Chattahoochee made a second half charge in the Corky Kell Classic against Kell High School, but Longhorn star Brendan Langley would have nothing of it, totaling 150 yards of offense on seven touches and leading Kell to a 19-8 victory in the Georgia Dome.
“[Langley] is just a great player and when you look at the game he was the difference,” said Chattahoochee (0-1 overall) coach Terry Crowder. “We played bad at times but we still had a chance to win…we just couldn't handle [Langley] today.”
Langley -- a wide receiver/defensive back that is bound for the University of South Carolina -- gave Kell (1-0) a quick first quarter lead when he took a simple swing pass from quarterback Matthew McGuigan, made a Cougar defender miss and raced 28 yards to the end zone.
A safety moved the margin to 9-0 before McGuigan found Langley again, this time in the back of the end zone on a beautifully placed 27-yard pass with less than a minute to play in the half.
Chattahoochee inched closer on their second drive of the third quarter when running back Chase Nelson rumbled into the end zone from 10 yards out with 9:02 to play. Quarterback Travis Marshall ran in the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 16-8, but that was as close as ‘Hooch would get.
Nelson finished the game with 54 yards on 11 carries. Marshall, who committed to Navy earlier in the week, ran for 40 yards and completed 14-of-19 passes for 103 yards.
But the day was Langley’s.
With Chattahoochee’s defense looking like they were about to force a fourth quarter punt and give the ball back to the Cougars with a chance to tie, Langley broke loose on a third-and-long reverse. The senior sprinted 63 yards down the sideline, moving the ball deep into Chattahoochee territory and eventually setting up a 34-yard field goal with four minutes to play -- pushing the score to 19-8 and effectively putting the game out of reach.
“The disappointing thing is that we didn’t quite show the kind of football team we can be, but it’s no disgrace to lose to Kell, that is a great football team,” said Crowder.
Outside of Langley’s heroics the Chattahoochee defense played admirably, limiting all other Longhorns to 90 total yards and holding Kell to three second half points.
Defensive back Josh Hearn blocked a field goal, intercepted a pass, and nearly had another. Defensive end O.J. Thompson had a sack and Crowder said he thinks the future is bright for his defense.
“I think we showed that we got a chance to be a really good defensive football team, the kids played hard but we couldn't contain [Langley] on a few plays,” said Crowder.
“The biggest positive is that it isn't a region game. We have two more games to get ready for region play and get better, and I think we we’ll do that.”
Chattahoochee will play Forest Park in their home opener next Friday. Region play begins Sept. 21 at North Forsyth.
Kell 19, Chattahoochee 8
CHS 0 0 8 0 — 8
KHS 7 9 0 3 — 19
KHS: Brendan Langley 28 pass from Matthew McGuigan (Cameron Massung kick)
KHS: Langley 27 pass from McGuigan (Massung kick)
CHS: Chase Nelson 10 run (Travis Marshall run)
KHS: Massung 34 field goal
14 First Downs `10
96 Rushing Yards 166
103 Passing Yards 74
199 Total Yards 240
14/19 Comp/Attempts 7/19
1 Interceptions 1
3/1 Fumbles/Lost 1/0
9/70 Penalties/Yards 6/60
5/39.0 Punts/Averages 5/32.4
RUSHING: Hooch — Marshall 20-40, Nelson 11-54, C.J. Leggett 3-2. Kell — Jay Moxey 6-25, Jamari Moore 6-11, Khalil Bell 3-5, McGuigan 2-1, Taylor Henkle 2-15, Langley 3-85, Seth Brown 2-6, Dyllen Reed 1-5, B.K. Hundley 3-13.
PASSING: Hooch — Marshall 14-19-1, 103. Kell — McGuigan 6-17-1, 71, Hundley 1-2-0, 3.
RECEIVING: Hooch — Leggett 6-14, Nelson 1-13, Collin Lisa 2-35, Alec Rubin 3-26, Avery Ward 2-15. Kell — Henkle 1-7 Langley 4-65, Moxey 1-(-1), Julian Burris 1-3.