High School Sports

Notebook: Houston County’s Fromm climbing state lists

It was inevitable that Jake Fromm would take over assorted passing records at Houston County fairly early in his career.

Now he’s ready to double those records.

Fromm’s 3,315 yards passing this season are alone at No. 1 on the program’s all-time list, long ago passing former teammate Taylor Boyett’s 2,511 career yards. Boyett had the single-season mark of 1,588 in 2012, as well.

And according to the Georgia High School Football Association website, Fromm is having the No. 16 single season in state history. The best single season among Middle Georgia quarterbacks belongs to Peach County’s Brian Ellis, with 3,600 in 2006, ranking eighth.

Wilcox County’s Makail Grace (3,451 in 2012) and Crisp County’s Wesley Hill (3,351 in 2001) aren’t far behind.

Fromm is now at 4,521 yards in his first two seasons.

Five Middle Georgia quarterbacks have passed for 5,000 yards in their careers, according to the GHSFA: Nick Marshall, Wilcox County, 8,043 from 2007-10; Brent Owens, Dooly County, 7,147 from 1998-2001; Kaleb Nobles, Fitzgerald, 5,615 from 2008-11; Todd Coley, Hawkinsville, 5,497 from 2002-04; and A.J. Bryant, Peach County, 5,192 from 2001-03.

Only 18 quarterbacks, according to the GHSFA, have 60 or more career touchdown passes, led by Marshall’s 103. Dooly County’s Brent Owens (80, 1998-2001), Hawkinsville’s Todd Coley (66, 2002-04) and Nobles (60) are area players on the list.

Fromm has 30 touchdown passes -- against just four interceptions -- this season and 37 for his career.

-- Michael A. Lough


With his team holding a 14-7 lead at halftime over Callaway last week, Washington County head coach Joel Ingram said he didn’t have an impassioned speech in place for his top-ranked Golden Hawks.

There was no screaming or yelling or getting in any players’ faces. No one had to be called out.

In fact, Ingram was excited to see what was next. And he had to like what we he saw as the Golden Hawks controlled the game after halftime to pull away for a 31-7 win.

“I really didn’t say anything special,” Ingram said. “I just said, ‘OK, guys, everybody’s been wondering how we would react if we were in a close game. Let’s see what we can do.’ And they went out an imposed their will.”

The win propelled Washington County into the GHSA Class AAA quarterfinals, where it will face Pierce County. The Golden Hawks, who will be at home, are 12-0, while the Bears are 10-2.

“We know that everyone is gunning for us and watching what we’re doing,” Ingram said. “But our guys have had a remarkable attitude about everything. They haven’t let lofty rankings or expectations or an undefeated record go to their head. They just go out every day and go to work.”

-- Daniel Shirley


Vidalia remains undefeated going into the quarterfinals of the Class AA playoffs, but it might face its toughest test of the season Friday.

The Indians are 12-0, but their opponents, the GAC Spartans are also 12-0. Both teams have rolled through the first two rounds. Vidalia beat Berrien (56-35) and Coosa (45-14), while GAC has cruised past Chattahoochee County (41-13) and Lamar County (48-20).

Vidalia has made it to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004. The year before that, the Indians reached the semifinals.

Lee Chomskis’ program has gone 33-3 the past two-plus seasons. Quarterback Jordan Black and running back Nate McBride have teamed for 534 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground in the past two games. The Indians average 308.5 rushing yards per game. The defense gives up only 137 yards per game.

-- Daniel Shirley