By David Purdum / For the AJC
South Forsyth ran the ball 40 consecutive times during a momentum-changing stretch that led the War Eagles to a 31-24 win at Chattahoochee on Friday.
Tyler LaFlamme and Brett Larkin each rushed for two scores. LaFlamme’s 1-yard plunge with 2:50 to play sealed the War Eagles’ first win over Chattahoochee since 2005. South Forsyth rushed for 327 yards.
Isaiah Williams led South Forsyth with 130 rushing yards, and LaFlamme finished with 124 behind an offensive line comprised of Griffin Landrum, Caleb Lummus, Kyle Watford, Ross Schaber and Davis Winkle.
“Our offensive line was incredible, and so were our running backs,” said South Forsyth coach Jeff Arnette, whose War Eagles improved to 5-1 and 1-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA. “We’ve been down in four of our five wins and been able to come back, which is just a great testament to our kids and our staff. It’s fun to see them have some success and fun to see us go home for three straight games. I can’t say enough about what a great win this was.”
Chattahoochee (3-2, 1-2 6-AAAAAA) jumped out to a 10-0 lead on a Taz Wilson touchdown pass to Collin Lisa and an Adam Abdellaoui field goal. Adam Perlberg recovered a fumble at the South Forsyth 39 to set up Chattahoochee’s first score. Wilson found a wide-open Lisa for a 26-yard touchdown reception, putting the Cougars up 7-0, late in the first quarter.
After a South Forsyth score, Wilson connected with Avery Ward on a 73-yard touchdown strike to put the Cougars up 17-7 with five minutes to go before halftime. Chattahoochee wouldn’t score again until late in the fourth quarter.
Wilson completed 16 of 26 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns.
With Chattahoochee leading 10-0, South Forsyth mounted its first scoring drive, capped by Larkin’s 1-yard touchdown run with five minutes to play. Williams’ 40-yard burst up the middle highlighted the scoring drive for the War Eagles.
The War Eagles ran the ball 10 straight times on their next drive, with LaFlamme plowing in from 1 yard out to cut the Cougars’ lead to 17-14 at the half.
Arnette opened the second half with 30 consecutive runs, helping South Forsyth possess the ball for all but five minutes of the last two quarters.
South Forsyth 0 14 3 14 — 31
Chattahoochee 7 10 0 7 — 24
C – Collin Lisa 26 pass from Taz Wilson (Adam Abdellaoui kick)
C – Abdellaoui 47 field goal
SF – Brett Larkin 1 run (Alex Barbir kick)
C – Avery Ward 73 pass from Wilson (Abdellaoui kick)
SF – Tyler LaFlamme 1 run (Barbir kick)
SF – Barbir 37 field goal
SF – Larkin 1 run (Barbir kick)
SF – LaFlamme 1 run (Babir kick)
C – Wilson 16 run (Abdellaoui kick)