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EXTRA POINTS: Austin Reid's return sparks West Forsyth
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West Forsyth's Austin Reid scored on this fourth-quarter play, but the touchdown was negated due to a holding penalty. - photo by Micah Green

Friday, Oct. 24 football schedule (all games 7:30 p.m.)

Lambert at West Forsyth

South Forsyth at Alpharetta

Centennial at North Forsyth

Forsyth Central at North Springs

Pinecrest Academy at Fellowship Christian

Horizon Christian at Kings Academy

West Forsyth junior slot back Austin Reid left the Wolverines’ Sept. 19 game at Habersham Central with a concussion and missed West’s next two games—a loss to Northview and a win over North Forsyth. Reid came back in a big way on Friday’s 27-14 win at South Forsyth by scoring two touchdowns; he had a third score called back because of a holding penalty in the fourth quarter.

“I think you see why Austin is a big deal,” West head coach Adam Clack said. “He stretches a defense vertically, horizontally, wherever he goes. We had the reverse off wildcat waiting”—that Reid took 10 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter—“but South actually defended it pretty well. They had guys in position to make a stop but Austin just out-ran everyone.”

Reid finished with 67 yards on seven touches, or nearly a first down every time he got the ball.

87-yard drive jump-started Wolverines

When South’s Tyler LaFlamme took a toss off left tackle and scored from 16 yards out, then ran in the two-point conversion (after a West penalty), with 8:38 to play in the first half, it appeared that the War Eagles were waking up. West, on the road and down a point, killed the War Eagles’ momentum with a touchdown drive that consumed 5:33 and traveled 87 yards.

The Wolverines, backed up to their own four-yard line after consecutive penalties, dialed up a deep throw to Nate Schmitz that gained 33 yards on second-and-20. Hampton McConnell gained 10 yards on a third-and-1 to move in to South territory. After a Cameron Kline sack put West in third-and-16, McConnell dropped a screen pass to Grant Torgerson, who weaved 31 yards to the South 19. Torgerson picked up 9 more yards on third-and-7 from the South 16 and scored on a 5-yard run to put the Wolverines in front for good.

Lambert defense keeps Horns in playoff hunt

Lambert scored just three points on Friday and still managed to beat a Northview team that had been averaging upwards of 36 points per game. It was the fewest points scored by the Longhorns in a win in Lambert history. Northview hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown in 101 minutes and 44 seconds of game time, since Josh Moran’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter at West Forsyth on Sept. 26.

The Longhorns’ Justyn Jean-Felix stepped up with what could be a season-changing play, intercepting a DJ Pearson throw intended for Nate Phillips at the Longhorn 2 yard line with less than a minute to play and Lambert clinging to a 3-0 lead. The Longhorns held on to move to 4-2 in Region 6-AAAAAA, tied for third with Northview (which Lambert now holds a tiebreaker over), West Forsyth (the Horns and Wolverines play this Friday) and Centennial (which beat Lambert 28-21 this season).