MatthewKohn, Staff Reporter
On November 4, the Cougars were defeated by the Alpharetta Raiders (7-3) by just seven points in a 42-35 battle. Chattahoochee ended the season with a 5-5 record overall and 4-4 record in the region. This places the Cougars in fifth place, just one spot short of a playoff spot. If the Cougars were able to beat the Raiders, then the Cougars would have jumped to fourth place in the region, and the Raiders fall to fifth. This would mean that the Cougars would have had a chance to compete in the state playoffs.
On offense Friday night, the Cougars were able to pass the ball with ease. Quarterback Chase Owens (SR) was able to throw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Isaac Kinsey (SR) also had a great night catching eight passes for 178 total yards and one touchdown. Andrew Thomas (JR) had a terrific all around night, catching a touchdown and running for a one on a designed wide-receiver run. This was a great way for Thomas to prove that he can be a future leader of this team as a senior next year.
Defensively, Chattahoochee played a good game up until late in the third quarter. Up to about the three minute mark in the third quarter, the Cougars only allowed 21 points. Then, in a span of five minutes across the third and fourth quarter, the Cougars gave up three touchdowns, allowing the Raiders to double their amount of points. On a positive note, Chattahoochee was able to force a turnover, when they stripped Alpharetta on a kickoff in the second quarter. More stats from the game can be found at MaxPreps.
This was a heartbreaking way for the Cougars to end the season, however the team did show that they are able to compete at an elite level. If their improvement continues onto the next season, Chattahoochee has a very strong shot at being able to make the state playoffs and be in contention for the top spot in the region.