West Forsyth quarterback Kiernen Hamilton threw for 160 of his 211 yards and two of his three touchdowns in the first half as the Wolverines knocked off Chattahoochee 45-27 on Friday at home to earn its first win of the season.
West (1-2, 1-1 Region 6-AAAAAA) jumped out to an early 31-0 lead behind Hamilton finished 19 of 30 for 211 yards and three touchdowns along with two interceptions. He also ran four times for 18 yards.
“I think the offense played well in the first half,” Hamilton said. “Offense struggled a little bit in the second half; but we came out strong and got the [win].”
Chattahoochee came out in the second half determined to get back in the game by outscoring the Wolverines 27-7 in a 15-minute span ending at the nine minute mark of the fourth quarter. West would officially put the Cougars away with a late touchdown run by senior running back Kwon Miller with just four minutes left.
West head coach Adam Clack was certainly pleased with his team’s ability to bounce back after suffering a tough loss last week at Alpharetta, losing by giving up a touchdown with just 13 seconds left.
“I just think, overall, execution in the first half, it wasn’t really big plays, but execution,” Clack said. “We executed our scheme. We made the right reads. Throwing, catching the balls; making the right blocks. Defense was tackling well. [The defense] was breaking on the ball; they were in the right spots.
“In the second half, I don’t know if flat is the word, but lack of urgency. Chattahoochee made a few plays in the second half to make the game look the way does here in the end.”
Junior tailback Grant Torgerson, along with Miller, combined to rush 33 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolverines. Receiver Garrett Broxson had six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown which a put an end to a 14-0 run Chattahoochee had going early in the second half. West also forced three turnovers including an interception at the goal line by senior cornerback Luke Lingo who returned it all the way to midfield.
Chattahoochee’s junior quarterback Chase Owens was busy after being down 31-0 as he threw for 417 two touchdowns (72 yards and 73 yards) with two interceptions on 22 of 42 pass attempts. The Cougars did not have much of a running game as they totaled 66 yards on 23 carries, although, they did run for two touchdowns. Senior receiver Isaiah Sayles led the receiving game with 10 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown. The Cougar defense also forced three turnovers.
Hamilton was happy for the win, but he was a little disappointed that they let the Cougars back into the game.
“We just had too many penalties,” Hamilton said. “We had interceptions and missed blocks, but we will work on it and come back next week.”