Fos­ters lead In­di­ans to vic­tory at Coosa

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By JEREMY STE­WART

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.

Jeremy Ste­wart/RN-T.com

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.

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