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Chattahoochee Football’s Excellence

Brendan Huet

Staff Reporter

 

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.

           

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Playoff Drought Ended

RithikDoddla, Staff Reporter

As the fall sports come to an end, it is time to take a look at one of the best seasons Cougar football has had in a while. After a depressing playoff drought, Chattahoochee finally made it into the state playoffs by finishing 7-4 overall and third in the region.

One of the main reasons that the team was so successful this year was because their offseason training completely changed. The squad focused more on strength and quickness by dedicating time for speed and agility drills as well as for weight lifting every practice. This helped them enter the season in excellent condition. The players were also sold on the mantra “Be Elite,” which was preached every practice as coaches wanted each kid to give their best effort and play for their entire team rather than only themselves. This let the unit make great leaps and take their game to the next level as a team.

Something notable is that the Cougars had to persevere and triumph to make the playoffs as their season did not start as planned. Chattahoochee was defeated by Pickens at home in the season opener 54-30 in what was a very one-sided game. Fans believed this would again be a disappointing season, but the team grinded and believed in themselves to succeed. Following the loss, the Cougars got red-hot as they went on a four game win streak with Jack Corrigan (SR) and Max Webb (JR) leading them. Webb, who had a high ceiling going into the year, broke out and had over 1,000 rushing yards in the season.

Though Chattahoochee would only take two more losses in the regular season following the Pickens game, the team’s true colors showed when they lost their star quarterback, Jack Corrigan, for the season with a gruesome injury. The team managed to win a crucial game against Northview with a backup sophomore quarterback, Damon Stewart, using a strong running game and resilient defense to punch their ticket into the playoffs. Though the squad was dominated in their first playoff game by Winder-Barrow, fans were proud with how the team overcame obstacles and still made the playoffs.

Looking forward, the Cougars are expecting great things next season from a team led by star running back Max Webb going into his senior year. Though the team will lose Jack Corrigan, the former-backup quarterback, Damon Stewart, has more experience and is looking to make great strides during the offseason. The team is confident in their ability and is looking to make the playoffs and possibly even more next season.

Soccer Experience of a Lifetime

BrendanHuet

Staff Reporter

Cecily Mohammed (SR) is an accomplished student-athlete at Chattahoochee High School. Currently, Cecily is committed to play soccer at the University of Georgia. This Thanksgiving Break, she was invited to play with the U-20 Trinidad National Team. They played the Jamaican Women’s U-20 team and beat them twice with a score of 1-0. Cecily was there to train with the team for ten days, and she has been invited to go back in December to train for the Women’s U-20 CONCACAF Cup. Here, Cecily shares some of her thoughts and experiences about having this unique opportunity.

  1.    How did you even begin to get in contact with the team?

A scout was watching me play during my club season and contacted my mom.

  1.    What did you like and not like about your experience?

I like having the chance to play for my family and for Trinidad. Over the ten days, I did get homesick, but it was an opportunity I could not pass up.

  1.    Did you make new friends, and do you plan on keeping contact with them?

No one there was from Georgia, so I made lots of friends. We all talk every day, and we will all meet up again after Christmas.

  1.    What is one thing you will take away from this experience?

If you would’ve told me a month ago that I would be playing for the Trinidad National Team, I wouldn’t believe you. This just shows me that hard work pays off.

  1.    Are you excited about this upcoming tournament, and what will you use from the last experience for this one?

I’m very excited to play in our upcoming tournament. I was very nervous to play on the team originally, but now that I’ve gotten to know them, I’m definitely more excited than nervous.

Hooch Athletes Take the Next Step

BrettGreenberg

Staff Reporter

Chattahoochee High School is home to hundreds of gifted athletes who play a wide range of sports. After four years of dedication and hard work, numerous seniors have gone on to sign their national letters of intent (NLI) to continue their education and athletics at prestigious universities all around the country.
Jackson Corrigan (SR) is committed to Lenoir-Rhyne University to play soccer.

Q: Why did you choose Lenoir-Rhyne University?

