Trevor O’Brien and the Wolverines sought revenge Friday night, and they claimed it in style.
O’Brien rushed for 92 yards and one touchdown, as West Forsyth mauled Chattahoochee 48-21 in a Region 6-AAAAAA matchup at The Den. The Wolverines led 41-0 midway through the third quarter before coach Frank Hepler pulled the starters.
The win clinched a playoff berth for West to mark the fourth consecutive season the team has advanced to the postseason.
The Cougars (3-5, 1-4) delivered West its only loss of the regular season last year with a 29-28 win, something O’Brien didn’t forget.
"We knew we had to beat them for revenge," O’Brien said. "Last year, they took our [perfect] season and we wanted to take their season.
"It was a lot of practice and hard work. We did this as a team. The defense did a great job and helped us out."
West (6-2, 4-1) cornerback Nick Walker picked off Chattahoochee quarterback Taz Wilson on the third play of the game and ran it back 23 yards to the 10. The Wolverines only needed two plays to reach the end zone, as Gabe Pierce darted around the left end for a touchdown.
"I just read the quarterback’s eyes and he threw it to me," Walker said. "Coach [David] Rooney put us in the right position all week to get it and it just paid off in the end."
O’Brien added a 6-yard touchdown run before Hampton McConnell (12-for-18, 199 passing, 93 rushing, 2 TDs) broke two tackles and raced past two more defenders en route to a 56-yard scoring scamper to give West a 21-0 advantage to end the first quarter.
The Wolverines only needed four plays to reach the end zone in the second quarter, as tailback Grant Anderskow ran it in from 15 yards out. Senior kicker Timmy Hartshorn was perfect on the night with field goals from 19- and 42-yards, respectively, to send West into the half with a commanding 34-0 lead.
McConnell connected with Kyran Ochocki (four catches, 97 yards, TD) midway through the third quarter with a 63-yard touchdown strike, while Anderskow finished the West scoring with 2:34 left in the game on a 9-yard run.
The West defense flustered Wilson for much of the night, forcing two interceptions and held the Cougars’ quarterback to 4-for-13 at halftime and allowed only four first downs at the break.
"Our kids played hard and played with a lot of class and played with a lot of spirit," Hepler said. "I’m very proud of our guys. The first-team defense gave up no points and the second team defense…did a good job also. [Chattahoochee] never took their first-team guys out, so I was really proud of our guys.
"We could’ve scored a lot more on them, [but] we called our guys off in the middle of the third quarter, though."