CUMMING, Ga. — North Forsyth entered Friday night’s Region 5-AAAAAAA game against South averaging 52 points per game in region play. But they had not seen a defense of the caliber of the War Eagles.
South’s defense intercepted Ben Bales, one of the top QBs in the state in yardage, four times in the win. Three of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns. The War Eagles held North (5-3, 2-1) to 311 yards of total offense just a week after the Raiders had totaled 627 against Lambert.
It was South’s defense who began the scoring early in the first quarter with Landon Sims picking off a tipped ball and returning it for a score.
Jared Honey and quarterback Cal Morris each scored on rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to put South up 20-0.
North got on the scoreboard with three minutes left in the quarter on a touchdown pass from Bales to Tristan Howard, but a pick-six from Jake Wilson, his second interception of the game, was returned over 75 yards to give South a 26-7 lead at the half.
Honey’s second and third touchdowns came in the second half, with a 36-yard rushing score late in the third and a 15-yard reception early in the fourth.
South’s Caleb Outlaw came down with South’s fourth interception in the fourth quarter, returning it 15-yards to put the War Eagles firmly in the lead at 47-10.
With its region wins over Lambert, Milton and North, South Forsyth is alone atop the Region 5-AAAAAAA standings with two games remaining.
South (7-1, 3-0) will take on Forsyth Central (0-8, 0-3) next Friday before closing out their regular season against West Forsyth (6-2, 2-1). If South wins next week and North Forsyth beats West, South will clinch the region championship.
(South Forsyth’s 56-10 win over Pinecrest Academy was forfeited earlier this week due to South reporting to the GHSA that an academically ineligible player had played in the game).