A: I chose Lenoir Rhyne because it’s a very good soccer school. They were ranked fourth in the nation at one point during the season, and my brother went there, so I knew I liked the campus, and it just felt like the right fit for me.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish and learn during your athletic career in college?

A: I hope to start by either my freshman or sophomore year and go on to win a conference championship and even a national championship.

Q: What major do you plan on pursuing?

A: I plan on double majoring in environmental science and policy or forestry.

Elina Moon (SR) is committed to Northwestern University to fence.
Q: Why did you choose Northwestern University?

A: I first visited during a national tournament. Though competitive, the athletes’ demeanor and overall morale was warm and welcoming, as I watched them genuinely cheering for one another. Ever since then, I have dreamed of being part of Northwestern. When I visited for the first time the following autumn, no words could describe how mesmerized I felt when I saw the luminescent horizon over Lake Michigan
Q: What do you hope to accomplish and learn during your athletic career in college?

A: I hope to excel both in the NCAA Division 1 program as an athlete and in my education as a student. Due to heavy school workload and busy practices for athletes, many people often quit their sport, but I hope to be able to balance both aspects and become a successful student athlete.

Q: What major do you plan on pursuing?

A: I plan on majoring in chemistry.
Samantha Richards (SR) is committed to Valdosta State University to play softball.

Q: Why did you choose Valdosta State University?

A: My mom went there, and they have a good softball program down there, and it was a perfect fit.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish and learn during your athletic career in college?

A: I hope to learn about teamwork and get a college degree and obviously win a lot of games and championships.

Q: What major do you plan on pursuing?

A: I plan on majoring in exercise physiology.
These are just a few of the several high school athletes that will be soon taking the next step in their athletic and academic careers. We wish these all these athletes the very best and hope they go on to do great things.

 

Road to State

BrettGreenberg and BrendanHuet, Staff Reporters

Chattahoochee Cougars Varsity Football Team 

With the new year comes new expectations, and the 2017 Varsity Chattahoochee Cougars Football Team is proving all the doubters wrong. With the loss of the star-studded senior class, including Isaac Kinsey, Jonathan Taylor and Chase Owens, the hopes for a playoff berth this year were lost. Anyone who watched the 2016 Cougars realized how well Kinsey (WR) and Taylor (WR) acted as playmakers. They were Chase Owens’  go-to targets and as reliable as ever. The 2017 team has fifteen seniors, all of which have had limited experience coming into the season. The Georgia High School Association did not have high hopes for our Cougars, projecting that the team would not make the playoffs, but that hasn’t fazed this group.

The Cougars are currently 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the region, sitting at 3rd place in the region with games against Pope, Northview and Alpharetta on tap for the rest of the season. This team is known for the way they respond when the game doesn’t go their way or all odds are stacked against them.

Perhaps the biggest X-factor for this team is senior QB Jack Corrigan (SR). Being the starting QB and the punter/kicker, it seems as if Corrigan does it all for the Cougars. Corrigan came into this season fresh off a state championship in soccer and has been riding the wave ever since. He has really come into his own this season by being able to do the little things to propel his team to wins week after week. When asked about the season so far, Corrigan simply stated, “We knew not many people had high expectations for us and that only made my team and me hungrier and want to win that much more.” Corrigan is a true leader for this team; he is able to pass when needed and when a block breaks down, he can run the ball for a positive gain.

The overall atmosphere around Cougar Stadium is different. There is a certain pregame buzz that is carried into and after the game when the students rush the field and celebrate another Cougar win. Oddly enough, this Cougar team – that was supposed to be bad – has twice won the “11Alive Game of the Week” and had those games broadcasted on local TV. The student section has shown strong support this year with strong turnouts both at home and away games.

Junior cheerleader, Bridget Hoffmann (JR) says that, “The students have definitely showed out for the team in support and really want this team to win. The student section has been filled to the top nearly every game and the cheerleaders really enjoy doing their thing in front of a wild student section.”

