A week ago, we asked if a passing team could win Georgia’s highest classification. Lassiter is ranked No. 2 with a QB chasing the state record for career passing yards.
This week, we ask if a team that gives up 42 points in a game can win a state title. The subject is West Forsyth, which played one of the most exciting shootouts of the 2012 season Friday in defeating Alpharetta 63-42.
Alpharetta QB Joshua Dobbs was 32-of-53 passing for 514 yards and five touchdowns in a 63-42 loss to West Forsyth. According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, this is only the eighth time that a Georgia passer has thrown for more than 500 yards in a game.
And his team lost.
West Forsyth QB A.J. Erdely (6-4, 205) rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and was 9-of-16 passing for 159 yards. His 51-yard pooch punt in the final minutes of the game ended a streak of 19 consecutive possessions in which West Forsyth had scored.
West Forsyth is averaging 44.8 points, 302 rushing yards and 168 passing yards per game. The Wolverines are allowing 25.0 points per game, although they’ve faced two great offenses in Gainesville (QB going to Clemson) and Alpharetta (QB going to Arizona State).
A year ago, West Forsyth made the quarterfinals and lost to Grayson 33-7.
Can a team like this win a state title?
Reminder: Brookwood allowed 38 points twice in 2010 and won a title, once in the state championship game. The other was in two overtimes.