Game of the Week: Chattahoochee County at Taylor County
FIRST MEETING BETWEEN THE PANTHERS AND VIKINGS SINCE 2011
Top playoff spots are on the line in 5-A Public when the undefeated (5-0) Chattahoochee County Panthers face off against the (5-1) Taylor County Vikings for the first time since 2011.
“Came a long way from last year. Started off, we were a 5-5 team last year,” said Taylor County senior quarterback Jabin Ford. “I feel like we’ve came a long way and a lot of guys are stepping up.”
“We’ve got to play together,” said Chatt. Co. junior offensive tackle Dontavious Harris. “We’ve got to play together as a team, and everybody play hard and give it all.
Chattahoochee County’s talented receiver core runs a spread offense. The Panthers high-scoring team has averaged 29 points per game.
“Between being uptempo and spreading the ball around that’s been one of the secrets to our success,” said Chatt. Co. Head Coach Pierre Coffey.
“They are a very aggressive team and very competitive,” said Taylor County senior running back Travin Gooch. “I like how they bring it. We respect them and they respect us.”
Taylor County runs a flexbone scheme that centers on the run game. Expect a lot of motion from the Vikings, but they’ll be up against a Panthers defense that averages an allowance of less than five points per game.
“We’ll be able to stop it, it’s just going to depend on us being disciplined,” said Chatt. Co. senior wide receiver Carlos Dunovant. “Watching the ball and reading our keys and stuff like that.”
“The biggest thing we remember about Taylor County is that they run the flexbone and they’ve got a very athletic quarterback that makes it work,” said Coffey. “When you’ve got that kind of scheme with those kind of weapons you’ve got to play assignment football.”
Chattahoochee County and Taylor County kickoff on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST.