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South Forsyth runs over Lassiter in battle of top-10 teams

War Eagles close out non-region play 5-0 with 37-20 win



CUMMING, Ga. — For the past few seasons, South Forsyth has been the on paper underdog that been able to stick with and sometimes beat the state’s most prolific programs. But this year could mark the season where South Forsyth is suddenly the team to beat.

The War Eagles improved to 5-0 with a 37-20 win over Lassiter at home Friday night in a battle of two undefeated teams ranked in the top-10 in Class 7A.

South used its rushing attack to power a 28-point second half to close out its non-region schedule with a win.

South found the scoreboard twice in the first half with Cal Morris connecting with Ryan Pontrelli for a 13-yard touchdown and a 30-yard field goal from Alex Hardy. At the half, South trailed 10-9, but found its offensive rhythm in the second half while its defense held the Trojans at bay.

“The defense played well in the first half, but we took over in the second,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “We got pressure, stopped the run and made them go to the pass.”

Arnette said defensive adjustments were made at the half to limit Lassiter’s curl area and allowed for more pressure.

These adjustments and execution allowed South to hold Lassiter to a single touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter, with South firmly in the lead. Lassiter entered the contest scoring nearly 40 points per game.

While it’s defense stopped the Lassiter’s rushing charge, Jared Honey, Jordan Brunson and Daryn Rogers powered South’s rushing attack.

Honey accounted for 190 yards and three touchdowns with Brunson rushing for over 60 yards and a score.

“The offensive line played extremely well and our running backs ran hard,” South head coach Jeff Arnette said. “We controlled the line of scrimmage.”

South scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half and cruised to the win.

Though South will enter Region 5-AAAAAAA play undefeated, Arnette knows the games that really matter are still ahead.

“It’s great to be 5-0 and some of those big games, but we haven’t done what is going to help us win the region or get in the playoffs,” he said.

The War Eagles have bye this week before hosting Lambert Oct. 6. Arnette said his team will look to improve in the off week before concentrating on the rivalry game next Monday.

South fell to Lambert 28-20 last season.

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