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Football: West Forsyth can't overcome Whitfield injury, falls to McCallie
Drew Southern
West Forsyth quarterback Drew Southern, left, attempts a pass Friday during the Wolverines' 19-9 loss to McCallie (Tenn.). Photo by Ben Hendren

Shawn Cahill knows Drew Southern can play anywhere on the football field.

During the first half of West Forsyth's season, that's meant time on offense, defense and special teams.

On Friday, Southern played all three.

Forced to step in at quarterback after starter Blake Whitfield injured his shoulder, Southern completed 8 of 16 passes for 74 yards as West fell to McCallie (Tenn.) 19-9.

“He stepped in and did a decent job," Cahill said. "The fact that he’s been starting at safety for us, he just hasn’t gotten a lot of reps. We’ve brought him in to make sure he gets snaps, but not enough for what the gameplan was.”

Whitfield left the game in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on an 8-yard sack.

Cahill said Whitfield, who finished 1-of-1 passing for 12 yards, will get an X-ray on Saturday.

“You just hope for the best, you know," Cahill said. "I told him before the game, I said, ‘I’m going to protect you and not run you a lot tonight.’ He was just rolling out and the kid fell on him.”

Whitfield led the Wolverines in rushing during last week's 27-10 win against Peachtree Ridge, and he also threw for a season-high 204 yards and two scores.

West's first offensive snap Friday sailed past Whitfield and into the end zone for a quick safety, giving McCallie a 2-0 lead. 

Southern's first play after replacing Whitfield was a 29-yard strike to sophomore Oscar Delp, which set up the Wolverines on McCallie's 8-yard line.

A 23-yard field goal by junior Alex Wilson gave West a 3-2 lead, but the Wolverines' offense stagnated after that drive, going three-and-out three times and running nine plays for -11 yards.

Southern, who started at safety, remained on defense after taking over at quarterback and even saw time at punt returner.

“He’s not a typical backup right now, where you’d have your backup with you offensively all the time, so anything kind of new or little wrinkles that we put in, we couldn’t run tonight," Cahill said. "He did a good job. He stepped in, and we were trying to teach him stuff on the sideline on the fly, and he was getting it, but it’s just different when you’re in the fire.

“It was old-school football. You’ve got a kid playing both ways and you’ve just got to yell things on the field and hope he gets it.”

Junior running back Daba Fofana provided the biggest sparks on offense, as the last play before halftime was a 23-yard run by Fofana, and his first carry following the break went for 28 yards. He led the Wolverines with 67 yards on 12 carries.

Fofana also impressed on special teams, punting four times for 181 yards (45.3 average).

Junior Dalton Tjong intercepted a pass in the end zone and had a 93-yard touchdown on a punt return in the fourth quarter

The game, which was marred by multiple personal fouls by both teams, ended on a sour note when McCallie's players sprinted off the field before shaking hands with West's players. 

Cahill said McCallie head coach Ralph Potter shook his hand after the game but did not offer any explanation.