Fosters lead Indians to victory at Coosa
A tough non-region schedule had handed the Chattooga Indians a pair of losses heading into their first Region 7-AA contest.
Head coach Charles Hammon knew his players had questioned everything they had done. They provided an answer Friday night as they defeated Coosa 48-14 in Eagles Stadium to kickoff their region schedule.
“We just had to spit the losing out of our mouths. We didn’t change anything. It’s a bad taste,” Hammon said after his team’s first win since Aug. 25.
“I’m proud of the kids. They came out tonight and played hard on both sides of the football, and that’s what we needed to do. We start out 1-0 in the region and they came out ready to play.”
Chattooga quarterback Isaac Foster ran for 217 yards on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground, while also going 2 for 4 in the air for 64 yards and another TD.
His brother, running back Isaiah Foster, had 11 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. The Indians finished with 412 yards rushing to Coosa’s 62.
The Eagles, who were without leading running back Patrick Zinnermon due to an ejection last week against Mt. Zion, struggled to set up any scoring all night.
Down 21-0 after the first quarter, Coosa (1-3, 0-1 7-AA) was able to start the second quarter with a big kickoff return by Eriq Dozier to begin its next possession on the Chattooga 40.
Quarterback Logan Pledger hit Dozier for a 30-yard pass on third-and-20, and Gavin Hughes converted on a fourth-and-3 to get inside the 10. Pledger ran a keeper across the goal line from a yard out with 7:11 left in the half to put Coosa on the board. Juan Cornejo made his first of two extra point attempts to make it 21-7.
With a running clock and Chattooga ahead 48-7, Pledger hit Kameron Penn on the edge late in the fourth quarter and the receiver sprinted into the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown pass. The sophomore sig- nal caller finished with 122 yards passing.
Chattooga (2-2, 1-0 7-AA) opened the game with an eight-play, 69yard drive that ended with Isaac Foster punching the ball in from a yard out three minutes and 13 seconds into the game. C.J. Martin missed the extra point.
It was the Indians’ longest drive of the first half — in both yardage and time of possession. Chattooga would score twice in the final three minutes of the first quarter, the first on a oneplay 69-yard run from Isaac Foster, and then a two-play drive capped by Isaiah Foster’s 9-yard run.
A successful two-point conversion and an extra point by Martin put Chattooga up 21-0.
Isaac Foster scored on a 53yard run with 6:12 left in the second quarter, and hit Jamarious Mosteller for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 44.1 second left in the first half to lead to a 35-7 halftime lead for the Indians.
Coosa will be in Lindale next Friday to face Pepperell, while Chattooga hosts Gordon Central.
Chattooga running back Isaiah Foster (left) dodges Coosa’s Kameron Penn as Cam Perry (8) comes in to help during a Region 7-AA game Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, at Coosa.