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South rebounds with big road win
War Eagles improve to 5-1 with 31-24 win at Chattahoochee
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Souths Tyler LaFlamme and the War Eagles found lots of room to run in their 31-24 victory at Chattahoochee on Friday. South rushed for 347 yards as a team, with LaFlamme accounting for 128. - photo by Jerod Ray

JOHNS CREEK – South Forsyth leaned on its running game to knock off Chattahoochee 31-24 in a come-from-behind win on Friday at The Arena.

The win for the War Eagles (5-1, 2-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA) snapped a five-game losing streak against their North Fulton rivals, marking their first win over the Cougars since 2005.

"This win says that we’re a different South Forsyth," running back Isaiah Williams said. "A lot of people don’t expect that, but we’re a different South Forsyth."

South’s head coach Jeff Arnette was impressed by the resiliency of his team.

"We’ve been behind in four of the five wins we’ve had," Arnette said. "I don’t know what else you can say about a football team that’s down but just finds ways to comeback."

South dominated on the ground, tallying 347 yards on 63 carries.

Williams led the way for the War Eagles’ ground attack with 149 yards on 16 carries. But it was far from a solo performance, as junior running back Tyler LaFlamme added 128 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, while fullback Brett Larkin did his part with 39 yards and two touchdowns.

"We saw where they were weak on defense and we attacked it," Williams said. "You have to exploit that weakness, and that’s what we did. Everybody was grinding. Our whole offensive line was working their tails off the whole time, so that definitely makes it easy for me."

Lineman Griffin Landrum, Caleb Lummus, Ross Schaber, Kyle Watford, and Davis Winkie created holes for much of the night and guided South to victory.

"I think our preparation in the bye week was the key," Watford said. "We practiced really hard. And we studied film a lot. We really came together as a team in the bye week after the loss to Alpharetta. I’m really proud of how we played today."

Arnette couldn’t say enough about his team and how far the program has come, and continued to preach of the "New South."

"It’s like I tell our kids, it’s a new South Forsyth." Arnette said. "Just the fact that we never give up and we keep coming back, just says a lot about the kids in the program and the coaches in the program. They believe. They can get behind and they still believe they’re going to win, that’s what makes this group special."