MT. AIRY – Grant Torgerson rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns as the West Forsyth Wolverines piled up 450 yards of offense in a 56-35 victory against Habersham Central on Friday in a Region 6-AAAAAA game.
West (2-2, 2-1) built off last week’s win over Chattahoochee to continue its climb back from the program’s first-ever 0-2 start as the Wolverines displayed the kind of offensive firepower they’ve become known for over the past few seasons.
Quarterback Hampton McConnell threw for 210 yards and a touchdown as West scored 28 points in the first half on just 24 plays.
And yet the Wolverines led just 28-21 at the half over a Raiders team that entered the game on a 16-game losing streak dating back to 2012, the longest in school history.
"A team like Habersham, they’re hungry," West head coach Adam Clack said. "They’re hungry for a win. You open the door a little bit, and they’re going to be excited to plow right through it. Defense made some great adjustments in the second half … and those adjustments paid off."
Indeed, the Wolverines switched from a 3-4 to a 4-4 defensive scheme and forced three three-and-outs against the Raiders (0-4, 0-3) to start the second half. West meanwhile built its lead to 56-21 and never looked back.
"Still a work in progress," Clack said. "Still trying to put four quarters together."
West’s offense rolled along despite a scary injury to running back Austin Reid with 2:08 left in the fourth quarter. Reid left the field under his own power but was later taken off the field on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Clack said Reid was diagnosed with a mild concussion and is questionable for the Wolverines’ next game against Northview.
"We were fearful that it was pretty severe, but the CAT scan and everything came out negative," Clack said. "They diagnosed it as a mild concussion right now, so that’s great news.
"We’ll just take it as it comes. We’d never put a kid in any kind of danger. We’ll follow the protocol and make some [personnel] adjustments as we go."