said. “And we thought as much as we’re giving it to (Bresnahan), let him throw it.
“I don’t know if (Jones) could’ve been more open because when (Bresnahan) gets it, people go to him, and it worked.”
With the score 31-0 at halftime, most of the West starters called it a night, which didn’t start out well for the Wolverines, who fumbled their first offensive snap, leading to a Central touchdown.
After the blunder, West (5-2, 1-1 Region 5-7A) was able to recover and salted away the rest of the game despite two rushing touchdowns from Central (0-7, 0-2) running back Devran Orsan in the second half.