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Hooch downs Cambridge in region opener

Fourth-quarter drives lift Cougars, 21-13

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Chattahoochee improved to 2-1 overall and opened its Region 7-AAAAAA schedule with a win over Cambridge Friday night. The meeting was the second all-time between the programs.

Last year’s inaugural game between the schools featured tons of offense and 79 total points, far different from Friday night’s defensive struggle.

Neither team accumulated over 275 yards and the point total was less than half of last season’s game with Hooch (2-1, 1-0) earning the 21-13 win.

Though Cambridge’s defense held Hooch to 274 yards, the Cougars’ scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.

Hooch Quarterback Jack Corrigan found the end zone twice through the air and Max Webb added a rushing score. Webb led the Cougars in rushing yards with 81, followed by Corrigan’s 65 yards.

Cambridge (0-3, 0-1) was held to 258 total yards of offense and found the end zone just once. Hogan Dykes was 15-32 passing for 179 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Matt McCree rushed for 98 yards.

It took nearly the entire first half before the scoreless stalemate was broken. Chattahoochee struck first with a 11-yard touchdown pass from Jack Corrigan with just 40 seconds remaining in the second quarter to go up 7-0.

Cambridge found the scoreboard and tied the game late in the third quarter thanks to special teams play. Bears’ senior Matthew Briesmeister blocked a Chattahoochee punt and James Poinsette returned the loose ball for a touchdown.

Chattahoochee responded with two touchdowns in the opening stages of the fourth quarter to reclaim the lead and extend it to 21-7. Max Webb’s 42-yard rush put the Cougars up by two scores with 5:58 remaining.

The Bears responded two minutes later with a Dykes touchdown pass to Ridge Polk, the duo’s fourth touchdown connection of the season. A missed PAT kept the score at 21-13.

Cambridge had a chance for a potential game-tying drive, but for the second straight week, Hooch used an interception late in the fourth to seal its win.

T Lee intercepted Dykes with 1:23 remaining and Hooch’s offense ran out the clock.

Hooch’s Brendan Huet and Joseph Sayles each had 10 total tackles, including a tackle-for-loss, for the Cougars.

Through three games, Hooch’s defense has allowed its lowest point total since 2013.

Cambridge fell to 0-3 for the first time in four years with the loss.

Chattahoochee will travel to Atlanta’s Lakewood Stadium this Friday to take on undefeated North Atlanta (3-0, 1-0). The Cougars slipped away with a 21-17 win in the teams’ first-ever meeting last year.

Cambridge and Pope will both be seeking their first wins of the season when the teams meet up this Friday in Milton. Cambridge beat the Greyhounds 35-21 last year.


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