The Chattahoochee Varsity Football team finished the 2017 season with an impressive 7-4 record. It has been the best year the team has had since 2012 when they went 7-4 as well. In the eight region matchups, Chattahoochee went 6-2 and entered the state playoffs as the three seed but ended up losing in the first round to Winder Barrow High School. Chattahoochee found success through teamwork, forming a brotherhood that no one could destroy. However, even though football is a team sport, each team has individuals that lead them to their success, and these players are awarded for their skills at the end of the year through the selection of the All-Region Teams. There are three All-Region teams: first team, second team, and Honorable Mentions. In Chattahoochee’s case, the team had three players selected into each of the three teams.
To make First Team All-Region, you must dominate every game and make your presence known by each team. Chattahoochee’s players that were selected for first team are Joseph Sayles (SR), Max Webb (JR) and Jake Green (JR).
Joseph Sayles is a senior safety that has been a big part of Chattahoochee’s defense since his sophomore year. Sayles was the leader of the talented secondary, and it shows in his statistics. He tallied 40 solo tackles and 57 total tackles, averaging about 5.7 tackles per game. As far as his pass defense goes, Sayles had two interceptions and six passes deflected. This year he was also a huge special teams player, ending the season with two blocked punts.
The second Cougar to be selected for first team All-Region is junior running back Max Webb. Webb led Chattahoochee’s high-powered offense and also ended up leading the region in rushing yards with 1,344 yards. He finished the year with six 100+ Yard games and thirteen touchdowns. Only being a junior, Max plans on doing the same exact thing next year.
Lastly, junior offensive lineman Jake Green was selected for first team All-region. Green was the leader of Chattahoochee’s offensive line and every team in the region felt his 6-foot-four, 300 pound presence. Chattahoochee’s unstoppable running game was very dependent on Green and the other lineman making blocks. Although there aren’t stats for offensive lineman, Jacob Green deserves to be recognized for his play this year.
The Chattahoochee players that were selected for second team All-Region are Jack Corrigan (SR), Marcus Stephen (JR), and Ben Siegel (SR).
Starting off with quarterback Jack Corrigan, the leader of this 2017 Chattahoochee team, he guided this team to many wins this year. Corrigan always gave the Cougars a spark whether it was in the passing game or the running game. In total, he had over 1,120 passing yards and just about 700 rushing yards in his eight games as quarterback. If he did not suffer a season ending injury in the Pope game, then Corrigan would’ve been in the talk for first team.
Next is Marcus Stephen, the junior outside linebacker. Stephen was always flying around the field and humiliating the opposing offense every Friday. He finished the season with 38 solo tackles and 65 total tackles, averaging 5.9 tackles per game. Stephen was also a turnover machine throughout the 2017 season: three forced fumbles and an additional three fumble recoveries. But most importantly, he led the region with 8.5 sacks.
Lastly, senior lineman Ben Siegel was selected for second team All-Region. Siegel has been on the team since he was a freshman, and he has molded into a very good offensive and defensive lineman. Although not the biggest lineman out there, 6-foot and 240 pounds, Ben Siegel made all the plays for Chattahoochee. Whether it was making a big block or sacking the quarterback, Siegel was always involved in the action. He finished the season with 18 solo tackles, 29 total tackles and 2 sacks.
Honorable Mention is for the players that were recognized by the coaches of every team but did not necessarily make the first or second team All-Region. This is still a huge honor and is a lot to be proud of. Chattahoochee had three players selected as Honorable Mentions: Andrew Thomas (SR), Brendan Huet (SR), and T. Lee (SO).
Senior, Andrew Thomas, was a huge part of Chattahoochee’s 2017 team. Thomas has started on offense for the Cougars since his sophomore year. This year he was asked to fill in on defense as well as offense, and he accepted the challenge. Thomas dominated on both sides of the ball, and his stats show it. Offensively, he racked up 377 passing yards, 178 rushing yards, and eight total touchdowns. Defensively, Thomas finished the season with 23 total tackles and two interceptions.
Next up is senior safety Brendan Huet. Huet has started as safety since his junior year and was part of Chattahoochee’s strong secondary. He finished his senior season with 23 solo tackles, 48 total tackles and three interceptions. Although Huet mainly played defense, he did help out the offense every once in awhile. Offensively, he had 57 yards on 4 catches, one being a 26-yard touchdown.
Lastly,for Chattahoochee’s Honorable Mentions, there is T. Lee. Lee is a sophomore athlete that has multiple D1 offers due to his ability to excel on the offensive and defensive side of the ball as well as on special teams. He played excellently on the offensive side, catching 33 passes for a total of 380 yards. Lee also scored four touchdowns for the Cougars this season. Defensively, he amounted to 28 solo tackles, 39 total tackles, one interception and seven pass breakups at cornerback. All-around a great athlete, Lee also ran back 207 yards as a kick returner.
These players deserve recognition for their great seasons not only as individuals, but also as a team. Great teams have great players, but the best teams have a bond that nothing can break and that is what won this Cougar team a spot in the playoffs.