WOODSTOCK -- Cameron Schurr broke through multiple tackles to take a screen pass 61 yards for a score with just over 3 minutes remaining, giving South Forsyth a 32-31 win over Etowah in a back-and-forth game Friday.
Schurr led South Forsyth (2-1) with seven catches for 195 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown on the game's second play from scrimmage to give his team the opening score.
The War Eagles used two different quarterbacks. Sophomore Kyle Durham went 15-for-18 for 285 yards, but it was senior Joe Slott who connected with Schurr for the winning play, part of his 4-for-7 passing for 92 yards.
After falling behind 13-0 in the first quarter, Etowah (1-2) stormed back to lead the game at halftime.
Tailback Nick Maddox dove into the end zone on a 2-yard run to cut the South Forsyth lead to 13-7 with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter. On the War Eagles' next possession, the Eagles' Jaiden Maddox recovered a fumble to set Etowah up in good field position.
One play later, quarterback Dalton Miller found Jackson Manns for a 33-yard touchdown and a 14-13 lead early in the second quarter.
Manns was Miller's leading target Friday, grabbing eight catches for 115 yards. Miller was almost perfect, going 22-for-24 for 302 yards.
Etowah led 28-19 at the intermission but, ultimately, costly second-half turnovers spoiled their shot at a win.
"I think it's pretty clear that turnovers killed our team" Etowah coach Dave Svehla said. "We had a fumble on a pass that went 45 yards, a fumble on a pass that went 20 yards, so we've got to take care of the football. On our next-to-last drive (in the fourth quarter), we felt like we were handling things well, and then we committed a penalty. Those things didn't lose the game on their own, but they definitely hurt us."
On the ensuing possession after Schurr gave South Forsyth its 32-31 lead, Etowah quickly drove for two first downs before a fumbled exchange in the backfield was recovered by South Forsyth with 2:38 remaining.
The War Eagles were able to run out the clock to seal the win.
"I think we got shocked (early in the game), but our defense clamped down well," Svehla said. "I thought our defense played so much better later in the game. Even that (winning) touchdown, we've got the (receiver) dead to rights at the line of scrimmage, and he makes a great play. That's what this game is about -- making plays -- and they made one more than we did."
Etowah will look to get back in the win column next week when it hosts Pebblebrook.