CONYERS, Ga. — Loads of pressure was put onto Chattahoochee’s defensive front seven entering their matchup against Rockdale County. They hadn’t performed as well as they wanted against Pickens County last week and would be facing a Bulldogs team that had speed, physicality and plenty of size.
Chattahoochee head coach Vince Strine said he challenged his defensive front to rise up to the test of the game, and was pleased to see them perform well in their call to arms.
“I’m very proud of the way they responded to the physical nature of the game,” Strine said. “The players saw the mistakes they made last week and to get this win was certainly a big deal.”
“Sometimes the greatest lesson is to take a loss, fix the mistakes you made and getting a win the next week.”
Hooch’s defense held Rockdale scoreless in the second half, securing the win with a Brenden Heut interception that led to Hooch’s game-sealing score in the fourth quarter.
Offensively, the Cougars compiled 315 yards of total offense with quarterback Jack Corrigan throwing 19-25 with a touchdown.
Max Webb led the rushing charge for Hooch with 90 yards and a touchdown.
“We have a quarterback who can run well, two running backs who can run well and an offensive line that has done a great job,” Strine said. “Our run game has really come on this year.”
Another bright spot of the offense has been at QB, Strine said.
“Corrigan takes it personal. He wants to be perfect and I love that,” he said.
But like any game, Strine said his team’s performance was far from perfect and they will use this week’s bye to address issues, specifically mental penalties.
“At this point in the season, you get a lot of mental penalties like offsides and holding,” he said. “We certainly have to work on that because you don’t ever want to start a drive with first-and-15.”
Hawking to the ball, keeping defenders’ feet moving through a tackle and continuing to properly read the opponents defense will also be a focus this week.
“These kids look forward to playing on Friday, so the greatest challenge during a bye week before a big game is keeping the focus,” Strine said.
And the Cougars certainly have a vital game following their bye. The Cougars begin a gauntlet of challenging region games against Cambridge Sept. 8.
“We are pretty excited to get into region play,” Strine said. “We don’t know what to expect with so many new coaches and a lot of changes with programs, but we are excited and think it’s going to be a great season for us.”