South Forsyth 31, Chattahoochee 24

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)

9 comments Add your comment

Da Coach

October 12th, 2013
12:24 pm

Hooch just plainly got out played and out coached. Key injuries haven’t helped them either, two of their best linemen were out with knee injuries. I think only 1 of the original starting 5 offensive linemen started last night. The Hooch coaches didn’t adjust their defense against the SF running game. I don’t think that SF completed a single pass last night, although I believe they may have had only 4 or 5 attempts. SF came in playing old fashion smash mouth football and they certainly smashed Hooch in the mouth. Game well played SF. Some advice to the Hooch coaches 1) Get your two linemen healthy and get back to your original starting 5. Hooch needs consistent snaps and good blocking. 2) Teach your defensive players to tackle and not grab at the ball. 3) Teach your linebackers to come up into the hole to tackle the running back, not to sit back and wait for the running back to come to them. 4) Quit having your defensive line play soft, get a rush going. Just some friendly words of advice from an old coach. Good luck against Alpharetta.


October 12th, 2013
8:41 pm

Give Chase Nelson the ball…. one of the best backs in the state, but cant get the ball??? I think he only got 2 carries last night… coaches need to rethink their strategy.

Da Coach

October 12th, 2013
10:04 pm

Chase is a great back, but everyone is keying on him, did you see what happened when they ran play action with Chase? ( the only time I have ever seen Hooch run play action) Colin Lisa was wide open in the end zone 6 for Hooch. But I will tell you. Get that original starting 5 offensive line in the game and Chase will have room to run. He can’t run when there are second string linemen in the trenches. They need to get 75, 58, and 60 in the game if they want a chance at the playoffs. Who is the 63 kid, he’s big, but he cannot block


October 13th, 2013
1:30 pm

I agree with you in the fact that getting those linemen back would help; however, still to not give the ball to one of your best players, in my mind, is crazy. see what he can do. Chase continues to be under utilized in an offense that is underperforming. Frustrating to watch as you know from previous years that he has and has had the ability to breakout but it seems like the coaches arent willing to give him the chance… whichever college gives him the chance is really getting a steal in a running back since he is flying under the radar…

Da Coach

October 13th, 2013
3:35 pm

with those big guys back in the line, Nelson will get his chance to run and low and behold the passing game will open up too. Amazing how all of that comes to together. Let’s just hope this new coach sees it that way too.

Da Coach

October 13th, 2013
9:49 pm

Oh one thing I forgot to tell those coaches at Hooch. DO NOT let your QB run the ball, he is not a runner, he’s a pocket passer, his running kills your drives.


October 14th, 2013
7:59 am

Some of the worst 2nd half adjustment coaching I have seen in a while… This coaching staff is completely wasting this Senior Class… Slim pickings for Hooch over the next several years….


October 15th, 2013
10:32 pm

I totally agree with all of the comments here, but wow how a couple of years can make a difference. 3 years ago, Terry Crowder and Scott Carmichael are leading a team and community to a state championship and now Hooch is fighting for a spot in the post-season. Between Lisa, Ward, Nelson, Weisberg, Williams, Perelberg, and Sherman, that is a good core to build around. Add in the mix Wilson and the new backs, there is alot of talent that isnt focused and used correctly by some of the coaches. Once again, how does a Freshman that played in the state championship game and was a solid contributor not get the chance to be the featured back. HE IS THAT GOOD, JUST NOT GIVEN THE CHANCE TO PROVE IT!!! Meanwhile, CJ leggett and AJ Bush are getting looks by D1 Schools???!!?!? Youve got to be kidding me…I really wonder if these coaches know how to put the kids in the right position to succeed, prepare and execute the right game plan, and make the necessary adjustments. Crowder and Carmichael are greatly missed eventhough they had their issues as well….

Please just give Chase the ball and let him carry them to the post-season. He is the best chance the Hooch have to making the playoffs and the coaches should stop fighting it….

K Martin

October 18th, 2013
5:03 pm

Newsflash to: Da Coach
Wilson isn’t running by design… he’s running for his life! He knows that his strength is his arm. Unfortunately, that requires blocking & time to throw! Imagine them without Wilson… they’d probably be winless. Trust me, I’ve seen the backup. I do agree with some of what you said because better coaching (particularly on D) could have them with one or even NO losses.