Adam Clack, who was West Forsyth's head football coach from 2014 to 2016, won the Class 7A state championship with Milton on Wednesday night, with the Eagles beating Colquitt County 14-13 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It's just the second time that a former Forsyth County head coach has won a state title, after former North Forsyth coach Bruce Miller did it with Gainesville in 2012. Former North head coach Blair Armstrong won a share of a title with Peachtree Ridge when the Lions tied Roswell in 2006.
Clack came to West as an assistant on Frank Hepler's staff and was promoted from offensive coordinator when Hepler left to take a job in Florida. He helped the Wolverines reach the playoffs his last season years at West, both of which ended in first-round losses, before taking the job at Milton, the Wolverines' Region 5-7A rival, in 2017.
"When you look at some of the things that are in place more from I guess you would call them structural standpoint, not just standing structures, but foundational structures of feeder program, the way the facilities are set up ... (I) feel like sports have a little more autonomy in Fulton County," Clack said at the time.
Clack led the Eagles to a 9-3 record and second-place finish in the region in his first year at Milton, with the team's only Region 5-7A loss coming to South Forsyth, and Milton was the only team from the region to win a state playoff game. The Eagles were downright dominant in 2018, going 5-0 in the region and winning those games by an average of 35.8 points, and packed with Division I talent, like Clemson commit Joseph Charleston at safety and Georgia Tech commit Jordan Yates at quarterback.
The Eagles' championship game victory was their second one-point win of the playoffs, after they beat Hillgrove 20-19 in the quarterfinals. It could also be seen as a considerable upset, as Colquitt County was the consensus No. 1-ranked team in the state.
The Packers opened the scoring with a field goal just over halfway through the first quarter, but Milton responded with a touchdown on a trick play less than two minutes later to take a 7-3 lead. Colquitt took a 10-7 lead into halftime, but the Eagles got a rushing touchdown from Josh Edwards 13 seconds into the fourth quarter, and Colquitt County could only manage a field goal in response.