News, notes and observations from this past Friday's high school football action.
South Forsyth senior running back Tyler LaFlamme finished with 435 rushing yards—the fourth-best single game total in state history—in Friday’s 42-34 win over Chattahoochee. LaFlamme scored a touchdown in each quarter: a 7-yard run in the first, a 39-yard run in the second, a 7-yard run in the third, and runs of 7 and 10 yards in the final frame.
The list, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association:
476 yards – Don Calloway (Miller County), 1999 vs. Lanier County
469 – Chris Clay (Randolph-Clay), 2007 vs. Albany
463 – Durante Dunson (Heard County), 2013 vs. Jefferson
435 – LaFlamme
434 – Michael Franklin (Carver-Atlanta), 1987 vs. Archer
Seventh on that list? Champ Bailey, a two-time All-SEC player at the University of Georgia and 12-time NFL Pro Bowl cornerback, with a 417-yard game for Charlton County in 1995.
Region 6 takes week off
Every team in Region 6-AAAAAA has a bye this Friday, Oct. 3, at the halfway point of the regular season. It comes at a good time for a number of teams. West Forsyth running back/kick returner Austin Reid has an extra week to recover from a concussion suffered at Habersham Central on Sept. 19, and Northview’s best receiver, Matty Biondich, who sprained an ankle on the Titans’ first series at West, may not miss any action.
As of now, here’s how the playoff picture shakes out (top four teams qualify for state playoffs):
Northview (4-0 in region) — Next game: Oct. 10 at South Forsyth
Alpharetta (4-0) — Next game: vs. Centennial
South Forsyth (4-0) — Next game: vs. Northview
Centennial (3-1) — Next game: at Alpharetta
Lambert (2-2) — Next game: vs. Habersham Central
West Forsyth (2-2) — Next game: vs. North Forsyth
Chattahoochee (1-3) — Next game: at Johns Creek
Habersham Central, Johns Creek, North Forsyth: (0-4)
Central over .500
It seems like we’ve been writing “This is the first time Forsyth Central has been [insert milestone here] since [insert year]” quite a bit the past five weeks, and here we are again. With Friday’s 41-13 win over a previously undefeated Riverwood team, the Bulldogs are 3-2 and over .500 at the season’s halfway mark for the first time since 2001.
Central has several winnable games left on the schedule—a home date with North Atlanta (1-4), a trip to North Springs (0-4)—and two tough games—at Sprayberry (3-2) and at home against Cambridge. Last Friday, Cambridge lost, 28-27, to Class AAAAA No. 4 Kell on a 40-yard hail mary as time expired.
Torgerson emerging for Wolverines
West Forsyth sophomore Grant Torgerson didn’t play much in the Wolverines’ first two games, but he’s been a weapon in recent weeks. Torgerson rushed for 82 yards in Friday’s loss to Northview and keyed the Wolverines’ best drive of the night.
With less than three minutes to play in the third quarter, Torgerson broke free for a 47-yard gain on 3rd-and-3, moving West to the Northview 30. He lost four yards on the next play, but on 3rd-and-9, the sophomore picked up 16 yards, down to the Titans’ 13. The Wolverines would score three plays later to draw within 20-14.