CUMMING, Ga. – Chattahoochee needed a long touchdown drive in the final two minutes to get past South Forsyth 28-24 last Friday night, with the Cougars relying heavily on their passing game to good effect.
Quarterback Travis Marshall got Chattahoochee’s passing attack untracked going for 405 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown of 19 yards to Avery Ward with 17 seconds on the clock.
The touchdown was set up by a long pass on the first play of the drive to Collin Lisa, who had 259 receiving yards and scored the Cougars’ first three touchdowns on passes of 32, 5 and 29 yards.
“I knew we had to get better throwing the ball,” Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder said.
The Cougars had been hovering around an average of 100 yards passing in their previous five games.
The Cougars led 14-7 at the half, but let more points get away in the final seconds. The half ended with Chattahoochee inside the South Forsyth 10. But with no timeouts left, the Cougars could not get their field goal team set up in time after an attempt to score a touchdown came up short.
The War Eagles pulled even in the second half and took the lead on a field goal with about two minutes to play after being stopped inside the Chattahoochee 10.
Then came the Cougars’ heroics in the waning seconds.
“That’s the best South Forsyth team we’ve played since I’ve been here,” Crowder said. “After the way they played against Alpharetta, we knew they were good defensively.”
The Cougars play at Alpharetta Friday night, with the winner remaining tied for second in Region 6-AAAAAA with the Johns Creek-Lambert winner. All four teams are 2-1 in region play, with the Cougars 4-2 overall and Alpharetta 3-3.
Crowder said the late comeback against South Forsyth will help restore his team’s confidence after a loss to Johns Creek. But the Chattahoochee coach realizes the Cougars are in for a challenge against Alpharetta’s wide-open passing game.
The matchup between Alpharetta’s deep and talented corps of receivers and the Cougars’ excellent secondary will be a huge key to the game.
The Chattahoochee offense needs a comparable performance to its effort against South Forsyth to match the high-scoring Raiders.