Davis Little hit a South Forsyth and Forsyth County record 57 yard field goal, then topped that with a 60 yarder, but it wasn’t enough to overcome sloppy play, turnovers and personal fouls as the War Eagles dropped their season opener at Lanier 37-20 Friday night. For example, South had the ball inside Lanier’s 20 yard line in what was still a close game when two flags were thrown, both on South. The first was for an offensive face mask, which was then followed with a dead ball personal foul unnesccesary roughness call. The 30 yard penalty took South out of scoring range.
To make matters worse, Senior Quarterback Cade Aycock left the game in the first half and did not return Details at the time were sketchy. Look for an update to come in this week’s Coaches Corner Wednesday afternoon, when we’ll get the chance to ask Coach Troy Morris if he can tell us more.
One other positive to come out of the game was the first career touchdown pass for South Forsyth Sophomore QB Walker Clark It appears that he’ll get the starting nod if Aycock is sidelined.
If you’re curious about the notoriety of Little’s two bombs, ithe 60 yarder is a South Forsyth and Forsyth County record, according to the Georgia High School Football History Association. The 60 yard made field goal puts Little tied for fifth all time in Georgia High School Football history. To verify the validity of their work, consider that South Forsyth legend Tyler LaFlamme’s 435 yard rushing against Chattahoochie in 2014 has him 7th all time on that list.
Here’s the GHSFHA field goal distance list, a short one to be sure
67 yds Rusty Cury (Duluth) vs Norcross 1999 63 yds Dax Langley (Heritage) vs Cedar Shoals 1993 63 yds Jake Verity (Bremen) vs Rockmart 2015 61 yds Miles Hemphill (E Paulding) vs Stephenson 2012 60 yds Ryan Fitzgerald (Colquitt Co) vs Archer 2017 60 yds Davis Little (South Forsyth) vs Lanier 2023
Interestingly, Little is also tied with Fitzgerald for 15th longest at 57 yards. Little nailed his 57 yarder Friday night at Lanier before his longer one; Fitzgerald hit his 57 yarder vs Warner Robbins in 2018. Davis Little and Ryan Fitzgerald are the only two to have TWO kicks in the top 20 all time for distance in Georgia High School football history.
Here is a look at one of the top field goal units in the country. The snapper is #73 Ben Blanton. The holder is #7 Madox Pearson. The record setter is #15 Davis Little. The Special Teams Coordinator is Coach Chris Aycock.
The replay of the game, with Mike Newsome and Doug Thomas on the memorable call, is below