JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Chattahoochee pulled out a second last-minute victory over a Forsyth County opponent in the last three weeks, knocking off unbeaten West Forsyth 29-28 at home last Friday night.
The Cougars, who scored a touchdown with less than 20 seconds remaining to defeat South Forsyth two weeks earlier, trailed the state-ranked Wolverines 28-21 late in the final period.
But Chattahoochee put together a 65-yard scoring drive capped by an 8-yard run by quarterback Travis Marshall with 38 seconds on the clock.
Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder elected to go for two, and Marshall connected with Collin Lisa for the winning points.
West Forsyth drove into Cougars’ territory, but missed a 51-yard field goal on the last play of the game.
“We needed to beat somebody good,” Crowder said. “I feel like we’ve been playing pretty good, but our record does not indicate that.”
Chattahoochee lost to both Johns Creek and Alpharetta in recent weeks, with those two setbacks likely to relegate the Cougars to no better than fourth place in the region.
The Cougars still have key games at home Friday against Lambert and at Centennial next Thursday, with both teams still in contention for a playoff spot.
“We can finish 7-3 and go into the playoffs with some momentum,” said Crowder. “Our region is really strong. Just getting into the playoffs would be really good.”
The Wolverines (4-1 in Region 6-AAAAAA, 7-1 overall) controlled play for most of the first half. But the Cougars (3-2, 5-3) came up with several defensive stops to limit West Forsyth to seven points.
“That was a deciding factor,” Crowder said, with the Cougars finally scoring on a 7-yard pass from Marshall to Lisa with 25 seconds to play in the second period to tie the game 7-7.
A 19-yard pass from Marshall to Lisa on the last play of the third quarter pulled the Cougars even at 14-14, and C.J. Leggett took a screen pass 35 yards midway through the final period to again tie the game.
After another scoring drive by the Wolverines, the Cougars rallied for the fourth time in the contest, with Crowder making the decision to go for the win.
“We had fought so hard and I didn’t want the game to go to overtime,” Crowder said. “They had the advantage and I thought it was our best chance. We were going to win or lose right there and we had a good play.”