The students have begun to believe how good this team can be and how successful they can be come playoff time. Fellow senior section leader, Trey Lee (SR), had much praise for the team stating that, “We have a great QB in Corrigan, great offensive weapons from Max Webb (Soph. RB) and two senior WRs in Andrew Thomas (SR) and Isaiah Bivens (SR). The defense is also very good this year, led by Brendan Huet (Sr. Safety) who makes plays all over the field and can be counted on to shut down deep threats.” As you can see, this resilient team is grabbing the attention of the whole school and is giving us a reason to believe that they will be going far in the playoffs.

With the regular season coming to a close in coming weeks, the Cougars hope to take care of business with matches versus Pope, Northview and Alpharetta. If the Cougars can win two of the next three games, they have a top 3 seed in the region waiting for them, which will propel them into the playoffs, the next step for this program. Naturally, BE ELITE!

 

 

Cougars Dominate Dunwoody on Homecoming

RithikDoddla, Staff Reporter

On Sept. 22 the Chattahoochee Cougars (4-1) bulldozed through the Dunwoody Wildcats (2-2) by the score of 30-14. This win improves the Cougars record to 3-0 in the region, putting them atop the standings. This is one of the fastest starts Chattahoochee has seen over the past few years.

Despite giving up a 35-yard touchdown pass on the Wildcats’ first drive, the Cougars kept their composure. The offense responded with a long drive ending with a 4-yard rushing touchdown from Andrew Thomas (SR) to tie the game at 7-7. Later in the second quarter, the defense forced a fumble, leading to another rushing touchdown, this time from Max Webb (JR). On the very next drive, Joseph Sayles (SR) blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown by the Cougars. To keep the score 21-7 going into the half, safety Brendan Huet (SR) had a red zone interception to end a methodical Dunwoody drive.

Coach Strine kept the Cougars aggressive as they opened the second half with a surprise onside kick which was recovered. They scored less than a minute later with a 23-yard scamper from Max Webb, but the PAT was missed. Toward the end of the third quarter, Chattahoochee struck again with a 23-yard field goal from Cecily Mohammed (SR) to extend the lead to 30-7. The strong defense kept Dunwoody out of the endzone for the rest of the quarter. Unfortunately the defense allowed a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars held strong and won the game by 16 points.

The Cougars look to extend their 4 game win streak when they travel to play the Centennial Knights (2-3) on Sept. 29. The Knights are currently 3rd place in region and have won 2 games in a row. This is a pivotal game for Chattahoochee as their hopes to remain atop the region relies on it.

Chattahoochee Senior Takes Home State Championship

MariaRuiz, Editor-In-Chief

Wrestlers from 14 North Fulton and Forsyth County schools competed in the GHSA Traditional State Championships Feb. 11 at the Macon Coliseum. Overall, 29 wrestlers placed in the top-six in their weight classes and five took home the ultimate prize of a state championship title. Chattahoochee’s own Ethan Phillips (SR) captured a championship title in the 138 lbs weight class, finishing his high school career with a 44-2 overall record. Meanwhile, Keegan Connolly (SR) and Noah Latzch (JR) placed 4th in their respective weight classes while Daniel Gladwell placed 6th.

Achieving a state championship is something that every high school wrestler dreams about. It’s the ultimate title and the most you can accomplish at the highschool level. Wrestling requires more endurance and dedication than most other sports. “I started wrestling when I was six, so I have been doing it for about 12 years now. I really only started because it’s something my friends were doing, but it quickly grew to be something I really cared about,” stated Phillips, “Over the years, it has taught me mostly how to keep trying no matter how hard something is and to never get down on myself.” Luckily for Phillips, his dedication payed off.

Now that the season is over, Ethan’s plans are uncertain. “I feel pretty happy about winning since it’s been something I’ve expected from myself since I got into highschool, but it is still something I’m really proud of,” explained Ethan, “My future plans with wrestling are still undecidedI’m not sure if I want to wrestle at the college level or give it up for now and just focus on school.” With such a physically demanding sport, it’s understandable to want to focus on his education for the time being. Coach Hicks, the school’s athletic director and one of the wrestling coaches claimed he is “certain that Ethan will make the right decision for himself. Ethan is a smart kid who knows what he’s doing. Getting to watch him reach this point after so many years has been great. I’m sure he is going places.”