CUMMING, Ga. — As the adage goes, defense wins championships.
South Forsyth earned their second region title in three years with a 5-0 run in Region 5-AAAAAAA play this season. The region crown was capped off with a 28-14 win over West Forsyth Friday night with another stout performance from the War Eagles’ defense.
In a region where they faced the offensive firepower of North Forsyth, Milton and West and solid scoring ability from Lambert and Central, West’s defense dominated.
The War Eagles did not allow more than 14 points in their five region games. On Friday night, West became the only team to score two touchdowns against South in region play this season.
Head coach Jeff Arnette said his defense continues to impress him throughout the season.
“I think they’ve done an incredible job,” he said. “The way they run to the football sets a high standard and they are relentless. The pass rush is incredible and the secondary does a great job. It’s just been a great year for our defense.”
South held the Wolverines scoreless until the fourth quarter Friday night after the War Eagles offense gave them plenty of wiggle room.
Quarterback Cal Morris put the War Eagles firmly in the lead late in the third quarter with a 28-0 lead. Morris accounted for all four of South’s touchdowns, three passing and one rushing.
“Cal had such a great game and made a lot of big plays for us.” Arnette said.
Continuing his impressive freshman season, Ze’Vian Capers hauled in eight receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jared Honey also scored on a pass from Morris.
And with another stalwart performance from its defense and Morris’ standout game, the War Eagles celebrated their 10th straight on-field victory with the region trophy.
“It’s the top goal from day one and they worked and prepared for that all season,” Arnette said. “The kids played extremely hard and it was a big night for us.”
South will look to continue their unbeaten streak in their fourth straight trip to the postseason.
Even as the No. 1 seed, the War Eagles face a challenge in the first round in hosting Mountain View.
“They’re extremely talented,” Arnette said. “We got a tough draw.”
South will turn to its senior leadership to lead them in the playoffs, hoping to better their deep run of 2015.
“I feel like our captains and senior leadership is great in keeping us focused,” Arnette said. “We expect that to continue in the playoffs.”
South’s region title was its third all-time.