After forcing a punt on South Forsyth’s next possession, the Raiders put together a 13-play, 65-yard touchdown drive that took 6:33 off the clock. Bodiford’s second touchdown, on a 7-yard run, made it 35-14 with 2:39 left.
South Forsyth closed the gap to 35-21 on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Ty Watkins to Dash Moore with 1:18 remaining, but Walton recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock.
“We just didn’t play our cleanest game in the first half,” Brunner said. “Eventually we kinda got rolling in the second half, and that’s what we needed to do. At no point did I feel like we were losing control, but we weren’t controlling it like we would’ve liked to.”
Walton dominated the game statistically. The Raiders outgained South Forsyth 429-254 in total yards and had almost a two-to-one advantage in time of possession and offensive plays.
Bodiford finished with 130 yards rushing on 28 carries, giving him 1,405 this season. Hunter Teal led the receivers with six catches for 111 yards, followed by Sonderman (5-73) and Ayden Jackson (4-71).
Hecklinski was 21-of-33 passing and increased his yardage total 2,987 for the season.
Trailing by seven points at halftime, South Forsyth (6-5) got back in the game when Watkins threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Chris Nelson on the second play of the third quarter. Walton answered with a 76-yard drive in five plays that led to Hecklinski’s second touchdown pass to Sonderman.
Watkins provided the bulk of the offense for South Forsyth. He was 13-of-17 passing for 195 yards, although 130 of those yards came on the touchdown passes, and he was sacked seven times. He also scored the War Eagles’ first touchdown on a 32-yard run in the first quarter that tied the game 7-7.
“The offense did a great job,” Brunner said. “We were very efficient with the ball. We would put together some long drives and finish, and that was huge for us. [South Forsyth] was a good offense over there, and we did a good job of keeping them off the field. The defense stepped up when they needed to and made some big plays against that quarterback.”
South Forsyth - 7-0-7-7 - 21
Walton - 7-7-7-14 - 35
W - Wyatt Sonderman 21 pass from Jeremy Hecklinski (Alex Rupp kick), 6:47
S - Ty Watkins 32 run (Davis Little kick), 4:13
W - Hecklinski 9 run (Rupp kick), 8:04
S - Chris Nelson 80 pass from Watkins (Little kick), 11:11
W - Sonderman 13 pass from Hecklinski (Rupp kick), 9:41
W - Makari Bodiford 24 run (Rupp kick), 11:55
W - Bodiford 7 run (Rupp kick), 2:39
S - Dash Moore 50 pass from Watkins (Little kick), 1:18