South Forsyth 30, South Gwinnett 23
David Skaggs For the Forsyth County News
SNELLVILLE – The South Forsyth War Eagles got a phenomenal 75-yard touchdown run by quarterback Cal Morris with less than two minutes remaining in the game to down the South Gwinnett Comets, 30-23, on Friday.
Both teams came out slow to begin the game, with the 10th-ranked War Eagles taking just an 8-7 lead into halftime, but it did not take long for both offenses to take off in the second half. It started with a 23-yard touchdown run by Morris, his first of three total touchdowns on the night, and followed that up with an 18 yard strike from Morris to Ryan Pontrelli. The Comets would respond with 16 straight points of their own, including two touchdown passes from quarterback Treyvon Woodson, who would finish the game with 330 yards through the air and three total touchdowns. Then, with two minutes remaining and looking at a 3rd and 10, South Forsyth’s Morris scrambled from the pocket, broke about five tackles, and then got loose, taking off for 75 yards and what would prove to be the game winning touchdown.
“I told him I’ve been doing this 27 years, and I don’t know that I’ve seen that a whole lot,” South Forsyth head coach Jeff Arnette said about Morris’ play. “That was just crazy. It shows just how bad our team wants to win. It just says a lot about them. We overcame a lot, and these kids found a way to win.” Morris knew how much this game meant, and that he had plenty of people to thank for the final result. “That was amazing. [I just want to say] all the glory to God,” he said. “That’s all I got to say. My teammates work so hard in the offseason, and to have it all pay off in the end, even when we’re down like that, it’s just so fun.”
The War Eagles’ star running back Jared Honey took on a heavy workload in this one with 29 carries for 95 yards. The defense also came up big in the victory with a combined four sacks and two interceptions, and Morris said he believes that the team learned a lot from this contest.“[We learned that] teams are good enough to beat us,” said Morris. “They had us down [23-22], and we haven’t been down like that in a while.”
But Coach Arnette was very proud of the way his team performed as a whole tonight.
“You know, just like I told them, they’re resilient,” said Coach Arnette. “Thank the Lord for this victory; I want to do that first. Our team is so resilient. We didn’t play our best tonight, that’s for sure. We had to overcome a lot of penalties (12 for 110 yards); there was about five interference calls. I don’t know if I’ve ever been a part of that.”
The win was the 100th of Arnette’s career.